It's been a good long while since we've heard anything from NBC's big-budget pirate drama, 'Crossbones,' which cast John Malkovich in a leading role that was originally eyed for 'House' veteran Hugh Laurie. Now, as 'Crossbones' gears up production for a potential midseason debut, 'Twilight' and 'Hannibal' director David Slade has officially boarded the ship to steer as director.
'RED 2' is faithful to 2010's 'RED' in that it makes very little sense and maximizes the talent on display. Entertaining without long-lasting satisfaction (seriously, does anyone remember what happened in 'Red' other than Helen Mirren busting up bad guys?). Mirren, Bruce Willis, and John Malkovich return as RED — Retired Extremely Dangerous — operatives, trained assassins who balance daily life with random acts of spy work. Director Dean Parisot ('Galaxy Quest') reaps every bit fun he can out of the concept, pushing Willis harder than he's worked in the last five years. Mirren busting up bad guys is still the highlight, but the sequel easily surpasses its predecessor in terms of pure enjoyment.
Despite receiving a 10-episode straight-to-series order and a tentative summer debut date, NBC's 'Crossbones' hasn't been very active on the high seas of late. When last we heard, former 'House' star Hugh Laurie was on deck to play the infamous pirate Blackbeard for the period tale, but now that ship seems to have set sail. Two-time Oscar-winner John Malkovich will instead take the role, but will NBC's 'Crossbones' leave port anytime soon?