"Unlike George, I write no matter where I am or what else I'm doing," said "Outlander" author Diana Gabaldon, in a dig at "Game of Thrones" writer George R.R. Martin, who recently admitted blowing the deadline for his sixth book. Gabaldon said the ninth installment of her series, which has become a hit show for Starz, is on track to meet her publish date.
George Miller said he has directed his last "Mad Max" film. "Those 'Mad Maxes' take forever [to film]. I won't do those anymore," he said. He doesn't rule out writing one, however. … Quentin Tarantino said he's rewriting "The Hateful Eight" as a play. "I've thought it out completely. I'm just waiting for this [awards] season to be over so I can write it," he said. … Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Dave Franco are on the shortlist to play the young Han Solo in the stand-alone film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie"). … The sequel to "Creed" has tentatively been set for November 2017. … Jordan ("Theeb") and Colombia ("Embrace of the Serpent") were first-time Oscar nominees in the foreign-film category.
Why not $1,000,000?
Michael Strahan will be host of a rebooted "$100,000 Pyramid." … Bill Hader plays a "former Marine and low-rent hit man" in the HBO comedy "Barry." … Ted Danson and Kristen Bell will star in the NBC comedy "Good Place," from "Parks and Recreation" creator Michael Schur. … Netflix has ordered a "One Day at a Time" remake starring Rita Moreno. … Jim Carrey's dark 1970s comedy "I'm Dying Up Here" has been greenlit by Showtime. … Seth Meyers' "Late Night" contract has been extended through 2021. … NBC's next live musical will be "Hairspray."
A Sly mea culpa
Belated tweet from Sylvester Stallone after he was called out by a fellow actor on Twitter for some obvious omissions in his Golden Globes speech: "Samuel Jackson is upset that I foolishly forgot to mention the brilliant [director] Ryan Coogler and [co-star] MB Jordan he is right I owe them everything."