After exactly two decades of exclusively airing (so-so blockbuster) movies, Encore is getting into the original-series game, and some big names are already attached.
Hardy (Inception, the upcoming Dark Knight Rises) will headline The Take, a miniseries based on the bestselling crime novel of the same name. The project is anything but new, however: It aired in Hardy’s native England two years ago. But still!
A little more exciting and a little less recycled (sorta) is Hurt’s TV vehicle, a retelling of Moby Dick with the aforementioned Oscar winner in the big Captain Ahab role; Hawke playing his first mate Starbuck; and onetime X-Files star Gillian Anderson as Ahab’s wife.
Both series are penciled in for the second half of 2012, along with the original, very self-explanatorily titled documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis.