Roundup: Gerard Butler Joins ’24′ Creator for ‘Pinkerton’ Series

 Gerard Butler is teaming up with television mogul Bob Cochran to produce Pinkerton, a short series showcasing fictional events surrounding the man responsible for founding the first detective agency in the United States, Scottish-born officer Allan Pinkerton.

Cochran is best known for co-creating the celebrated FOX drama 24, which featured Kiefer Sutherland as federal agent Jack Bauer. See the connection here?

Deadline exclusively reports that Starz has already drafted a pilot script for the 8-10 hour limited show run, with Butler serving as executive producer alongside Cochran and Angela Mancuso. Cochran is excited about the project and praises Pinkerton's impressive tactics in guarding Abraham Lincoln during his 1861 inauguration and preventing an assassination attempt on the 16th U.S. President in Baltimore.

"He was an amazing guy – he took part in all the great sweeping events of the 19th century," Cochran said.

Pinkerton aka "the spy master of the North" during the Civil War emigrated to America in his early 20s. He eventually served as the head of the Union Intelligence Service, which later became the U.S. Secret Service.

Currently, casting for the show has yet to be announced.

In other news:

– We know that there's going to be some smooching going on in part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Rupert Grint found the situation to be quite awkward. It seems that his co-star Emma Watson shares in that sentiment, for the English actress was just as nervous when kissing both Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.

"Getting into character to kiss Dan and Rupert was tough," Watson explains to SFX magazine. "Forgetting all of our history, and our relationship."

"Putting all that aside and being in character was pretty bloody hard, it really was," the current Brown University student shares. "That required a huge amount of professionalism. I really had to grit my teeth and be like, 'I am Hermione, this is Harry – stop thinking that it's Emma kissing Dan. It's not. It's all good.'" (Digital Spy)

– The long-awaited fourth season of Torchwood is inching closer everyday. Longtime loyalists of the celebrated sci-fi series are already well aware of the some of the newer characters that will be joining Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) next year, but Den of Geek gives us a closer look (via Doctor Who Magazine) at who Rex Matheson, Esther Katusi, and Oswald Jones really are! Exciting!

Colin Farrell has been picked as the lead favorite to star in the remake of the 1990 sci-fi action flick Total Recall, previously featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Inception's Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are also being discussed for the role. Filming is currently scheduled to begin next March with director Len Wiseman. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Keith Richards has never shied away from opening up about his past drug use and other wild rock'n'roll tomfoolery that’s ensued during his 40-plus years in the music business. The Rolling Stones guitar legend tells it like it is (and was) in his very candid autobiography, Life, out next week.

But his Pirates of the Caribbean bosses aren't terribly excited about his new memoir. According to The Drudge Report, Richards' reprisal of the feisty Captain Teague Sparrow in 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides could be in jeopardy. Uh oh.

X Factor judge Cheryl Cole finally squashes all that crazy chitchat about Girls Aloud breaking up. The UK chart-topping act is ON A BREAK for chrissakes! They have plans to make another album — when they're good and ready — so stop all that nonsense! Meanwhile, the "Insatiable" Nadine Coyle tells OK! that she has no intentions of excluding her longtime bandmates from her forthcoming nuptials (Date TBA) to former NFL player Jason Bell.

Amy Winehouse seems to be feeling good these days. The headline-happy songstress performed an impromptu gig in London on Thursday (October 21) in promotion of her new clothing line for Fred Perry at Spitafields. Her four-song set featured the Oasis' hit "Don't Look Back In Anger" and Duke Ellington's "Caravan." Own it, girl! (The Daily Mail)

by MacKenzie Wilson