By Aubry D'Arminio
Updated March 03, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
Joss Barratt

Next year’s Russell Croweled movie remake of State of Play, the tense BBC miniseries, has loads to live up to: There’s Paul Abbott’s slick script, adroitly linking the mysterious, seemingly random murders of a purse snatcher and a political researcher. There’s Bill Nighy’s BAFTA-winning turn as the cranky newsman whose team (James McAvoy, John Simm, and Kelly Macdonald) cracks the case. And there’s David Yates’ adrenalized direction, which Abbott says in a commentary — one of two composing the EXTRAS — can ”make it look ordinary…then let the absolute panic surface.” A