If you’re like me, you have mixed feeling about this upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. The fact Robert Rodriguez is so involved is intriguing, but previous attempts to extend the vampire story (i.e. – its two direct to video sequels) have landed far below the bar set by the 1996 original. However, with a cast that includes DJ Cotrona, Robert Patrick, Don Johnson and Wilmer Valderama, the show has lots going for it. It also seems Rodriguez is creating the show with an eye towards the fans, as per his latest revelation.
The director took to Twitter to reveal the show actually links with Pulp Fiction, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the co-star, writer and producer of the original film. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, one of the ways that Netflix has differed from traditional TV is its model of distribution. Netflix typically releases a whole season at once, rather than parceling episodes out over the course of several weeks or months. But as the streaming service moves into children’s programming, they’re looking to shake up their approach.
Netflix is launching its first original series for kids, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST, with just five episodes slated to hit Christmas Eve. Learn more about their plans for the show, and watch the first trailer, after the jump.
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The new film Sin City: A Dame to Die For won’t be the only project to transfer Frank Miller’s stark noir tales from the comic page to the screen. In fact, that film may be swiftly followed by a new Sin City TV show.
Harvey Weinstein, like many other producers, has started to see TV as the safest medium in which to earn a few bucks. ”The way to add stability to the company is to be in the television business,” he recently told the New York Times, elaborating that he wants a TV division “as powerful as the theatrical division.” With many a mention of the limited earnings potential of standalone films, which “may fade without creating spinoffs and sequels,” what we see is inspiration from others who are trying to use movies as a way to bring audiences to TV.
So among the offerings the Weinsteins are trying to assemble are the Sin City show, and also a new limited series based on The Mist.
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Briefly: It took almost a quarter century, but Paramount is finally getting around to remaking the hit 1990 film, Ghost. However, it won’t be for the big screen, it’ll be for television. Writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (who worked together on Fringe) are attached to adapt the film, which is about a murder victim who attempts to solve the crime, and reconnect with his girl, as a ghost. No network is attached and only a pilot is in the works.
The original film starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker, it won 2 Oscars and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, making over $215 million. [Variety]
Briefly: Mary Harron’s American Psycho, the film adaptation of a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, was not a major hit when it premiered in 2000. But the film gained traction as an effective satire, thanks in no small part to the dedicated performance from Christian Bale. Thirteen years later, American Psycho is well-established as one of those cultish films that just about everyone recognizes.
That’s why there has been a stage musical version in development, a possible theatrical remake, and possibly even a sequel feature. And now FX is developing a sequel TV series, which is written to take place now, decades after the events of the original film. We’ll find Patrick Bateman in his ’50s (likely played by someone other than Bale), “taking on a protégé in a sadistic social experiment who will become every bit his equal — a next generation American Psycho.” All of which sounds like some of the remake and theoretical sequel ideas from Ellis linked above have been folded into this series. That’s all we’ve got right now.
Stefan Jaworski is writing and exec producing. [Deadline]
You probably know what Westworld is, because Michael Chritchton’s movie cast Yul Brynner (above) as a gunslinger robot that went amok at a theme park, and the images of Brynner are among the most famous in sci-fi.
You know who J.J. Abrams is, because he’s had his hands in everything from Lost to Mission: Impossible to Star Trek to Star Wars. And you know who Jonah Nolan is, because he worked on the scripts for films such as The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, and created the show Person of Interest.
Now they’re all coming together (with producer Jerry Weintraub, who produced, among many other films, the three Steven Soderbergh Ocean’s movies, in which he also cameoed) to make a new Westworld for HBO. Read More »
Though the book has been around for 150 years, and the Broadway musical for over 30, Les Miserables had a big comeback last year thanks to Hollywood. Tom Hooper’s hit adaptation, which won three Oscars including Best Supporting Actress, brought Victor Hugo’s story into the public conscious like never before. Now the story is being adapted for television, with a modern setting.
Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, has teamed with writer Graham Norris to create a modern version of the story that might air on Fox. Read More »
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