The future has been bleak for the Halloween series. There was once a plan for The Weinstein Company to follow Rob Zombie’s two movies with a third movie, to be written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, but start dates and release dates for that movie have come and gone, and in general TWC seemed little interested in making a new film.
And now the Weinsteins won’t make a new Halloween, as the rights have been sold to another company. Bloody Disgusting reports that Platinum Dunes is taking up the rights to Halloween, and will produce a new sequel, or another reboot, or something. The nature of the intended project is unknown. Supposedly the new film will not be in 3D, and it will not use found footage, and the suggestion is that Lussier and Farmer are out, too.
Given that Platinum Dunes has already remade other major horror franchises (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) this is like collecting the final ace for a four of a kind. For them, at least. For us, given the way those other remakes went, it might look more like a bust hand.
After the break, Hellraiser goes to TV, and a comedy with a horror bent gets a remake. Read More »
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Prior to No Country For Old Men, the greatest success for the Coen Brothers was Fargo, their 1996 film that won Frances McDormand the Oscar for Best Actress and the Coens the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Fargo was an indie sensation that crossed over into mainstream success — so much so that in 1997 there was a plan to turn Fargo into a TV show.
A pilot was shot with Edie Falco in McDormand’s central role of Marge Gunderson. The show never went to series, but the pilot has been around thanks to a 2003 broadcast on Trio’s Brilliant but Cancelled series. (See the opening embedded below.)
Now Fargo might get another shot on TV thanks to FX, which is developing a new pilot based on the film. Read More »
I can’t really justify my curiosity about Hannibal, the NBC series that will act as a prequel to films like Manhunter and The Silence of the Lambs. (It will act as a new prequel, that is, since we’ve already had a feature film prequel called Hannibal Rising.) We’ve seen this story before. We’ve seen it done pretty well. There’s no real reason to have it told again, now, other than the fact that this sort of thing is popular on TV. And yet I’m curious to see what comes of it, and given that I’m probably not the only one, that curiosity is likely exactly why NBC is game to order the series.
We know that Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is writing and producing the show, which skipped the pilot stage and went straight to a thirteen-episode order. There is no casting for Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter at this point, but now the show has cast Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, the FBI profiler who was played by William Peterson in Manhunter and Ed Norton in Red Dragon, the other film based on the book that spawned Manhunter. Read More »
We still don’t know who will play the TV incarnation of Hannibal Lecter, but we do know that he won’t even have to deal with the traditional pilot stage that is part of a new television show’s road to airtime. NBC has given a thirteen-episode direct to series order to Hannibal, the show pitched by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) based on the character created by Thomas Harris and made famous thanks to Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs. Skipping the pilot stage was mentioned as a possibility when the show landed at NBC; evidently the network brass really liked Fuller’s ideas. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:
- Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
- ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
- NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
- Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
- AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead
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Is the big 2012 trend going to be TV series that act as prequels to film classics? We’ve already heard that AMC is the likely home for a Goodfellas TV series, which has been said to be a prequel to Martin Scorsese’s film. There is also Hannibal, a show that explores the early relationship between detective Will Graham and killer Hannibal Lecter.
Now A&E is developing Bates Motel, a series that would serve as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film Psycho. Because we need to know all about how Norman Bates got to be crazy, right? Psycho IV: The Beginning didn’t cover that angle well enough. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s nothing earth-shattering in this edition of Sequel Bits, but hey, that’s why they’re Bits and not separate stories. At least it seems like mostly good news. After the jump:
- Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is getting a prequel — but not in movie form
- Now Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey says Wiig isn’t entirely out of the sequel after all
- Alice Eve talks about working with Benedict Cumberbatch and not disappointing Star Trek fans
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Over the past year we’ve heard a bit here and there about the development of Goodfellas as a television series. The classic Martin Scorsese gangster film was scripted by Nicholas Pileggi based on his own non-fiction book Wiseguy, and Pileggi has been involved in developing the new show.
As we’ve reported on the potential for a Goodfellas show, we’ve seen quite a few different responses to the idea. Now we know that the show has landed with a development deal at AMC, home of Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Read More »