Hansel and Gretel 2

If at first you don’t succeed, try… turning it into a TV show? That seems to be the motto in Hollywood right now, as everything from Evil Dead to Jack Ryan has jumped to the small screen after getting stymied the big one. Now the next property to try out this move will be Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, after a few years of rocky development on a cinematic sequel.

Learn all about the possible Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters TV series after the jump.  Read More »

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Exclusive Interview: Noah Hawley on Fargo Season 2

Noah Hawley Fargo season 2 interview

Noah Hawley did the seeming impossible, turning the Coen Brothers acclaimed film Fargo into a TV series. Not only did he do the name justice, but FX’s Fargo is one of the most acclaimed series on television in its own right, joining the ranks of Breaking Bad, Man Men, Game of Thrones and True Detective on lists and nominations. So far there have been no characters from the movie Fargo in the series, so no Marge Gunderson or Jerry Lundegaard. It’s all been original characters like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) and police chief Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman).

For season two, Hawley took Fargo back to 1979 with an all new cast of characters. Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson play cops investigating the new crime, and Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons play a husband and wife who get wrapped up in it. I spoke with Hawley after FX’s Fargo panel for the Television Critics Association. Season two premieres October 12 at 10 on FX.

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time bandits tv series

Terry Gilliam is a cinematic genius, but he’s also a cinematic genius who wronged a sorcerer in a past life or something. His battles with movie studios are the stuff of legend. The movies that have literally fallen apart around him are too many to count. And then the internet went and falsely reported his death. If Gilliam’s own movies didn’t present a self-awareness about the absurdity of existence and cruel unfairness of life, it would be easy to fear for his sanity.

Could his salvation come via the small screen? We already knew he had a deal in place with Amazon, but now Gilliam has revealed that he’s working on a TV version of his 1981 comedic fantasy Time Bandits. Maybe things are finally looking up for the most cursed of filmmakers.

Check out Gilliam’s own comment on the Time Bandits TV series after the jump.

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Haywire - Gina Carano

Another Stephen Soderbergh film may make its way to the small-screen. The 2011 action movie Haywire was a very modest box-office hit, and proved that MMA fighter Gina Carano has real screen presence, given the right circumstances, of course. Will she return to play Mallory Kane in the television series? Little is known about the project at this point, but it’s an exciting prospect, to say the least. Read more about the potential Haywire show after the jump.

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‘Jack Ryan’ TV Series Lands at Amazon

Chris Pine in Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

UPDATE: The Jack Ryan TV series is now in development at Amazon, as reported by THR. Original story from 9/23/2015 follows.

Jack Ryan‘s last attempt at a big-screen comeback fizzled after just one tepidly received film. But he’s a CIA hero, damnit, and that means he’s not about to give up so quickly. The classic Tom Clancy character will now head to TV, with some help from Carlton Cuse and Michael Bay. Get details on the new Jack Ryan TV series after the jump.  Read More »

In the Line of Fire TV series

The 1993 thriller In the Line of Fire is an excellent thriller from director Wolfgang Peterson. The film featured Clint Eastwood, in his first post-Unforgiven role, as a Secret Service agent who had failed to prevent the assassination of JFK, but is given a chance to redeem his own sense of value and responsibility when an assassin (John Malkovich) targets the current US President. The film is good in part because it’s a perfect role for Eastwood, especially as a slightly more accessible companion for Unforgiven.

Now there’s an In the Line of Fire TV series coming to NBC, because how could there not be? Some of the basics are the same — the Secret Service, the assassin — but there are a couple of new wrinkles. For one, there won’t be anyone like Eastwood in the role, because how many actors are there who have the same sort of thing Eastwood did at that point in time? What we know about the developing In the Line of Fire TV series is below.  Read More »

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You know the drill by now. A movie doesn’t even have to be super-beloved or crazy recognizable to earn an expansion to the TV series format. Now it’s Behind Enemy Lines getting the film-to-TV treatment, as the 2001 film, which originally starred Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson in relatively rare action/thriller mode, inspires a drama series that has Fox interested.  Read More »

Time After Time

Time After Time was a 1979 novel by Karl Alexander that started with the idea that early science fiction author H.G. Wells had actually invented a time machine, and used that concept to throw Wells into the far future of 1979 in pursuit of — no joke — Jack the Ripper.

The novel became a film directed by Nicholas Meyer, with Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen in the cast. Now those two efforts are inspiring a series from Scream, The Following and Stalker writer Kevin Williamson, and ABC has bought the project. Read More »

Real Ghostbusters pilot

If you can remember the late 80s and early 90s, then you’re likely familiar with The Real Ghostbusters, an animated series adaptation of the hit supernatural comedy classic, Ghostbusters. The series continued the adventures of paranormal investigators Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore, along with their secretary Janine Melnitz and bad ghost turned mascot, Slimer.

There were some considerable differences between the show and the film franchise, and we’re not just talking about the lack of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. However, The Real Ghostbusters pilot was actually a little closer in style to the Ghostbusters movie. And while it never actually aired on television, it’s available online for your viewing pleasure. Read More »