In the early ’80s, comic book fans didn’t have a lot of options to see costumed heroes on TV and in movies. Outside of the big-screen Superman films and The Incredible Hulk on TV, the offerings were pretty slim. But William Katt wore a red costume as the title character in The Greatest American Hero, an original TV series that centered around a schoolteacher who acquires a super-powered suit from aliens, but loses the instructions and has to learn the hero game by trial and error. Now Fox is prepping a new Greatest American Hero TV series, with The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as guiding producers.
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In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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In the noir classic Laura, directed by Otto Preminger, an investigator looks into the murder of a woman who had several suitors, and becomes obsessed with her image. Now the film is being remade, and James Ellroy is going to write it. Read More »
After showing a talent for making people laugh during his gigs as Thor, and in The Cabin in the Woods, Chris Hemsworth is taking a dive into full-on comedy. He’s in talks to play a new role in the sequel and semi-reboot of Vacation. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) wrote the film and will make their directorial debut on the picture, which follows the continued adventures of the Griswold family as they try desperately to have fun. Read More »
Jet Li made his debut in the 1982 movie Shaolin Temple (billed in the trailer as a “grand production of billion dollars”!), and the film was a landmark in martial arts cinema. A collaboration between US and Chinese companies is backing a remake, and there’s an eye-roll waiting at the end of that news. But Justin Lin, best known for the Fast & Furious series, was announced as director earlier this year. That’s interesting. And now Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James, Killing Them Softly) will script the movie. More on the Andrew Dominik Shoalin Temple report follows.
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Director Andy Serkis is bringing the A-list to his first feature film, Jungle Book: Origins. After casting Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the evil tiger Shere Khan, he’s now added Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan to the mix as the other animals. Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman’s co-star in Bad Words, is Mowgli and Serkis himself will be Baloo the bear. Which characters are each actor voicing? Read the full Jungle Book Origins cast below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
NBC’s last attempt at rebooting an old property involving Satan didn’t go so great, but they’re going to try again anyway. The network is developing a TV series based on the 1997 movie The Devil’s Advocate, about a young lawyer who realizes his boss is the Devil. In the literal sense, not the Devil Wears Prada sense. More details after the jump.
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One of the biggest rules in Hollywood is lock up your next project before your current one hits theaters. That worked out well for director Patrick Hughes (left) this week. His latest film, The Expendables 3, grossed only $16.2 million on its opening weekend, which is half what the first film earned on its opening weekend in 2010. Despite the disappointing grosses, Hughes is already prepping a remake of The Raid and has Frank Grillo lined up for one of the leads.
Grillo, however, will have lots of company in the film, according to Hughes’ latest quote. The director said the film has about twelve main roles, revealing one of the ways they plan to account for not having Iko Uwais. Read more about The Raid remake below. Read More »