Escape From New York remake

For over eight years now an Escape from New York remake has been in development. Originally, Gerard Butler (300) was set to star, which, if I recall correctly, made a puzzled Kurt Russell ask, “Isn’t Snake Plissken an American?” Butler, like many writers and directors, departed from the project. Today, some life has been breathed back into the in-development-hell film, as there’s a new Escape from New York remake writer onboard. Read more after the jump.

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papillon remake

The big problem with remaking any movie that starred Steve McQueen is that you have to, you know, find someone to play a role that was played by Steve McQueen. So the newly announced remake of the prison escape drama Papillon is already at a creative deficit. 2015 does not breed men like McQueen – it breeds men who are fit to be the guy McQueen beats up in the first scene to prove what a tough customer he is! We jest of course, but come on. It’s going to be hard to find an actor from any time period who’s that cool.

The official report on the Papillon remake doesn’t contain any clues about when or if Hollywood will try to clone Steve McQueen, but you can parse through the details yourself after the jump.

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rick moranis ghostbusters cameo

Rick Moranis fans, rejoice! Well, maybe not just yet, but there’s hope for the future. The 62-year-old actor, known for his splendid work in Parenthood, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, My Blue Heaven, Streets of Fire, and Strange Brew, isn’t opposed to coming out of retirement. But don’t expect to see a Rick Moranis Ghostbusters cameo in Paul Feig’s upcoming franchise reboot.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher‘s (The Social Network) breakout film, Se7en. The thriller not only launched Fincher’s feature filmmaking career, but it also made Andrew Kevin Walker an in-demand writer. Walker’s followup, 8MM, made less of a cultural, critical, and box-office impact. Director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland) turned his hot spec script into a so-so thriller. Walker, personally, wouldn’t mind seeing a 8mm remake. Learn why after the jump.

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Ellen Page Flatliners remake

Ellen Page may be this generation’s Julia Roberts. The Freeheld star could lead a remake of Roberts’ 1990 sci-fi thriller Flatliners, about a group of medical students who experiment with near-death experiences. (Because what could possibly go wrong?) Niels Arden Oplev, of the Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, is directing.

Learn all about the Ellen Page Flatliners remake after the jump.  Read More »

Power Rangers casting

Lionsgate is starting to round up the cast for their forthcoming big screen version of Power Rangers, based on the kids’ television show that has seen nearly 20 different iterations, and they’re looking to give a big break to some mostly unknown names for the five lead roles.

This weekend the studio is testing some up and coming talent to play the teenagers turned superheroes, and with the exception of The Way Way Back and Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb, you may not be very familiar with most of these Power Rangers casting options. Read More »

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These live-action updates just keep coming. Disney has found massive success with reimagining their classic animated films, so obviously they’re going to keep going back to the well. The studio’s latest update is maybe their most ambitious remake to date. If the The Jungle Book Russian trailer is any indication, director Jon Favreau has some pretty high aspirations for the film.

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Maniac Cop remake director

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Maniac Cop remake is taking its sweet time coming together, but rest assured it hasn’t fallen by the wayside completely. Last year we learned Ed Brubaker had written the script, and today comes news that John Hyams will direct. More about the Maniac Cop remake director after the jump.  Read More »

make your own Ghostbusters ghost trap

Over the past couple months, we’ve reported on a few cameos being made in Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters by cast members of the original 1984 paranormal comedy. However, this hasn’t been something that has pleased us.

We would much rather these cameos were surprises when seeing the movie. But when all the trades, blogs and Ghostbusters fans are spreading the news like wildfire without any regard for spoilers, it doesn’t make much sense for us to try to keep it secret.

And director Paul Feig has succumbed to this same problem as he has just revealed on Twitter that…  Read More »