Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

Morgan Freeman Ben-hur

We recently reported that Tom Hiddleston was being courted for the new version of Ben-Hur, but while he makes up his mind Timur Bekmambetov has gone ahead and cast the film’s first star. Morgan Freeman is set to join the epic. The news comes one day after he booked a role in Ben-Hur‘s polar opposite, Ted 2. Hit the jump for the latest details.

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denzel washington magnificent seven

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Antoine Fuqua is now confirmed to direct Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. More details on the Denzel Washington Magnificent Seven remake, after the jump.
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Margot Robbie Ghost in the Shell

Anime classic Ghost in the Shell is being developed as a live-action English-language film, with Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) directing. Now Margot Robbie, who rocketed to the top of casting lists thanks to her work in The Wolf of Wall Street (above), is in early talks to star. Read More »

Joe Dante Not Involved in ‘Gremlins’ Reboot or Sequel

Joe Dante Gremlins remake

Given how movie studios continually mine familiar properties for new sequels and remakes, it’s no surprise that there’s a push at Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins movie. What is a surprise is that we haven’t seen one yet. A new film is in development now — reportedly a sequel, rather than a reboot — but new Gremlins films have been in development before and never gone anywhere. Now Joe Dante, who directed both the original film and its very cartoonish sequel, talks about the complications of making a new Gremlins film, even as he admits that he’s not at all involved. Read More »

CHIPS movie

Obviously, this was coming. In a business where name recognition trumps cleverness, Warner Bros. has just put in motion a remake of the hit TV show CHiPs. The show, which ran from 1977-1983, followed two slick California motorcycle cops, played by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada, as they fought crime and generally acted cool. It was very much of its time and had a pretty strong following that eventually evolved into a cult following.

Now Dax Shepard has been hired to write, direct and co-star in a CHiPs movie. He’ll play the Wilcox role with Michael Pena set as Estrada’s character. The tone will reportedly be less like the original series, though, and more along the action-packed lines of buddy action movies like Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. Read More »

Escape From New York Wishlist

I think I’ve been guardedly positive about the Escape From New York remake in the past, but today I’m not feeling so charitable. This shouldn’t be a thing. But it might still be a thing, and a new report lists three names that top the Escape From New York wishlist for stars. Sitting right at the top is Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim. Read More »

new Greatest American Hero TV series

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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Superman Flyby
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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