Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We have written about our trepidation over Universal’s plans to revive their classic monsters several times now. Sure, the “shared universe” approach works wonders for the likes of Marvel, but is it really the right way to approach classic characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Mummy? Do we need Van Helsing to brush shoulders with the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Will he have to endure jokes about Samuel L. Jackson showing up after the credits to recruit the monsters for a secret team? It’s enough to cause Universal monster fans to break out in an icy sweat.
But enough of that for now. These movies are happening! And while The Mummy is happening first, it looks like The Wolf Man reboot will be next in line. It has a release date and everything.
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Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Once upon a time, Paramount had ambitions of opening a new Friday the 13th reboot in spring 2015. When that didn’t work out, they decided to release the film in fall 2015 instead. Fall 2015 became summer 2016, and then early 2017. A less persistent person (or studio, rather) might have given up by now, but not Paramount. They’re going to reboot Friday the 13th, damnit, no matter what it takes.
As of now, that means starting at square one again. Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski has been tapped to write a new script, while previously attached director David Bruckner (V/H/S) has dropped out. More about the new Friday the 13th reboot writer after the jump. Read More »
Networks are all about turning iconic musicals into live broadcast events. NBC already delivered Peter Pan with Alison Williams as the title Neverland defender and Christopher Walken as the weirdest Captain Hook, and this coming week they’ve got a live version of The Wiz with Queen Latifah, Common, Uzo Aduba and more. But early next year, Fox is getting in the live musical game too.
Grease: Live will bring what Fox is calling “America’s favorite musical” to air, and they’ve got a young cast geared towards the tween audience to introduce the classic to a new generation. Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables, Gossip Girl) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages) take the roles of Danny and Sandy (played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the original version), and the first promo for the live musical shows them off with some other odd casting choices for the supporting characters. Read More »
As you know, Universal is hoping to copy the Marvel Studios formula by launching their own cinematic universe of classic movie monster reboots. And now it looks like they might have landed a major star for The Mummy reboot: Tom Cruise. More details in the possible Tom Cruise Mummy reboot, after the jump.
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By the Sea is bombing at the box-office. Angelina Jolie‘s third directorial effort wasn’t as expensive to make as Unbroken, but it’s still a considerable loss of around $40 million for Universal. After its financial failure, it sounds like the studio wants to bring the actress and director back to more audience-friendly fare.
Read more about Universal’s hope for Angelina Jolie For The Bride of Frankenstein and Wanted 2 after the jump.
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Over the summer we learned that Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh would be at the helm of the Murder on the Orient Express remake, based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel of the same name. In addition to also producing the film, he’s taking on another job on the production by also snagging the lead role as detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American business tycoon on a train. Read More »
It’s been over a year since we heard that the classic 1960s sci-fi series Lost in Space was getting a TV remake from Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, but since then we haven’t heard of any progress on the project. But that changes today as the series remake has landed at Netflix, arguably the best place for a series like Lost in Space to go so it doesn’t have to contend with all the rigmarole of network television. Read More »
Hollywood has been trying to remake the science fiction film Logan’s Run for a long time now. So long that we’ve written about it over 20 times on /Film over the past 10 years.
X-Men series helmer Bryan Singer was originally on board to reboot the concept in 2005 , before dropping out for Superman Returns. Commercial director Joseph Kosinski briefly entertained the idea of directing the film before finding Tron Legacy over at Disney. Carl Erik Rinsch was developing the remake with Sunshine/28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, but moved on to 47 Ronin. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn developed the project as a Ryan Gosling vehicle for a year and a half with two writers (Andrew Baldwin and Will Beall). After Gosling and Refn dropped out, Bioshock creator Ken Levine was hired to get the long-in-the-works reboot on track.
In July, Simon Kinberg was the latest person to be brought on board to try to get the project going again. Kinberg, who already has his hands pretty full with the Star Wars and X-Men universes, is writing a treatment for the sci-fi remake, which he hopes to produce alongside Joel Silver (who has been on the project from the beginning of this whole development cycle). Kinberg reveals his vision for a Logan’s Run franchise and gives an update on the search for a director, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s The Wages of Fear is one of the best thrillers ever made, a despairing, sentiment-free, white-knuckle road trip into a nightmare. When it comes to powerful portraits of shattered masculinity barely surviving in the shadow of capitalism and existential dread, cinema pretty much peaked in 1953. So it’s actually kind of insane that William Friedkin‘s 1977 remake, Sorcerer, is also a masterpiece, although you’ll find two dedicated camps debating over which version is superior.
Now, a third take on the material is on the day. Ben Wheatley, the twisted genius behind Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, is in talks to remake The Wages of Fear and we’re oddly cool about it. After all, things worked out pretty well the last time a genius filmmaker decided to remake this movie, and here’s a hot take for you: Wheatley is a brilliant talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Clouzot and Friedkin. He’s one of the few filmmakers working today who deserves a “remake whatever the hell you want” pass.
Find everything we currently know about the Wages of Fear remake after the jump.
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