Whenever I stop to think about it, I’m always fairly amazed that the original Something Wicked This Way Comes doesn’t have a more enthusiastic pop-culture following. The Disney film, released in 1983, has a few big problems, sure. Yet it boasts a chilling autumnal atmosphere and an early performance from Jonathan Pryce. Furthermore, its story of a father/son pair, a dark carnival magician, and hidden desires given wing in a small town features several harrowing scenes that have always stayed with me since that first viewing in ’83.
Neither Disney nor the pop-culture machine have done much with the original, but the studio is handing the Ray Bradbury novel to Seth Grahame-Smith to adapt anew. He’ll draw up an outline for a Something Wicked This Way Comes remake before handing it off to a writer. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Joe Dante‘s Explorers flopped upon its initial release in 1985, but has since gained enough of a following to be considered an ’80s classic today. And like all ’80s classics these days, it’s now getting a 21st century makeover.
Paramount’s low-budget Insurge label is getting the ball rolling on an Explorers remake, with some help from the talents behind Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Better Living Through Chemistry.
Get all the details on the Explorers remake after the jump.
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Now that Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has been set, it’s time to cast the villain. And as in previous Fantastic Four films, that villain will be the evil Doctor Doom. Rumors had been swirling about a female possibly playing the role, but those were squashed. Now The Wrap is reporting Trank and company are down to four actors to potentially play the role. Read their names below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Fletch Won had already been in the works for a decade when it landed at Warner Bros. in 2011 and, at first, it seemed like this iteration might be a non-starter as well. The project went through several screenwriters, none of which quite managed to crack it (Kevin Smith being the most famous). In the meantime, we heard almost nothing else about it.
But at long last, the movie is taking a big leap forward as Jason Sudeikis has been tapped to star. The Saturday Night Live alum takes over the classic role from another Saturday Night Live alum, Chevy Chase. The latter starred in two Fletch movies during the 1980s. More details on the new version after the jump.
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The Human Torch is a young, cocky, and charismatic superhero who can turn his whole body into flames. Actor Michael B. Jordan is young and can play cocky and charismatic with the best of them. So why are some people so mad director Josh Trank cast him in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four? Simply put, in the comics the Human Torch is white and Michael B. Jordan is black. Some fans don’t want a black Human Torch.
Since the rumors of Jordan’s casting began, his race has been a major topic of discussion. While the actor has commented briefly in the past, that was before he’d officially been announced for the role. That announcement has now taken place and, below, you can watch and listen to him talking about the controversy. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Given the pace at which old properties are being revived these days, the only surprising thing about Sony’s planned Zorro reboot is that it’s taking them this long. But it’s better late than never, and now the project is gaining some serious steam.
The studio has just signed playwright and screenwriter Chris Boal to pen the script. The new movie is described as being in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, because of course it is. More details after the jump.
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A West Side Story remake? It’s possible and it might be made by Steven Spielberg. The legendary director has yet to settle on his next project, and while there are several possibilities, he’s just come up with a new one. Spielberg has reportedly expressed interest in remaking the Best Picture-winning 1961 musical, so 20th Century Fox has made those rights available to him if he wants to take up the task. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
After a lengthy hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally returned to making new music last year with the album The 20/20 Experience. But he hasn’t given up on his Hollywood dreams. MGM is developing a remake of The Idolmaker, with Timberlake set to produce. Now Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, who directed Timberlake in Black Snake Moan, in talks to helm. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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