When someone mentions “paranoid ’70s thrillers” as an inspirational set of films, one of the movies they’re talking about is Three Days of the Condor. (Anthony and Joe Russo, for example, namechecked it often in the runup to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)
Sydney Pollack’s original film featured Robert Redford as a low-level CIA analyst whose entire office cohort is murdered while he’s out at lunch; he spends the rest of the film eluding his own death while trying to figure out what’s going on. And now David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, which backs the Mission: Impossible and new Star Trek films, is developing a Three Days of the Condor remake for TV.
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“Write Cinderella.” On the surface it sounds like a pretty easy task. It’s a well-known story, all the characters are pre-packaged and every major story beat is already locked in. But then you break it down. The original Disney film is about 75 minutes long, the Prince hardly speaks, the mice talk, and we learn very little about the the characters themselves. In fact, writing Cinderella, especially in live-action for for a whole new generation, is much more difficult than you’d think.
For the new Cinderella, which hits theaters March 13, writing duties were entrusted to Chris Weitz. Weitz first hit the big time when he and his brother Paul made American Pie. He’s since gone on to direct The Golden Compass, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, About a Boy and most recently A Better Life. Currently, he’s writing the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards. But before that could happen, Weitz was tasked with simultaneously modernizing and keeping the heart of one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.
We spoke with Weitz about the difficulties in adapting such a well-known story, keeping it fresh, the fact he started the project with Mark Romanek and ended with Kenneth Branagh, as well as making changes to that beloved 1950s Disney cartoon. Then, of course, the conversation turned to Star Wars (which we published a few days back). Read our full Chris Weitz Cinderella interview below. Read More »
A few months back, news broke that Con Air director Simon West was going to be remaking The Blob. It sounded like a smart move as The Blob is a horror franchise that’s somehow simultaneously incredibly well-known, but also not incredibly popular. Everyone has heard of it and knows the premise just based on the title, but the number of people who actually champion the films is much smaller. That’s just the right formula for a remake.
Now, the director has explained a few more details about his Blob remake. He compares the Blob itself to the villains of the Alien and Predator franchises and says, in the same way dinosaurs are made believable in Jurassic Park, The Blob will be believable in this. Read more about the Blob remake below.
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Dumbo is coming back to theaters in new form, and the film now has a director.
Tim Burton was part of the beginning of Disney’s current foray into live-action reinventions of its classic animated catalog, as he directed Alice in Wonderland, released early in 2010. Disney has followed that with Maleficent and the new Cinderella, with live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book on the way along with an Alice sequel. We’ve known there was a plan for a live-action version of Dumbo, and now Burton will direct it. Read More »
Paul Feig’s female-centric Ghostbusters are no longer the only ‘busters on the block. Sony has just announced a new division of their company, Ghost Corps, which will take control of the franchise. Lead by Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman, the first order of business is to create a male counterpart to the Feig film. They’re eyeing the Russo Brothers to direct, Drew Pierce to write and Channing Tatum to produce and co-star. From there, Sony might do TV shows and more. Read about the Channing Tatum Ghostbusters news below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jon Foo is the new Jackie Chan. Well, for the purposes of CBS’ Rush Hour pilot, anyway. The British actor, stunt man, and martial artist has just been cast as Detective Lee in the action-comedy series, based on the 1998 film starring Chan and Chris Tucker.
More details on the new Rush Hour casting after the jump. Read More »
Sony and Marvel have found their man to take on the new feature film version of the Web Slinger. Drew Goddard has reportedly been chosen to write and direct the new Spider-Man film, set for release in 2017.
Goddard, best known for co-writing and directing The Cabin in the Woods, was previously attached to the Daredevil TV show before leaving that to focus on Sinister Six, a Spider-Man spin-off project that is now dead. Read more of the Drew Goddard Spiderman details below.
UPDATE: A representative for Drew Goddard denied these claims, however that most likely doesn’t change things. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
The Magnificent Seven remake is also going to be a Training Day reunion. Ethan Hawke has just joined his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and co-star Denzel Washington on the project, which also stars Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett. More details on the Magnificent Seven Ethan Hawke casting after the jump.
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Thirty years have passed since audiences were introduced to Red Sonja on the big screen. Envisioned as a female equivalent to Conan, the film starred Brigitte Nielsen as the title character and even featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in a slightly confusing Conan, but non-Conan, role. The sword and sandal fantasy epic was not a big hit and in fact even took home a Razzie award for the actress. Yet fans who found the film when they were younger hold it in high regard and a new Red Sonja movie has been in talks for sometime.
Robert Rodriguez was originally attached with Rose McGowen in the lead. Megan Fox was floated and then Simon West seemingly boarded the film with Amber Heard as the warrior. Now, that has all been wiped clean. No one is attached to Red Sonja except screenwriter Christopher Cosmos. Read More »