How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

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Hackers + Revolution + Rollerblades = How Did This Get Made?

On September 15, 1995, MGM released a stylish, cyberspace thriller called Hackers. Two weeks later—following mixed reviews and poor box office numbers—the film was gone from theaters. Yet despite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.

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Earlier this week we learned Cruel Intentions, the greatest love story of our time, was getting a completely unnecessary-sounding TV sequel. Now Romeo and Juliet, the greatest love story of someone else’s time, is following suit. ABC has put into development Still Star-Crossed, based on a 2013 novel that picks up after the events of William Shakespeare‘s teen romance classic.

Which sounds like a terrible idea, given that most of the characters you care about are dead after the events of Romeo and Juliet (400-year-old spoiler alert), but Still Star-Crossed one has one big thing going for it: It’s coming out of ShondaLand, the same watercooler drama factory that gave us Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. Read about the Romeo and Juliet sequel after the jump.  Read More »

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In retrospect, the return of Cruel Intentions seems as predictable as the plot of Cruel Intentions itself. Everything else we loved in the ’90s is getting resurrected, so of course we should’ve known that’d include this salacious 1999 teen drama. To be more specific, NBC is the one bringing Cruel Intentions back, as a TV series that’ll serve as a sequel to the original movie. So… how does that work, exactly? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits, we take a look at:

  • Jurassic World‘s really crazy Blu-ray and DVD promotion.
  • How Iron Sky 2 is defying typical distribution.
  • A Korean superstar joins Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
  • Paul Verhoeven teases a Showgirls 2.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back rounds out its cast.

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Following in the footsteps of Goosebumps, R.L. Stine‘s other hit series from the 1990s will also be coming soon to a theater near you. A Fear Street movie is in the works at 20th Century Fox, as confirmed by Stine himself. Read about the Fear Street movie news after the jump. 

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I don’t know anything about the book The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but the title is so weird and awesome that I might have to buy it today. Or I could wait until the movie version comes out, and that might be pretty good, too, because Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones is in talks to lead the cast. This move does make me wonder about the future for Williams and the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, however, for reasons I’ll go into below. Read More »

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The Hunger Games franchise is about many things — revolution, propaganda, teen romance — but it all started as a story about two sisters. It was Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) devotion to Prim (Willow Shields) that led her to volunteer for the 74th Hunger Games, and that’s kept her fighting ever since.

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Following the events of this year’s Insurgent, Tris and her friends are ready to find out what lies beyond the walls of their secluded society. The answer might surprise you, but probably won’t if you read the headline. Watch the first The Divergent Series: Allegiant trailer after the jump. Read More »