‘Ghost’ Being Turned Into TV Show

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Briefly: It took almost a quarter century, but Paramount is finally getting around to remaking the hit 1990 film, Ghost. However, it won’t be for the big screen, it’ll be for television. Writers Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (who worked together on Fringe) are attached to adapt the film, which is about a murder victim who attempts to solve the crime, and reconnect with his girl, as a ghost. No network is attached and only a pilot is in the works.

The original film starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Jerry Zucker, it won 2 Oscars and was the number two highest grossing film of the year, making over $215 million. [Variety]

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his directorial debut next Valentine’s Day with Winter’s Tale. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, it’s the story of two people whose love mysteriously travels through the ages.

Or something like that. It’s a bit difficult to put together the pieces from the first trailer, which has just been released. And maybe that’s a good thing. The film stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay. Check out the romantic fantasy trailer below. Read More »

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For the past couple years, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Akiva Goldsman have been working on a truly ambitious adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel series The Dark Tower. Originally set as a possible project at Howard and Grazer’s frequent partner Universal, the project almost went to Warner Bros., and finally got a financing offer from Media Rights Capital.

Why all the difficulty? Well, this isn’t just one or two films; it’s envisioned as a three-film series linked by two short television series. That MRC offer was just for one film, but there was another mysterious offer that came up, which would have allowed for the original ambitious plan to take place. Now, after months of delays and public uncertainty about the project, Howard says The Dark Tower is still kicking. It’s just taking some time, and we’re not likely to hear much more about it until it is really gaining true momentum. Read More »

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Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.

But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?

Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.

 

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As a writer and producer, Akiva Goldsman has enjoyed an enviable career working on projects like A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I Am Legend. But this winter, he’s finding himself in some new territory as he shoots his feature directorial debut Winter’s Tale.

Based on the novel by Mark Helperin, the romantic fantasy follows a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who breaks into a seemingly empty mansion in Victorian-era New York City. Once inside, he’s surprised to meet and fall for Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the dying young woman cloistered within. Russell Crowe also stars, as a criminal boss named Pearly Soames who has it in for Peter. A handful of photos from the set have hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Media Rights Capital has turned into a financing powerhouse — the company has a deal with David Fincher, and is making the new version of the series House of Cards that he is producing and partially directing. The company also financed some of Cloud Atlas; Neill Blomkamp’s second film, Elysium; and this summer’s hit Ted. MRC has cash to throw around, in other words, and because one of the key players there is a big fan of Stephen King and The Dark Tower, it looks like some of that cash is going to go into Imagine Entertainment’s multi-film and TV series adaptation of the novels. Read More »

Has The Dark Tower finally fallen? Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have been working up a very ambitious three-film and dual-TV series cycle of productions to adapt Stephen King‘s epic novel series. But last summer Universal decided not to finance the project, and Imagine took The Dark Tower to other studios. In March, Warner Bros. showed interest and for the past months screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been doing script revisions to make it more budget-conscious.

Goldsman recently delivered his latest draft, and there was the possibility that Russell Crowe would play the lead character Roland “the Gunslinger” Deschain. But now Warners has passed as well, leaving the project with a very uncertain future. Read More »

Thanks to her performance as Lady Sybil Crawley in the two seasons of Downton Abbey, which has become an unexpected smash hit for PBS in the US, Jessica Brown Findlay is on the cusp of being far more well-known than her otherwise limited on-screen resume would lead you to expect.

Her sharp and Abbey-related career upswing is very likely what helped bring Findlay to the attention of writer producer and now director Akiva Goldsman, who is about to make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Mark Helperin‘s novel Winter’s Tale. Goldsman has now chosen Findlay to be the woman at the center of the story, who falls in love with a thief who breaks into her mansion home. Read More »

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