From Dusk Till Dawn

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two brothers walk into a bar with a handful of hostages. Turns out, it’s a vampire bar, and they have to blast their way out. It began as a moderately successful movie, became a cult classic and now it’ll be a TV series.

That’s right. Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s 1996 film From Dusk To Dawn is being adapted for television. It’ll be one of the key shows on the launch of new station co-created by Rodriguez called the El Ray Network, which is owned by Univision. The English language station is set to launch later this year, with both this show and a new action show produced by Rodriguez and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Read More »

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ TV Trailer: Eyes Will Roll

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Each of the few times I’ve watched this Sleepy Hollow trailer, a new obvious influence comes to mind: Captain America, The Terminator, The X-Files, Demolition Man, and National Treasure are all in here, just for starters.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the “masterminds” behind this goofy Mad Libs in which Ichabod Crane was tasked by George Washington with killing one specific redcoat. This redcoat becomes the Headless Horseman — but not merely your run of the mill ghostly horseman. He’s one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This horseman is now running around modern America, and Ichabod Crane is reawakened to stop him.

Oh, and there’s a “there’s a Starbucks everywhere” joke. And Orlando Jones, and Clancy Brown. The whole thing is either going to be so ridiculous it transcends the total absurdity of the premise. Or, as the trailer below suggests, it might not. Read More »

Antonio Banderas Haywire

Posters, quotes, casting and replacements are all part of this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Sam Worthington discusses the Avatar sequels and a possible third Clash of the Titans film.
  • The Hangover Part III Twitter account has revealed some more character posters.
  • Is Antonio Banderas joining The Expendables III?
  • Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
  • Listen to Star Trek Into Darkness writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk secrets, fan influence, and villains.
  • The poster for Grown Up 2 is a throwback.
  • Actress Sophia Myles joins Transformers 4.
  • Michelle Rodriguez confirms the villain for Fast and Furious 7.
  • Check out an image of FEMA’s role in Godzilla.
  • Check out the cover of the Art of 300: Rise of an Empire book.

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Briefly: The team behind Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are at it again, this time wearing their producer hats. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci just sold an original sci-fi pitch to Universal called Sagittarius. They developed the idea long with Steven Karczynski, who’ll write the screenplay.

Karczynski’s Black List script, The Umbra, has Martin Campbell attached to direct while Kurtzman and Orci are producing November’s Ender’s Game and have multiple other projects in development at Universal, such as a remake (or new version) of Van Helsing.

No word on what Sagittarius is about but it’s the latest in a long line of new, high end sci-fi making its way around Hollywood. [Deadline].

Universal really, really wants their The Mummy reboot to work. Last spring, the studio set Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts to pen a modern-day reboot of the classic franchise. Now, they’re bringing in some extra help in the form of Hunger Games scribe Billy Ray.

While it’s pretty typical for a high-profile tentpole pic to go through multiple writers, this is a special case. Ray isn’t doing a rewrite of Spaihts’ script. Instead, he’s putting together a totally separate screenplay with an unrelated storyline. You know, just in case the other one totally sucks. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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It’s been a big week for Star Trek Into Darkness news, and it’s still not over. We’ve rounded up a few more updates after the jump:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch continues to insist he’s not Khan
  • … but Zachary Quinto may have let that detail slip
  • Alex Kurtzman talks villains, Damon Lindelof discusses 3D
  • Over 40 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness will be in IMAX
  • The stars discuss whether they’ll be back for Star Trek 4 and beyond

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Hopefully Locke & Key fans didn’t shut away their hopes of seeing the comic book series in live action, because a new door to that reality might have opened. A report from Latino Review states that after Fox passed on the pilot for the show based on the Joe Hill graphic novel, Universal entered the mix with an eye on making the property a feature film trilogy. Screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are currently penning The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony, were producers on the show and will reportedly not only fill that role on the movie, but will write it as well. Read more after the jump. Read More »

We’ll very likely see another film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character from Snow White and the Huntsman, but the precise details of that SWATH sequel seem up in the air. A small part of the uncertainty around that project is due to the public and embarrassing affair between Snow White director Rupert Sanders and his star Kristen Stewart. It’s a thing I hate even mentioning, because it should have nothing to do with anything other than their lives, but in this case it seems to be having some ripples in the film business as well.

So there’s another big project that Universal wants to get moving: the new version of Van Helsing that has Tom Cruise attached to star and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) scripting. And it’s starting to look like we might see Sanders stepping in to direct that film, with the potential Snow White and the Huntsman sequel going to another director. Read More »

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