In May we told you that Hollywood was going to develop a movie based on the television show American Gladiators. I had hoped it would be one of those projects that would slip into nothingness, never to be heard from again. Not so…
Patriot Games/Varsity Blues scribe Peter Iliff will write a screenplay based on an idea by former Legendary Pictures chief marketing officer Scott Mednickis (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) who is producing the feature. Iliff is probably best known for writing Point Break, and recently wrote the upcoming sequel Point Break Indo.
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Many people believe that Hollywood, for the most part, is out of new ideas. Recently the big movie studios have been rumaging through popular board games and action figure properties for the next big blockbuster film. And now we learn that former Legendary Pictures chief marketing officer Scott Mednickis is developing an idea based on the television show American Gladiators.
An American Gladiators movie? Really?
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/Film reader Tony P sends along word that Mike O’Hearn, otherwise known as “Titan” on NBC’s American Gladiators, was on the Todd n’ Tyler radio show (in Omaha) this morning making some pretty big claims about his upcoming Hollywood plans. He claims that he has a meeting at 11:00am this morning to be the lead in Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot of Conan. Not only that, I heard the audio from the program and “Titan” insists that he has already passed the audition stage.
“Today’s not even an audition. They’re bringing me in today just to sit me down and talk. How about that? It’s even better than an audition!
And if he doesn’t take that deal, O’Hearn has a casting session scheduled for Marvel Studios’ big screen adaptation of Captain America.
Update: Stephanie from IESB reminds me that Mike appeared on Dr. Drew in May and gave the same exact story, that he would be reading for the part of Captain America “next week.” So either O’Hearn’s audition was delayed two months, he is being brought back in again, or it’s just a story he’s making up to get his name on the blog sites. You decide.
O’Hearn played Kane the Barbarian in the 2003 direct to dvd movie Barbarian. He also has acting experience on Days of Our Lives, TV: The Movie, and fanboys might remember Mike as Superman/Clark Kent in Sandy Collera’s 2004 fan film World’s Finest.
Discuss: What do you think? Would you rather see O’Hearn as Conan or Captain America? Or would you rather see him stick to American Gladiators?