Wargames remake

Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »

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Like Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel is the tough, bald star of multiple action franchises. Unlike Bruce Willis, he still likes making those movies. So much, in fact, that he’s signing on for yet another one.

Universal has picked up Soldiers of the Sun, an original sci-fi picture from Grace of Monaco scribe Arash Amel. Diesel will star in as well as produce the film, which Universal hopes will go on to launch a franchise. Hit the jump to learn about the plot.

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Last year a script called Grace of Monaco hit the Black List, that collation of popular but as-yet unproduced screenplays. The script, by Arash Amel, investigates a year in the life of Grace Kelly, the cool blonde movie star turned Princess of Monaco, as she deals with a crisis in her adopted home country.

The film is going forward with Olivier Dahan¬†(Ghost River, La vie en rose) directing, and now Nicole Kidman is in talks to play the cinema icon. Read More »

The long-threatened sequel to the 2007 Will Smith movie I Am Legend is moving again. Warner Bros. has signed Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to create another film in which Will Smith will reprise the role of ‘last man on Earth’ Robert Neville. Arash Amel will script. Read More »

Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011.¬†Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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