Dimension Films have announced the hiring of screenwriter Matt Lieberman to pen a remake of the 1986 cult favorite Short Circuit. An Honors film grad from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Lieberman wrote a draft of the Doctor Dolittle sequel Doctor Dolittle: First Dog, and another couple projects that have never gone into production, including Disney’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. He’s a graduate of the Disney screenwriting program, and has uncredited worked on a bunch of the Disney live-action film projects from the past few years. Despite my jab headline, Lieberman seems like an up-and-comer. He is set to work closely with director Tim Hill (Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks).
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Has Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark taught us nothing? Sure, the show making money (for now) but one would think all of the negative reactions would make producers wary of adapting popular properties that need extensive wire work for the stage. Not Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The New York Observer reports the pair are actively developing musicals based upon Finding Neverland, Chocolat, Cinema Paradiso and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The furthest along is Finding Neverland, which already has music written by Grey Gardens team Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and investors lining up. The 2004 film was directed by Marc Forster and starred Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan. Read more after the break. Read More »
Ask Roger Smith, George W. Bush, Charlton Heston and the heath care industry. If there’s one person you don’t want to screw over, it’s Michael Moore. Whether you agree with his politics or not, Moore is well-known for being extremely vocal and diligent. So when he audited his $200 million, 2004 hit film Fahrenheit 9/11 and found “substantial irregularities in the accounting,” he went to the men responsible: Bob and Harvey Weinstein. After several months discussing the matter, Moore filed a lawsuit against the Weinsteins in Los Angeles County Court Monday for “breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud claims.” He claims the Weinsteins used “Hollywood accounting tricks” and “financial deception” to cheat the him out of almost $3 million. Read more after the break. Read More »
If you were following the Disney sale of Miramax earlier this spring, there was the point where it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that Bob and Harvey Weinstein — the guys who started Miramax in the first place, and named it after their parents — had successfully wrangled a deal to regain control of the company name and film library (despite Disney’s insistence to the contrary). In conjunction with supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, i.e. the guy providing the money, the Weinsteins supposedly had Miramax sewn up and would be announcing their triumph at Cannes.
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Over the weekend, the conclusion to Rob Zombie‘s fresh take on the franchise, Halloween II, grossed $17 million. Budgeted at $15 million, the sequel would likely have grossed much more if not for direct competition with the weekend’s top movie and debut, The Final Destination 3D (a very healthy $28m). Today, the rebounding Weinstein Company announced a new, eleventh installment that is already in the planning stages. Entitled, not-so-curiously, Halloween 3D, it’s slated for release next summer.
According to the LA Times, Dimension‘s Bob Weinstein offered that Zombie would not be back, as expected per his upcoming The Blob, and that a new director is in talks, one with experience in horror and a “different take” on Michael Myers. Note: /Film commenter, DrChicago, guesses that Alexandre Aja (High Tension) may be the director in line to take over the franchise. This is a great guess because Aja is currently finishing up Piranha 3D for Dimension and is not officially booked for another project; then again, Piranha is due April ’10, so would Aja really have two 3D horror films from the same studio released so close together?
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Last week it was reported that Courtney Cox Arquette and David Arquette have been approached about reprising their roles as Gale Weathers and Dwight “Dewey” Riley for a fourth Scream movie. It was originally rumored that the film would be a complete reboot, but with returning characters, it seems more like a proper sequel.We now have further clarification from screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven.
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Vanity Fair has released the VF 100 – an annual listing of the top 100 leaders of the information age. Below you can find a listing of movie related entries on the list. Check out the full list on VanityFair.com.
4. Steve Jobs – Former Pixar CEO, Member of Disney’s Board of Directors
9. Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt – Actors
14. Steven Spielberg – Director, Producer, Dreamworks co-founder
22. David Geffen – Dremworks Co-founder
23. George Lucas – Writer, Director, Producer, Chairman of LucasFilm
24. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer
28. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird – Pixar’s creative team
32. Sumner Redstone – Majority Owner of Paramount Pictures
33. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Actor
34. Tom Hanks – Actor, Producer
35. Robert Iger – Head of the Walt Disney Company
43. Oprah Winfrey – Actress (kinda), Producer
44. Jon Stewart – Comedian, Actor
45. Stephen Colbert – Comedian, Actor
53. Jeffrey Katzenberg – Dreamworks co-founder, CEO of Dreamworks Animation
55. George Clooney – Actor, Producer
58. Judd Apatow – Producer, Writer, Director
59. Robert De Niro – Actor, Producer, Director
66. Brian Grazer/Ron Howard – Producer/Director
85. The Coen Brothers – Writers, Directors, Producers
87. The Weinstein Brothers – The Weinstien Co
93. Jerry Weintraub – Producer
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Rob Zombie has signed a two picture deal with Dimension Films, Halloween has already broken the Labor Day weekend record (aiming to take $32 million) ,well over the film’s estimated $15 million budget (despite god awful reviews from both fans and critics). But the question now becomes, will they make a sequel (And if so, will it be called Halloween 2, Halloween 10, or something else?)?
Weinstein Company head Bob Weinstein tells Reuters:
“I never say never never … but it would have to be something very, very different.”
With the re-envisioning / remake set to make 80+ million domestically, god knows how much worldwide, and even more on home video, I can’t see how Bob Weinstein won’t be able to find “something very, very different.” In Hollywood, it’s money (not ideas or story) that talks. Another question might be, does Rob Zombie have any interest in returning for a sequel. My quick guess is, probably not.