splash remake

There comes a point where you stop getting angry about the number of remakes in the Hollywood pipeline and just get a little sad and a little irritated. I’m not particularly perturbed that producer Brian Grazer has revealed that he’s working on a new version of Splash, but I did sigh and mutter “of course you are” as I started typing this paragraph after failing to concoct an even somewhat clever headline.

The truth is that a Splash remake could be good! The original isn’t sacred territory by any means! It’s a perfectly decent little movie with a fun high-concept premise! The original won’t vanish into thin air once the remake hits theaters! But you do reach a point where something has to give with this remake business. Right?

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Lestat

Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex KurtzmanRoberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. We haven’t heard much about the adaptation since, but Boone just provided an update on the project’s status, which is currently titled Interview with the Vampire.

Learn more about the Interview with the Vampire reboot below.

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Ron Howard National Geographic series

Director Ron Howard is currently in post-production on another one of Professor Robert Langdon’s (Tom Hanks) adventures, Inferno, but he’s already found another project to focus on once he’s finished with his third Dan Brown adaptation. Howard will direct the pilot of National Geographic’s first scripted series, Genius, an anthology drama about the world’s greatest innovators. Season one of Genius, which has already been given a straight-to-series order, will focus on Albert Einstein.

Learn more about the Ron Howard National Geographic series below.

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The Force Awakens final cut

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, many fans of the galaxy far, far away have been worried about the House of Mouse corrupting the sci-fi saga they love so much, as if all the merchandising done previously hadn’t already vigorously milked the cash cow. Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams has good news for concerned fans as he says the studio is “not trying to Disney-fy” our beloved Star Wars.

In a recent talk for Vanity Fair, Abrams sat down with Apple designer Jony Ive for a conversation moderated by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. Some interesting details on the future franchise surfaced, including that the director has control over Star Wars: The Force Awakens final cut. Read More »

Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words

Eddie Murphy gave us some of the best-loved comedies of the ’80s, including Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America, and for that we’ll always have a soft spot for him. But the past several years have been a rough time for Eddie Murphy fans. He hasn’t been seen onscreen since 2012’s A Thousand Words, and before that he was mostly starring in stuff like Imagine That and Meet Dave.

Maybe his next project will be the one to turn things around. Murphy is teaming with Brian Grazer for what the producer calls a “raw,” “tour-de-force” project, to be distributed by Netflix. Read about the Eddie Murphy Netflix project after the jump.

Update: A source who spoke with Deadline cautions that the project is “too premature to announce at this point in time; that details weren’t even locked down from a project or contract standpoint.” Original story follows. Read More »

The Dark Tower

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Sony has officially announced they will be releasing Stephen King’s Dark Tower directed by Nikolaj Arcel on January 13th 2017. The film is scheduled to go head to head with Fox’s animated film Boss Baby and Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie.

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Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens was considered one of the biggest blockbuster bombs of 2011. The film, which was widely panned by critics and moviegoers alike, cost an estimated $170 million, yet earned only $100 million at the domestic box office. Producer Brian Grazer regrets making the movie just as much as you regret watching it.

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Arrested Development Season 4

Prepare yourself for another Bluth family reunion. Producer Brian Grazer says new Arrested Development episodes will shoot in early 2016, and hit Netflix in mid-2016. Read his latest update on the Arrested Development new episodes after the jump.  Read More »

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Arrested Development will live again, again. Executive producer Brian Grazer says 17 new episodes will be coming to Netflix, although the streaming service itself has yet to make an official announcement. Hit the jump to read and hear his comments on more Arrested Development episodes.  Read More »