Coincidence or not: on the same day that we learn Universal has passed on the Dark Tower adaptation that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer were trying to make at Imagine Entertainment, we get word that another old Imagine project at Universal has new life through a new screenwriter. Years ago the company got the rights to remake the 1968 (released in ’70) tech thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project — a sort of ‘computer develops sentience’ thriller that paved the way for War Games and other films — but for a very long time it has seemed basically dormant. Now it is back. Read More »

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Over three years ago it was announced that Brian Grazer would be producing a remake of the ’70s film Colossus: The Forbin Project, which was in itself based on Dennis Feltham Jones’ novel Colossus from the ’60s. Grazer was setting up the project as a directing vehicle for Ron Howard, with Jason Rothenberg—who just yesterday was hired on to pen a draft of the new Twilight Zone movie—taking on writing duties for the film.

Until today, that announcement was the last we heard of the project.

Finally, some progress: Will Smith is attached to star in the remake, which is about a massive American defense computer, named Colossus, becoming sentient and deciding to assume control of the world. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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