Over the past several weeks, we’ve cheered, sighed, and rolled our eyes as the networks have ordered project after project based on old movies. But NBC’s latest announcement may be the first to make our eyes well up.
NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Marley and Me TV series, a follow-up to the 2008 dramedy directed by David Frankel. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, the film followed the ups and downs of Grogan’s relationship with his dog. Hit the jump for more on the Marley and Me TV series.
Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Steve Carell‘s first really big starring role came in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but he’s playing a man much more experienced in matters of the heart and body for the new Hope Springs (formerly titled Great Hope Springs). As a respected relationship therapist, he dishes advice to a couple (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) growing bored of their decades-long marriage. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
That bird watching movie now has a trailer and apparently it’s about more than just bird watching. The Big Year stars Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson as three friends who decide to take a year off from the lives and do the things they’ve always wanted to do. Which includes, but is not limited to, bird watching. Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) the comedy opens October 14. Check out the first trailer and poster after the jump. Read More »
The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me director David Frankel has a new comedy coming out later this year that centers around an energetic subculture: bird watchers. OK, perhaps not so energetic. The Big Year stars Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black, all of whom are competing in an annual bird-watching event. As a drama it might not be riveting stuff, but as a comedy there’s potential. See the first full image of the three leads below. Read More »
Meryl Streep is making another movie with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel: Great Hope Springs, in which a couple enlists a therapist to save their fading 31-year marriage. Meryl Streep is one half of the couple, with the actors playing her husband yet to be announced.
Now it looks like Steve Carrell will be the therapist. We don’t know the tone of the film, but this casting certainly suggests a fairly comic approach. On the surface it seems like this is a role that would be great for Mr. Carrell, especially with Meryl Streep to play against. While the basics don’t sound outrageously appealing, the notion of those two verbally sparring definitely does. [Deadline]
After the break, Chloe Moretz gets company in Hick and 50 Cent becomes a cop. Read More »
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A couple weeks back, we told you that producer Lionel Wigram, a former Warner Bros creative executive who oversaw the first three Harry Potter films and went out to create/pitch/write Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, was developing an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas‘ classic 17th-century adventure novel The Three Musketeers. No director or cast has been attached to the project. The Los Angeles Times has learned which filmmakers Warner Bros is courting for the project.
David Frankel, the director of the big screen adaptations of Marley & Me and The Devil Wears Prada.
Doug Liman, the director of Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. And Mrs. Smith and Jumper
Remember that really lame teaser trailer which features a dog running on a beach? Well, Fox has finally decided to release a full length trailer for David Frankel‘s adaptation of Marley & Me. John Grogan’s New York Times bestselling book has been described as both hilarious and heartwarming, but this just looks like a paint by numbers romantic comedy. Oh, but it has a cute dog and comes out on Christmas Day, so its sure to make tons of money. Also, is anyone else getting tired of Jennifer Aniston? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
The official book cover description follows: The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador Retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged into drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good -Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”
And yet, his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. He shared the couple’s joy at first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a 17-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.