I try to be open-minded about remakes, and maybe, somehow, I’ll get around to being slightly more open-minded about this one. But for the time being, the idea of Ehren Kruger scripting a remake of David Cronenberg‘s Videodrome for commercial director Adam Berg pretty much sucks from every angle. That’s the Ehren Kruger who wrote the last two Transformers movies, and is scripting the fourth, by the way.
Berg’s biggest calling card to date is a Phillips commercial tracking through a frozen moment in a cops and robbers shootout. See that below. A nice little piece of film, to be sure, but there was never a point during the commercial’s runtime where I thought “let this guy play with one of the most unique pieces of filmed science fiction.” But Universal has been convinced to do just that, following through on the remake idea none of us ever figured would actually happen. “Death to Videodrome,” indeed. (Serious gore at that link.)
Read a bit more about the plans for the Videodrome remake below.
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Director D.J. Caruso may have begun to establish himself with the film The Salton Sea and some episodes of The Shield, but his real big break came thanks to the success of Disturbia in 2007. The film was a modern teen-targeting thriller that riffed on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie Rear Window. It nearly established a pattern of films that are modern updates of other Hitchcock thrillers, though so far we’ve seen a lot more of those go into the development process than we’ve seen emerge as actual films.
Caruso, meanwhile, went on to Eagle Eye, I Am Number Four, and his recently wrapped YA adaptation Goat Island, a sort of passion project based on novel The Goats.
Now Caruso has a new project, and it sounds like another Hitchcock riff, as the title is Invertigo. But the sci-fi thriller, written by Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp, actually features a crashed satellite, inverted gravity in NYC, and big effects. Read More »
Last year Disney began active development of a film tenuously connected to the Disneyland Matterhorn ride. Jason Dean Hall was hired to write a film that was called The Hill last summer, and then Brian Beletic became attached to direct the project. Now Ehren Kruger (The Ring, Scream 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) has been hired to rewrite the picture that has evolved to be about a group of adventurers who run into Yeti in the Alps. Read More »
Our box office dollars asked for it and now Paramount is hoping to deliver a double dose. Earlier today, news broke that Hasbro is keen on getting director Michael Bay back behind the camera to shoot a fourth Transformers film. Variety is now reporting the plan is much bigger than that. They’re actually considering filming a fourth and fifth film simultaneously – much as Warner Bros. did with The Matrix sequels, Disney did with the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films and Universal is considering with the sixth and seventh Fast and Furious movies. Transformers: Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger reportedly has an idea for both films and they’re current looking for writers. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
This past awards season, The Hollywood Reporter posted full hour long roundtable interviews with the directors, screenwriters, animators and actors of the award season contenders. It seems like that was so successful that they have done the same thing for their Summer 2011 movie preview.
After the jump you can watch a 58-minute roundtable interview with Jonathan Aibel (Kung Fu Panda 2); Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern); Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon); Christopher Markus (Captain America: The First Avenger); Ashley Edward Miller (Thor) and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens). I always love hearing Hollywood screenwriters talk about their craft. I especially like hearing from writers behind Hollywood blockbusters, because that arena is such an interesting mix (or some would say compromise) between art, spectacle and commerce, all at a big budget level.
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Scream 4 is done. It’s out there. And as we ride a wave of publicity, press screenings and more leading up towards the April 15 release, fans will have to dodge an obstacle course of spoilers revealing who dies, when they die, how they die and, of course, who or what is Ghostface this time around. For the record, I have no idea – I’m also avoiding spoilers at all costs – so feel free to read on.
Besides the onslaught of spoilers, one of the film’s biggest controversies was the reported creative differences surrounding franchise creator and the screenwriter of this fourth film, Kevin Williamson. We heard that sometime in the middle of production he left and Ehren Kruger (who wrote Scream 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) came in. Director Wes Craven has finally spoken out on these issues and while you can read his comments below, beware that we’re also going to include some new photos, one of which is surely considered a spoiler. Feel free to read the quotes below but then watch out for the spoiler warning. Read More »
UPDATE: There might be more truth and ugliness to this than I first thought was the case. New info at the end of the article.
We’ve been running a lot of Scream 4 info, and in a piece I ran yesterday one commenter asked why we’ve been covering it so much. The simple answer is “it’s what we do,” but the more complex answer is that there’s a lot of motion on the picture this week. Partially as a by-product of trying to keep the script secret, the film has been casting quite a few roles even as photography has begun.
But today the big rumor has been that there’s been a total screenwriter switcheroo on the picture, with the effect of not only making big changes to this film, but demolishing the option for a fifth. As is so often the case there seems to be some truth to the story, surrounded by a lot of exaggeration. Read More »
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Producer Don Murphy maintains a pretty lively website and forum that was crashed for a bit this morning when Roberto Orci confirmed in a forum post that he and Alex Kurtzman would not return at all for Transformers 3, leaving script duties entirely in the hands of Ehren Kruger. (Well, not entirely, as Michael Bay will have his input.) This is no surprise to anyone who’s been following along over the past couple months. Read More »