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When this week began, the only specific movie scheduled for the far-off month of November 2016 was Fox’s animated Trolls adaptation. There was also, however, an untitled Disney animated film set to arrive that month. Then Warner Bros. added the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to the mix on November 18, 2016. Now Legendary Pictures is getting in on the fun. The company has just dated an “Untitled 2016 Event Project” for November 4, 2016. What could it be? We’ll offer two options and speculation below. Read More »

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Simon Crane Directing ‘Hot Wheels’ for Legendary

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Universal has the Fast and Furious films, DreamWorks now has the Need for Speed video game adaptation, and Legendary is working on a high-octane film version of Hot Wheels. And by “film version of” I mean “movie branded with the same name” as there’s clearly no story to adapt from a long-running brand of little toy cars. But the name can be everything.

Now Simon Crane, who cut his teeth as a stunt guy and second unit director before starting to look at directing features, has been set to direct.  Art Marcum and Matt Holloway wrote one draft, and now Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show, Homicide, the potential Scarface remake) will rewrite. No word on plot or story yet, but presumably there will be cars going so fast that their wheels become “hot.”

Since Legendary and Universal now have a deal, that means Uni could end up with two racing film series. But the studio could always pass, and let Legendary take Hot Wheels elsewhere, if it decides that’s the best move. [Deadline]

NBC’s shaking things up, while its former employee Dan Harmon’s bouncing back on Adult Swim. After the jump:

  • NBC doesn’t want that Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm after all
  • NBC decides to turn Up All Night into a multi-camera sitcom
  • Adult Swim orders Dan Harmon‘s new animated comedy to series
  • Chloë Sevigny signs up for A&E crime drama pilot Those Who Kill
  • See Conan O’Brien hanging around the Arrested Development set
  • Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are renewed through 2015-16
  • ABC gives full season orders to Scandal and The Neighbors
  • AMC decides to renew Hell on Wheels for a third season

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Legendary Wants To Make A ‘Hot Wheels’ Movie

In the realm of toys and games that are being adapted into movies – Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Monopoly, Battleship, etc. – Hot Wheels seems like a no-brainer. (There’s even something that is basically a Hot Wheels nod in Green Lantern.) With the Fast and Furious films continually raking in the dough, any producer would be remiss not to take the well-known toy car brand and develop it into a big time action movie. In actuality, Hollywood has been attempting to do so for almost a decade but nothing has clicked. The latest company to jump into the driver’s seat is Legendary, who is currently negotiating with Mattel to acquire the brand to make a fast-paced blockbuster. Read More »

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