Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Monster High

Universal’s last attempt to turn toys into movies was not a success. Battleship turned out to be a massive flop, and the studio wound up spending millions of dollars to not adapt all the other Hasbro properties they’d acquired. But now, apparently, they’re ready to try, try again.

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have signed on for the studio’s live-action adaptation Monster High, based on Mattel’s popular line of dolls. The central conceit is that the teenaged characters — who look, basically, like Bratz girls gone goth — are the offspring of iconic monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Mummy. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.

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It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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In the decade or so since he hit Hollywood, Josh Schwartz has become a high-profile name in television. He first gained attention for creating the smash hit The O.C., and followed up that success by co-creating Chuck and Gossip Girl. And now that he’s conquered the small screen, he’s got his sights set on taking over the big one.

Schwartz is making his feature directorial debut with the holiday teen comedy Fun Size, a sort of Adventures in Babysitting with Halloween costumes. Nickelodeon breakout Victoria Justice plays Wren, whose plans to attend a Halloween party are scuttled when her mother (Chelsea Handler) forces her to take her weird little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) trick-or-treating.

Her night takes yet another turn for the worse when she loses her little brother, sending her on a frantic search to recover him with the help of her best friend April (Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy). Meanwhile, Albert’s up to his own insane adventures, involving a brokenhearted man and some criminal activity. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Which poster won the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance fan contest? What actor from The West Wing was just cast in Man of Steel? Why was Paul Bettany‘s work on The Avengers “the best job I’ve ever had?” What could bring screenwriter Jane Goldman back for an X-Men: First Class sequel? And are you ready for the return of set photos, these from Man of Steel? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

I know how most of you feel about remakes, and I know how most of you (or at least most of those of you’ve heard of Misfits) feel about Misfits, so you may want to take a deep breath before you move on to the next paragraph. Ready?

Josh Schwartz, who helped will The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Chuck into being, has his eye on a Stateside remake of the hit British sci-fi series. He and producing partner Stephanie Savage have just acquired the rights to the show, about a group of working-class adolescents who gain superpowers in the wake of an electrical storm. For what it’s worth, Schwartz will be working closely with U.K. Misfits creator Howard Overman as he Americanizes the show. More details after the jump.

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Seeing as she’s currently enjoying Oscar buzz for her powerful performance in The Help, the announcement of a potential new project for Viola Davis couldn’t come at a better time. The actress is reportedly eyeing the lead role in an untitled half-hour HBO drama which will focus on a city’s corruption as seen from the perspective of a prep school headmaster with big ambitions.

Dee Rees, writer/director of Sundance favorite Pariah, is set to write the script and possibly direct the pilot; Margaret Nagle, who recently wrote episodes of Boardwalk Empire, will co-write the story with Rees. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, read about a possible Sex and the City prequel, Comedy Central’s fall schedule, and the renewal of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital.

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