In May 2010, Disney bought a pitch by The Devil Wears Prada/We Bought A Zoo scribe Aline Brosh McKenna to remake their classic film Cinderella in live-action. This was a few months after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was a major hit for the studio and fantasy remakes became a go-to genre (see Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and the Powerful etc.). A year later, director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) was attached to the project and soon after that Universal began developing a rival production. Since then, all’s quiet on the glass slipper front. Until today.

Chris Weitz, an Oscar-nominee for About a Boy and director of The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, has been tapped to rewrite McKenna’s original draft, breathing life into a film we’d long since thought was nothing but a sleeping beauty. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Director Ron Howard decoded the first two and now it’s Mark Romanek‘s turn to crack the case. He’s reportedly the frontrunner to helm The Lost Symbol, the third installment in Dan Brown‘s massively successful series of mysteries centered on symbologist Robert Langdon. In the previous two films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Langdon was played by Tom Hanks and while the Oscar-winner has yet to commit to this sequel, he’s expected to return. Read more about Romaneck and The Lost Symbol itself after the jump. Read More »

Could MTV Pick Up ‘Locke & Key’?

Briefly: The last time we checked in with Locke & Key, the television comic book adaptation with a pilot directed by Mark Romanek, Fox had passed on the show’s pickup, and the project appeared destined to languish as a non-starter. A trailer appeared to give us a taste of what might have been, but that was it.

Now Deadline says that the head of MTV programming took a look at the show, and is reportedly interested. The site’s report is actually pretty speculative, as it basically boils down to “we think the guy watched and liked the pilot.” So it’s probably a stretch to generate any real hopes that MTV is going to pick up the show. Would the network bite on something that is this far outside its typical realm, especially given that the cast options have expired, which means that any version that got off the ground now might only partially resemble the pilot? (Sure, there’s the new Teen Wolf as an example of MTV offering something vaguely similar, but even that seems like a stretch.) But for those who really held out hope for the show this is a tiny outcropping on which to find a foothold. Let’s see if it leads anywhere.

Last year, Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) directed a television pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s comic series Locke & Key. Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl led the cast about a small family that takes possession of a mansion that is full of secrets. Or full of secret doors, as it turns out.

Fox decided not to go with the show, leaving the pilot as one of many TV orphans. The show got a one-off screening last month at Comic Con, but showing the pilot to a few hundred people hardly counts as a public airing. Now we’ve got the closest anyone is likely to get to Locke & Key without resorting to piracy: a trailer for the show ended up online yesterday. See it below. Read More »

Disney is looking to take the next step in the studio’s own big-budget live-action fairy tale reinvention with Cinderella, based on a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). And the Mouse is eying what at first seems like an unlikely directorial choice: Mark Romanek, the music video director also responsible for One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go. Read More »

‘Locke & Key’ Pilot Will Be Shown at Comic Con

It isn’t often that a network decides to showcase a property that it decided not to fully embrace, but that is exactly what Fox will allow to happen with the comic book adaptation Locke & Key next month at Comic Con. The pilot was directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) with Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl in the cast, but Fox elected not to pick up the show. Despite that fact, the company has given its blessing for comic publisher IDW to hold a panel presentation for the show at Comic Con, complete with a screening of the full pilot. Read More »

The shortlist to direct The Wolverine just got shorter by one name. Mark Romanek, who last directed the underrated Never Let Me Go, was reportedly on a list of directors 20th Century Fox was interested in having helm the X-Men sequel vacated by Darren Aronofsky. (Also on the list, names like Jose Padilla, Justin Lin, James Mangold, etc.) Well, Romanek confirmed to The Digital Spy that he was on the list, but read the script and passed. Read his quote about the situation, and his impression of the script, after the jump. Read More »

Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »

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