Jonny Quest

Way back in 2008, Peter Segal was linked to the live-action feature adaptation of Hanna-Barbera’s Jonny Quest. At the time, there was even word that the film could hit by Summer 2009. Of course, that didn’t quite pan out. Segal’s next directorial effort turned out to be Prodigy Bully, a Fox sitcom that failed to make it past the pilot stage, and then he returned to features this year with Grudge Match.

But now that Grudge Match is over and done with, Segal may turn his attention back to Jonny Quest. In fact, he says, they’ve got a writer working on it right now. Hit the jump for the latest on the project.

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Rocky Balboa / Jake LaMotta

For his boxing comedy Grudge Match, Peter Segal rounded up two legends of silver-screen boxing: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Granted, the two aren’t quite in the fighting shape they were three decades ago, but the allure of watching Rocky Balboa face off against Jake LaMotta in the ring can’t be denied.

But that no doubt glorious sight will have to wait. Warner Bros. has dropped the first official still from the movie, and it sadly does not feature the aging bruisers in shorts and gloves. Instead of glaring at each other, they’re scowling at Kevin Hart. Whatever, we’ll take it. Check it out after the jump.

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Warner Bros. has taken a bit of time to shift around its release schedule, and there’s both good news and bad news for film fans. On the plus side, the studio has set Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending for a coveted summer 2014 release date, which reads as a vote of confidence in the film.

Not looking so hot, however, is the Sylvester Stallone-Robert De Niro team-up Grudge Match, which has been pushed from a respectable fall 2013 slot to a less auspicious January 2014 one. Hit the jump to read more.

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Briefly: Audiences are now, officially, going to see Rocky Balboa fight Jake LaMotta. Warner Bros. has just greenlit the long gestating Grudge Match, directed by Peter Segal, which is a comedy about two over the hill boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) who comeback for one last match. Kevin Hart has been cast as the fight’s promoter. Grudge Match was originally written by Tim Kelleher but Entourage creator Doug Ellin is credited with the most recent draft. Read more about the film here. Thanks to Deadline.

A couple of years ago, around the time that Peter Segal (Get Smart) signed on to direct Warner Bros.’ boxing pic Grudge Matchrumors began spreading that Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone were circling the project. Without a reliable source, however, it seemed like it could just be unsubstantiated chatter from fans eager to see Rocky Balboa and Raging Bull‘s Jake La Motta face off.

But what do you know — sometimes what sounds like fantasy-casting actually does turn out to be true. According to more reliable recent reports, De Niro and Stallone really are in talks to star. More details after the jump.

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That Garrett Hedlund-starring remake of Akira may still be on hold, but Warner Bros. seems determined to delve into Japanese pop culture one way or another. Back in 2010, the studio acquired the live-action movie rights to Tite Kubo‘s manga Bleach, with Peter Segal (Get Smart) attached to produce. We haven’t seen much in the way of progress since then, but it looks like the project’s finally beginning to pick up some steam. Wrath of the Titans screenwriter Dan Mazeau has just been tapped to pen the script, with Segal now considering directing as well as producing. More details after the jump.

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It’s been a while since we heard about that National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, but if you were hoping Hollywood had forgotten all about it, I’ve got bad news for you. Last year, we reported that John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the duo behind this summer’s Horrible Bosses) had been tapped to write the screenplay, titled Vacation (no “National Lampoon’s”). As of now, the two have completed the second draft of their script, and New Line is actively seeking a director for the project. Read more after the jump.

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The slightly sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch has been kicking around Fox for a couple of years. Once a Will Ferrell project, it was rumored as a possible Zombieland follow-up for Ruben Fleischer. But Peter Segal is now attached to direct, and Superbad co-writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been hired to rewrite. Read More »

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