Willy Wonka remake

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm.

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robert zemeckis steel soldiers

Robert Zemeckis is going where they don’t need roads. After mostly working in prestigious dramas and adventure films for the past few decades, the Allied director is returning to the science-fiction genre. Zemeckis is still beloved for his Back to the Future trilogy, which has cemented itself as a staple of ’80s nostalgia, and he is now attached to his first sci-fi movie since 1997’s Contact.

Zemeckis is producing a sci-fi action film called Steel Soldiersa multiplatform project under STX Entertainment and China’s Alibaba Pictures. There’s no word yet on whether Zemeckis will direct, but this news is certainly a little heavy.

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TV Bits Room 104

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Marvel TV is developing a Jessica Jones-style show for ABC
  • HBO has renewed Room 104 for a second season
  • Robert Zemeckis is executive producing a new show about a missing airplane
  • Watch trailers for new seasons of Dirk Gently and The Shannara Chronicles
  • And more!

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Live-Action The Jetsons Series in the Works

Update: Variety reports that ABC has officially ordered a live-action The Jetsons pilot. Robert Zemeckis is still set to executive produce. Our original story follows below.

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Discussions about a live-action movie based on Hanna-Barbera’s 1960s cartoon, The Jetsons, began in the 1990s. Most recently, an animated version at Warner Bros. picked up some momentum with the hiring of Sausage Party co-director, Conrad Vernon. While The Jetsons may finally hit the big screen (again) in the coming years, they may return to television as well.

Below, learn more about The Jetsons live-action series in the works.

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Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Passed on ‘The Flash’

The Flash director

The search for The Flash director continues. Yesterday, we heard Robert Zemeckis is the frontrunner for the job, and today we’re hearing two Spider-Man directors, Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, are no longer in the running. Either one of them could’ve replaced directors Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) and Seth Grahame-Smith (The LEGO Batman Movie), who both left the project over creative differences.

Below, learn more about what Raimi and Webb have coming up.

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the flash director

Robert Zemeckis, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind movies like Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, and Contact, is apparently Warner Bros.’ new choice to direct The Flash. The news arrives at a crossroads for both of them: the studio really needs to find a filmmaker for this troubled project and Zemeckis, while highly regarded, could really use a hit.

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new robert zemeckis movie 2018

Well, you can forget about those meetings between Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros. about The Flash leading anywhere anytime soon. The Back to the Future and Used Cars director’s next feature, which will star Steve Carell, is scheduled to come out November 21, 2018, and it ain’t called The Flash. Originally titled The Women of Marwen, the project is based on Jeff Malmberg‘s acclaimed 2010 documentary, Marwencol.

Below, learn more about the new Robert Zemeckis movie.

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Wonder Woman

Dwayne Johnson starts shooting Jungle Cruise spring of next year. Who’s someone the wildly charismatic actor wouldn’t mind behind the camera on the Disney project? Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins. Speaking of the DCEU, Robert Zemeckis has had a meeting or two about Barry Allen (Ezra Miller).

Below, Dwayne Johnson talks about a potential Jungle Cruise director in his eyes and we talk about a rumor surrounding The Flash, a project that’s already lost two directors.

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Contact Mirror Shot

This year the sci-fi drama Arrival has been receiving all sorts of praise. Thanks to the emotional core that ties character drama to grounded science fiction, the film from Denis Villeneuve has been compared to a similar film: Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact.

Contact is a little more visceral and unbelievable than Arrival, but it’s still one of the better sci-fi movies to come out of the 1990s. And much like Arrival had some incredible visual effects that were not easily spotted by even the most avid of movie watchers, Contact had some impressive, state-of-the-art visual effects work done at the time. But there’s one particular shot that you probably didn’t even know was a visual effect.

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Five Movie Commentaries to Listen to in December 2016

audio commentary reccomendations

For the past year, editor in chief Peter Sciretta has been asking me to write about my favorite audio commentaries. If I ever recommend one to him, he asks about the list. Compiling a list of only a few must-hear audio commentaries sounded like too much of a challenge. There’s far too many I haven’t heard yet, so writing some “best commentary list” didn’t feel right. I have a lengthy list of commentary tracks I intend on listening to, and the plan is to write about a few of them — at least the good ones — around the start of every month.

These first five recommendations feature insights from Martin Scorsese, Robert ZemeckisJ.J. AbramsTom Ford, Penelope Spheeris, and many others.  Below, check out our movie commentary recommendations.

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