Thanks to the wild popularity of Glee, Ryan Murphy has become a first choice for any film musical. We’ve heard his name bandied about as a choice for a Rocky Horror Picture Show remake and the film version of Wicked. And now he is evidently the top choice to direct the new version of Annie that Sony is prepping as a vehicle for Willow Smith. Read More »
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If there’s a film that simply can’t be remade, it could be The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The 1975 musical starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon is the poster child for ‘unlikely iconic cult film.’
A piece of cinema adapting the British musical play of the same name, Rocky Horror bombed upon initial release, but developed a midnight following and became the film that best represents the notion of audience participation with film. It might be the longest-running film ever, as there are cinemas that have shown it at midnight on Saturday nights without fail for many years. There’s nothing quite like it, and creating a Rocky Horror from scratch would be next to impossible. A film can only develop this sort of reputation organically.
So, naturally, a studio wants to remake it. Glee creator Ryan Murphy just finished shooting a Rocky Horror-themed episode of his show, and now he’s rumored as director for the remake. Read More »
It’s an interesting year for Mark Ruffalo. His directorial debut Sympathy For Delicious didn’t light up the festival circuit, but he’s getting great notes for his work in The Kids Are Alright. And he’s got to deal with Kevin Feige, who named him as the new Hulk for The Avengers. But he’s also got some smaller stuff coming up.
For instance, there’s the adaptation of Larry Kramer‘s partially autobiographical play The Normal Heart, about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York. Ruffalo will play central activist Ned Weeks, a founder of an HIV advocacy group. And now there’s confirmation that he’ll be directed by Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee and director of Running With Scissors and this week’s Eat Pray Love. Read More »
Prepare yourselves now, because the profusion of Wizard of Oz projects hitting in the next few years may start to get a little overwhelming. In no particular order, we already have lined up: Oz, the Great and Powerful, starring Robert Downey Jr. and (potentially) directed by Sam Raimi; Drew Barrymore’s proposed Wizard of Oz sequel, Surrender Dorothy; the Polish brothers’ Oz prequel; Dorthy of Oz, an animated outing; and one of two Warner Bros. remakes, which could either be the Todd McFarlane-produced re-envisioning or the simply titled Oz, written by Darren Lemke (co-writer of Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer).
That enough Oz mayhem for you? Or do you think we need one more?
Yup, Universal thinks we need one more. To fill out that already full roster, there’s the upcoming musical adaptation Wicked, a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale that’s told from the perspective of the witches. This will mark the title’s third incarnation, which started as a bestselling novel before finding great success as a stage musical. Which director will be bringing the material to the big screen? The current line-up is enough to titillate: J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy and Rob Marshall. More on these selections after the break. Read More »
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Sony has released the first movie trailer for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Julia Roberts plays “a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey.” Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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