The ‘Romancing the Stone’ Remake is Now a TV Series

Briefly: We recently heard rumors that the remake of Romancing the Stone that was announced some time ago is still kicking, possibly with Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl in the Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner roles. I wouldn’t bet too much on seeing that version, however. Instead, think about putting your money on a version from NBC, as the network has bought into a TV adaptation of the film that Shawn Levy may direct. Mark Friedman (The Forgotten) is writing.

Deadline says this version “will follow a successful but unfulfilled woman who teams with a risk-taking adventurer to take on weekly missions while on a larger quest to find her missing brother.” There’s no casting at this point, and this could die off just as easily as it could take off. But still, for some reason I expect this one to go farther than the film remake. Both are equally silly, but I can see NBC thinking it might be a good idea to milk a couple seasons out of this idea.

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Shawn Levy Might Direct Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’

I guess that Will Smith meeting didn’t go too well. After news broke that Shawn Levy might leave Fox’s 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage based on a meeting with the actor, now word has it he’s thinking about staying at Fox but jumping ship over to their Frankenstein project written by Max Landis. Read more after the break. Read More »

I know I’m in the minority when I go on and on and about how excited I am for Real Steel. Most of you see Shawn Levy‘s name, some robots fighting in the ring and think “Rock Em, Sock Em Robots” the movie. And come October 7, maybe you’ll be right. But I see Transformers meets Rocky. The Terminator meets The Champ. C-3PO vs. R2-D2. I see the potential of a sci-fi action movie coupled with the predictable, yet effective, heart of a underdog sports movie. This latest featurette, called “Main Event,” gives us a good sense of that and also shows how Levy captured the motion of the robots fighting using real life boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. Check out the clip, featuring stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie, after the jump. Read More »

After going through several potential directors, it didn’t seem like development on the James Cameron-produced, 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage could get any more complicated. It has. According to The Hollywood Reporter, currently attached director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum) is considering leaving the project if he can’t land a major star. Unfortunately, Fox would rather not pay for a major star. The exception to that might be Will Smith, who will soon meet with Levy about the project. Sources tell THR that Fox would most likely pony up for Smith but, if that doesn’t happen, Levy could walk. Read more after the jump. Read More »

‘Real Steel’ Japanese Trailer

Leave it to Japan to deliver a trailer for the robot boxing movie Real Steel that is full of new footage. Shawn Levy directs Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer who ‘coaches’ giant mechanical boxers. Given custody of his son (Dakota Goyo) he has to face up to his responsibilities as a father, all while building up a new robot that can win, Rocky-style, in the ring. Check out the Japanese trailer for the October 7 release after the break. Read More »

Fans of animation director Brendon Small are familiar with his series Home Movies, but don’t mistake this new film with the same title for one that has anything to do with the animated series. (Or with Brian DePalma’s 1980 film, either.)

This new Home Movies is something different: a supernatural family comedy. And it is possibly something pretty cool, as the writer is Tom McCarthy, who has scored a lot of favor writing and directing The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win. (He also worked on the story for Pixar’s Up.) Read More »

Most of us who had the misfortune of seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides probably had two thoughts as the credits rolled: “Did that really just happen?” and “No longer is a pirate’s life for me.” While the film has been a global box office sensation, in mere weeks grossing nearly as much worldwide as the first film did in its entire run (thank you 3D), it took a deserved critical drubbing. Still, the script for the sequel was commissioned well before On Stranger Tides opened, has been finished for weeks and Johnny Depp made it clear he’d (eventually) do another installment. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is imminent.

But who will direct? An offer is on the table for On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall to come back but if (fingers crossed) that doesn’t happen, Disney’s reported contingency plan is almost enough to get fans excited again.

According to Cinema Blend, if Marshall doesn’t return Disney’s dream is to woo Tim Burton. And if not Burton, Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy, Chris Weitz or Alfonso Cuaron. Read More »

‘Real Steel’ Trailer

Excuse me, let me get rid of these goosebumps and present you with the full trailer for Shawn Levy‘s rock ‘em sock ‘em robot movie Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman. The film, scheduled for release October 7, has such good buzz at DreamWorks that they’re already writing a sequel and – from this trailer, it’s easy to see why. Does it look cheesy and predictable? Most definitely. But most sports movies are like that. This one just happens to have big ass robots beating the crap out of each other centered around a nice father and son relationship. While trailer #1 played up the action, trailer #2 plays up the story and characters making Real Steel look like The Champ meets Transformers. Check out the the new trailer after the jump. Read More »

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