TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.
While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point. And yes there are also Gotham, Constantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.
You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.
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The art above is the production logo for That’s What I’m Talking About, the new film from Richard Linklater. We’re stretching the definition of “sequel bits” just a little here, but the movie has been called a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Linklater started production on the movie this week, and that image is in celebration of the ongoing production.
- The Woman in Black – Angel of Death gets a new US release date,
- James Wan talks about Fast & Furious 7,
- Producers suggest there’s a plan for a new Saw film in 2016,
- A new Horrible Bosses 2 poster goes online,
- As does a Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb poster,
- And James Cameron talks Terminator.
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With a new Terminator movie currently in production, the filmmakers certainly looked back and what worked, and what didn’t, in the franchise. The good stuff can largely be attributed to one man, James Cameron, the original creator, co-writer and director of the first two films. Everything since then? Not so much.
However, Cameron doesn’t have any stake in the new Terminator movies because he sold the rights several decades ago in order to get the first movie made. That ended up being a blessing and curse for the director. It got the film made and kickstarted his hugely successful career, but he left lots of money on the table because he didn’t have any legal ownership.
At a recent Q&A at the Hero Complex Film Festival, Cameron talked about that balance. He also said David Ellison, who currently controls the rights and is producing the new film with Paramount, had some conversations with him about the new movies. Cameron calls himself “loosely attached” though he won’t get credit and says his biggest contribution is the focus on Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s character. There was also a point several years ago where Cameron could have bought the rights back, and didn’t.
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Few people like 3D more than James Cameron. The director of the two biggest films in the history of cinema has embraced it wholeheartedly in his new world of Avatar and recently converted the other smash hit, Titanic, for a 3D rerelease. But what about some of his other works, specifically, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day?
At the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend, Cameron was asked that exact question. He played coy, said there weren’t any plans, but had a very well-thought out reason for why Terminator 2: Judgement Day, at least, might get a 3D conversion in the future. Read his Terminator 2 3D quote below. Read More »
Paramount Pictures has issued a press release announcing the start of principal photography on the fifth Terminator feature film, Terminator: Genesis. Of course, much like most of the information in the press release, we already knew this — we even posted a photo from the set earlier this week. The only thing of note is that Paramount does not use the Terminator: Genesis title in the press release, instead repeatedly referring to the film as the Terminator reboot. This could be a sign that while the script is called Terminator: Genesis, Paramount’s marketing team has yet to officially decide on a Terminator 5 title.
This happens all the time. Most recently The Muppets Most Wanted went into production as The Muppets… Again!, but changed the title more than halfway through production. (You might notice a song featuring the former title remains in that film.) For now, production of Terminator 5 is going under the “secret” working title “Vista”. You can read the full press release now after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
After dealing with terrorists, apes, and the Jazz Age nouveau riche, Jason Clarke is ready to go head-to-head with Skynet. The Aussie star has entered early talks to take the role of John Connor in the upcoming Terminator sequel/reboot, reportedly titled Terminator: Genesis. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is directing. More details on this potential casting after the jump.
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Briefly: The title of the Terminator reboot is, reportedly Terminator: Genesis. That’s one of those wildly uninspiring subtitles that can join words such as “retribution,” “origins,” and “retaliation” in the set of outlawed terms that offer some vague idea of the tone of a film without really saying much at all. Since this is the first film in a planned trilogy, maybe we can look forward to two more well-worn biblical subtitles.
Production Weekly reports the title, and it could be a placeholder production name.
Beyond that, we don’t have much hard and fast info on the project. Megan Ellison of Annapurna Productions and her brother David Ellison of Skydance Productions are behind the project, and Laeta Kalorgridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) are writing, and there will be a TV series that is connected to the new film in some way. Arnold Schwarzenegger will reportedly return, but we don’t know in exactly what capacity, and there’s no other cast. Even Alan Taylor, who is reported as the director, will only call it a rumor (due probably to unfinished contracts).
Regardless, Terminator: Genesis is set to open on July 2, 2015.
As films move and shift in and around that crazy 2015 release schedule, one that’s methodically, quietly, and steadily moving forward like a killing machine is the Terminator reboot. Alan Taylor hasn’t even officially been announced as the director, yet they’re also very close to casting one of the film’s leads: unsuspecting mother turned soldier Sarah Connor. Reports state Taylor and Paramount are now down to two actresses: Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke or Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson. However, with Taylor’s Game of Thrones roots, it seems Clarke might have the edge. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Luc Besson wants to make another Fifth Element, kind of. Also after the jump:
- David Heyman comments on the Harry Potter spinoff
- Dredd finally gets a sequel… in comic book form
- A new Terminator comic chronicles the end of the war
- The newest Cloudy 2 clip features a dramatic entrance
- See No Evil 2 adds Freddy vs. Jason and Hatchet II stars
- Mark Wahlberg discusses his kids’ cameo in Transformers
- Check out the Chinese poster for Transformers 4
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