Idolmaker Justin Timberlake

After a lengthy hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally returned to making new music last year with the album The 20/20 Experience. But he hasn’t given up on his Hollywood dreams. MGM is developing a remake of The Idolmaker, with Timberlake set to produce. Now Hustle & Flow‘s Craig Brewer, who directed Timberlake in Black Snake Moan, in talks to helm. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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A couple weeks ago, we somehow missed reporting on the fact that Ryan Gosling had signed to write and direct a remake of Taylor Hackford’s 1980 film The Idolmaker for MGM. (The original was a biopic of early rock and roll manager and eventual burnout Bob Marcucci.) Perhaps that omission was somehow driven by prescience, as that deal has fallen apart. Or, more to the point, Ryan Gosling realized that he has quite a lot to do, between promoting Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love; shooting Derek Cianfrance’s new film The Place Between the Pines and Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad; and possibly making Logan’s Run with Nicolas Winding Refn.

So he has withdrawn from the project, which remains on MGM’s list of prioritized remakes. Read More »

MGM is taking more steps foward. Bond 23 and The Hobbit are finally looking like real projects, and the studio just announced that it will co-finance Paramount’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Now Variety says that the studio is pushing forward on development of remakes of RoboCop and Mr. Mom, the former being a project that got under way during MGM’s previous administration. There may be other remakes and sequels on the way from the studio, too. Read More »

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