Netflix is getting a lot of competition of late, whether from Hulu‘s huge deal with Criterion or Amazon‘s new streaming service through Amazon Prime and a planned streaming offering from Redbox. At the same time, some content owners are getting more prickly when it comes to negotiating deals to stream content online. In short, the digital age of distribution is taking a couple steps forward and everyone wants their share.
So every new content deal is a good thing for any given company on the playing field. That said, here’s a new Netflix deal that might not do huge numbers, but could be a boon for fans: the company has signed a new two-year non-exclusive deal with CBS to stream the company’s library content, including The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks and the various incarnations of Star Trek. Read More »
Briefly: This is an incremental update to basically check in on the new Twilight Zone film that Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way have been developing. Screenwriter Jason Rothenberg has been hired to write a new draft of the film. Last time we heard anything about this one, WB had tapped The Astronaut’s Wife writer/director Rand Ravich to pen a script.
That’s all we’ve got. There’s no word on whether this might be a page one rewrite (which is vaguely implied by the fact that Deadline doesn’t say this will be a rewrite of the Ravich draft) or what shape this script might take. Because prior revivals of The Twilight Zone have all relied in part upon remakes of original episodes, Deadline’s article supposes that we’re in for more new takes on classic tales originally penned by series creator Rod Serling and writers such as Richard Matheson.
Jason Rothenberg’s only produced credit, so far as I can tell, is the TV movie Body Politic, which I haven’t seen. (And is not an adaptation of the Clive Barker story of the same name.)
The original five-season show The Twilight Zone (’59-’64) has been reborn in multiple incarnations: two additional television series, in 1985 and 2002, multiple book anthologies and comic books, and a disastrous movie released in 1983. (Not to mention a pretty amazing pinball machine, which is where the article’s image originated.) Now, according to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way is moving forward with a new Twilight Zone film, and has just hired a writer: Rand Ravich, writer/director of The Astronaut’s Wife, producer of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. What shape will his version of the series take? Read More »
Here are various tidbits that didn’t make the /Film front page in midst of the Comic-Con madness. We like to call this Page 2.
Tyrese Gibson says he’s in talks to star in the Thundercats movie. According to Coming Soon, he didn’t discuss characters or live-action vs. CGI et al.
Shia LaBeouf got LaBeouf’ed by the law. Has the new Busted Tee playing up his arrest been released? I was asleep.
Wesley Strick (Doom, Wolf, Cape Fear) will pen New Line‘s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. The film is being fast tracked for a release next year to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary. The trades report that the film will keep the “high school setting,” while focusing more on the psychology and nightmares of Freddy Krueger. “The plan is to have a dark tone.” So, no tongue-through-the-telephone or crappy one-liners? Slashfilm’s Adam Quigley reported on Platinum Dunes‘s involvement earlier today.
The feature film based on the cult documentary, Cocaine Cowboys, will soon have a screenplay by Evan Wright (HBO’s Generation Kill). Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are still attached to star and direct, respectively. A while ago, I reviewed the Cocaine Cowboys script for the pilot episode of a proposed HBO series from Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. Unlike said series, the feature film will center around Jon Roberts, a real life Vietnam vet who made way in the NYC club scene before he became a legendary Miami cocaine dealer for the Medellin cartel.
Leonardo DiCaprio, his production company, Appian Way, and Warner Bros. are seeking material for a new Twilight Zone film. The film will based around a single “episode,” unlike the uneven, highly kooky but watchable 1983 anthology movie. According to THR, the original series hosted by the great Rod Serling is one of DiCaprio’s fave TV shows.
Are Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam reteaming to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote? Hello mag says they are. Didn’t those two fellows watch Lost in La Mancha?
With his first major hit, Hancock, strutting past $200 million, director Peter Berg is keeping his platter filled with large scale projects—see aforementioned Cocaine Cowboys, a Dune remake, and a new Hercules film. This new son-of-Zeus flick, parked at Universal, will be based on the comic book miniseries, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, from Radical Publishing. You can read the vague, 300-esque logline here.
John Waters will keep his mustache-maintenance funds flush by writing the sequel to his Hairspray remake. The 2007 musical starred John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer and grossed $120 million domestically. The sequel will reportedly pick up where the first film left off, and the original cast is again being sought to reprise its roles.
A remake of the classic Errol Flynn pirate film, Captain Blood, is being prepped by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Quiet American, The Saint) for Warner Bros. It’s thought the Noyce will helm the project. The 1935 film—a Best Picture nominee—followed the character, Dr. Peter Blood, and his transformation into a pirate after being convicted of treason in 17th century England and sold to slavery in the Caribbean.
Tim Burton has found his Alice. Aussie actress, Mia Wasikowska (right), who stars in the HBO show, In Treatment, has landed the lead role in Disney‘s Alice in Wonderland. Due in 2010, the film is said to combine live action performance capture a la Beowulf and live-action. It will be presented in 3D. Awww man, Slashfilm wanted Johnny Depp for the role, as previously rumored. The script is by Lion King scribe Linda Woolverton.
Ridley Scott‘s “Robin Hood was a goon” movie, Nottingham, has been delayed indefinitely. Reports say it won’t start production until next year. Russel Crowe was set to star as the protagonist sheriff. Maybe this means Scott will go full-throttle into Brave New World?
What did you guys and gals think of the first new episode of Mad Men last night?
Radical Publishing (the above Hercules flick) has linked up with Bryan Singer, who will produce Freedom Formula, a comic book adaptation that will do for exo-suits what Top Gun did for fighter Jets. Singer is also producing the Image Comics adaptation, Capeshooters, about two superhero paparazzos who discover that an iconic do-gooder is actually a supervillian.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a movie trashed more in a weekend than The Spirit.
Did you see Step Brothers? This is the ultra-burrito of manchild movies—tired though that genre may be, this flick is pretty damn funny. Favorite line: that random “your fake hearing aids!” bit Ferrell yells mid-tirade at his step dad. Favorite scene: the centaur is tied with “Catalina wine mixer motherfucker!”