Maybe it’s because lots of people were watching WandaVision over the past few weeks and that show’s structure facilitated discussion of classic sitcoms being thrust back into the popular consciousness, but for some reason, Sony is trying to make another Bewitched movie. The new film will be based on the classic 1960s television show about a witch (Elizabeth Montgomery) who marries a mortal man and tries to live a “normal” life in the suburbs, but who frequently uses her magic while trying to keep her powers a secret. Of course, Sony already tried this back in 2005, and…it did not go well.
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Two female leads will be getting their License to Drive.
The ’80s teen comedy originally starring the Two Coreys, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, is getting a gender-bent reboot courtesy of producer John Davis, recently behind big-screen reboots like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Victor Frankenstein. No word yet on whether the movie will bring back Heather Graham, who made her feature film debut in the 1988 film, for a cameo.
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Prepare for another Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The sci-fi classic is being targeted for another remake by Warner Bros., making this the fourth Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake since the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers was first adapted for the big screen in 1956.
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With the amount of remakes, reimaginings and retreads of old novels coming out of Hollywood, it’s stunning that no one has made a film adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s uber-influential book The Martian Chronicles. Originally published in 1950, the collection of pseudo-linked short stories about humans leaving a devastated Earth to colonize Mars and all that comes with it, has had an almost infinite influence on science fiction and popular culture. Universal bought the film rights in 1997 but everyone from Steven Spielberg all the way down were unable to get the film off the ground. Those film rights recently reverted and found themselves up for grabs, so Paramount swooped in and will partner with producer John Davis, who owns the option to the material itself, to try and make Bradbury’s seminal work a reality. There’s more after the break. Read More »
When I heard they were making a big screen adaptation of Will Wright’s The Sims, I wondered how they planned on creating a narrative out of a game which has no narrative. In the game you basically are god and control human characters, and create their home/world. Turns out the film adaptation will be more about you playing the game then the game itself. Producer John Davis explains the “Weird Science”-like idea to Collider:
“The Sims, as you know, you can control your imaginary world, right? And our movie, a young man, a 16 year old kid of a 14 year old kid and his friend get their hands on this thing called the Sims Infinity Pack, right, which kind of this very strange video game store which was there just for that moment, and seemingly wasn’t all that. But what they realize is that they can scan their world in, because this is the most life like, real Sims game ever. And as they are playing this they are all of a sudden realizing is what they are playing on the game is having an effect on the real world. So in effect, through the game, they are able to control their world. It’s wish fulfillment, and obviously it turns against them.”
I’m still not sure what to think of a Sims movie, but now that it has a Twilight Zone type of spin to it, I’m a little more interested.
Discuss: Now that you’ve heard the pitch for The Sims movie, would you watch it?