The Mighty Ducks 4

It’s been 18 years since the release of D3: The Mighty Ducks, but in our sequel-happy age, it’s never too late to consider a follow-up. While D4 isn’t officially in development, producer Jordan Kerner has revealed that it’s not not in development, either. He just needs the “right story.”

Should he ever find it, he’ll have at least one star on board. Star Joshua Jackson admitted in the same interview that “of course” he’d come back for a Mighty Ducks 4. Read Kerner and Jackson’s comments after the jump, including Kerner’s explanations of some of the ideas he’s had.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

The ’90s are back in a big way, and that means it’s about time for someone to tackle one big of-the-era trend we bet you’d forgotten all about: Chicken Soup for the Soul. Alcon Entertainment has acquired Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen‘s series of inspirational books with the intention of adapting it for the big and small screens.

While TV plans are up in the air right now, the film version is already making progress. Brandon Camp (of the Aaron Eckhart-Jennifer Aniston dud Love Happens) has been tapped to write the screenplay, with Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) and others producing. More details after the jump. Read More »

The Smurfs Hybrid Live-Action Feature Film?

The Smurfs Movie

A couple months ago it was revealed that Paramount was working on a computer animated movie based on the popular classic trippy 80’s cartoon series The Smurfs (Truth is that the Smurfs are actually 50 years old, having first appeared in comic strips). Well it turns out that producer Jordan Kerner (Charlotte’s Web), who obtained the rights to the Smurfs property in 2002, has also gotten a hybrid live-action Smurfs feature film greenlit at Sony. For those of you wondering what live-action hybrid means, think Alvin and the Chipmunks. Its not clear if Paramount will still be going ahead with their 3D computer animated feature or not.

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and David Weiss, the guys who wrote the last two Shrek films, are in negotiations to write the screenplay. Studio head Amy Pascal and chairman-CEO Michael Lynton both feel “that there was potentially a series of films in the making.” I’m sure they do. A series of films means more money. A computer animated Smurfs film had me much more excited than this newly announced hybrid. It seems clear to me that the idea was probably a result of Alvin and the Chipmunks big box office success. The world of the Smurfs is interesting, magical and fantastical. Giving the characters realism and sticking them in a live action world with humans could ruin the whole appeal. I cant see the reason for them doing a live action hybrid unless The Smurfs are somehow forced to leave Mushroom Village. And it seems that kind of plot could be disastrous.

source: Variety