You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Kurt Russell is coming to town. Russell has just joined the cast of an untitled holiday movie in which he’ll be playing Kris Kringle himself, Santa Claus. The plot involves two kids who accidentally crash Santa’s sleigh, causing a major problem on Christmas Eve. Wacky hijinks follow. Read more about the Kurt Russell Santa Claus movie below.
Everyone’s favorite futuristic family, The Jetsons, have been around for a while. They started in the Sixties, had a movie made back in 1990 and, over the past few years, several people – including Kanye West – have been thinking about making another. Well, the needle is moving once again on a new Jetsons movie and, this time, it’s a lot more believable. Warner Bros. has hired Matt Lieberman to penning a screenplay to a new animated feature. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: The success of the Smurfs films may be part of the reason for this new development at Warner Bros. — a new animated Scooby Doo film is in the works.
Atlas Entertainment is doing the heavy lifting, with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle — the same guys who prodded the live-action/CG hybrid films from the early ’00s — producing. Matt Lieberman is scripting. We don’t know the story, but there’ll probably be some mystery, the distant but unescapable sense that this is all a big drug-culture gag, and hopefully a few more nods to Dobie Gillis, the show that was originally a template for the early Scooby Doo episodes.
What probably won’t be in the film is a bunch of wrestlers. While 2012 brought the news that WWE and WB were teaming on a film that would take the Mystery Machine gang to Wrestlemania (complete with appearances from ed Triple H, John Cena, Kane, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, AJ, and Vince McMahon) this is a different project. [Variety]
Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Producer Scott Rudin is finally getting the ball rolling on his long-gestating family comedy The Pet, and he’s picked Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess to help out by taking over at the helm. Originally pitched by Matt Lieberman, the screenwriter behind Dimension Films’ remake of Short Circuit, The Pet revolves around a man who’s kidnapped by aliens. Once he arrives at the aliens’ home planet, he gets adopted by a family as a house pet. More after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Peter Sciretta
Dimension Films have announced the hiring of screenwriter Matt Lieberman to pen a remake of the 1986 cult favorite Short Circuit. An Honors film grad from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Lieberman wrote a draft of the Doctor Dolittle sequel Doctor Dolittle: First Dog, and another couple projects that have never gone into production, including Disney’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. He’s a graduate of the Disney screenwriting program, and has uncredited worked on a bunch of the Disney live-action film projects from the past few years. Despite my jab headline, Lieberman seems like an up-and-comer. He is set to work closely with director Tim Hill (Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunks).