Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s an original idea with blockbuster potential.
Verbinski is now attached to an untitled film that’s being called “the Driverless Car Race pic.” Written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), it’s a cross-country race movie about cars that drive themselves, with a focus on how the passengers inside deal with that technology and loss of control. Sony Pictures will finance and distribute. Read more about the plot below. Read More »
It has taken a while, but a remake of the unusual 1947 Danny Kaye film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (itself a loose adaptation of a James Thurber story) may finally happen. The last time we heard about the project it looked like Ben Stiller would play the henpecked clerk who daydreams his troubles away, before meeting the woman of his dreams in real life.
In the past couple years we’ve seen Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) take over writing duties as names like Sacha Baron Cohen and Gore Verbinski were attached. Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mike Meyers and Jim Carry have all been attached, too, to direct or star, over the years this one has been in development. Finally Ben Stiller was set, relatively firmly, to star. And now it looks like he’ll direct the film, as well. Read More »
John Belushi has already been brought back to life on the big screen thanks to the film adaptation of Bob Woodward’s controversial Belushi biography Wired, but apparently one Belushi biopic isn’t enough. Steven Conrad (writer of The Pursuit of Happyness) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) are teaming to develop a new biopic about the late comedian. Read More »
In April, it was reported that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a remake project that has been kicking around the studios for over a decade, had new forward momentum. 20th Century Fox had hired a new screenwriter: The Pursuit of Happyness scribe Steven Conrad. Now Risky Business is reporting that Pirates of the Caribbean series helmer Gore Verbinski is in talks to direct the film. Read More »
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Earlier this week we reported on the fact that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a remake project that has been kicking around studios for over a decade, seemed to have new forward momentum. An offer has reportedly gone out to Sacha Baron Cohen to play the central character, who has classically been a guy whose extensive heroic daydreams are an escape from his humdrum life.
Now the film has a new screenwriter: Steven Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness. Read More »
The Associated Press has confirmed that the Will Smith-produced remake/re-imagining of The Karate Kid has officially been retitled The Kung-Fu Kid. The new title should qualm upset fans of the original, and actually makes a whole load more of sense considering the story is based around Kung Fu and not Karate.
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Earlier this month when Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson was cast in Columbia Pictures’ reimagining of The Karate Kid, we asked you if she brought any credibility to the project. Tonight it has been revealed that a new screenwriter has been hired for the Will Smith-produced reboot.
Who is the new scribe? Steven Conrad, whose credits include Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness and the underrated comedy The Promotion. An obvious choice considering Conrad’s connection to Smith. But will a new screenwriter be able to save this project from expected doom? Don’t count on it, especially considering the bits and pieces of information that leaked out of Chris Murphy‘s previous draft. Lets just hope that the final film is retitled The Kung Fu Kid, or something else entirely.