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Bruce Campbell Will Star In EVIL DEAD TV Series

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Rich Drees

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Over this past weekend, there was scant details about the just announced TV adaptation of the classic Evil Dead horror series except that it was being developed by creator/director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell. At the time we wondered if it was going to be a continuation of the (mis-)adventures of Campbell’s Ash character, if the series was going to spin off from last year’s remake or if it would strike out on its own.

Well, we have our answer, straight from one of the horses’ mouths. When one fan made their preference known as for what they wanted to see in the series, Campbell revealed exactly what the plan would be.

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Groovy? You bet. But as much as I am a fan, Campbell is a couple of decades separated from his prime years in the role, so I have to wonder if he will be as active, and taking as much abuse, as he was in the films. Perhaps he will be taking on a more mentor-ship role? We’ll see.

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SDCC: STRACZYNSKI Writing BABYLON 5 Film Next Year, Will Produce With Or Without Warner Brothers Help

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Rich Drees

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Babylon 5 creator J Michael Straczynski has announced that he is bringing his groundbreaking television series to the big screen.

Speaking at the San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, Straczynski stated that he will begin writing the feature film adaptation next year.

But who will be producing the film is a slightly complicated affair.

Although the original series was produced through Warner Brothers’ television division, who still hold the rights, Straczynski has always held the film rights to the franchise. He stated that the project will be offered to Warner Brothers first, but if they pass, he will produce the film on his own through his Studio JMS production shingle. Straczynski noted that trying to take the project to other studios if Warners were to pass without having the television rights as well would be a bit of a non-starter.

If the film were to move forward solely under the Studio JMS banner, Straczunski stated that he would have production underway in 2016.

The new film will not be a continuation of the original series, but instead be a reboot of the franchise.

It would have to be a reboot because it’s been twenty-plus years since we started that show and some of the age ranges wouldn’t work with some of these characters so we’d need to move a few people around. But what I want to do is use the original cast one way or another but we’d have to move some things around. I’d love to see [series star] Bruce [Boxleitner] as the President of the Earth Alliance; it would be the perfect role for him.

Given that the original series told one sprawling story over its five year run, I really don’t see how Straczynski will be able to compress it down into one feature film, nor do I think he would want to. It sounds as if what he more has in mind is that this film will be the start of a series of films that would retell his self-described “novel for television.”

Of course, it remains to be seen if the film will retell the original series’ story, if Straczynski will go back and reincorporate some story elements he originally planned for the series but was unable to due to various circumstances or if it will be an entirely new story.

This is not the first time there has been rumblings of a possible Babylon 5 film. There was some discussions of a possible film spin-off while the show was still on the air and an attempt in 2005 saw its financing fall apart over concerns that the cast were not big enough box office draws.

Straczynski stated that the film’s possible budget could range between $100 million and $200 million, and for him to be able to shoulder that burden shows the amount of heft that Studio JMS already has in its short time of existence. Since he announced its formation in 2012, he has teamed with the Wychowski’s for the currently in-production Netflix series Sense8 and is set to go into production on the World War Two drama The Flickering Light next year. He has also been developing a few other feature films including an adaptation of the Valiant Comics title Shadowman and a project related to Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling for Universal.

(Thanks to Jan Schroeder, who worked on Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Cafe Press script book project from a few years ago, for the reportage.)

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A Script Is Being Written For A FARSCAPE Movie

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Rich Drees

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It is often the dream of fans and producers that a television series that has ended continues on in a series of films. Although that dream was recently achieved for Veronica Mars, there are numerous other franchises hoping for the chance. And now another popular series may be making that transition soon.

During WonderCon this weekend, creator and producer of the Sci-Fi Channel’s popular Farscape series announced that there was a screenplay being worked on to bring the series to the big screen. TV.com had the scoop –

Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O’Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

There was a bit of followup from SpoilerTV with a quote from O’Bannon as to who is actually working on the screenplay –

Yeah, yeah it’s the worst kept secret…We’re far from production, but yeah, the first step is Justin [Monjo] working on a script for us. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Monjo worked on the original series, authoring nine episodes.

It should be noted that O’Bannon’s second quote is much more tempered in its enthusiasm and probably more in line with realistic expectations. It is a long road from having a script to getting it greenlit for production and there have been many projects who have started out on that journey but who have never reached the destination. Will a Farscape movie be able to succeed where others haven’t? We’ll be watching.

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No FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie Say TV Series Creator

Posted on 09 December 2013 by Rich Drees

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The television series Friday Night Lights may have spun off from the 2004 film about a small Texas town and their devotion to the local high school football program, but it won’t be making the return trip back to the big screen.

Series executive producer Peter Berg broke the news to Collider

There’s not gonna be a movie. We talked about it, some people thought it was a good idea, some didn’t; I’ve come to believe it’s probably not a good idea and I seriously doubt it’s gonna happen.

Talk of a possible Friday Night Lights feature film had been circulating almost immediately after the series ended in 2011. Some of that talk even came from Berg himself, who confirmed in 2011 a script was being developed. It certainly sounds though as if they hadn’t proceeded past the initial story development stage.

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Bill Hader States No ‘SNL’ Spin-Off Film For Stefon

Posted on 23 May 2013 by Rich Drees

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For nearly four decades Saturday Night Live has served as a springboard into a movie career for many very funny people and sometimes they bring along a signature character or two from their stint on the show. But with this past week’s departure of Bill Hader after eight seasons, don’t expect to see one of his most popular characters to join him on the big screen.

Hader addressed the idea of spinning off his popular Stefon character in an interview with GQ, pointing out that building an entire film around Manhattan night life reporter who would appear on the show’s “Weekend Update” segments would be a bad idea.

There’s no emotional through line. Sometimes people say to me “I want a Stefon movie” and I’m like, you think you want a Stefon movie but then you’ll see the poster for it and think: “Wait, I don’t want this.”

Can’t say as I blame Hader. As much as I enjoy the character I don’t see much there to fill out a feature length film. Although I wouldn’t say no to a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2.

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Bryan Fuller Talks Possible PUSHING DAISIES Kickstarter

Posted on 03 May 2013 by Rich Drees

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In the wake of the rousing success of the Veronica Mars kickstarter campaign, many Hollywood types have been looking at the crowdsourcing website as a way to secure the financing for projects that the studios seem unwilling to pony up the money for. Writer/producer Bryan Fuller is one of those who are and is looking at Kickstarter to fund a possible film revival of his fan favorite, but shortlived, series Pushing Daisies.

Pushing Daisies premiered in the fall of 2007 to strong ratings and positive critical notices and centered around a pie-maker, Ned (Lee Pace) who discovered that he could raise the dead with just a single touch. The drawback to his power was that if the resurrected person stayed alive for more than one minute, someone else in the vicinity would die. A second touch from Ned would end their resurrection and make their death permanent. Understandably, this lead to complications when Ned brought back to life his childhood crush, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel), and then the two began to fall for each other.

Unfortunately, the show’s first season was interrupted by the writer’s strike and when it returned in the fall of 2008 it failed to bring its audience back with it, leading ABC To cancel the show. Although Fuller tried to wrap up the show’s many storylines in a short epilogue at the end of its final episode, fans were looking for more.

But speaking to Den of Geek, Fuller stated that if he were to go the Kickstarter route to bring the show back in the form of a feature film, he already has a story idea –

On the subject of reanimation, what can you tell us about your Kickstarter plan to resurrect Pushing Daisies as a zombie movie?

If we were able to pull off the Kickstarter, there’s a very fun zombie film that starts with a flash-flood in a cemetery and basically is about those denizens of that cemetery having to kill Ned before he can kill them, so it’s a different kind of zombie movie.

Fast or slow zombies?

I think fast, I think because it’s the Pushing Daisies rules so Chuck is, you know, alive. Are you a fast zombie or a slow zombie person?

Fans might find that story idea to be a bit similar to what was glimpsed of a planned comic book/graphic novel extension that was in development for a time but was placed in limbo after its publisher, Wildstorm, was absorbed into DC Comics. The first two pages of that project were released in a black and white art and lettered form with the first page also being released in full color but no lettering.

Personally, I would love to see a return of the show in a big screen story. But I have to think that to realize the show’s highly stylized look, partly achieved through CGI, would cost more than the $2 million that Veronica Mars looked to raise. Now granted that project ultimately pulled in close to $6 million, so there is a precedence for that kind of money being generated.

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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie Still At Least A Year Away

Posted on 11 April 2013 by Rich Drees

In just a few short weeks, a new season of episodes of the comedy Arrested Development will debut you Netflix. Given that they are part of a new, high profile initiative from the streaming service to develop new content, fans are pretty excited at being able to spend more time with the dysfunctional Bluths. But series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has always been open that these new episodes were just a set-up for a hoped for feature film.

And now that the new season is a reality, star Jason Bateman has indicated when we should possibly expect the film. Speaking with iamROGUE.com, Bateman said, “there’s probably gonna be about a year, maybe a year-and-a-half gap between the [season and movie].” The actor states that the studio is just starting to work on the deal for the film.

Although a critical darling during its original three year run on FOX, Arrested Development never grew much of an audience outside of a small, devoted following. To see the franchise continue on like this has been one of the more interesting ongoing entertainment stories.

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Antoine Fuqua In Talks For EQUALIZER Adaptation

Posted on 21 March 2013 by Rich Drees

AntoineFuquaEven though his action film Olympus Has Fallen opens tomorrow, director Antoine Fuqua is already lining up his next gig. The director is in early talks to takeover Sony Pictures big screen adaptation of the 1980s television series The Equalizer. If he reaches a deal with the studio, Fuqua will be reunited with his Training Day star Denzel Washington, who is already signed to the project to play Robert McCall, a retired intelligence agent helping people as a way to atone for some of the unspecified bad things he did in his past.

According to Deadline, the studio is very happy with the screenplay turned in by Richard Wenk – It made last year’s Black List – and is anxious to get the film into production by late spring, probably on location in Boston.

Sony had been developing an Equalizer film for some time with Paul Haggis, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Rupert Wyatt a;; having been attached to the project at one time or another. The studio had Crowe attached to the project in 2010, though he later dropped out.

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Universal Developing ROCKFORD FILES Adaption For Vince Vaughn

Posted on 17 April 2012 by Rich Drees

Universal is developing a big screen adaption of the classic 1970s private eye series The Rockford Files with Vince Vaughn tapped to take on James Garner’s iconic lead role. The studio has hired screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman to pen the adaption of the down on his luck PI who lives and works out of a mobile home near Malibu Beach. Previously, Universal’s corporate sibling NBC had been trying to revive the show for prime time but that version withered in development.

While I do like Vaughn in some of the things he has been in, I think that this is a terrible choice. I’ve only just recently started to wade through the entirety of the original television series courtesy of Hulu and I’m appreciating how the show takes many hardboiled detective/film noir tropes and reinvents them for the show. While they are both actors who can radiate charm, Vaughn strikes me as a bit doughy and lacking the grit that Garner brought to the role. With Vaughn headlining, I have a feeling as if Universal is looking to amplify the moments of wry comedy to make them a much more dominate part of the film’s tone. This strikes me as a huge mistake. It didn’t work for The Green Hornet or 21 Jump Street and it doesn’t look like it’s going be any better in the upcoming Dark Shadows.

Of course, my speculation here could be wrong. I hope it is. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy Mike post’s classic and quite awesome theme song for the show-

Via Deadline.

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24 Movie Could Be Shooting This Spring

Posted on 06 December 2011 by Rich Drees

The long discussed film spin-off of the the television series 24 may actually get in front of cameras next spring.

Deadline is reporting that The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback is doing some last rewrites and that once Twentieth Century Fox and Imagine can agree on a director from a current short list of five names, the film could be ready to shoot next April when series star Keiffer Sutherland has an available window in his schedule.

Premiering in the fall of 2001, each of the show’s eight season’s chronicled one 24 hour period in the life of Jack Bauer (Sutherland), an agent for a top secret government organization tasked with protecting the country from terrorist threats. Each hour-long episode was presented in roughly real time, making a season a 24 hour day.

There’s no other information as to which of any of the other characters from the show will be back for the film.

Setting my feelings about the show aside (I think it’s little more than neo-con porn that swipes style ideas from the original Thomas Crown Affair film), I have to wonder if a 24 film  can succeed outside of its main premise – that it is 24 hours of Bauer’s life presented in real time. Unless they’re planning on making the film 24 hours long, that is.

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