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Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert are set to re-team on screen for an eight-episode event series revival of iconic ABC sitcom “Roseanne”.
The family sitcom centered on the blue collar Conner family in Illinois and ran from 1988-1997. At its peak, Roseanne ranked as the top series on television during the 1989-1990 season.
No word if fellow co-stars Laurie Metcalf and Johnny Galecki would also return, or on Goodman’s return as the finale revealed his character Dan had actually died of a heart attack.
Barr and Gilbert would exec produce the new episodes with Tom Werner and Bruce Helford. The revival is currently being shopped to networks, with Netflix among the suitors bidding on the project.
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Timothy Olyphant, Lee Pace and Jason Sudeikis are set to star in “Driven” which Embankment Films will sell at Cannes next month. Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs.
Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic John DeLorean (Pace) who is desperate for cash, to the point of drug dealing, to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future.
Nick Hamm (“The Journey,” “The Hole”) will direct with Colin Bateman penning the script while Piers Tempest, Jo Bamford and Luillo Ruiz are producing. Filming begins in September in Puerto Rico.
Paramount TV and Anonymous Content (“True Detective,” “The Knick”) have optioned all eleven novels in Anne Rice’s best-selling “Vampire Chronicles” series with plans for a series adaptation.
The books center around 18th century French nobleman Lestat de Lioncourt who becomes a vampire. The first book was previously adapted into the acclaimed 1994 Neil Jordan film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt which became a massive box-office success.
Parts of the second book “The Vampire Lestat” and the third “Queen of the Damned” were combined into the less well-received 2002 film “Queen of the Damned” starring Stuart Townsend and the late Aaliyah. A fourth film based on “The Tale of the Body Thief” was in development at one point but didn’t come together.
Rice will be one of the show’s executive producers and her son, Christopher Rice, will be the series’ main writer and showrunner. The pair has been working on the show for a while, but issues with the rights have only just recently settled and so things can move toward production and broadcast.
The deal includes all four aforementioned books plus “Memnoch the Devil,” “The Vampire Armand,” “Merrick,” “Blood and Gold,” “Blackwood Farm,” “Blood Canticle” and “Prince Lestat”.
Fan made trailers continue to improve with time and digital technology allowing more seamless video manipulation and blending.
That’s the case with YouTube user ‘Smasher’ and their recent fan-made trailer for “Back to the Future: Part IV”. The clip blends elements of commercials, films and more to come up with an impressive piece that has already had just over one million views in a week.
Check out the piece for yourself below.
Showtime has announced the premiere date for two of its mid-year series today with the fifth season of “Ray Donovan” debuting Sunday August 6th, and the fifth and final season of “Episodes” set to kick off Sunday, August 20th.
Additionally, the premium cabler confirms that the new eighteen episode run of “Twin Peaks,” which kicks off 9pm Sunday May 21st, will move to 8pm on Sundays for its final few episodes with those new “Ray Donovan” episodes taking over the 9pm timeslot.
Finally, Showtime has also released a brand new teaser for ‘Peaks,’ one which looks at the return of some famous locations from the original series.
“Spooks” and “Penny Dreadful” star Shazad Latif is changing up his role on the upcoming CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery”.
Latif was supposed to be playing a Klingon commander named Kol, now though he’s taking on the role of a Starfleet officer named Lieutenant Tyler.
As a result, Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho”) is taking over the role of Kol. Additionally, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan have joined the cast as Klingon leaders named Dennas and Ujilli respectively. “The 100” actor Rekha Sharma has also hopped on board as security officer Commander Landry.
‘Discovery’ started filming in late January with the shoot going through until the end of Summer.
“Anthropoid” stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan are re-teaming for acclaimed “My Left Foot” and “In the Name of the Father” filmmaker Jim Sheridan’s new feature “H-Block”.
The pair will join Pierce Brosnan in the true story film about the Maze Prison escape in Northern Ireland. Thirty-eight prisoners escaped from the maximum-security prison, with only half recaptured.
The violent breakout included hostage taking and ended up being the biggest in both British and Irish history, along with becoming a source of propaganda used by the IRA.
Murphy stars as the head of the ring of IRA prisoners who has earned the respect of the guards but just wants peace. Brosnan would play the warden
Dornan plays a violent IRA prisoner and orderly who discovers weaknesses in the prison. Brosnan would play the warden who is pitted against the escapees.
Sheridan and Nic Sheff are penning the script while Dylan Sellars will produce.
NetherRealm has released new trailers for the upcoming game sequel “Injustice 2” – specifically the characters Darkseid, Brainiac and The Joker. The former has been teased as a pre-order bonus for a while but with this clip, we finally get to see him in all his devastating action.
“Injustice 2” continues the epic cinematic story introduced in “Injustice: Gods Among Us” as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime.
In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game. “Injustice 2” will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16th.
Saved from a direct-to-video fate just weeks before release last Fall, Freestyle’s Entertainment Studios are now set to open Johannes Roberts’ shark thriller “47 Meters Down” in cinemas only on June 16th.
Mandy Moore and Claire Holt star as a pair of cage-diving sisters whose boat breaks away from them, leaving them in an observation cage trapped at the bottom of the ocean surrounded by hungry Great Whites.
The film will take a similar release slot to the one which Jaume Collet-Serra’s well-regarded and profitable “The Shallows” was able to exploit last Summer. Matthew Modine also stars in the film which just released its new trailer today.
Warner Bros. Pictures, who have been fairly light on the marketing for the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film, have released several new TV spots for it as the big push for the movie is about to get underway. The new spots include first looks at the movie’s CG villain Ares, along with a look at David Thewlis’ role of Sir Patrick Morgan.
Also today, director Patty Jenkins has offered some ideas for where Gal Gadot’s Diana could go in sequels and what Jenkins would like to do with the character. She tells The Toronto Sun:
“I’m excited for her to come to America and become the Wonder Woman we are all familiar with from having grown up around her as an American superhero. I’d like to bring her a little farther along into the future and have a fun, exciting storyline that is its own thing… I can’t wait to spring forward with who she is and have another great standalone superhero film.
Jenkins says that she deliberately chose an origin story with the first film, because of both simplicity and that the character’s backstory isn’t familiar to many:
Wonder Woman 1 is so much about her becoming the person she is…. I always thought the origin story would be the great way to go. I love origin superhero stories and I love the simplicity you can have with that journey. Also, there was the fact that no one had done her story and the fact that I love her. So it was a treasure trove of potential.”
Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock, and Saïd Taghmaoui also star in “Wonder Woman” which opens in theaters on June 2nd. Tickets are now available to pre-order.
— Wonder Woman UK (@wonderwomanuk) April 28, 2017
As we know, this year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” from director Rian Johnson is the middle film of a trilogy that began with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will end with Colin Trevorrow’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” in 2019.
Trevorrow and Derek Connolly are penning the script for the latter which will have the hard job of effectively closing off not just the current trilogy but the preceding six saga films, AND keeping the door open for likely future ones that could take any form.
Now, Johnson has confirmed that in spite of his writing all of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” he won’t be offering any aid or input into Trevorrow’s film. Back in 2014, the report was that Johnson would create a treatment for Trevorrow and Connolly to follow – that idea is now out. Asked about it recently, Johnson said on Twitter: “That’s old info, I haven’t been involved in writing IX.”
“Star Wars: Episode IX” is currently slated for a May 24th 2019 release.
It looks like Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm isn’t the only connection to the original 1993 “Jurassic Park” that’s returning for next year’s “Jurassic World 2”.
We already knew veteran actor James Cromwell has a role in the film. However, speaking with Larry King this week, Cromwell revealed that his character will tie back into another character from the first film:
“The character Richard Attenborough played, I’m his partner Benjamin Lockwood. We developed the technology of being able to clone the genes, and so I’m trying to deal with the blowback from what we have done.”
Cromwell’s Lockwood will butt heads with B.D. Wong’s Dr. Wu whose Indominus Rex creation essentially destroyed the park.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Ted Levine and Rafe Spall also star in the film which is about to begin production under the helm of JA Bayona. The film opens June 22nd 2018.
Producer Jason Blum (“Get Out,” “Split”) used the Overlook Film Festival last night to announce that Akiva Goldsman is set to direct a new adaptation of Stephen King’s “Firestarter” for his Blumhouse Pictures.
Drew Barrymore starred in the original 1984 film adaptation of King’s 1981 novel as a young girl who developed pyrokinetic abilities. She was then abducted by a secret government agency that wanted to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.
Goldsman will also co-write the film with “Rectify” scribe Scott Teems, a script which is expected to be more faithful than the previous film adaptation. Blum will produce.
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“Back to the Future,” “Contact” and “Romancing the Stone” director Robert Zemeckis is reportedly in talks to helm “The Flash” movie at Warner Bros. Pictures says Screen Junkies.
Zemeckis would mark the third helmer on the film following original director Seth Grahame-Smith exiting and then “Dope” helmer Rick Famuyiwa joining and quickly departing.
Zemeckis certainly brings with him experience, and an auteur willing to be experimental with visuals. The project recently hired a new writer to rework the script, so a potential production schedule has yet to be locked down.
In fact reporter Umberto Gonzalez has added to the report, saying that while Zemeckis has indeed spoken with WB about the film – he’s far from a sure thing. Ezra Miller will reprise his role of The Flash” in “Justice League” later this year.
George Miller got a recent disc re-release of his hypersaturated Oscar-winning film “Mad Mac: Fury Road” to incorporate a ‘Black and Chrome’ version – something Miller had been trying to do for some time.
Now it turns out this year’s most beloved action film to date, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine outing in “Logan,” may be getting the same – although this black and white cut of the film is being dubbed the ‘noir’ version.
Fox has not officially announced the home video release of “Logan” yet, but a new listing on the Google Play shows that the release will include the theatrical and ‘noir’ versions of the movie. Previously director James Mangold said: “Workin’ on it” when asked by a fan if the Blu-ray will include a black and white version of the movie.
“Logan” has pulled in $606 million worldwide at the box office to date. No date has been locked for the home video release.
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Director Barry Levinson is set to helm a TV series adaptation of his own 1997 political satire feature “Wag the Dog”.
David Mamet penned the original which starred Robert De Niro as a political strategist who hires a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) to craft a fictional war to draw attention away from the president’s sexual harassment scandal. Hoffman and Mamet scored Oscar nominations for their work.
The new take will shift from politics to the business, entertainment, and non-profit worlds where: “nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is so yesterday.”
Feature scribe Rajiv Joseph (“Draft Day”) will pen the adaptation and, should it go to pilot, Levinson will direct. He’ll also executive produce the series alongside De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh, Jason Sosnoff and Tom Fontana.
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Jesse Eisenberg will team with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions for the half-hour single-camera comedy series “The Market”.
Eisenberg will pen, direct and star in the series in which a widower moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are thrust into an unforgiving job market.
Eisenberg, Abrams and Ben Stephenson will executive produce. This joins Bad Robot’s other series in the works which include a second season of HBO’s “Westworld,” Hulu’s Stephen King linked universe series “Castle Rock,” and a series about a fictionalized version of RuPaul and his rise from club kid to drag queen icon.
“La La Land” helmer Damien Chazelle is joining the raft of film directors dipping their toes into prestige TV with word that he’s developing the musical series “The Eddy”.
Previously in development at HBO, Chazelle is attached to direct several (if not all) episodes of the series which is set in a club in contemporary multicultural Paris and follows the club’s owner and its house band.
Jack Thorne, who penned the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play and the upcoming new BBC adaptation of “His Dark Materials.” will pen the script and the project will soon be shopped to cable and streaming services.
The project likely won’t be done until Chazelle finishes filming his Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man” with Ryan Gosling later this year.
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In a new profile piece on “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, the Associated Press reports that the helmer is being targeted for another gig – directing the Dwayne Johnson-led film adaptation of the Disney ride “Jungle Cruise”.
“Wonder Woman” is only Jenkins’ second theatrical feature. In recent years she’s been known for TV including episodes of “Entourage,” and directing the pilots of “The Killing” remake and ABC’s “Betrayal”.
Speaking about filming the superheroine film, Jenkins says her time on TV prepared her for big-budget filmmaking: “A pilot that you shoot in 9 days for $10 million ends up being a very big parallel to this. It’s the same dollar per day. So many men have crossed over… it’s the same job, just on a larger scale.”
Her work on “Wonder Woman” and TV are good enough that Johnson says he’d like Jenkins to direct “Jungle Cruise”: “Patty has that really cool edge. I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like ‘Jungle Cruise.’ Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.”
Johnson says that he’s not even sure if Jenkins knows about his interest yet as the project is in very early stages with a short list still to get through.
Don Carmody Television and Troy Duffy are teaming for “The Boondock Saints: Origins,” a prequel TV series to Duffy’s iconic cult 1999 feature.
The original ‘Boondock Saints’ film centered around two brothers (Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery) who become vigilantes after killing a Russian mob member in self-defense. A sequel was released in 2009.
Duffy first attempted to turn his franchise into a prequel TV series back in 2015. DCTV and Duffy have launched a ‘fan-focused pre-order campaign’ which includes the video below with actor David Della Rocco.
The campaign allows fans to pre-order the series on digital download and DVD, as well as gain exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content, merchandise, and a limited edition subscription box. You can pre-order and check out all the details at the just launched BoondocksBack.com.