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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #240 on: October 16, 2007, 01:47:27 AM »
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'Inside' men resurrect Pinhead
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Following the recent success of the "Halloween" remake, Dimension is moving ahead on reinventing "Hellraiser," setting Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo to write and direct the remake of one of horrormeister's Clive Barker's best-known creations.

Released in 1987, "Hellraiser" told the story of an unfaithful wife who attempts to assist her dead lover in his escape from hell. The movie introduced viewers to a race of demons called Cenobites, most notably one nicknamed Pinhead -- who became one of the most enduring horror characters of the decade -- who was summoned using an antique puzzle box.

Based on Barker's critically acclaimed novella "The Hellbound Heart," "Hellraiser" was written and directed by Barker and spawned a lucrative film franchise.

Dimension is aiming to make the movie pre-strike.

Senior vp production Matthew Stein will oversee the project on behalf of Dimension.

French filmmakers Maury and Bustillo come to the project off the strength of their supernatural thriller "Inside," about a pregnant woman who loses her boyfriend in a car crash and subsequently is violently haunted by a mysterious woman. The Weinstein Co./Dimension picked up the distribution rights to their film debut this year.

The filmmakers said they had the blessing of Barker to reappropriate his story and also had a playful message to any horror fans that were ready to trash the idea of a remake, "No tears, please; it's a waste of good remaking!"

Dimension's "Halloween" remake, directed by Rob Zombie, grossed more than $57 million.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #241 on: October 31, 2007, 12:42:41 AM »
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Toho to remake Kurosawa's 'Fortress'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

TOKYO -- Japanese film studio Toho is remaking Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress," famous for having large chunks of its story used by George Lucas in the original "Star Wars."

The new version, first reported Monday in the Japanese media, will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, responsible for last year's hit "The Sinking of Japan" but best known for his special effects work.

The 1958 film -- known as "Kakushi Toride no San Akunin" in Japanese, or "The three villains of the hidden fortress" -- is an action comedy starring Toshiro Mifune. Taking the Mifune role will be romantic comedy star Hiroshi Abe. Masami Nagasawa will take the role of princess Uehara.

In a move guaranteed to raise the eyebrows of Kurosawa fans, the parts of the two peasant refugees, the inspiration for R2-D2 and C-3PO, will be combined into a single character, Takezo, from whose perspective the story will be told. Jun Matsumoto of the boy band Arashi will take that key role.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in early November, with a ¥1.5 billion ($13 million) budget, and wrap by the end of the year. Release is slated for May 10.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #242 on: November 05, 2007, 12:40:53 AM »
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Stallone has 'Death Wish'
'Rambo' star, MGM have remake in crosshairs
Source: Variety
 
After a recent resurgence with sequels "Rocky Balboa" and the upcoming "Rambo," Sylvester Stallone is taking aim at an MGM remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson starrer "Death Wish."

Stallone is in talks to direct and star as an ordinary man who goes vigilante after his wife and daughter are attacked. Set to write the script are Michael Ferris and John Brancato, whose credits include "Terminator 3" and "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins."

Paramount Pictures controls some "Death Wish" rights and has an option to partner. MGM will make the pic whether or not Par opts in, and if a writers strike is settled in short order, MGM will try to start production before March. Stallone's partner, Kevin King, will be a producer.

Stallone showed surprising box office punch with "Rocky Balboa," which grossed $80 million domestic and $150 million worldwide. MGM distributed that film after splitting the $24 million production budget with Sony and Revolution Studios.

"Death Wish" fits squarely into MGM's long-term strategy of assembling tentpoles based on a 4,100-title library that encompasses post-1985 MGM fare plus UA, Orion, Polygram, Samuel Goldwyn and Cannon titles.

"We are looking at our library to determine which potential franchise properties make the most sense for us to produce, and 'Death Wish' was clearly one of that jumped out," said MGM chief operating officer Rick Sands. "We hope to get a deal done with Sylvester Stallone to direct and star, and like the 'Rocky' and 'Rambo' films, we see this as another potential franchise for him."

Stallone's deal is being made by WMA.

While offerings on the current MGM slate are coming from UA and output deals with financier-producers like the Weinstein Co., Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore, the company has placed a priority on generating its own event-sized staples, and is still on the prowl for outside production financing after an attempt to secure $1 billion was dented this summer by the credit crunch.

The gem is the James Bond series. Sony will distribute the 22nd Bond film that begins production in January with Marc Forster directing a Paul Haggis script, but MGM takes back distribution after that, and Daniel Craig is locked into a deal for the first three of those films. Studio is also counting on distributing two installments of "The Hobbit," with hopes that a thaw between director Peter Jackson and New Line over "The Lord of the Rings" will return that helmer back to Middle-earth. Also on the docket is a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair," and MGM is still waging a court claim for a stake in "Terminator Salvation."
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #243 on: March 19, 2008, 01:36:48 PM »
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Berg to direct 'Dune' for Paramount
Misher producing adaptation of sci-fi novel
Source: Variety
 
Peter Berg is attached to direct a bigscreen adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel "Dune" for Paramount Pictures.

Kevin Misher, who spent the past year obtaining the book rights from the Herbert estate, will produce via his Par-based shingle.

Herbert's 1965 novel is a sweeping, futuristic tale set on the remote desert planet Arrakis, which produces the interstellar empire's sole source of the spice Melange -- used for distant space travel. An empirewide power struggle ensues over the control of the spice. Berg would be the latest helmer to take a crack at the property, which spawned a 1984 David Lynch film as well as a 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries starring William Hurt.

New Amsterdam's Richard Rubenstein, who produced Sci Fi's "Dune" and sequel "Children of Dune," is also producing alongside Sarah Aubrey of Film 44, Berg's production banner. John Harrison and Mike Messina exec produce.

The project is out to writers, with the producers looking for a faithful adaptation of the Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book. The filmmakers consider its theme of finite ecological resources particularly timely.

Paramount envisions the project as a tentpole film.

Berg and Misher enjoy strong ties dating back to Misher's executive days at Universal Pictures. Misher also produced Berg's second directorial outing, "The Rundown."

Actor-turned-helmer Berg most recently directed the upcoming Will Smith starrer "Hancock." His directing credits include "The Kingdom" and "Friday Night Lights."
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #244 on: March 19, 2008, 01:59:02 PM »
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Berg to direct 'Dune' for Paramount

This will probably suck


[spoiler]I will definitely see it[/spoiler]

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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #245 on: July 09, 2008, 12:06:09 AM »
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'Red Dawn' redo lands director, scribe
MGM will remake the 1984 action drama
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
"Red Dawn" will be redone.

Screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been hired to recraft the ultimate homeland invasion story about a new generation of besieged high schoolers.

Dan Bradley, a second unit director and/or stunt coordinator on "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Spider-Man 3" and the forthcoming "Quantum of Solace," will move into the director's chair for the update. Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will produce.

MGM toppers Harry Sloan and Mary Parent announced the remake -- along with a big-budget rebuild of "RoboCop," which director Darren Aronofsky among others has recently been in to discuss -- in May at the Festival de Cannes. As the studio regroups, its executives have realized that the strong MGM library has numerous classic and cult properties it can exploit for a new audience.

"The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in," says Ellsworth, who was 11 when the original was released. "As 'Red Dawn' scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?"

Ellsworth will be working from a story written by Jeremy Passmore. Vincent Newman ("A Man Apart") is also acting in a producer capacity.

The original "Dawn" was the Cold War brainchild of writer-director John Milius, who devised a World War III invasion of America by the Soviets and Cubans. The film followed the scrappy insurgency of a group of Midwestern teenagers who take on their high school mascot name -- "Wolverines!" -- as a rallying cry of resistance.

The 1984 action drama was the first film released in theaters with the newly devised PG-13 rating because of its intense subject matter and violent content.

Ellsworth, who is repped by ICM and the Shuman Co., most recently handed in an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comics series "Y: The Last Man" to New Line. He also wrote "Red Eye," co-wrote "Disturbia" and rewrote the screenplay for the "Last House on the Left" remake, produced by the original film's writer-director, Wes Craven. Rogue Pictures will release it early next year.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #246 on: July 09, 2008, 11:16:57 AM »
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As the studio regroups, its executives have realized that the strong MGM library has numerous classic and cult properties it can exploit for a new audience.

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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #247 on: July 24, 2008, 08:36:34 AM »
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MTV readies 'Rocky Horror' redux
Network to remake 1975 cult classic
Source: Variety
 
MTV is doing the time warp on a remake of 1975 cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Lou Adler, exec producer of the original film, is partnering with BermanBraun and Fox Television Studios on the new rendition.

Two-hour remake will use the original screenplay by Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien but may also include music not featured in the original.

Helmer and casting decisions have yet to be announced.

Fox is sin discussions with BSkyB and Sky Movies to co-finance and distribute the telepic abroad.

Timetable for the start of production hasn't been established yet but the partners aim to move forward quickly once the final elements are in place.

"I'd like to see it shown a year from this coming Halloween, but that's up to MTV," Adler said.

BermanBraun principal Gail Berman will exec produce the project along with partner Lloyd Braun. Berman has been attached to a "Rocky Horror" remake dating back to her tenure as Fox programming chief (Daily Variety, July 1, 2002).

The original "Rocky Horror," starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf, has grossed $140 million in domestic box office over the years, primarily from the wallets of youthful audience members who have shown up for midnight screenings over the past three decades.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #248 on: July 24, 2008, 09:28:53 AM »
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So fucking pissed off about this.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #249 on: July 25, 2008, 01:56:27 AM »
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but you'll buy it.
who likes movies anyway

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« Reply #250 on: September 23, 2008, 01:25:52 AM »
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'Rashomon' remake finds a Harbor
New version will take place in modern day USA
Source: Variety

Los Angeles-based Harbor Light Entertainment and Tokyo-based Lotus have assembled an international consortium to remake helmer Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic "Rashomon."

Action will be moved from ancient Japan to contempo America, where a court must decide the facts about the rape of a woman and the murder of her husband.

Harbor Light and Lotus will be joined by L.A.’s Lexicon Filmed Entertainment and Singapore’s Upside Down Entertainment on the English-language project, "Rashomon 2010."

Harbor Light announced a "Rashomon" remake in 2001, but struggled to get the pic greenlit.

The partners are also gearing up to make "The Masque of Black Death," a feature toon based on an unproduced Kurosawa script penned in 1977.

The partners plan to have the remake and the toon in theaters in 2010 as part of a 100th anni celebration of Kurosawa’s birth.

Kurosawa planned to have Japanese anime auteur Osamu Tezuka make the pic, but the project never got off the ground before Kurosawa’s death in 1998.

Set in Russia in the early 20th century, "The Masque of Black Death" depicts a disease that kills most of the population.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #251 on: October 01, 2008, 09:20:27 PM »
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Trio developing 'Angel Heart' remake
De Luca, Rosenzweig, Gaeta producing thriller
Source: Variety

Michael De Luca has partnered with Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta to develop a bigscreen remake of the 1987 Mickey Rourke supernatural thriller "Angel Heart."

Producers optioned remake rights from a private U.K. firm, which owns the rights to the original film, which was produced by Carolco and distributed by TriStar. De Luca, Rosenzweig and Gaeta also optioned the underlying book rights to William Hjortsberg's novel "Falling Angel," from which original film was adapted.

Original film, which caused a stir for its steamy sex scenes, was written and directed by Alan Parker and also starred Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet.

Novel follows the exploits of Harry Angel, a New York detective hired by a mysterious client to track down a once-popular performer indebted to him. While pursuing this seemingly routine investigation, Harry encounters dark and supernatural forces.

De Luca, whose recent producing credits include "21" and "Ghost Rider," said he has long been a fan of the novel. "It's a great blend of genres with a great Faustian bargain, compelling, universal themes and a rare combination of literary and commercial appeal," he said.

"Angel Heart" remake was brought to De Luca Prods. by exec Josh Bratman, who will executive produce.

Producing partners Rosenzweig and Gaeta recently teamed with Adam Shankman to set up the Disney comedy "Matadors," which is based on the true story of the Chicago Bulls' 14-member troupe of male dancing cheerleaders.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #252 on: October 08, 2008, 05:25:31 PM »
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I just found out that The Red Circle is in for a remake...

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« Reply #253 on: October 28, 2008, 05:46:17 PM »
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Paramount fast-tracks 'Footloose'
Zac Efron close to mid-seven-figure salary deal
Source: Variety

After watching Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortega deliver a $42 million opening weekend for "High School Musical 3," Paramount Pictures has fast-tracked "Footloose," hoping to get the film ready for Efron and Ortega to start production next spring.

The studio has brought on "Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist" director Peter Sollett to rewrite the Jon Hartmere script and hired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to join Dylan Sellers as producer.

Unlike "HSM3," "Footloose" will aim for an older teen and adult demo. Efron is just about set in a deal that will pay him a mid-seven-figure salary and give him script approval.

Zadan and Meron are established producers of musicals "Chicago" and "Hairspray," the latter of which was Efron’s first feature. Zadan also was a producer of the original 1984 "Footloose." They join Sellers, who has put two years of work into the musical with Ortega.

While Sollett rewrites the Hartmere script, the studio is working on new songs that will complement some of the memorable original tunes. Though the Herb Ross-directed film wasn’t a musical, screenwriter Dean Pitchford wrote lyrics for songs that included the Kenny Loggins title song as well as "Let’s Hear It for the Boy," "Almost Paradise" and "Holding Out for a Hero." At least some of those tunes are expected to be in the new movie.

"Footloose" spawned one of the biggest-selling soundtracks of its era and made a star of Kevin Bacon.
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Re: Remake Remake Fucking Remake
« Reply #254 on: October 30, 2008, 01:08:39 AM »
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Samuel L. Jackson vs. the 'Dragon'
He's set to star in the remake of the 1985 cult classic
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
It's another heavy role for Samuel L. Jackson.

Having most recently played a dirty cop in "Lakeview Terrace," Jackson is set to star as a bad guy again in Columbia Pictures' remake of Berry Gordy's 1985 cult classic "The Last Dragon."

Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?" Each time his gang of thugs answered, "Sho 'nuff!"

Davis Entertainment's John Davis and Gordy's son Kerry Gordy are producing.

Penning the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is co-producing.

The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.

The project, announced by Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, will take a new look at "Last Dragon" coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Motown next year.

"We're thrilled to be working with Kerry Gordy as he continues his father's legacy, and we're confident that he along with John and Dallas are the perfect team to develop the project," Belgrad said. "They will capture everything that people love about the original while also bringing a fresh edge to the remake."

The original, which also starred one-namers Taimak and then-Prince protege Vanity, was released in March 1985 by TriStar Pictures and received lukewarm reviews by critics like Roger Ebert, who gave it 2 1/2 stars and said it was a "great near-miss."

Despite the reviews, "Last Dragon" did well at the boxoffice, grossing nearly $26 million. It soon became a cult classic for scenes like Bruce Lee follower Green remaining so loyal to the martial arts star that he eats his popcorn in a movie theater with chopsticks.

"I'm a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho'Nuff into the 21st century," Jackson said.

Jackson, repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, made a surprise cameo in the summer blockbuster "Iron Man" and the sci-fi action film "Jumper." He also stars with the late Bernie Mac in "Soul Men," which opens Christmas Day, and Frank Miller's upcoming "The Spirit."
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