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The news broke this April that a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman is currently being worked up at Sony. Real Steel and Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy is to direct and produce, joined by original producer Michael Douglas and Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel on scripting duties.
“Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. »
Look, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull didn't do much for fans when it came out. There was plenty of hype around it, considering LucasFilm had gotten the band back together. You had Steven Spielberg in the director's chair, a story by George Lucas, Harrison Ford donning the iconic hat, John Williams scoring the thing, and even Karen Allen returning to the famous franchise. But the movie simply missed the mark.
Similar to another hotly-anticipated project that would find Lucas revisiting hallowed ground that he, himself, had created, it didn't seem to understand what fans of the originals loved about those movies. Spielberg, out making the rounds to discuss his latest business dealings, offered a couple of remarks aimed at letting people know that the next Indiana Jones film would be more of a straight-up crowd pleaser for the fans.
"I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans," the legendary director told Yahoo! News. This calls to mind what happened with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The prequels were maligned for missing the elements that people loved most about the Original Trilogy, and so Episode VII did its best to deliver exactly what worked so well in the older films. Perhaps it tried to hit those notes a little too hard, as some have said that it felt like a total retread, but you can't deny that the current batch of folks working on Star Wars at least get what fans loved about the series to begin with.
Another common element here is Ford, who appeared in The Force Awakens as a great bridge between the old and the new. Spielberg, perhaps with tongue in cheek, wants fans to know that he isn't planning on pulling a Force Awakens when it comes to Ford in Indiana Jones 5: "The one thing I will tell you is I'm not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it."
So you can take that comment however you'd like. He's either having fun with one of the major twists from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or he's addressing the rumors that there'll be a "passing of the hat" in this movie, so that future films can focus on someone like Indy's son.
What do you think of these remarks? Does it encourage you to hear that Indiana Jones 5 is going to be "straight down the pike" for fans? Or does that scare you because it sounds like it may be too familiar and play things too safely? Are you happy to hear that Ford's Jones will live on for future installments- assuming this next one gets people excited about the franchise again?
Source: Yahoo! News
Mario-f. Robles Psyched! Freakin' Finally seeing #XMenApocalypse tonight. It's in 3D, which blows. But it'll do. about a day ago »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Tony Black on Indiana Jones and the future of the franchise…
Ask almost anyone what they thought of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 2008 long-gestated sequel known forever and a day simply as ‘Indy IV’, and you’ll probably get much the same answer. “Awful!” “Rotten!” “Should never have made it!” “Nuke the fridge???!” You get the drift. It’s about as popular a sequel as World War Two, the fourth in, to many, a near-perfect trilogy of adventure films that helped define their decade, and the childhoods of millions. Indeed many try and revise history to erase it from their minds, considering Last Crusade the last hurrah. Like it or not, however, Disney know Indy = money given the near $800 million the fourth movie made on just shy of a $200 million budget. Almost nobody liked it, yet almost everybody went to see it. Therefore, after Disney’s epic purchase of LucasFilm, »
- Tony Black
Last month, LucasFilm put a slew of rumors to rest by confirming that Indiana Jones 5 is finally moving forward, with Harrison Ford set to star and Steven Spielberg directing from a script by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp. Of course, no story details have surfaced thus far, but http://variety.com/2016/scene/vpage/frank-marshall-indiana-jones-harrison-ford-cinemacon-1201750527/|Variety caught up with producer Frank Marshall, who revealed that the story will continue where Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left off, and it won't be a prequel as previously rumored.
No one seems quite sure what Frank Marshall meant when he said Indiana Jones 5 will continue the story of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It isn't known if the new story will be directly linked to the events in that movie, if the same characters are coming back, »
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has signed on to direct a remake of the 1984 sci-fi romance Starman, which will be scripted by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco).
Directed by John Carpenter, the original movie starred Jeff Bridges as an alien who comes to Earth and assumes the identity of a woman’s (Karen Allen) dead husband in an effort to evade capture by the government. Coercing the woman into driving him cross country to a rendezvous point, a romance then blossoms between the two.
Levy, whose last directorial efforts were 2014’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and This Is Where I Leave You, will also serve as a producer on the remake alongside Michael Douglas, who produced the original.
- Amie Cranswick
The cinema of John Carpenter has already been heavily pillaged for remakes over the past decade or so, but up until now, Starman has been excused. However, plans are now afoot to revisit the 1984 sci-fi flick, that originally starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen.
The original Starman saw an alien visit Earth in response to a message from Nasa. He then takes on the body of Bridges, and a chase ensues. The new Starman is being panned by Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) with Michael Douglas reprising his position as producer.
Directing this time will be Shawn Levy, best known for the likes of Real Steel and the Night At The Museum trilogy. We're promised that the new film will be set in the 21st century, and thus brought up to date. »
In the mid-80's Jeff Bridges took on the lead role in Starman, a John Carpenter film which found an extraterrestrial-being paying a visit to Earth after hearing the invitation found on the Voyager 2 space-probe. Naturally, his space-craft is shot down and he's forced to craft a human body for himself, which turns out to be the recently deceased husband of Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen). With... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Per The Hollywood Reporter, it’s understood that the studio has drafted in Arash Amel (Erased, Grace of Monaco) to pen the screenplay, shifting the tale into the modern era. Michael Douglas, meanwhile, is attached to produce alongside Levy after working on the original more than three decades ago.
First released in 1984, Starman orbited around the story of a mysterious alien that responds to Nasa’s far-flung spacecraft Voyager II. After careering into Earth with the intention of paying a visit, the extra-terrestrial assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband, eventually directing her toward a strange rendezvous site before it perishes. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen anchored the ’80s feature, with the former earning an Oscar nomination at the time »
- Michael Briers
Cue the David Bowie track, 'cause it looks like we're about due for the stars!
According to THR, the 1980s sci-fi film Starman (which starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen) is getting remade, and helming this project is Real Steel and Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy. Producing the film alongside him will be Michael Douglas, who also produced the original 1984 film, which was directed by John Carpenter.
Writing the script for Starman is Arash Amel, a relatively new talent with less than a handful of films to his name. On that list, however is a Nicole Kidman/Tim Roth film called Grace Of Monaco, which was released in 2014, but was not too well received by fans.
The synopsis for the original film is as follows:
"Answering a Nasa message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American missile grounds his ship. Scrambling, the »
- Joseph Medina
If you have a favorite movie and you'd like to see it get a modern remake, you pretty much just need to wait long enough and it will happen. Somewhere, there is now a contingent of 80's sci-fi fans who are either overjoyed or furious, as the newest film to get the remake treatment is Starman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shawn Levy, the director behind the Night at the Museum movies has signed on to direct the remake of the 1984 science fiction drama. The screenplay is currently being worked on by Arash Amel, who wrote the Nicole Kidman vehicle Grace of Monaco. The original Starman starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen and it plays as sort of a romantic version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. A space alien crash lands on earth and, in an attempt to avoid capture by government agents, clones a human body for himself »
Douglas teamed with Larry J. Franco to produce the original, which was directed by John Carpenter with Jeff Bridges starring as an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the Voyager 2 space probe. Crashing in Wisconsin, he clones a new body for himself as the deceased husband of a widow, played by Karen Allen.
Bridges was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor for his role.
Matt Milam and Adam North are overseeing for the studio.
- Dave McNary
“Night at the Museum” director Shawn Levy will direct and produce a remake of “Starman” for Columbia Pictures, TheWrap has learned. The original 1984 sci-fi romance starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. The modern take based on the John Carpenter classic will be written by Arash Amel, who wrote the screenplay for the Nicole Kidman drama “Grace of Monaco.” Michael Douglas, who was a producer of the original, is also on board to produce. Dan Cohen and Robert Mitas are executive producing, while Matt Milam and Adam North are overseeing the project for Columbia. Also Read: 'Ben-Hur' Remake Trailer Boasts Shipwreck, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Jeff Bridges starred in the original as an alien who crash lands on Earth and assumes the form of a woman's dead husband. He forces her (Karen Allen) to take him to a rendezvous site but on the road trip, a romance blossoms, all the while the government is in hot pursuit to capture him.
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- Garth Franklin
Shawn Levy is shooting for the stars. Levy, the helmer behind the Night at the Museum movies as well as Real Steel, has signed on to direct and produce Starman, Columbia Pictures’ remake of the 1980s sci-fi romance that starred Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. Michael Douglas, who produced the original, will produce with Levy. Arash Amel, best known for writing the Nicole Kidman drama Grace of Monaco, is writing the script for the project. Starman told of an alien who crash lands on Earth and assumes the form of a woman’s dead husband. He forces the woman to
- Borys Kit
Hollywood and fans worldwide were buzzing yesterday with the announced release of Indiana Jones 5 in 2019. Harrison Ford will reprise the iconic adventurer with Steven Spielberg back in the director's chair. The logical first thought is Harrison Ford's age. Currently seventy-three, it's hard to imagine how much swashbuckling can be done, especially since Ford has recovered from a near fatal plane crash and a broken ankle on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It leads to speculation that another actor could be doing the heavy-lifting, or the studio may be transitioning to a new lead character.
The last installment, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, established Shia Labeouf as Indy's heir. First introduced as Mutt Williams, we learn that he is Henry Walton Jones III, Indy's love child with Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen). In fact, one of the last scenes in that film »
It's definite: Indiana Jones is returning to our screens in 2019. But Disney's announcements leaves a lot of questions behind...
This article contains spoilers for Star Wars - The Force Awakens and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Who knew that was coming? You might have been wondering Disney would do with Lucasfilm's other big franchise since it acquired the rights from Paramount in 2013, but yesterday saw the unexpected announcement that 19th July 2019 will see Steven Spielberg direct Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones for the fifth time, a whole 11 years after the late, lamented fourth instalment, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
The announcement has come relatively quickly on the heels of Star Wars - The Force Awakens, in which Ford was top-billed as Han Solo. The overwhelming success and, more importantly, good reception for that film will probably have been »
We can never get too much Indy, right?
Well, that’s a good thing because Disney just announced another Indiana Jones installment coming from both director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford, who showed off his action-adventure muscle once again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement, “Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019. It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor, and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.”
The first Indiana Jones romp, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, premiered in 1981 and the series collectively has brought in almost $1 billion in North America alone. (No wonder they want to get back on the horse!)
Details are zero at this point, »
- Harker Jones
Few live music experiences are more visceral than a symphony orchestra – and they didn’t come more electrifying than the sensational performance of John Williams’ seminal Raiders of the Lost Ark score at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the group’s founder Ludwig Wicki, the concert was a world first: as the Albert Hall website proudly proclaimed, this was the venue’s first-ever public airing of a complete John Williams score.
With the movie playing on a large screen suspended above the musicians (dialogue and sound effects intact, soundtrack muted), it all made for an intriguingly contradictory experience, given the audience’s attention was naturally split between the iconic visuals of Steven Spielberg’s classic movie and the arresting impact of »
- Sean Wilson
The kitchen sink’s thrown against the wall with bathtub, toilet, and whatever else made of easily-shattered porcelain in the house following right behind—this is Mark Kemble‘s Bad Hurt. Adapted from his semi-autobiographical play “Bad Hurt on Cedar Street” with the help of Jamieson Stern, the film depicts a dysfunctional family that drew the shortest of straws in terms of volatility and hardship. But with that burden comes the capacity for strength in love to somehow overcome. Doing so is difficult, enough that the attempt will prove futile time and time again, but it is possible. More suffering will arrive on the horizon as hard truths needing to be uncovered and accepted to approach calm appear and it’ll all destroy as surely as it’ll galvanize.
This is far from a simple story, but one quickly dismissed as contrived or melodramatic. While it’s both those things »
- Jared Mobarak
Director Gordon Douglas is one of many prolific filmmakers who seemed to fall short of auteur recognition despite considerable iconic items lodged within a vast filmography. Starting out in Hollywood as a child actor, he was directing shorts throughout the 1930s and began developing a resume of B-grade features, the most notable from this period being the 1954 sci-fi classic Them!, one of several genre items capitalizing on nuclear warfare fears. The 1960s found Douglas evolving freely with the times, churning out some racy Carroll Baker numbers (including in a biopic of Jean Harlow), the James Bond knock-off In Like Flint (1967), and a trio of Frank Sinatra vehicles. In between directing Sinatra in a pair of movies where the crooner plays Miami Pi Tony Rome, Douglas concocted something much more provocative, a seedy, lurid neo-noir titled The Detective (1968). One of several oft-referenced titles detailed in Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, »
- Nicholas Bell
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