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Enemy of the State is coming to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is developing a sequel TV series to the 1998 feature film.The original spy thriller stars Will Smith as a lawyer who discovers a group of Nsa agents conspired to kill a U.S. congressman. The film also stars Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, and Lisa Bonet.Read More… »
Congratulations to anybody who had Tony Scott’s Enemy Of The State in Hollywood’s long-running game of Movie-To-tv Show Bingo: You’ve won yourself a new action drama on ABC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jerry Bruckheimer has sold the network on a TV sequel to the Will Smith and Gene Hackman vehicle.
Released in 1998—i.e., back when a massive Nsa surveillance program spying on American citizens was meat for a pulpy spy thriller, and not three-year-old news—Enemy Of The State saw Smith play a lawyer forced to team up with a mysterious surveillance expert to expose a massive cover-up. The new show sounds like it’ll follow a similar pattern, with an “idealistic” female lawyer and a “hawkish” FBI agent drawn into a conspiracy surrounding a Snowden-esque Nsa spy. None of the parts have been cast—and we’re just going to assume fans shouldn ...
- William Hughes
ABC are reportedly planning to reboot Enemy Of The State, based around the 1998 Will Smith movie which was directed by Tony Scott and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. A pilot is now in development after being given the green light by the network.
Morgan Foehl is writing the screenplay for the pilot. Here’s the original movie’s official plot.
Corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) has a congressman assassinated to assure the passage of expansive new surveillance legislation. When a videotape of the murder ends up in the hands of Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer and dedicated family man, he is framed for murder. With the help of ex-intelligence agent Edward “Brill” Lyle , Dean attempts to throw Reynolds off his trail and prove his innocence.
The original movie, which also starred the legendary Gene Hackman as Lyle, grossed $250 million worldwide. Bruckheimer will also produce the proposed TV show. »
- Paul Heath
In an intriguing move, ABC has ordered a pilot that will serve as a sequel to the 1998 Will Smith/Gene Hackman actioner “Enemy of The State,” which was directed by the late Tony Scott movie. This feels more like Fox’s territory, as… Continue Reading → »
Add one more to the reboot pile: The 1998 spy thriller Enemy of the State is getting the small-screen treatment at ABC, our sister site Variety reports.
Starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, Enemy followed a crew of Nsa agents who came together to murder a U.S. Congressman — though things became a little more complicated when a video recording of the murder mysteriously surfaced.
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ABC’s reboot — executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, »
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to drama Enemy of The State, a sequel to the 1998 Tony Scott movie, which starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman. The project hails from the film’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, and ABC Studios. Written by Blackhat scribe Morgan Davis Foehl, the drama is set two decades after the original film, when an elusive Nsa spy is charged with leaking classified intelligence, an idealistic female attorney must partner with a hawkish FBI agent to… »
Another movie is making its way to television.
Based off the movie, the show is set two decades after the original film. When an elusive Nsa spy is charged with leaking classified intelligence, an idealistic female attorney must partner with a hawkish FBI agent to stop a global conspiracy that threatens to expose dark secrets and personal mysteries connecting all three of their lives.
ABC Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television are producing “Enemy of the State,” which landed a put pilot commitment. Along with Bruckheimer, exec producers are Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and Foehl.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Edgar Fleisher Gross, a film producer and entertainment lawyer whose clients included Richard Gere, Gene Hackman and Angelica Huston among others, died Sunday. He was 85. Gross was born in Philadelphia, Pa and moved to California with his family at age 16, settling in Beverly Hills. After graduating Beverly Hills High School, he went on to attend Uc Berkeley and UCLA, graduating UCLA in 1953, then went on to Harvard Law School, graduating in the class of 1956. He began… »
Lyon, France — Catherine Deneuve was honored with the Lumière Award Friday evening during an emotional ceremony with Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino, Bertrand Tavernier, Lambert Wilson, Vincent Lindon, Thierry Fremaux, and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni on stage.
Fremaux, who heads both the Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals, was the master of ceremonies.
“Being here with all these friends, all this is actually quite shattering for me,” Deneuve said fighting back tears. The iconic French actress dedicated the award to “all French farmers,” as a crowd of some 2,500 fans cheered.
“I love you Catherine,” said Polanski handing her the career prize. Deneuve, who is 72, starred in Polanski’s first English-language movie “Repulsion” (1965).
Deneuve is the first woman to receive the Lumière Award, dubbed “the film world’s Nobel Prize” by the French press.
Earlier in the day Deneuve held an »
- Nick Vivarelli
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum and editor-at-large Michael Schneider chat with “Stranger Things” star David Harbour about why the series has become so wildly popular, how its success has changed his life, and the inspirations behind his character.
Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hooper, head of the Hawkins police department, candidly admits that none of his previous projects, which include “The Equalizer,” “Black Mass” and “The Newsroom,” have affected his life as profoundly as “Stranger Things.”
“My telephone has about 100 contacts in it with about 10 or 15 friends I text with all the time, or my parents,” he says. “When a movie comes out I’ll get the occasional text from friends, but when ‘Stranger Things’ came out, every single number on my phone, I »
- Variety Staff
Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016
We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...
Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.
On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg »
He starred opposite Charles Bronson in The Mechanic in 1972 (see where that falls on my list of best Bronson movies Here) and he played the title role in Disney’s The World’S Greatest Athlete the next year. Jan-Michael Vincent went on to star in a string of modest hits in the ‘70s – Baby Blue Marine, Buster And Billie, Defiance, Vigilante Force and my favorite – White Line Fever. He was in Bite The Bullet with Gene Hackman in 1975 and costarred with Burt Reynolds in Hooper in 1978. Jan-Michael Vincent has been somewhat forgotten over the last couple of decades, but now author David Grove has written a book about the actor; Jan-Michael Vincent Edge of Greatness
With his chiseled features, effortless screen presence, otherworldly vitality, striking blue eyes, Jan-Michael Vincent seemed destined for superstardom. However, the real Jan-Michael Vincent was a reluctant sex symbol plagued by doubt and low self-confidence, a perpetual misfit doomed to alcoholism. »
- Tom Stockman
French broadcasting, production and distribution company Groupe Ab will launch its first English-language show for the global TV market, “The Messenger,” in collaboration with Televisa USA, with Emmy-nominated “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan to host.
In each episode of the show, Millan will share the triumphs and sorrows of animal conservationists risking their lives to rescue and rehabilitate some of the most critically endangered species on earth.
“The Messenger” premiered in France in January.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced today the appointment of Luis Rosero to VP of government affairs.
Rosero’s new role involves working to identify and pursue opportunities that advance the policy objectives of the company in the United States and all of NBCUniversal’s businesses in Latin America.
Previously Rosero was director and co-founder of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group at Toyota Motor North »
- Will Thorne
"We called it 'smack fu,'" Mike Colter says, before breaking into a wide grin. The smile on the face of the Luke Cage star is startling enough, given that the superhero at the center of the latest Marvel/Netflix collaboration spends most of the show's 13 episodes with a somber look on his face since, carrying the world on your ballistics-impervious broad shoulders is serious work. Listening to him discuss his character's brute-strength combat style while nimbly digging through a bowl of sugar cubes for his coffee only adds to the oddness. »
The company will be in Cannes touting a roster that includes new drama series The Handmaid’s Tale and Get Shorty, as well as the new season of Fargo and features such as The Magnificent Seven and Me Before You.
Get Shorty is inspired by the Elmore Leonard crime novel that spawned the film starring John Travolta and Gene Hackman. The series reimagining will star Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd and air on Epix, the joint venture by MGM, Paramount and Lionsgate.
Condor is based on the CIA spy feature Three Days Of The Condor and will air in the Us on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Actor Pierce Brosnan has had a busy year so far. He previously starred in the dark thriller “Urge” as a mysterious nightclub owner who introduces his friends to a new designer drug and drags them into a deadly trap. Now, he stars in another action thriller “I.T.” as Mike Regan, a successful, self-made man with a state-of-the-art “smart home,” but when his I.T. consultant Ed (James Frecheville) starts stalking his daughter and threatening his entire life, he’s drawn into a complex cat-and-mouse game where the normal rules don’t apply. The film also stars Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”), Stefanie Scott (“Flipped”), and Michael Nyqvist (“John Wick”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Read More: Pierce Brosnan Says ‘Spectre’ Story Was “Weak” And The Movie Was “Too Long”
- Annakeara Stinson
The world lost one of its great sources of laughter and joy with the recent passing of Gene Wilder, but his legacy will live on through his wonderful work, including 1974's Young Frankenstein, which is returning to theaters for one night only this fall.
To honor Wilder's extraordinary life, Fathom Events and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to bring Young Frankenstein back to the big screen in over 400 Us theaters on Wednesday, October 5th. The special screening will include a new introduction from Young Frankenstein co-writer/director Mel Brooks, who was one of Wilder's dearest friends.
To see if Young Frankenstein will be playing in a theater near you, visit the Fathom Events website. We have the official press release below »
- Derek Anderson
Despite making nearly $900 million worldwide, this spring’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was considered a disappointment by many. YouTube user stryder HD may be among those left wanting more by the film, as he’s gone to the effort of cutting a trailer for his own version of the film starring previous iteration of the eponymous superheroes: Michael Keaton as Batman, Christopher Reeve as Superman. Watch his work below.
The fan-made trailer is impressively seamless, weaving together footage from seven different movies to present an alternate vision of the two caped heroes’ confrontation — much of it synced to audio from the actual “Batman v Superman” trailer. As in that film, the two foes eventually team up against Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman); Wonder Woman (Linda Carter) can be seen as well.
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- Michael Nordine
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »
- Movie Geeks
Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale's Back to the Future is a classic for many of us but studio interference could have put a very different face on it. Would you have seen a movie titled "Space Man From Pluto" starring Jeff Goldblum? As a huge Back to the Future fan, I've come across my fair share of trivia and interesting tidbits about the creation of the film over the years as I'm sure a lot of you have. We've seen some fun handwritten notes from Gale before on the film's sequel but recently, producer Will McCrabb took to Twitter to revitalize a few classics. For instance, other actors being considered for the lead roles: Jeff Goldblum was the first choice to play Doc Brown. Check out the other contenders. pic.twitter.com/DSVcAOay7D — Will McCrabb (@mccrabb_will) August 27, 2016 Yes, there are alternate realities where Doc Brown was played by Jeff Goldblum, »
- Jill Pantozzi
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