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Zach Helm hired to write Jumanji remake

7 December 2012 5:15 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The remake train pulls into the station once again...

Several sources are reporting that Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm has been hired to pen a remake of the 1995 Robin Williams movie Jumanji, which is to be produced by Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler, the former of whom worked on this year's The Amazing Spider-Man.

Directed by Joe Johnston, Jumanji was based on the 1981 Chris Van Allsburg book of the same name about a magical board game which releases wild animals and killer plants with each turn. The film also starred Bonnie Hunt (The Green Mile), Kirsten Dunst (the Spider-Man trilogy), Bradley Pierce (The Borrowers) and Bebe Neuwirth (Fraiser), and made a name for itself with its (at the time) ground breaking special effects. The film had a pseudo-sequel in 2005 directed by Jon Favreau called Zathura.

Ted Field, executive producer on the original, will also act as executive producer on »

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'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Hired to Script Columbia's New 'Jumanji'

7 December 2012 8:59 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As we heard this past summer Columbia Pictures is working on a new adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book Jumanji. There's no director attached to the project yet, but Sony has taken one smart step forward by landing Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm to script the new take on the 1981 tale of kids who have to deal with the dangers of the jungle when the titular board game starts unleashing animals and more as they play. We're not sure if this new take will be similar to Joe Johnston's film from 1995, which departed quite a bit from the source material, or if it will be more faithful to the book. Helm's script for Stranger Than Fiction is one of my favorites, however, his work on family films leaves something to be desired as he wrote Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium as well. The film wasn't terrible, »

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Movie News: 'Jumanji' Remake Coming; Michael Douglas Pictured as Liberance; 'G.I. Joe Retaliation' Poster

7 December 2012 8:04 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Behind the Candelabra: Michael Douglas plays flamboyant pianist/entertainer Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, which will make its debut on HBO next year. In a new image pulled from a televised preview, Douglas tickles the ivories and shows off a fancy costume. Matt Damon also stars as Liberace’s longtime lover/partner. [Bleeding Cool] Jumanji Remake: A remake of Joe Johnston’s 1995 comic family adventure Jumanji is on its way, and Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has been hired to write it. The original, which starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, was followed by Jon Favreau’s 2005 quasi-sequel Zathura: A Space Adventure; both were based on books by Chris Van Allsburg. [The Hollywood...

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Movie News: ‘Jumanji’ Remake Coming; Michael Douglas Pictured as Liberance; ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ Poster

7 December 2012 8:04 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Behind the Candelabra: Michael Douglas plays flamboyant pianist / entertainer Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, which will make its debut on HBO next year. In a new image pulled from a televised preview, Douglas tickles the ivories and shows off a fancy costume. Matt Damon also stars as Liberace’s longtime lover / partner. [Bleeding Cool] Jumanji Remake: A remake of Joe Johnston’s 1995 comic family adventure Jumanji is on its way, and Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has been hired to write it. The original, which starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, was followed by Jon Favreau’s 2005 quasi-sequel Zathura: A Space Adventure; both were based on books by Chris Van Allsburg. [The Hollywood...

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Stranger Than Fiction Writer Zach Helm to Pen Jumanji Remake

7 December 2012 7:07 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As we reported earlier this year, Sony Pictures is looking to remake their 1995 hit film, Jumanji.  For those unfamiliar with the original Robin Williams flick, the story (based on a 1981 illustrated children's book) focuses on two adults and a pair of siblings who must play through the eponymous magical board game, which keeps creating horrific jungle conditions in the real-world every time someone makes a new move or tries to cheat.  According to Heat Vision, Sony has hired Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm to pen the remake. There are no details on how the remake will differ from the original, but Helm is a smart choice for the magical realism of Jumanji.  In addition to Stranger Than Fiction, he also wrote and directed Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and did a rewrite on the upcoming remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller.  Hit the jump to »

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Zach Helm Hired To Script Jumanji Remake

7 December 2012 5:59 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

This last July Columbia Pictures president Douglas Belgrad announced that the studio is considering a Jumanji reboot. Well, this was a small mention, but true. Now we’ve learned that Zach Helm will get the first crack at the script.

Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book ‘Jumanji’ was first adapted into the big screen in 1995, directed by Joe Johnston. The family adventure starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier and Patricia Clarkson. In it, a little boy finds a board game called Jumanji, which causes jungle plants and creatures to invade a quiet American suburb. Dunst and Pierce starred as the two kids who discovered the game, and Williams as the man who’s trapped in it.

In 2005, Jon Favreau directed some kind of space age semi-sequel called Zathura, which starred Kristen Stewart and Josh Hutcherson.

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‘Stranger Than Fiction’ Writer Hired To Pen ‘Jumanji’ Remake

7 December 2012 3:02 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The Jumanji remake is moving right along. Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm has been hired by Columbia to update the script.

The Jumanji remake is a new adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book, which was first published in 1981. The original movie, directed by Joe Johnson in 1995, starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. The film told the story of a board game that came to life as two kids discovered the supernatural game and release a man trapped in there decades earlier. However, by releasing the man, they also set free jungle forces, and end up teaming up with the mysterious man from the game to put an end to the game’s powerful magic.

Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the project, and Ted Field and Mike Weber are serving as executive producers.

There’s still no word on who’ll be directing, but it’s likely »

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Jumanji Remake is Moving Forward

7 December 2012 2:43 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Back in July, Columbia Pictures head Doug Belgrad revealed that the studio was remaking "Jumanji," with plans of updating it for the present. Now comes word that Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium) has been hired the new film. The movie will be both a comedy and family adventure. The story focuses on two kids who discover a supernatural board game and release a man who has been trapped in there for decades. They also unleash jungle forces and must team up with the man to stop the game's powerful magic. "Jumanji" is an adaptation for a book by Chris Van Allsburg, which was published in 1981 and turned into a film in 1995. That film was directed by Joe Johnson and starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. »

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'Jumanji' remake hires writer Zach Helm

7 December 2012 2:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jumanji has hired screenwriter Zach Helm. The Stranger Than Fiction writer has signed on for Sony Pictures' reboot, reports Heat Vision. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler will produce the new adaptation of the 1981 Chris Van Allsburg book. The Joe Johnston-directed 1995 film adaptation of Jumanji starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce. The tale centres around a mysterious board game (more) »

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Zach Helm set to script remake of Jumanji family adventure

6 December 2012 9:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jumanji gets reboot via Stranger than Fiction writer Zach Helm The 1995 family adventure Jumanji, based on the book by Chris van Allsburg, which originally starred Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce and Bonnie Hunt, has landed a scribe in Zach Helm. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler produce the new film while Mike Weber and Ted Field serve as executive producers. The first pic helmed by Captain America's Joe Johnston, told of a supernatural board game titled "Jumanji" discovered by two kids. Once they start playing, they unleashing various forces from the jungle and come across Alan Parrish (Williams), a man trapped in the game for decades. Together, dodging a hunter out to land Williams as a trophy, they must finish the game, which is destined to bring in another player in Parish's friend Sarah Whittle (Hunt), who years before fled the game in horror, and now has to take her turn. »

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Zach Helm set to script remake of Jumanji family adventure

6 December 2012 9:27 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jumanji gets reboot via Stranger than Fiction writer Zach Helm The 1995 family adventure Jumanji, based on the book by Chris van Allsburg, which originally starred Robin Williams, Jonathan Hyde, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce and Bonnie Hunt, has landed a scribe in Zach Helm. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler produce the new film while Mike Weber and Ted Field serve as executive producers. The first pic helmed by Captain America's Joe Johnston, told of a supernatural board game titled "Jumanji" discovered by two kids. Once they start playing, they unleashing various forces from the jungle and come across Alan Parrish (Williams), a man trapped in the game for decades. Together, dodging a hunter out to land Williams as a trophy, they must finish the game, which is destined to bring in another player in Parish's friend Sarah Whittle (Hunt), who years before fled the game in horror, and now has to take her turn. »

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Jumanji Remake Get Writer Zach Helm

6 December 2012 8:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Columbia Pictures has hired writer Zach Helm to pen their upcoming Jumanji reboot.

Joe Johnston's original family adventure centered on a suburban family who found a magical board game that released jungle plants and giant creatures as they progressed in the game. The film was an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's book and starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce and David Alan Grier.

Zach Helm is best known for writing Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, which he directed.

Matthew Tolmach, Bill Teitler, Ted Field and Mike Weber will be producing. No production schedule has been released.

Jumanji is in development . »

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Zach Helm to Write 'Jumanji' Remake (Exclusive)

6 December 2012 6:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Zach Helm, who garnered acclaim for penning Stranger Than Fiction, has been tapped to write Columbia’s reimagining of Jumanji. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the project, which is a new adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book. The tome, first published in 1981, was previously a 1995 movie directed by Joe Johnston that starred Robin Wiliams and Kirsten Dunst. Ted Field and Mike Weber are exec producing the new project. Photos: Second Time's the Charm: 15 of Hollywood's Most Notable Remakes The movie, blending light comedy and family adventure, told of a board game come to life as

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Zach Helm Writing the Jumanji Remake

6 December 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Heat Vision is reporting that Zach Helm ( Stranger Than Fiction , Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium ) has been hired by Columbia Pictures to write the studio's Jumanji remake. Directed by Joe Johnston, the 1995 family adventure starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier and Patricia Clarkson. The film was based on the 1981 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. In it, a magical board game causes jungle plants and creatures to invade a quiet American suburb. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the reimagining of the story. Ted Field and Mike Weber are executive producing. »

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Disney’s Star Wars Universe Being Modeled After the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

28 November 2012 3:53 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Finally, we get some news about what interests Me – after today’s almost-confirmed news of Matthew Vaughn directing Star Wars: Episode VII, it appears that Disney has plans far bigger than a third Star Wars trilogy, now that we all know that the studio has acquired Lucasfilm.

It was confirmed last week that Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (co-writer of Sherlock Holmes) are writing new Star Wars installments in addition to Episode VII – which is being scripted by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3).

Now we’re hearing that those projects might not be Episodes VIII and IX after all; instead, Kasdan and Kinberg could be writing separate films that also take place “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”.

According to THR, Kasdan and Kinberg are “not necessarily” working on Episodes VIII & IX; but rather, their »

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You Decide: Does This Video Confirm Matthew Vaughn Is the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Director?

28 November 2012 9:27 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Word is still out on who will be directing that all-too-important first Star Wars sequel, set for release in 2015, and so far many names have circled the rumorville, some more viable than others. With several folks already out of contention, fans continue to zero in on those who are still in the realm of possibility, like Joe Johnston (my personal choice) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass). The latter was briefly removed from the equation after others swore he was working on different projects, but he keeps coming back into play -- perhaps more than ever before with the release of this new video. It's a brief interview with actor Jason Flemyng, who's been a longtime collaborator of Vaughn's, appearing in all four of the films Vaughn has directed. Toward...

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‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars:’ The Rumor Parade

21 November 2012 4:03 PM, PST | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

Much like the latest Star Wars rumors (see below), Doctor Who continues to abound with them of what will be involved in the back eight of season seven. As the series begins work on the final episode of the season –wrapping sometime in the middle of December- there is plenty of rumors that the second half of the season will resemble the first half, with those eight episodes being just as “cinematic” as the previous six. While none of the episode titles have been “officially” confirmed, the list currently (maybe) looks like this –note I will call these working titles, because they do have a tendency to change by air date.

 

Christmas Episode: The Snowmen

Episode 6: The Bells of St. John

Episode 7: The Rings of Akhaten

Episode 8: currently unknown

Episode 9: Phantoms of the Hex

Episode 10: Journey to the Centre of the Tardis

Episode 11: The »

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'Star Wars: Episode VII': Who's Left To Direct?

20 November 2012 12:43 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

"Well, Brad Bird said 'no,' so I guess that leaves Colin Trev—. He's out too!?"

After the latest string of directors decided to take their name out of the running for the "Star Wars: Episode VII," we, probably like the rest of you, were left wondering, "Who the hell is going to make this thing?"

Of the people who have spoken publicly about directing the sequel to the original trilogy, only three have not taken their name out of the running. (Let's disqualify Guillermo Del Toro. The man is busy.) Unless Lucasfilm has someone in mind that hasn't commented—which is very likely—these are the director's still putting themselves out there.

Jon Favreau

This is the man largely responsible for how the Marvel Universe panned out. Without a first entry as strong as Favreau's "Iron Man," we may not have seen the Avengers assemble. With "Star Wars »

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Updated: Has Colin Trevorrow Just Let Slip He’s Set To Helm ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?!

19 November 2012 5:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve all had our thoughts about the prospect of a new trio of Star Wars efforts after Disney picked up Lucasfilm. With Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt confirmed as writer for the first and most probably a further two, considering the 50 page treatment that got him the gig and mapped out a three film projection. As all eyes have turned to a director, with names being bandied about to iconic filmmakers such as Spielberg, Tarantino and Brad Bird but they’ve all gone on record to say they aren’t interested.

We recently brought news that producer Frank Marshall had confirmed Episode VII was down to two candidates with The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger’S Joe Johnston expected as one of those names. One other surprising name that keeps cropping up, and considering his only live-action film was the modestly budgeted sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed »

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Brad Bird Unfortunately Won’t Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

18 November 2012 7:54 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

We were really hoping that Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird would be directing Disney’s upcoming Star Wars sequel, but that’s just wishful thinking.

The filmmaker finally broke his silence on Twitter to officially announce that he will not be making the first chapter in the new trilogy – Episode VII.

Responding to a fan’s comment about the legendary franchise, Bird said:

Not doing Star Wars,

adding that

But the science fiction film I Am doing is gonna be cool.

The science-fiction film that Bird is doing at Walt Disney Pictures is currently being called 1952, some sort of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind type feature, and early word suggests that George Clooney could play the lead. It’s rumored to follow a man who makes contact with extraterrestrial life.

As for now, six directors have officially ruled themselves out and Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro »

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