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Feature Simon Brew 24 May 2013 - 07:27
As The Hangover Part III looks set to clean up at the box office, Simon wonders why comedies can't aim a bit higher....
Amongst the many majestic scenes in Carl Reiner's hugely underappreciated comedy classic All Of Me is one where Steve Martin has to go the toilet. By this time, he's sharing a body with Lily Tomlin, with each of them controlling one half of it. Thus, Martin needs Tomlin to, bluntly, do the necessaries.
It's brilliantly and simply shot, with Tomlin's face the reflection in the mirror, delivering a difficult performance pitch perfectly. Martin, not for the first time in his career, is genuinely astounding too, one of the most gifted comedy actors of all time. They take a simple scene, and turn it into something special. Basically, two gifted performers sell you a superb, very funny scene about a man having a pee. »
Sony is now actively pushing ahead on development for a fourth Men In Black movie, hardly a major shock given the (slightly) better critical reception and decent box office of the third film.As The Hollywood Reporter cautions, it’s at an embryonic stage, and there are no deals in place for Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones or anyone else (including, should they want to exploit the 1960s-era Mib HQ, Josh Brolin or Alice Eve) to return, and the studio will no doubt be throwing this one over to the accounts department to see if it makes financial sense.Oren Uziel, who wrote genre-mash script The Kitchen Sink (also in development at the studio) is clearly the man of the moment for Sony, as he’s not only been tasked with crafting the first draft of the new Mib adventure (probably the first of many given this franchise’s history »
Sony Pictures has hired scribe Oren Uziel ("Mortal Kombat: Rebirth") to pen both a first draft for a fourth "Men in Black" and the sequel to "21 Jump Street". Currently in early development, there's no word to what extent Will Smith is involved.
Uziel's commitment to 'Jump Street' will take place first so as to get the film in shape for a June 2014 release. Michael Bacall wrote the initial draft.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Two of the sequels currently being juggled over at Columbia Pictures – along with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Girl Who Played With Fire – are Men in Black 4 and 21 Jump Street 2. The former is still in the early stages of development, but the latter was recently given a summer 2014 release date, which means that filming will probably begin in mid-to-late 2013.
Perhaps in the interests of expediency, Columbia has selected the same writer to work on both projects.
The Wrap reports that Oren Uziel will work on a rewrite of the 21 Jump Street sequel script that, as with the first movie, was written by Michael Bacall. Since directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (also returning after the ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Sony Pictures is moving forward with Men in Black 4, hiring screenwriter Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) to write the screenplay. Additionally, the studio has also set the writer to re-write the script for another sequel, 21 Jump Street 2. Oren Uziel will first work on the 21 Jump Street 2 script before moving on to Men in Black 4.
Sony's Men in Black 3 earned a healthy $625 million worldwide, the highest-grossing movie in the sci-fi franchise. Story details are being kept under wraps for Men in Black 4. A director hasn't been attached yet, but it seems likely that Barry Sonnenfeld will return, since he made all three movies in the franchise. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in the first trilogy as Agent J and Agent K, although their return hasn't been confirmed yet either.
Sony has already set a June 6, 2014 release date for 21 Jump Street 2 with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum set to return for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) writing the script. Now, THR reports Sony is putting Uziel to work on another sequel for the studio, Men in Black 4, which is in the early stages of development with now clear decision on whether or not Will Smith will be involved or to what extent. Uziel is currently working on the 21 Jump Street sequel from an early draft written by Hill and Michael Bacall with an expectation to move to Men in Black 4 afterward. Uziel originally found his way into Sony's hands via the genre mash-up of his they acquired, The Kitchen Sink, which sees a pair of teens form an unlikely alliance with vampires and zombies in order to take on a army of invading aliens. »
- Brad Brevet
Cult filmmaker Edgar Wright did double-duty last night at Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Fest, showing off his zombie romcom Shaun of the Dead and his romantic rock-gamer odyssey Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. (Wright also sharedsome footage for his upcoming projects, including an eye-popping test reel for Ant-Man.) Before the Pilgrim screening, Wright brought some friends onstage: actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, and Satya Bhabha, and Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley. Below, the coolest tidbits from their chat:
As you might imagine, it was difficult to describe the movie. Edgar Wright recalled the quick line he »
- Darren Franich
After confirming last week that 21 Jump Street 2 will come out next summer, Sony Pictures has set a June 6, 2014 release date for the comedy sequel. As of now, the only direct competition it will face is from Paramount's Ninja Turtles reboot.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are returning as Schmidt and Jenko, with Dave Franco likely to return as Eric Molson. Michael Bacall is providing the screenplay, although it isn't known exactly when production will begin.
In related news, Sony has moved Think Like a Man 2 from May 30, 2014, to June 20, 2014, where it will face the DreamWorks Animation sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2. The studio has also set the comedy Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, for release on July 2, 2014, where it will face Disney's Maleficent.
It was recently confirmed that the long-rumoured sequel to last year's comedy remake will go ahead, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill set to reprise their roles as underachieving cops Schmidt and Jenko.
Producer Neal Moritz confirmed Lord and Miller's return and offered some hints at the sequel's plot during an interview with Collider.
"It leads off where we ended the last film and our guys are going to college. Now, I can't tell you more than that because there's some fun to be had in what college they're going to and what's going to happen. It really just starts there."
On the dynamic between Tatum and Hill's characters, Moritz said: "The relationship developed quite a bit in the first movie and now we're kind of in the marriage phase between the two guys.
"Now they're actual partners, »
As far as we’re concerned, directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are three for three on their high profile projects, as both their television series Clone High (R.I.P.) and their two feature films (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) are hilarious, clever, and scarily watchable entertainment diversions. Now the pair is attached to helm their very first sequel to their funniest film yet (sorry, Cloudy fans), as the pair are reportedly back in the saddle for 21 Jump Street 2: More Jumpier (perhaps not the actual title). When the sequel got finalized back in July, we only knew a few scattered facts – like that star Jonah Hill and screenwriter Michael Bacall were set to draft a new screenplay, that Channing Tatum and Hill would return to star, and that it would send the boys to college – and now we’ve got lots more to get excited about when it comes to »
- Kate Erbland
In a recent interview with Collider the producer, Neal Moritz, said that the sequel would take the young looking undercover officers to college. He didn't reveal which college they would be attending, but he teased it by saying...
It leads off where we ended the last film and our guys are going to college. Now, I can’t tell you more than that because there’s some fun to be had in what college they’re going to and what’s going to happen. It really just starts there.
As for where the story of the film is heading he reveals that the two main characters are now "married"...
The relationship developed quite a bit in the »
- Joey Paur
As one of the 21 Jump Street movie's biggest naysayers prior to its release, I never could have imagined how much laughter and enjoyment there was to experience in watching the film. And while it would be wonderful to give all of the credit to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller . whose quirky senses of humor have given us Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and the animated Clone High . just as much of the surprises came from stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who gave Michael Bacall.s winning script the performances it needed to win over audiences everywhere. The obvious set up for a sequel, which was recently confirmed, was kind of a slap to the forehead, but in a recent interview with Collider, producer Neal Moritz quelled a few of the stronger sequel fears by revealing Lord and Miller are indeed attached to direct 21 Jump Street 2, and that »
One of the most pleasant surprises of 2012 was Sony’s 21 Jump Street adaptation. While remakes and reboots are usually developed with an eye towards appealing to the widest possible audience, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller crafted a wonderfully peculiar and hilarious comedy that benefitted from some excellent chemistry between stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. As the R-rated film grossed over $200 million worldwide, both fans and Sony were keen on moving forward with a sequel. Screenwriter Michael Bacall has been working on the script for the follow-up alongside Hill, and Sony recently announced that they’re planning the film for a 2014 release. Steve recently sat down for a lengthy interview with producer Neal Moritz, and during their wide-ranging conversation Moritz talked quite a bit about 21 Jump Street 2. He confirmed that the story finds Tatum and Hill infiltrating a college campus, Ice Cube is set to return as Captain Dickson, »
- Adam Chitwood
The remake train shows no sign of slowing down, especially when new versions of name brands such as Evil Dead keep making money. Next stop: a possible remake of Weird Science.Despite ranking lower in quality terms among John Hughes' output, Weird Science still holds a special place in the hearts of film fans of a certain age thanks to its high-concept hi-jinks – nerds attempt to create the perfect woman and get more than they bargained for – and the fact that Hughes wrote and directed it.Joel Silver, still best known for producing big action movies, is spearheading the movement on this one, working with Universal via his own Silver Pictures.Michael Bacall, who won plenty of fans with his 21 Jump Street script, is the man who will take on the challenge of crafting a new take on the story, which will apparently be “edgier” this time around, in »
Having mined virtually every 80s horror in existence, the Hollywood remake machine now looks to be turning its attention to the decade's teen comedies - and when you're talking 80s teen comedy, you're talking John Hughes...
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is to remake Hughes' 1985 comedy Weird Science, which starred Anthony Michael Hall and Iian Mitchell-Smith as Gary and Wyatt, two teenagers who engineer the perfect woman, Lisa (Kelly LeBrock), to fulfill their adolescent sexual desires, only for things to spiral out of control as she takes them on an increasingly crazy adventure. Also featuring in the cast were Bill Paxton as Wyatt's older brother Chet, along with an early appearance from Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
The Weird Science remake is being written by Michael Bacall, who penned the box office hits 21 Jump Street and Project X, and is planned as an "edgier R-rated comedy in line with 21 Jump Street and The Hangover. »
- Flickering Myth
John Hughes is best known for expertly crafting tales of adolescent growing pains in movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. His 1985 fantasy sci-fi hybrid Weird Science was another one of his '80s teen flicks but since it isn't as frequently referenced as the other movies in his considerably successful oeuvre, it makes sense that someone would be tempted to remake it.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie's original producer Joel Silver is doing just that and with Michael Bacall on script duties, considering he's penned Project X and the surprise hit remake of 21 Jump Street, expect something a lot racier and explicit than Hughes' version. Weird Science is all hormones and wish fulfillment as it tells of two unpopular, nerdy boys (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who conspire to use their considerable brain power to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) who turns »
- Andrea Miller
Saddle up! Jenko and Schmidt are riding back to the big screen - and soon!
The film is slated for theatrical release sometime during 2014.
Photos: Big Screen Stud Channing Tatum
Dave Franco, whose character (Eric Molson) was presumably sent to prison at the end of "21 Jump Street," may return in ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
No film in the history of cinema is safe from the dreaded implications of a remake and now that time has come for the John Hughes 80s classic, Weird Science. Under the watchful guise of Universal and original producer Joel Silver, this new spin on Hughes’ teen-frankenhotty comedy is now in development.
This updated take will carry on the success that screenwriter Michael Bacall started with the 21 Jump Street reboot last year starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. That flick, which raked in $200 million at the box office and earned much critical approval, reinvigorated Hollywood’s desire for more 80s remakes and is now set for its own sequel in 2014.
Hughes’ original outing brought much joy to many a lonely teenager back in the 80s without internet to rely upon for vicarious “experiences.” His Weird Science cast two social misfits Gary and Wyatt, (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith »
- Gem Seddon
The 1985 geek comedy classic Weird Science is going to be remade by the Project X guys: executive producer Joel Silver and screenwriter Michael Bacall. Project X is an R-rated comedy about a high school house party that goes way, way out of control. Universal says it's not clear yet whether the remake is going to be PG-13 or R, but it does promise to be "edgier." Weird Science was written by the teen comedy legend John Hughes and it's about two super-intelligent teens who figure out how to make a real woman, so they make her super hot.
Source: Deadline »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Deadline reports that the 1985 sci-fi comedy Weird Science will get a remake.
The first film followed two nerds (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who create a beautiful lady (Kelly LeBrock), only to realize that she is more than a object.
The new film is aiming for an edgier vibe, though it is uncertain if the movie will be R-rated.
Twitter user Bryan Lynch had an interesting idea for the remake that the studio should steal.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) April 18, 2013
Source: Deadline »
- Alex Corey
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