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We all know that Wolverine loves to sing and dance when he's not busy hogging all the spotlight in the X-Men movies, and now there's word that his next opportunity to prance around with a magical tune or two is coming together. While it's taken some time to get all of the pieces in place, Hugh Jackman's turn as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth looks to be heading into production next summer.
The film will tell the tale of how legendary promoter Barnum, essentially, invented show business with his three-ring circus. The film will be the first movie musical not adapted from a stage show since 2001's Moulin Rouge. It'll feature original songs by Justin Paul, Benj Pasek, Bonnie McKee, Jake Shear and Brian Lapin, work off of a script from Bill Condon, Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts, and be directed by Michael Gracie.
There's certainly »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Rare: Movie musicals. Very rare: Original movie musicals. Basically non-existent: Original, live-action movie musicals. What was once the bread and butter of Hollywood’s studio system is basically the ambler-encased mosquito in "Jurassic Park." If anyone could revive that dino DNA into a brand new behemoth, it’s Hugh Jackman. He’ll do just that next summer, when he begins shooting the long-gestating "Greatest Showman on Earth." Attached to the project since 2009, "The Greatest Showman on Earth" will star Jackman as P.T. Barnum, in a story loosely based on the circus pioneer’s life story. The film is touted as a full-fledged musical, with a song-and-dance score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the twenty-something duo behind TV’s "Smash" and Broadway’s recent "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Bill Condon and Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts ("The Big C") worked on previous drafts of the script, but Jonathan Tropper »
- Matt Patches
Five years after actor Hugh Jackman was first attached to star as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman on Earth, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward on the project, which is eyeing a summer production start.
The project will be the first original live action movie musical since Disney's Newsies debuted 22 years ago in 1992. Director Michael Gracey signed on to direct back in August 2011, with Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate) providing the most recent draft of the screenplay. Other writers have worked on the script over the years, including Jenny Bicks (Never Been Kissed) and Jordan Roberts (Big Hero 6).
The story follows P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he literally invents show business and the three-ring circus. The showman had a penchant for pulling elaborate hoaxes on the gullible public before the three-ring circus took off. Earlier reports revealed that the story will also follow Barnum's infatuation with Swedish singer Jenny Lind, »
A “Gilmore Girls” reunion is happening Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will reunite in June as part of the Atx Television Festival. “So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it,” Sherman-Palladino said in a statement. Meanwhile, Graham recently told E! that after watching old “Gilmore” episodes on Netflix, “now I sort of weirdly crave it." Plus: Atx Festival will also reunite "Dawson's Creek" writers, including Did “Too Many Cooks” rip off a USC student film from 2011? Former USC student Erica Rupp made a short film called “Door’s Always Open” that contain many of the same themes as “Too Many Cooks,” including mocking ‘80s and ‘90s sitcom opening credits, an earworm song and an unexpected bloody turn. CNN renews shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and »
- Norman Weiss
Where you lead, I will follow… all the way to Austin, Texas in June 2015.
Organizers of the Atx Television Festival announced on Thursday that a Gilmore Girls reunion panel featuring stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, as well as series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is set for the annual TV jamboree.
A specific date for the Gilmore event is Tba, but it will fall somewhere within the festival dates of June 4-7.
Additionally, Atx Fest honchos confirmed that one of its Writers’ Room Reunion panels will be Dawson’s Creek-themed, and will bring together series creator Kevin Williamson, showrunner Greg Berlanti and producer-writers Jenny Bicks, »
Next year's Atx Television Festival will feature two high-profile reunions: The cast of the Gilmore Girls and the Dawson’s Creek writers' room. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino and stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel will be on hand for a panel honoring the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut. "So, after years of peace and quiet, these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it," Palladino said in a statement. "Gilmore was the highlight of my ridiculous life. I can't wait to sit with »
- Natalie Abrams
ABC is going to the wolves. The network is teaming with The Big C's Jenny Bicks to adapt Karen Russell's best-selling book St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama centers on mysterious and attractive twins Claudette and Felix, 16, who, when they show up at the elite St. Lucy's boarding school, change the school and the tiny town of Green Hills, Maine, in ways no one could have imagined. The Walking Dead's Channing Powell will pen the script with Bicks on board to supervise. John Jacobs will also exec produce
- Lesley Goldberg
All right Hollywood: we really were joking about the list of films not being adapted into TV shows becoming shorter than those that are. You didn’t need to throw another one on to the pile just to prove a point. But because it’s happening anyway, here’s the news that 2009 animal comedy drama Marley & Me is spawning a TV-based sequel.According to The Hollywood Reporter, former Sex And The City writer/producer Jenny Bicks has scored the job of overseeing the show for 20th Century Fox Television (whose partner company Fox 2000 co-produced the movie) and Us network NBC.The show will reportedly pick up where the adaptation of John Groban’s book left off, and finds John (Owen Wilson in the movie but not here) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston, ditto) packing up and moving back to Florida with their kids so that John can start writing his newspaper column again. »
Do you want to watch David Frankel’s big screen adaptation of the John Grogan book Marley & Me? Not in my apartment. I read the book before catching the film so knew what was coming the whole time, but even then, the way Frankel depicts the book’s big finish is so gratuitous that I refuse to let anyone else watch it while in my presence. Now in addition to avoiding Frankel’s film, it looks as though I’ll have to avoid a TV series as well because it’s being reported that NBC just scored a single-camera comedy sequel in a “competitive situation.” Hit the jump for more on the Marley & Me TV series. According to Deadline, the project got a put pilot commitment. Sex and the City’s Jenny Bicks is writing the script and Frankel is set to direct. The feature film’s producer, Karen Rosenfelt, »
- Perri Nemiroff
NBC is refusing to let sleeping dogs lie.
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Penned by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and directed by the film’s director David Frankel, NBC’s Marley pilot reportedly picks up where the movie left off, with John and Jenny Grogan moving back to Florida with their three children.
Considering Marley died at the end of the movie — sorry, spoiler alert! — you might be asking yourself, »
NBC has issued a put pilot order for a Marley & Me TV show, which picks up where the movie left off. NBC acquired the project in a competitive bidding situation. The pilot will be written by Jenny Bicks,
The story follows John and Jenny Grogan, the characters played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the 2008 movie, who have moved back to Florida with their two sons, ages 14 and 11, so John can get back to work as a newspaper columnist. They find a stray puppy on their doorstep, which belongs to their neighbors, although the Grogan's end up adopting him. They name the puppy Marley, using the old tags from their beloved pet, who is just as destructive and adorable as the original Marley.
NBC is developing a project with writer Jenny Bicks and director David Frankel that is billed as a sequel to “Marley & Me,” the best-selling novel and 2008 feature starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.
“Marley & Me,” written by John Grogan, told the tear-jerking story of a family’s experience with a high-maintenance dog. The half-hour TV version from 20th Century Fox TV, is designed to pick up a few years after the movie’s end when the family encounters a new dog, according to Deadline.
Frankel, who helmed the successful Fox 2000 feature, is on board as an exec producer with Bicks along with Karen Rosenfelt, producer of the pic.
- Variety Staff
The 20th Century Fox TV-produced project has received a put pilot commitment with the original film's director David Frankel on board to direct the potential pilot. Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City") will write the script.
The original film followed John and Jenny Grogan, a couple who take in a puppy as they consider parenthood. This follow-up has them and their kids moving back to Florida where John can take up his newspaper column once again.
A stray puppy ends up on their doorstep and they are forced to adopt it, naming the pooch Marley as the unimaginative cheapskates opt to re-use the original Marley's old leash and tags on her.
The "destructive and delightful" pooch will shed light on the emotional pains of the family, their neighbors »
- Garth Franklin
NBC has given a put-pilot commitment to Marley & Me, a single-camera comedy that will serve as a sequel to the 2008 comedy-drama film of the same name, EW has confirmed. The film's director, David Frankel, is set to direct the pilot; Jenny Bicks will write the script. Bicks, Frankel and film producer Karen Rosenfelt will executive produce the show under the 20th Century Fox Television banner. The movie was based on John Grogan's book of the same name and starred Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as couple John and Jenny Grogan. It followed their relationship and the influence of their dog, »
- Teresa Jue
And the development season of film-to-tv adaptions continues. It appears that NBC may be trying to adapt another famous film for television, but this time, it doesn’t involve a beloved 1980s classic (guess they learned from what happened last time). The network has given a pilot commitment to a sequel to the 2008 film Marley & Me, which was based on John Grogan’s best-selling novel and starred Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. The single-camera comedy TV sequel comes from Jenny Bicks (The Big C, Sex and the City) and will reportedly pick up where Gorgan’s book left off. Here’s an official description for the potential series, per The Hollywood Reporter: John (played by Owen Wilson in the film) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just moved back to Florida so that John can take up his newspaper column again. However, when a stray puppy… »
- Chris King
NBC has ordered a pilot for a proposed Marley & Me television spinoff.
The family decide to name her Marley after putting their former pet's collar on her, and soon find that she is as rambunctious as her namesake.
Marley & Me will be shot in the single-camera sitcom style, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
No announcements on who will play the roles originated by Wilson and Aniston in the movie have been made yet.
The film was based on a best-selling memoir by John Grogan.
NBC is also currently at »
The 2008 canine smash, Marley And Me, was clearly in need of a sequel. Thankfully, NBC heard the cries of fans everywhere who demanded to know what happened to Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston’s cookie cutter family once the damn dog bit it! There’s no need to ponder anymore, as a put pilot order (meaning the network is obliged to broadcast that one episode) has been commissioned for the single camera doggy show.
20th Century Fox TV will be producing the sequel series, with original movie director David Frankel signed on to helm the pilot episode. Whether or not anyone genuinely wants a continuation of the Grogan family’s dog-related antics might seem like a relevant query at this point. However, there is a shred of hope; the writer attached to script the pilot is Sex And The City alum, Jenny Bicks. The thought of a wittier, insightful approach »
- Gem Seddon
NBC has a real dog on its hands with its latest development project. The network is developing an adaptation of the 2008 Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston film “Marley & Me,” which will be written and executive produced by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City,” “The Big C”). Also read: Rob Lowe to Star in NBC Dad Comedy From ‘Frasier’ Writers The single-camera comedy project, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network, will be a sequel to the film, which was based on the John Grogan best-seller. John and Jenny Grogan and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just. »
- Tim Kenneally
The season of adaptations continues. NBC has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to a sequel to 2008 feature Marley & Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From The Big C and Sex and the City alum Jenny Bicks, the single-camera comedy will pick up where the Fox 2000 Pictures/Regency Enterprises film — itself based on John Grogan's best-seller — left off. See more Movies That Became TV Shows John (played by Owen Wilson in the film) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) and their two boys, now 14 and 11, have just moved back to Florida so that
- Lesley Goldberg
NBC is popping ideas out for series like no tomorrow, which they reminded us of again. Rumor has it that they are now looking into TV series based best selling book and movie, Marley & me. The sad book and movie covers 14 years of Marley and his owners through their biggest life moments. It was easily one of the highest grossing holiday opening movie. That is likely a huge reason NBC is wanting to cash in on the love of the tale.
Jenny Bicks and David Frankel will work the show. It is expected to pick up where the filmed ended with the family adopting a new dog that they name after Marley. It will certainly be hard to see how this will go over for their fans. Especially since their idea may not meet what they typically think of a sequel. No word on cast or even if NBC will pick it up. »
- Sarah Peel
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