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Nearly two years after Stx Entertainment announced its Uglydolls animated movie was happening, the studio has finally found the right director. Stx announced at CinemaCon today that Robert Rodriguez will be directing this animated adaptation, and the studio also revealed the first poster on the convention floor. The studio has also set a release date of May 10, 2019, which as of now is otherwise unoccupied. The film falls just a week after Marvel's Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, and two weeks before Warner Bros.' Minecraft and Universal's Doctor Dolitte on May 24.
Deadline reports that Stx will produce this film alongside Gigi Pritzker and OddLot Entertainment, while David Horvath, who created the Uglydoll line, will executive produce with his Pretty Ugly LLC partner Drew Matilsky. Both David Horvath and Drew Matilsky co-created the Uglydolls in 2001 with Sun-Min Kim, which started with David Horvath signed a letter to his college sweetheart Sun-Min Kim with »
With Robert Rodriguez behind the camera, at least.
Everyone hates remakes. As film-critic people, we are obligated to hate remakes and reboots ever more. Remember Ben-Hur with Morgan Freeman? Remember Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001)? But I’m can’t help but get excited about the remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981) that 20th Century Fox is starting to get the ball actually rolling on. For one, Carpenter remains on hand as executive producer, which kind of makes the director and now-prolific rock star look like a father watching kid’s play with his old toys. Carpenter hasn’t done anything, movie-wise, in almost decade so it’s nice to see that he’ll be somewhere behind a camera sometime soon. Last year, he announced that he’d be also be on hand to help helm currently-hip Blumhouse Production’s first take on the ninth Halloween movie. So »
- Andrew Karpan
Author: Zehra Phelan
Anyone sick of remakes or talk of remakes yet? Well hold on to your eye-patches… Yet another cult classic is set for a 21st-century injection of life and this time in the form of John Carpenter’s 1981 dystopian action caper Escape from New York with Robert Rodriguez set to take the helm.
The original, which was co-written and directed by John Carpenter in the mid-1970s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal, was set in the then near future of 1997 in a crime-ridden New York, which saw the whole of Manhattan Island transformed into a maximum security prison. Kurt Russell, who will play Ego the Living Planet in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, clad in a sexy black vest, eye-patch and sporting solder length flowing locks, played ex-soldier, Snake Plissken, a man on a 24-hour mission to find the President of the United States. »
- Zehra Phelan
Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox, the studio that owns the rights for the reboot, have chosen the Mexican-American film-maker to direct, while Neil Cross, creator of the British crime series Luther, will write the film’s script.
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- Guardian film
A remake of Escape from New York has been in the planning stages for ages. Now, the long gestating redo is finally moving forward, as it was announced yesterday that action maestro Robert Rodriguez is stepping in to take the helm on this sci-fi thriller that will resurrect Snake Plissken for the big screen. How does original director John Carpenter feel about this choice? Well, he actually loves it quite a bit. Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, he says this.
John Carpenter is not a man to mince words. And he's never offered praise where it's not deserved. The man behind such classics as the original Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13 is no stranger to remakes, »
Robert Rodriguez will direct “Escape From New York,” 20th Century Fox’s remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 film, Deadline reports. Fox won a bidding war for rights to the project in 2015. Studiocanal owned the rights to the original, which was released by Avco Embassy.
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company will produce. “Luther” writer Neil Cross is writing the script. Carpenter will executive produce the project. Fox aims to breathe new life into the property, with the intention of launching a franchise.
Rodriguez just finished working with Fox on “Alita: Battle Angel,” an action-adventure film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga graphic novels. The script for the film was written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Set in the 26th century, the story follows a female cyborg who’s rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist. »
- Graham Winfrey
It looks like 20th Century Fox may have found its director for the upcoming Escape from New York remake, with The Tracking Board reporting that the studio is currently in talks with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
Although details on the new film are being kept under wraps, previous reports have suggested it would go down the same road as Fox’s new Planet of the Apes movies, and will actually be a prequel to John Carpenter’s 1981 cult classic. It will apparently follow Colonel Robert ‘Snake’ Plissken on a mission to apprehend Thomas Newton, the playboy heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation, and the villain of the film.
Rodriguez is currently in post production on the James Cameron-produced Alita, which is »
- Gary Collinson
Robert Rodriguez is hard at work on post-production of next year’s sci-fi epic, Alita: Battle Angel, but that hasn’t stopped him from lining up his next job. Word has reached us that the Texan director has his sights set on the Escape from New York remake.
The project has been in the works for several years, with various other directors and actors attached at various points, but the studio is hoping that Rodriguez will stick. Given that his current Battle Angel film had also been in production limbo for ridiculous amount of time, he might very well be the man to bring it to life.
The original film was released back in 1981 and helped cement Kurt Russell as a major player in Hollywood. In the film, Russell played Snake Plissken, a one-eyed warrior with plenty of attitude. Set in what was the future (the year 1997) back then, the »
- Kat Hughes
A remake of the cult classic film has long kicked around Hollywood, with »
After years of delays, with Breck Eisner once attached to direct and Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner previously eyed to star, 20th Century Fox's Escape From New York remake is finally moving forward. The studio has brought on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to direct this highly-anticipated remake, although no production schedule has been given. Luther creator Neil Cross came aboard to write the script back in October 2015.
Deadline reports that Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are set to produce the remake through their production company known as The Picture Company. 20th Century Fox won the rights to this iconic franchise back in January 2015 in a bidding war, with original Escape From New York director John Carpenter coming aboard as an executive producer. No details have been given regarding the new script by Neil Cross, or how different it will be from the original movie, but it is believed that the studio »
Remaking a film like Escape From New York isn’t necessarily the best idea, but if anyone’s going to be in charge of such a project, Robert Rodriguez would be right up there on our list of people we’d want to get behind the camera. Thankfully, it looks like that’s exactly what will happen, as The Tracking Board is reporting that the studio has their eye on him to direct. It’s not a done deal just yet, mind you, but 20th Century Fox is certainly hoping to lock him down.
With a screenplay from Luther creator Neil Cross, the Escape From New York remake has been brewing in development for quite a while now, so it’s certainly good to hear that it’s finally getting off the ground. From what we understand, the studio hopes to reinvent the franchise, like they’ve done with the Planet of the Apes, »
- Mark Cassidy
We haven't heard much about the Escape from New York remake since Fox picked up the rights to reboot the franchise back in early 2015, but now it's being reported that Robert Rodriguez is in talks to take the directing reins on the project.
According to THR, Rodriguez (Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn) is in discussions to direct the Escape from New York remake for 20th Century Fox, with John Carpenter—the director of the original film and its 1996 sequel (Escape from L.A.)—on board as an executive producer with considerable creative input on the project (he's also doing something similar in the Michael Myers franchise by executive producing the new Halloween movie). On Facebook, Carpenter shared his excitement for Rodriguez's potential involvement, writing, "I am thrilled. He is a great director."
- Derek Anderson
Fox is targeting summer for the start of production, with Michael Ireland overseeing the film. The project has been in the works at the studio since 2015, when Fox obtained the remake rights to “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell as “Snake” Plissken. StudioCanal sold the rights to Fox, which topped several bids.
The original “Escape From New York,” released in 1981, took place in a dystopian 1997 Manhattan after it had been turned into a maximum security prison. The story centered on Plissken being recruited to rescue the U.S. president (played by »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez is getting the gig to direct Escape From New York, the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic 1981 film that’s set up at 20th Century Fox. The studio won a bidding battle for rights to the reboot in early 2015, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company set to produce. Neil Cross (Luther) is penning the script. The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer… »
Hulu’s content chief came to the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday to talk up a 2017 slate featuring ambitious originals including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” season two of “The Path” and the 9/11-themed “The Looming Tower.”
The emphasis on new and old during his brief presentation reflects the juggling act of programming a streaming service that has to have something for everyone in order to retain its paid subscribers. Moreover, the Hulu team is also readying for the service’s evolution to a provider of a cable-like package of TV channels — an iteration that promises to help them even better understand what subscribers are looking for on the programming menu at any given time.
“We are not a linear service defined by one demographic or »
- Cynthia Littleton
Once Upon a Time is betting on princess power to overcome Emma’s latest obstacle.
JoAnna Garcia Swisher will reprise her role as Ariel, aka the Little Mermaid, on the ABC series this spring, in an episode that finds her joining forces with Princess Jasmine, EW.com reports.
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Hulu has boarded Hard Sun, a pre–apocalyptic crime drama from Luther creator Neil Cross, which has cast Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) as the leads. The six-episode Hard Sun, originally commissioned by BBC One in December 2015, will now be a Hulu original in association with the BBC. Set in contemporary London, Hard Sun centers on detectives Robert Hicks (Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Sunset Song), partners and enemies who seek to enforce the law… »
Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn will lead the cast of BBC’s pre-apocalyptic crime drama “Hard Sun,” which is written by Emmy-nominated “Luther” creator Neil Cross. Hulu has boarded the six-hour miniseries as co-producer, and has taken U.S. rights.
Sturgess (“One Day,” “21”) and Deyn (“Sunset Song”) play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, described in a statement as “partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.”
Hicks is “a family man and a great, committed cop. He’s also profoundly corrupt.” Renko is “difficult and damaged… and utterly incorruptible.”
“Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum,” the statement continues. “They also seriously distrust one [another] — and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together… if they’re going to survive until the end of the world.”
- Leo Barraclough
Jim Sturgess has booked his next TV gig.
Picked up to series in December 2015, Hard Sun hails from Luther creator Neil Cross. Sturgess and Deyn will play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, respectively, partners and enemies who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. Hicks is a family man and a great, »
- Lesley Goldberg
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