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How Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are transforming the TV business

30 March 2017 3:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The scripted drama boom is changing the entire TV industry. But is it a change for the better?

“It’s an exciting time,” is a refrain now most commonly uttered by those in the business of making content for the Us streaming services.

Not only have Netflix, Amazon and co fuelled a surge in the volume of scripted content, subscription video on demand services (SVoDs) are also doing their bit, as they expand and evolve, to change the business and art of high-end television.

“Partly it’s driven by the SVoDs, partly it’s driven by the retrenching of the feature film business,” says Ted Miller, co-head of the television department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), whose client Matthew Weiner is among the high-profile writer-producers working on streaming series.

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“You have artists who want to tell great stories and if those stories are not being done in the movie business they are being done now »

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Uglydolls Movie Gets Director Robert Rodriguez, Poster Unveiled at CinemaCon

28 March 2017 3:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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There’s Reason to Be Excited About The ‘Escape from New York’ Remake

28 March 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Robert Rodriguez takes the helm on Escape from New York remake

27 March 2017 8:24 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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

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Snake's alive! Escape from New York remake on the way, with Robert Rodriguez directing

27 March 2017 2:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The From Dusk Till Dawn director will take the helm of a reboot of John Carpenter’s cult 80s action film, with Luther creator Neil Cross to write the script

A remake of cult 80s action film Escape from New York is coming to cinemas, with Robert Rodriguez lined up to direct it.

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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What Does Carpenter Think of Rodriguez Directing Escape from New York?

25 March 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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.

"Robert Rodriguez is going to direct Escape From New York. I'm excited about this. Robert is great! I am thrilled. He is a great director."

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, »

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Robert Rodriguez Will Direct ‘Escape From New York’

25 March 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

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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. »

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Robert Rodriguez in talks to direct Escape from New York

25 March 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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.

Rodriguez recently finished up production on Alita: Battle Angel for the studio, and should a deal be reached he would direct a script from Luther creator Neil Cross.

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 »

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Robert Rodriguez in talks to direct ‘Escape from New York’ remake

25 March 2017 2:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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'Escape From New York' Remake in the Works

24 March 2017 7:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A remake of John Carpenter's 1981 post-apocalyptic action film Escape From New York is in the works with Robert Rodriguez the favorite to direct.

Carpenter will serve as executive producer on the project, which is being eyed to launch a franchise in the mold of the Planet of the Apes reboot, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Kurt Russell starred as the film's antihero Snake Plissken in Escape From New York; a sequel, Escape From L.A., followed 15 years later.

A remake of the cult classic film has long kicked around Hollywood, with »

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Escape from New York Remake Gets Director Robert Rodriguez

24 March 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Robert Rodriguez May Get Behind The Camera For Escape From New York Remake

24 March 2017 5:46 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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

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Robert Rodriguez to Helm Escape From New York Remake?

24 March 2017 4:38 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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."

The remake will also be produced by Picture Co.'s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, and it's believed »

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Robert Rodriguez in Talks to Direct ‘Escape From New York’ Remake

24 March 2017 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the remake of John Carpenter’s iconic “Escape From New York.”

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.

Carpenter will exec produce the reboot. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company is also producing. Neil Cross, creator of the BBC crime series “Luther,” wrote the script.


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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 »

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Robert Rodriguez To Direct ‘Escape From New York’

24 March 2017 3:52 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Hulu Content Chief Talks ‘Golden Girls,’ Curation Challenges and Live TV

7 January 2017 10:40 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.”

But Craig Erwich had another big score to announce to the crowd in Pasadena, Calif., namely that Hulu has nabbed exclusive streaming rights to all 177 episodes of “The Golden Girls.”

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

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TVLine Items: Once Princess Returns, Netflix's Frontier Trailer and More

6 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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, reports.

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“[Ariel and Jasmine] join Hook on an adventure as he and Emma face a daunting challenge that requires a big-time princess team-up,” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis tell the site.

Once Upon a Time resumes Season 6 in March.

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Hulu Teams With BBC For Neil Cross Crime Series ‘Hard Sun’, Jim Sturgess & Agyness Deyn To Star

6 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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Jim Sturgess to Star in ‘Luther’ Creator’s ‘Hard Sun,’ Hulu Nabs U.S. Rights

6 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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.”

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Jim Sturgess to Star in Hulu Drama 'Hard Sun' From 'Luther' Creator

6 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Jim Sturgess has booked his next TV gig.

The Feed the Beast and Close to the Enemy grad has been tapped to star in Hulu drama Hard Sun, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) set to co-star.

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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