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The Home Alone director had a string of successful projects during the 80s and early 90s directing classics such as Adventures In Babysitting and Mrs Doubtfire. Not much is known about the remake apart from it being set 30 years after the first film’s events. Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are also confirmed as producers for the film.
If this is true, I am sure fans of the original are breathing a little sigh of relief for having Columbus back on board. But that is not the only Columbus rumour, it was earlier announced that a sequel to The Goonies is in the works. Richard Donner has been developing ideas for the follow up to the 1985 hit film with Steven Spielberg. Not much is known about the sequel »
- Lucinda Holt
Considering how beloved both of these movies are, I’m going to preface this post by saying that this news, originally published by The Tracking Board, is still classified as a rumor until we see something official. However, if the site’s report is true, it’s very exciting news. Word on the interwebs this week is that Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter films and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, has signed on to produce new installments of cult classics Gremlins and The Goonies.
Let’s take those one at a time. Gremlins was successful enough at the time of its release to garner a follow-up, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but this third film is said to take place 30 years after the original and be more of a reboot than a direct sequel. Warner Bros. has been trying to get this project moving for years, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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There's another rumor from The Tracking Board that has hit the web that says Harry Potter director Chris Columbus is set to produce the sequels to The Goonies and Gremlins. It was originally reported that Gremlins would be a remake, but according to /Film the film will actually be a sequel that takes place 30 years after the original film.
There has been no official confirmation of Columbus' involvement at the moment, so we'll treat this as a rumor for now.
Warner Bros. has been looking to get another Gremlins made for several years. The film project is currently on the fast track to production with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg set to produce.
- Joey Paur
The writer of the original Gremlins joins the new movie as a producer...
Well, it looks as if Warner Bros is serious this time. For many years, there's been talk of a Gremlins reboot/remake/belated sequel, but there finally seems to be some real progress being made.
We already knew that Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were involved with the new Gremlins film. But The Tracking Board now reports that Chris Columbus has jumped aboard the new Gremlins as a producer. Columbus penned the screenplay for the first film, and he's also set to produce the belated Goonies sequel that's also in the works. Steven Spielberg is also said to be involved in both projects.
Friedman and Palmer, who are known for their action comedy scripts, are taking over for Zak Penn and team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who previously worked on the script. Previously, Breck Eisner was set to direct the sequel, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
The original movie, directed by Harald Zwart, was a reboot of the 1984 classic starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, and opened big with $55.6 million in June 2011, before going on to gross $359 million worldwide.
- Laura Frances
Yep, “Everything Is Still Awesome”
It is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lord and Miller wrote and directed the smash hit The Lego Movie, which was produced by Lin and Lee. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, James Packer and Steve Mnuchin are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated the animated 3D action adventure Ninjago for release on September 23, 2016.
- Michelle McCue
It's been 30 years, but we all still remember the three rules: Don't expose them to bright light, don't get them wet, and never feed them after midnight.
"Gremlins," which opened on June 8, 1984, has been a pop culture mainstay ever since, playing often on TV, launching a number of careers, influencing countless other tongue-in-cheek horror movies, and even changing the way movies are rated.
Still, as familiar as you are with adorable Gizmo and demonic Stripe, there may be many things you don't know about "Gremlins" -- like the famous voices behind the gremlins, the in-jokes, and the film's role in the creation of the PG-13 rating. Read on for more secrets of the mogwai.
1. "Gremlins" marked the screenwriting debut of Chris Columbus, who would later go on to direct "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and the first two Harry Potter movies. He wrote the script as a calling card just to get noticed in Hollywood, »
- Gary Susman
After five years of development on the project, Warner Bros. Pictures is handing over development of its new film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" to its New Line division.
It's a rare move, but not unanticipated as the companies are now becoming more clearly defined about what films they intend to make. New Line will now take the lead on horror projects.
At last report, filmmaker Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre," "True Detective") had been hired to direct a two-film adaptation of "It" which Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg will produce.
The story follows a group of teen nerds and outcasts (nicknamed 'The Losers Club') in 1958 who encounter 'It', a shapeshifting creature which feeds on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise.
In 1985 the creature resurfaces. The kids, who're now adults, must take on the demon of their childhood again »
- Garth Franklin
While the project still technically remains at Warner Bros., since it controls New Line, the studio is setting up New Line as their horror-centric division. The shift will take the company back to its roots, as it was once known as "The House That Freddy Built," after shepherding the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Warner Bros. has had success in the horror genre lately with The Conjuring, which took in over $318 million worldwide from just a $20 million budget. It isn't known if the sequel, The Conjuring 2, which is currently in development, will also transfer over to New Line, which is shifting their facilities from West Hollywood to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
A version of this story first appeared in the May 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The long road to re-adapt Stephen King's novel It has taken another turn. Warner Bros. has been developing a big-screen take for five years, and in 2012 it hired Cary Fukunaga to direct two films produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Story: Stephen King's New Short Story 'Bad Little Kid' Optioned for Feature Film But just as Fukunaga is coming off HBO's True Detective, the project is leaving Warners -- sort of. In a rare move, It is shifting to
- Borys Kit
Expanding the Lego brand's cinema universe, Warner Bros. Pictures has slated the animated 3D action adventure Ninjago for release on September 23, 2016, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will be directed by Charlie Bean (TV's Tron Uprising), marking his feature directorial debut. It is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Lord and Miller wrote and directed the smash hit The Lego Movie, which was produced by Lin and Lee. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, James Packer and Steve Mnuchin are serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley.
In making the announcement, Dan Fellman had this to say in a statement. »
It was announced earlier today that Warner Bros. has set a release date for its planned Ninjago adaptation for September 23, 2016 (in 3D, of course). That means the Lego spin-off will smoke-bomb its way into theaters more than six months before The Lego Movie 2, which opens May 26, 2017. Chris McKay, who co-directed the nearly half-a-billion-dollar-earning first installment, will be at the helm of the sequel, while the studio has set first-time feature director Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) to handle the Ninjago film. With everyone else under the sun building toward a cinematic universe, it's no surprise that WB and Lego are doing the same, which will make fans (and collectors) around the world happy for quite some time. Hit the jump for more. As Deadline reports, Ninjago will debut in 3D on September 23, 2016. Here's what the studio's domestic distribution president Dan Fellman had to say about the announcement: “Following the huge success of The Lego Movie, »
- Dave Trumbore
After the success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. is moving full steam ahead on what it's calling "the Lego brand's cinema universe" and has set a release date for the next Lego film. The animated ninja-themed adventure movie Ninjago, to be in 3D, will be released Sept. 23, 2016. Charlie Bean, who worked on Disney Xd's Tron: Uprising, will make his feature directorial debut with Ninjago. Lego Movie writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be producing with Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who produced The Lego Movie. Jill Wilfert, Seth Grahame-Smith, John Powers Middleton, James Packer
- Borys Kit
The Goonies: Back in 2011, we asked director Richard Donner about possible sequels to any of his movies, and he said, "Maybe there is a possibility for The Goonies. We didn't try very hard to do one—we couldn't do the screenplay, and hopefully that means it lays where it lays." At the time, he was trying to mount a musical version of the movie. This weekend, however, he stated, "We're making a sequel" and "hopefully" bringing back the original cast, which include Josh Brolin, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. No other details are available. [TMZ] Gremlins: We've heard talk about a reboot of Joe Dante's Gremlins for a long time, most recently last year, when Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was...
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Over the weekend, we heard the divisive news that a sequel to the 80s classic adventure The Goonies was in the works straight form director Richard Donner. In our report on that film, we recollected producer Frank Marshall's lamentation of remaking certain properties when a potential remake of Gremlins was said to be in the works. At the time, Marshall said that a remake of the director Joe Dante's 80s tongue-in-cheek horror couldn't move forward without permission from producer Steven Spielberg, and it sounds like maybe he's warmed up to the idea since AICN says the project is being fast-tracked at Warner Bros. More below! However, we should just chalk this up to rumor for the time being, because the source wasn't confident enough to make this story a scoop on its own and tossed it in with a single line at the end of their report on The Goonies 2. However, »
- Ethan Anderton
Warner Bros has fast tracked its Gremlins reboot.
The studio is "moving quickly" on the remake of Joe Dante's classic black horror comedy, according to Ain't It Cool.
Fellow '80s classic The Goonies was revealed last week to be receiving a sequel.
Director Richard Donner is hoping that the original cast from the kids adventure film will return for his next project.
A director and schedule for the project is yet to be announced.
Gremlins review: Fiendishly funny classic re-released for Christmas
Gremlins: The Top 10 Moments
Watch a trailer for Gremlins below: »
Following our report yesterday that The Goonies 2 is moving forward at Warner Bros., Ain't It Cool News reports that a remake of Gremlins has also been put on the fast track to production at the studio.
We reported in May that the Gremlins remake will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, although it isn't known if the studio has found a writer or a director at this time. However, the remake likely won't materialize without the involvement of Steven Spielberg, who served as executive producer on the original Gremlins.
Gremlins starred Zach Galligan as a young man who receives a gremlin as a gift from his father, which comes with three stringent rules: don't get them wet, don't feed them after midnight and don't expose them to sunlight. When these rules are broken, the gremlins replicate at an astounding rate and wreak havoc upon this small town. Hoyt Axton, »
Since Chuck ended a couple years ago, Zachary Levi has kept himself busy running The Nerd Machine, a company devoted to all-things-nerdly. Nerd Machine is currently planning the fourth year of Nerd HQ, the annual event held across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con which hosts sitdowns with geek luminaries. (A couple years ago, I saw the Nerd HQ talk with Damon Lindelof and Seth Grahame-Smith, and learned more than I ever wanted to about the travails of blockbuster screenwriters in Hollywood.)
Nerd HQ has raised over $400k for Operation Smile, and has also provided a nice counterbalance to »
- Darren Franich
Ff Comic book movie fans still have their Underoos in a bunch over the casting of the title superheroes in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot — Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch and Jamie Bell as the Thing — but at least they can rest easy knowing that a female actress won't be cast as Dr. Doom, as was rumored a few weeks ago. According to TheWrap, four male actors (with accents!) are on the short list to play the evil ruler of the fictional Eastern European nation of Latveria: Sam Riley (Maleficent), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor) and Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd). The Fantastic Four reboot is slated for a June 19, 2015, release.
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Like it or not, Robocop 2014 happened and was an arguable success while it half-humanly, half-robotically stormed through the box office delivering justice. And with that justice comes another price: every ’80s movie and its sequel is continuing to get the reboot treatment while we all just wait around and see what sticks. Up next in the time machine is the 1983 Disney classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. The studio is redoing its own material by taking the Ray Bradbury story and giving it to writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), who will make his feature directorial debut with the project. For those who said “I’m okay” after Fahrenheit 451 and haven’t familiarized themselves with other Bradbury novels, this one follows Mr. Dark, the evil owner of a traveling carnival (is there any other kind?). Dark gets his kicks by bartering with the residents of each town his carnival visits, their »
- Samantha Wilson
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