16 items from 2015
Back in March 2014, it looked like Screen Gems' remake of The Raid was getting back on the right track, with Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) coming aboard to direct, Frank Grillo set to star and Taylor Kitsch being offered a lead role. Production was scheduled to start in September 2014, but that never happened, and now it seems the remake has hit another major stumbling block. The Tracking Board reports that both director Patrick Hughes and distributor Screen Gems have backed away from the remake, leaving Xyz Films as the sole production company.
The original 2012 Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption centered on an elite police force tasked with raiding a 30-story building filled with the most dangerous villains in the city. Star Iko Uwais and director Gareth Edwards reunited for the 2014 sequel The Raid 2. Neither movie made a huge splash at the box office, with The Raid: Redemption earning »
Sources have confirmed to the Tracking Board that Patrick Hughes is out as director of “The Raid” remake. It is also being reported that the project is no longer at Screen Gems and that Xyz Films is now the sole production company on the film.
The Tracking Board has stated that Hughes’ departure is not clear, but he is set to direct “The Storm Warning”. It’s being speculated that the Hughes left the film due to the fact that “The Raid” remake’s shoot date was continually postponed.
Gareth Evans, the writer and director of the original film, is still attached as an executive producer for the remake, and has contributed to the screenplay. In addition to Evans, the remake’s script has undergone several drafts from various writers, including “Run All Night” writer Brad Ingelsby, and “Red” duo Erich and Jon Hoeber.
The remake centers on an elite »
- Alisa Idrovo
Jack Reacher 2: Cobie Smulders, who starred in the television sitcom How I Met Your Mother for years before breaking out as action hero Maria Hill in the Avengers movies, is now in early talks to join Tom Cruise in the sequel to Jack Reacher. If things work out, Smulders would play the female lead; the sequel is based on Never Go Back, the 18th novel in a long-running series by Lee Child. The movie version is scheduled for release in late 2016. [The Wrap] Red: Two movies have been inspired so far by Red, a three-issue comic book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner, and now a television series from NBC is on its way. Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who wrote the two movies, are writing the series, which will retain the "core concept" of retired...
- Peter Martin
NBC is the network behind this idea, and they’ve got Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber - who wrote the 2010 film, and its sequel – at the helm. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian – who produced the films – are involved, too.
There’s no word yet on what the announcement of this TV series means for the rumours of a Red 3 film, but our best guess is that the TV show has taken its place, seeing as so much the behind-the-scenes talent has jumped ship to the telly realm. That’s »
Not that anyone was really asking for this, but it looks like we’re getting a television adaptation of the Red film series. You know, the one starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, among others. NBC is apparently looking to bring the property to the small screen with franchise producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian and writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber all on board to help Lionsgate TV get the project off the ground.
For those who don’t know, the films followed a group of retired CIA operatives who found themselves thrown back into the thick of things when an assassin starts hunting them down. While both the original and its sequel provided a healthy dose of over the top action and decent laughs, the TV series will take a more grounded approach and is said to focus on “retired CIA operatives who have darkly »
- James Garcia
It looks like the Red movie franchise could make the switch to the small screen.
The retired and extremely dangerous CIA agents will once again try to adapt to retired life while battling old enemies.
Apparently the hour-long episodes will take place in a more grounded and authentic world.
The original movie was released in 2010, while the sequel made its debut in 2013.
Deadline has revealed that NBC is developing a small screen adaptation of Red, which is being produced by the creative team behind the 2010 movie and its 2013 sequel.
Written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who penned both movies, the small screen take on Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s comic book series “will retain the core concept of the films but will be set in a more grounded and authentic world, focusing on the characters’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out.”
Red tells the story of a group of former CIA agents designated ‘Retired Extremely Dangerous’, who are forced back into action after an assassination attempt.
Lionsgate TV is producing the series, alongside Di Bonaventura Pictures Television.
- Gary Collinson
Before long, ever movie will become a TV show in the future. It's certainly not a new idea, as many movies have gotten the TV adaptation treatment. But over the past year, each network has ramped up this idea, abandoning new ideas to instead focus on series that already have a built in audience and title recognition. The latest movie series to head to the small screen is Red, which debuted in 2010 and was followed by a sequel in 2013. NBC is behind this new iteration, though it's not known if Summit Entertainment has now abandoned the idea of another big screen sequel.
NBC is developing the Red TV series as an hourlong action drama that will be directly based on the feature film franchise. The small screen version is coming from the big screen series' creative team. Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, the duo behind both the Red and Red 2 screenplay, »
DC Comics currently has four television series (Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, iZombie) on air, three more (Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, Lucifer) set to premiere next season, three pilots (Preacher, Titans/Blackbirds, Powerless) ordered, and a handful more (Krypton, Dmz, Scalped, Amped, etc.) currently in development. Long list right? Well, it looks like that long list just got a little longer. Deadline is reporting that NBC is actively developing an hour-long series based on Summit Entertainment's Red movie franchise, which is based on the limited comic series, of the same name, published by Homage Comics and later distributed by DC Comics. The producers of the hit 2010 film and its 2013 sequel, Lorenzo di Bonaventura & Mark Vahradian, will oversee development alongside screenwriters Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, who wrote both films. Lionsgate TV & Di Bonaventura Pictures Television will produce. Details about the series remain scarce, but the show is said to be set »
NBC is developing Red, an hourlong series based on the movie franchise. The TV adaptation hails from the films’ creative auspices — Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who wrote the 2010 hit and its 2013 sequel, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, who produced both movies. Lionsgate TV, whose sibling Summit distributed the features, is producing with Di Bonaventura Pictures Television. The action comedy movies, inspired by the limited comic book series of the same… »
NBC has announced plans to develop "Red," an hourlong TV series based on the film franchise.
The franchise's writers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber along with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are re-teaming for the small screen version which Lionsgate TV and Di Bonaventura Pictures Television would produce.
Released in 2010 and 2013, the action comedies are inspired by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's limited comic book series of the same name which followed a group of REDs (Retired Extremely Dangerous operatives) who return to action after the CIA sends assassins after one of them.
The TV series version will keep the core concept of the films along with the darkly comedic tone, but set it in a more grounded and believable world.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Robert De Niro has been gearing up what’s been known as his “passion project” for some time, a film called The Comedian in which he would play an insult comic modeled off Don Rickles. De Niro has now secured a director for the film, Taylor Hackford (Ray, Parker). Deadline exclusively reported that Hackford came on board after director Mike Newell departed due to scheduling, and that casting for the film is now underway.
Roast comic Jeff Ross wrote all of De Niro’s stand-up material for the film, and the screenplay was penned by Art Linson, who previously wrote De Niro’s What Just Happened and has produced everything from Fight Club to The Untouchables to Into the Wild. It’ll be interesting to see De Niro take on the role, because it’s perhaps most closely similar to his underrated, almost cult performance as Rupert Pupkin in Martin Scorsese »
- Brian Welk
Stx Entertainment has partnered with Jim Henson Company on the latter's long-gestating dark comedy project "The Happytime Murders". Now back in active development, the project's title has been ditched with a new one not yet set.
Brian Henson remains on board to direct the feature, based on a Black List script which is set in a world where humans and puppets coexist with the latter considered second-class citizens.
When the puppet cast of 1980s children's TV show "The Happytime Gang" begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced and alcoholic Lapd detective-turned-private eye puppet takes the case with his former human partner.
Pitched as "Avenue Q" meets "L.A. Confidential," the project was setup at Lionsgate in 2010 but the project proved too tricky and so the rights reverted back to Henson. Todd Berger and Dee Robertson wrote the initial drafts, but the latest script is by "Red" series scribes Erich and Jon Hoeber. »
- Garth Franklin
It's a couple of years since we last heard anything about the Jim Henson Company's dark puppet-noir comedy The Happytime Murders. Back in 2012 there was talk of Cameron Diaz and /or Katherine Heigl being involved, but the rest was silence... until this morning. Deadline reports that distributor/financiers Stx Entertainment have come abord to get the project moving again.Happytime was cooked up back in 2008 by Brian (son of Jim) Henson as a strictly-for-adults take on puppet life. It’s set in a world where humans and their felt friends live side by side, but the puppets are treated as second-class citizens. Murder strikes as the seedy former stars of once-popular kids’ show The Happytime Gang turn up dead one by one, and the only 'man' who can investigate is a washed-up private eye puppet, who ropes in his former partner at the Lapd. The picture at the top of »
Brian Henson will direct the project, based on a story by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson. Berger wrote the screenplay with revisions by siblings Erich and Jon Hoeber; the story is set in a world where puppets and humans live together.
The plot is centered on the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang,” with the family-friendly cast leading lives off-camera that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – a take-no-prisoners human and a hard-drinking puppet — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit.
Fogelson said the R-rated comedy would »
- Dave McNary
Stx Entertainment and the Jim Henson Company are developing a black comedy and live-action hybrid that the film company sees as racy and raucous enough to bring an R-rating. It hasn’t got one yet — that comes when the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board gets a look — or a title or voice cast. Todd Berger and Dee Robertson wrote the script, with an assist from Erich and Jon Hoeber. Late Muppets creator Jim Henson’s son, Brian Henson, will direct the project, which tells the story of the puppet stars of “The Happytime Gang” TV show. Also Read: Reese Witherspoon to Star in, »
- Todd Cunningham
16 items from 2015
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