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Not having quite plundered all of the 80s for every possible remake, Hollywood is now starting to eviscerate the 90s. The latest quasi-classic to get the reboot treatment is Flatliners, which came out just on the cusp of the 1990's emerging into their own as a viable landscape for cinema. The original film contains elements from both eras, making it unique in the sci-fi horror genre. At this time, it's not known how the storyline will be skewered or altered, if at all.
Ellen Page is in talks to headline this version of Flatliners. It isn't known if she will play the role of Dr. Rachel Mannus, originated by Julia Roberts. It's possible that this version could introduce a whole new set of characters. The rest of the ensemble cast from the original included some heavy hitters from that time period, including Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. »
The film focused on a group of medical students who discover a way of entering the afterlife and attempt to resurrect themselves.
Watch a trailer for Flatliners below: »
The Peter Filardi scripted original centered on five medical students - Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt - who bring subject themselves to near-death experiences in order to see if anything lies beyond.
After being revived they soon find themselves struggling to determine fantasy from reality as physical manifestations of childhood sins revisit them.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Ellen Page is in early talks to join the cast of Sony’s remake of the 1990 sci-fi thriller “Flatliners,” an individual with knowledge of project told TheWrap Monday. Julia Roberts starred in the original, as well as Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, about a group of medical students who journey into the afterworld to find the meaning in their own lives. Niels Arden Oplev is on board to direct with a screenplay by Ben Ripley. David Blackman and Laurence Mark are set to produce. Also Read: 'Freeheld' Review: Julianne Moore and Ellen Page Star in True Tale of »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
The original, which was toplined by Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, revolves around a group of medical students who journey into the afterworld to find meaning in their own lives before being resuscitated in the nick of time. As expected, the experiments soon go awry.
Page has been busy promoting her drama “Freeheld,” which opened in limited release last weekend, in which she stars opposite Julianne Moore and Steve Carell. Page also produced the gay rights drama. Her movie “Into the Forest,” co-starring Evan Rachel Wood, also recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A »
- Justin Kroll
Cannes — Sony Pictures Television has sold its new drama “The Art of More” into 25 territories. The series made its world premiere at TV market Mipcom in Cannes on Sunday, with the show’s stars — Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke and Cary Elwes — in attendance.
The 10-episode drama, which debuts in the U.S. on digital streaming service Crackle on Nov. 19, has been sold by Spt to Viacom’s Colors Infinity channel in India, Osn across the Middle East and D-Smart in Turkey.
“The Art of More” is set in the high-stakes world of New York auction houses, and follows Graham Connor (Cooke), a blue-collar young man who leverages his way into the exclusive realm of premium auction houses by exploiting connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq. Bosworth (“Still Alice”) plays Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of two warring auction houses, »
- Leo Barraclough
It’s an interesting combination of veterans who represent, respectively, the worlds of live television and the film world.
Hill was a longtime 21st Century Fox/News Corp. executive who stepped down in June to launch a production banner that focused on live TV events. Hill is known for his skill at overseeing live sports production, and was key in building Fox Sports; in recent years he’s overseen “American Idol” for the Fox network.
Hudlin is an Oscar-nominated producer for “Django Unchained,” and last year produced the Governors Awards. He has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first president of entertainment for Bet Networks from 2005-09.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the moves Tuesday, but did not indicate if this is a three-year pact. »
- Tim Gray
Updated: Sony’s Crackle officially has entered the original drama field with its first hourlong series, The Art Of More, toplined by Dennis Quaid. Christian Cooke (Magic City) has been cast as the co-lead opposite Quaid in the project, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from the digital network. Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) co-stars. Quaid also executive produces The Art Of More (formerly Sold) alongside Laurence Mark, Gary Fleder, the project’s… »
The Producers Guild of America has added horror specialist Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions team for a panel discussion at its seventh annual Produced By conference on May 30-31 at the Paramount lot.
Blumhouse has produced the “Paranormal Activity,” “Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises. The panel will include Jessica Rhoades, head of television; Jeanette Brill, head of production; and Phillip Dawe, head of post-production.
The PGA also announced that the “The Art and Craft of Pitching for Film” panel will include Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”), Marshall Herskovitz (“The Last Samurai”) and Laurence Mark (“Dreamgirls”). “The Art and Craft of Pitching for Television” includes producers Kenya Barris (“Black-ish”), Howard Gordon (“Homeland”), and Sarah Timberman (“Masters of Sex”).
- Dave McNary
As Academy executives hunt for new Oscar producers after the departure of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, they should think less about Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, and more about Espn president John Skipper.
Whenever the job opens up for an Academy Awards producer, Oscar fans point out that this is the film industry’s biggest event and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should corral a big name, since it has access to the greatest filmmakers in the world.
But even though the awards are a celebration of film, the Oscarcast is a television event. And producing live TV requires a very specific skill set, which is different from handling film, so Acad honchos should think outside the box and consider men and women who have produced live television: sports events, newscasts, talkshows and TV concerts.
Skipper, as president of Espn, has insights into multiple producers of sports events, »
- Tim Gray
Meron also tweeted about the news on Thursday, saying he and Zadan “would like to thank The Academy.”
ending 3 year deal producing #Oscars, its an honor to say "We'd like to thank The Academy" @TheAcademy @craigzadan pic.twitter.com/byNessAaoN
— Neil Meron (@neilmeron) March 26, 2015
The duo have produced for the show for the past three years. On March 7, two weeks after the ceremonies, Zadan hinted at the exit, tweeting, “Hoping that whoever produces the Oscars next year will retain our innovations: TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning.”
Producing the show is time-consuming, and the duo have plenty on their plate. They had a three-year contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which wanted to nail down some continuity, Zadan told Deadline, which first reported the exit.
- Tim Gray
Sigh. Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are apparently threatening to drown this year's show in musical numbers. No, really, according to the most recent press release, the pair are "creating several musical sequences," and they keep lining up talent to participate. First it was announced that Oscar-winning "Frozen" songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez would be penning a thing for host Neil Patrick Harris. (They talked about that a bit at the Grammys Sunday; check out the video above for more.) Then yesterday it was announced that Anna Kendrick would sing something on the show. And now, Jennifer Hudson has been added to the roll call. I feel like a "Sound of Music" tribute is lurking in there somewhere. I could totally picture Kendrick twirling around, "The hiiillllsss are allliiiiiveee…" But I don't know. Maybe with Hudson they want to pay tribute to the eighth anniversary of "Dreamgirls. »
- Kristopher Tapley
12 items from 2015
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