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Grant Gish, the 20th Century Fox TV exec who has helped shepherd Fox programming like “Bob’s Burgers” and “American Dad,” has been promoted to vice president of animation, Variety has learned.
He will report to Jonnie Davis, president of creative affairs.
“Grant is a bright, talented executive who has been managing our hugely important animation development efforts, and this promotion recognizes the great work he’s been doing as we look to find that next big cartoon hit,” said Davis. “He’s been laser-focused on identifying new and untapped talent, while at the same time building meaningful relationships with our established producers. I’m happy to announce his elevation to vice president.”
Gish, who is involved with the upcoming Mark Hentemann-Seth MacFarlane “Bordertown” starring Hank Azaria, is also developing projects with Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie,” “22 Jump Street”) Phil Johnston and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Ryan Reynolds. »
- Whitney Friedlander
While A Million Ways to Die in the West has grossed only $85 million worldwide, director Seth MacFarlane found much greater success with Ted in 2012. The movie about Mark Wahlberg and his foul mouthed teddy bear earned an incredible $550 million in total, and a sequel was confirmed soon after.
Production on Ted 2 is already well under way in Boston, but a major casting addition has now been made to the highly anticipated sequel. Various sites are reporting that Morgan Freeman has joined the cast as an “iconic” civil rights lawyer who attempts to help Ted resolve some legal issues.
- Josh Wilding
The comedy sequel 22 Jump Street was a pretty big success for Sony Pictures this Summer season, managing to even beat out How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the box office. The first film was a surprise success and managed to be ridiculously funny, which the sequel managed to keep up with (not always possible in comedies). So it's no real surprise to hear that Sony is already setting plans in motion for a 23 Jump Street and have brought on a writer for the script.
Deadline has reported that Sony has hired Rodney Rotham to pen the script for 23 Jump Street, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill set to return. Rothham wrote the script for 22 Jump Street, so it makes sense they'd bring him back for a third film based on 22's success. While Tatum and Hill will come back for more fun times, the real question remains whether or »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
While the tongue in cheek end credits sequence for 22 Jump Street poked fun at the success of the franchise and all of the ridiculous directions it could go in future, 23 Jump Street is now in the works!
Sony Pictures have chosen Rodney Rothman (who also worked on the last movie) to pen the script, with The Lego Movie’s directing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – who helmed the first two Jump Street movies – overseeing the development of the script as producers.
22 Jump Street was a huge success, grossing over $320 million worldwide. The first earned a little over $200 million. As of right now, it’s unknown whether or not Lord and Miller will return to direct, but based on what they brought to the first two Jump Street movies, it would be a great shame if they don’t!
At the conclusion of the last movie, Ice Cube’s »
- Josh Wilding
22 Jump Street is currently the tenth highest earner of the year having accumulated $190.8 million at the domestic box office, so it’s no surprise to hear that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a third installment. The studio apparently just recruited one of the 22 Jump Street scribes, Rodney Rothman, to pen the third film. There’s no word on whether or not Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be back to direct the next one, but they will at least serve as producers alongside Rothman, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Neal Moritz. Hit the jump for more on 23 Jump Street. According to Deadline, the directing gig is theirs if Lord and Miller decide that they want it and hopefully they will; 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie are two of the best of the year. But of course, all of that success results in many new opportunities and there’s »
- Perri Nemiroff
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
I know this news might be kind of old, but I've been on vacation for the last week, and one of the greatest pieces of news that I saw while I was gone was that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be developing a big screen adaptation of the classic 1980's TV series The Greatest American Hero.
These directors are the perfect fit for this project too! Just in case you need a refresher, these are the same guys who gave us such films as The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street. They have the storytelling talent and humor to turn this thing into an amazing movie. The script is currently being written by Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street).
I absolutely loved watching The Greatest American Hero as a kid. It was one of those shows that I just couldn't miss. I remember that if I did miss it I »
- Joey Paur
Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters. The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around. The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back. The film also stars Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte. Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out. For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day for the film I landed an exclusive video interview with Will Forte. He talked about making Life of Crime, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Cult classic The Greatest American Hero is getting the Lord and Miller treatement...
Quickly becoming one of cinemas hottest properties, the dynamic duo have already resurrected 21 Jump Street, helmed its sequel and built The Lego Movie. They’re on an incredible run.
Now, the latest project to be rejuvenated by Lord and Miller is The Greatest American Hero. The 1981 comic sci-fi drama is based on an unwitting superhero discovering their powers.
Fox is funding a pilot from Lord and Miller, which we've got a feeling could be absolutely hilarious.
Their protagonist will be inner-city school teacher Isaac (a different teacher to William Katt's in the original), who dislikes his new-found superheroic responsibilities »
Could The Greatest American Hero fly again? Believe it or not, Fox is considering a TV show reboot according to Deadline.
The network has given a put pilot commitment for a new take on the Stephen J. Cannell series. It will be headed up by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the successful 21 Jump Street movies (which were based on Cannell's TV show of the same name) and The Lego Movie. They will executive produce with television director Tawnia McKiernan, Cannell’s daughter.
Written and executive produced by Rodney Rothman, the new pilot's plot sounds a lot like the original 1980s action comedy. The story follows an inner-city teacher named Isaac. He acquires a superhero suit that gives him super abilities but he has to learn how to use them through trial and error because he's lost the instruction manual. His partner »
The cult 80s TV series The Greatest American Hero looks set for a return to the small screen, with Deadline revealing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) have signed on to produce a remake from Fox, which has a put pilot commitment from the network.
Created by Stephen J. Cannell, The Greatest American Hero is a comedy-drama series which aired on ABC between 1981 and 1983 and centres on the adventures of Ralph Hinkley, a teacher who gains superhuman abilities thanks a suit given to him by aliens. William Katt (Perry Mason) portrayed Ralph, while the cast also included Robert Culp (I Spy) and Connie Sellecca (Hotel).
According to Deadline, the remake will stick closely to the original and “chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit and has »
- Gary Collinson
Stephen J. Cannell created the cult superhero adventure series, which debuted on ABC in 1981. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are developing the pilot alongside Stephen J. Cannell's daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan, with all three serving as executive producers. The show will be written and produced by Rodney Rothman, one of the writers on the sequel 22 Jump Street.
The new Greatest American Hero will follow inner-city teacher Isaac, who, like in the original, is granted a superhero suit by aliens which gives him extraordinary superhuman abilities. Accidentally misplacing the instruction booklet, Isaac must go through a painful journey of trial and error in learning how his new super powers work. He is also strapped with a government handler who has very different »
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a reboot of the classic 1981 sci-fi comedy/drama "The Greatest American Hero"
"The Lego Movie" writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside television director Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of the original show's producer Steven J. Cannell.
Rodney Rothman, who worked on the script for "22 Jump Street" with Lord and Miller, will pen the series which will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities.
Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions. He also has to deal with a government handler who has very different objectives than him.
- Garth Franklin
From 1981 to 1983, ABC ran a superhero television series called The Greatest American Hero. It starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley/Hanley, Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell and Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson. While it only lasted a few seasons, its rerun have persevered over the past decades. It is considered a cult classic. Believe it or not, Fox is gonna take another stab at this premise. The creators of The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be the executive producers of the project. The show will be an hour-long and "will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities." Furthermore, "Unfortunately for Isaac, he hates wearing the suit, and has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error because he quickly misplaces the suit’s instructions." Isaac will even have his own "government handler" just as the original series had. »
Fox rebooting “The Greatest American Hero” The Steven J. Cannell cult classic superhero comedy/drama that ran on ABC for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 is being remade by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the writer-directors behind “The Lego Movie” and the “21 Jump Street” movies. According to Deadline, the new take on “The Greatest American Hero" "will chronicle inner-city teacher Isaac’s adventures after his discovery of a superhero suit which gives him superhuman abilities." »
- Norman Weiss
Believe it or not… The Greatest American Hero is poised to fight another day.
According to our sister site Deadline, Fox has given a put pilot order (i.e. virtually guaranteed to air) to a remake of the unlikely superhero series, which ran for three seasons on ABC in the early 1980s.
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The original series, which starred William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca, revolved around a mild-mannered teacher named Ralph who inherits from aliens a suit that affords him superhuman abilities.
Thing is, Ralph loses the instructions for the suit, making »
Despite only airing for three seasons in the early 1980s, ABC comedy-drama The Greatest American Hero has left a cult following over the last three decades. Starring William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, and JoBlo.com fave Michael Pare, the series chronicled the exploits of a teacher given a superhero suit he doesn't understand how to use. 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord will executive produce a reboot of the series at Fox along with screenwriter »
- Alex Maidy
Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch. When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »
- Sheila Roberts
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
In today's cinematic marketplace, audiences have grown increasingly used to Hollywood fare dominating both domestic and international box offices. In the last few years we have even seen studios steer their biggest blockbusters increasingly towards overseas markets, with particular focus given to Asia. It is predominantly for this reason that we now get more remakes, reboots, sequels and franchise-building, in the hope of pushing familiar, pre-existing properties onto new audiences hungry for grand-scale spectacle rather than nuanced characterisation and intricate plotting. At the time of writing, every film in 2014's box office Top 10 was an adaptation of a pre-existing property. In fact the only film on the list that isn't a remake or sequel is Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie, based...
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