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The Weinstein Co acquired Russell Crowe‘s feature directing debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where 12 minutes of the film was screened. I saw footage of The Water Diviner at Cine Europe in Barcelona in June and there is definitely an epic feel to the picture based on what was shown there. Crowe plays an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey four years after the battle of Gallipoli in search of his sons who have been reported missing in action. Olga Kurylenko plays the hotel owner with whom he forges a relationship and Jai Courtney is a soldier organizing the effort to identify the tens of thousands of soldiers killed. He reluctantly allows the grieving father to stay and look for his sons’ bodies. Written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastassios, The Water Diviner is a RatPac Entertainment film and is executive produced by Brett Ratner and James Packer. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Rush Hour is to become a TV series.
The television version - co-written by Lawrence and Cougar Town colleague Blake McCormick - will stick close to the original premise, which saw a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (played by Chan) teamed with a cocky Us cop (played by Tucker).
A fourth cinematic outing was previously mooted in 2012, with producer Arthur Sarkissian hinting at a "more down to earth, more gritty" new instalment.
Watch a clip from 1998's Rush Hour below: »
While Rush Hour 4 may never see the light of day, the franchise may in fact find new life on the small screen. According to EW, Cougar Town‘s co-creator Bill Lawrence and co-producer Blake McCormick are writing a Rush Hour TV series, with series director Brett Ratner on board as executive producer.
There is no network deal in place yet, but the series is expected to follow the same formula as the films, which saw a by-the-books police officer from Hong Kong travel to Los Angeles, where he’s forced to team up with a cocky African-American Lapd officer.
Unlike some films that Hollywood studios try to transform into television series, Rush Hour is a franchise that could work quite well on TV. It lends itself well to the popular police procedural format, and features two leads who are at odds with one another but are forced to work »
- James Garcia
Yet another film is being adapted for TV – Rush Hour. In a trend that seems to be dominating future schedules about as much as comic book adaptations, Rush Hour is the latest in a long line of adaptations including everything from Spielberg blockbusters like Minority Report to Mark Wahlberg movies like Shooter.
Written by regular Warner Bros showrunner Bill Lawrence, co-creator of Cougar Town, the show will feature hour long episodes and, apparently, the plot of the original film. That is to say, it’s not a follow-up or a prequel, but a straight televisual remake.
The film franchise’s director Brett Ratner and its producer Arthur Sarkissian are involved with the new show on executive producer duties. We’d wager that this will involve quality control more than anything else, though.
Bill Lawrence, Arthur Sarkissian and Brett Ratner are reportedly looking to bring buddy film Rush Hour to TV. The 1998 classic film spawned many sequels and is looked upon with favor as a classic comedy. However, they are ow looking to expand it to the small screen for laughter and action. Warner Bros. TV is assisting with the very early plans while we have no TV networks expressing interest or any word on who they may cast the roles with. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have starred in the first 3 films.
I really am hopeful that they can. The movies were amazing and I think a TV version would be a great addition to the franchise. The only thing that will make or break it would be the cast. However, we don’t really having anything to go with on who they may consider. I just hope that they would pick »
- Sarah Peel
"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will pen the series which follows a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles. He finds himself forced to work with a cocky African-American L.A.P.D. officer who has no interest in having a partner.
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in the original 1998 film and its two subsequent sequels. Brett Ratner, who directed all three films, will serve as executive producer on the show alongside Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick are writing the pilot episode for this one-hour action-comedy series, which is expected to stick close to the original 1998 movie that starred Chris Tucker as an outspoken L.A.P.D. cop who partners with a Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan) to solve a kidnapping.
Brett Ratner will serve as an executive producer of the TV series alongside Arthur M. Sarkissian. It isn't clear if the producers and Warner Bros. Television are aiming for a network or cable TV home for this project, once the script is complete.
Rush Hour was one of the biggest surprise hits at the box office in 1998, pulling in $141 million domestically and over $244 million worldwide, spawning the 2001 sequel Rush Hour 2 ($226 million domestic, »
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Hot on the heels of the news that Fox is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1988 film Big comes word that a Rush Hour TV show is also in development—and from another Cougar Town executive producer, no less. Deadline reports that director Brett Ratner and TV vet Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) have closed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to co-write and executive produce an hourlong action comedy adaptation of the Rush Hour franchise. Ratner directed all three films in the series, which was essentially a trio of buddy cop action-comedies revolving around a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (Jackie Chan) who is paired with a cocky, fast-talking Lapd officer (Chris Tucker). More on the Rush Hour TV show after the jump. Per Deadline, the plan for the Rush Hour TV show is to stay close to the premise of the first film, revolving around the oddball pairing of the two cops. »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. TV are bringing back the fish-out-of-water buddy comedy, Rush Hour. Don’t worry, you needn’t waste resources on rolling your eyes. Sure, everyone’s a smidgen cynical about the remake/reboot/adaptation cycle the industry is stuck in. But this new venture holds promise: Bill Lawrence, of Scrubs and Cougar Town fame, is on board to write and produce the show.
Under his Doozer Productions banner, Lawrence will co-write and produce along with Cougar Town showrunner Blake McCormick. As a massive fan of Lawrence’s comedy style, this news isn’t quite as sigh-worthy to me as it first seemed. Original franchise creator, Brett Ratner, and Arthur Sarkissian will also oversee the project as executive producers.
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- Gem Seddon
Like the films, Rush Hour follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American Lapd officer who has no interest in having a partner. Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, along with Blake McCormick, are the writers on the project.
- James Hibberd
Rush Hour 4 is dead. Long live Rush Hour the television hourlong action series! Brett Ratner, the director who inexplicably keeps getting big budget productions greenlit, has finally found a way to tell a new Rush Hour story without Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker. Enlisting Scrubs and Cougar Town showrunner Bill Lawrence, Ratner will executive produce a small screen version of Rush Hour. While it is unknown if this will be a reboot of the same characters or not, you can rest assured that it »
- Alex Maidy
Exclusive: Matt Bomer has been set to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, the action drama that Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black wrote and is directing with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros. I would say that Bomer plays the heavy, but he’ll be carrying little if any body fat as he comes right from Savannah after he wraps the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. I can still remember when Bomer, a complete unknown, was verging on being The Guy when Brett Ratner tapped him to be Superman in the trilogy of films that got grounded. It has taken some time, but Bomer is getting his movie chance now. As his USA show White Collar ends this fall after its six-season run, Bomer now is focused on big-screen opportunities. That effort was helped by the chops he displayed in a heartbreaking turn as Felix »
- Mike Fleming Jr
It would be easy to call the pulpy revenge thriller The Equalizer a standard action movie. It has all the trappings of a tired Hollywood genre effort: a loner with a mysterious past, a young hooker with a heart of gold that provides the catalyst for his return to action, and an army of sneering Russian gangsters for our hero to dispatch in all variety of gruesome manner. Put these elements in the hands of someone like Brett Ratner or another Hollywood hack and you’ve got the makings of a mundane, lifeless drama. But thanks to star Denzel Washington and his talented director Antoine Fuqua (who directed Washington to his Training Day Oscar), what should be tired and tenuous has a weird, electrifying life all its own. Sure, there are moments when The Equalizer overdoses on bullets and explosions and the cliché-heavy script by Richard Wenk offers one too many convenient contrivance, »
- Tom Stockman
Hollywood, Calif. – “Fast-paced and packed with eye-popping action” (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News), Paramount Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ wildly entertaining epic adventure Hercules debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD November 4, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD October 21. Global superstar Dwayne Johnson delivers an unforgettable performance as the mighty Hercules in this thrilling story of strength, courage and heroism. When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hercules boasts a sensational cast of acclaimed actors including Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Joseph Fiennes (TV’s “American Horror Story”), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), and John Hurt (Immortals).
The Hercules Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD include both the theatrical version of the film, as »
- ComicMix Staff
Brett Ratner's Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson, otherwise known as The Rock, will be hacking and slashing its way to Digital HD on October 21, followed by a November 4 release date for Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD.
Johnson plays the titular character who leads a mission with other warriors into a battle with overwhelmingly impossible odds. The film also stars Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell and John Hurt.
The home video debut of Hercules features an additional three minutes of footage spliced into a new "extended cut" for Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray 3D version is strictly the theatrical cut; however, since the Blu-ray 3D edition is a combo pack, you can watch the extended cut on the Blu-ray from the same package. Paramount and Ratner didn't bother with 3D-encoding the extra minutes of footage.
Audio is being presented in English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), the second Paramount title »
Mariah Carey has reportedly turned to Brett Ratner for support following her split from Nick Cannon. The 44-year-old singer has allegedly been spending a lot of time with the film director, 45, to help take her mind off the breakdown of her six-year marriage. A source told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: ''They speak frequently.'' Mariah and Brett struck up a friendship after he directed her music videos for 'Heartbreaker' and 'We Belong Together' and have remained close ever since. The 'Hero' hitmaker joined Brett at the premiere of 'Hercules', which he directed, in July and it's believed the pair also holidayed together in Aspen in December. Meanwhile, Nick confirmed he'd split from Mariah in August following months of their relationship being on the rocks, but insisted their main priority at the moment is their three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. He said at the time: ''There is trouble in paradise. »
In a strange Marvel team-up, Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla) has signed on to join Tom “Loki” Hiddleston (The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light.
Olsen has been signed to play Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae, in the film, which is being co-produced by Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment company. Long-time producer Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) is set to direct the film from his own script, which is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography which was published in 1994 and written by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen.
Producers have also secured the rights obtained rights from Sony Atv for many of Williams’ songs and catalogue, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I”m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”
Set to go into production next month, I Saw The Light is set for a 2015 release, »
- Scott Davis
With the cameras set to begin shooting next month, the cast for Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light is starting to come together around lynchpin Tom Hiddleston, who will play the country star himself. Elizabeth Olsen is now aboard to play his wife, Audrey Mae.Marc Abraham will direct the script he wrote, which adapts Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen’s biography of the man who scored hits with songs such as ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Lovesick Blues’. Williams, who struggled with spina bifida and died in 1953, is still considered one of the most influential country music artists ever. He rose quickly, burned brightly and passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol.Brett Ratner is acting as executive producer for this one, which will shoot in and around Louisiana. Thanks to Olsen’s casting, »
The story is adapted from the 1994 book Hank Williams: A Biography, by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. Elizabeth Olsen is playing the singer's wife, Audrey Mae Williams. The producers have obtained the rights to Hank Williams' songs, such as hits "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I"m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin'", which will be sung by Tom Hiddleston himself.
Born in 1923, Alabama native Hank Williams' music career took off after World War II with his first hit, "Move It On Over." He struggled with addictions to alcohol and prescription medication, while suffering from spina biffida, before passing away at the age of 29 due to heart failure.
Marc Abraham is directing from his own adapted screenplay, »
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