8 items from 2016
Zorro, the iconic character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, has always been an American property about a Mexican character named Don Diego de la Vega- who dons a mask and fights crime. Over the years, we've seen him played by Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Notice a trend? The Hopkins film (The Mask Of Zorro), where he played a retired version of the character who passes the torch to Antonio Banderas's Alejandro Murrieta, attempted to hand the role to an actor more befitting the role. But even that flick was written and directed by guys who were decidedly non-latino (Martin Campbell, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and John Eskow).
Well, that won't be the case with the reboot, Z.
Deadline is reporting that Mexican filmmaker Jonas Cuarón, who announced the film in Berlin earlier this year, has cast Gael García Bernal as the titular hero. Cuarón, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Screenwriter Terry Rossio, best known for “Shrek” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, has teamed with Dr. Jocelyn Stamat to acquire the film rights to a book by “Vaxxed” director Andrew Wakefield.
Rossio and Stamat will adapt Wakefield’s 2010 book “Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — The Truth Behind a Tragedy” and produce the project through their Chamaeleon Productions banner. As part of the deal, Chamaeleon also secured Wakefield’s life rights.
The book details the key events surrounding the 1998 paper in the British medical journal the Lancet, co-authored by Wakefield, that asserted that the measles, mumps and rubella (Mmr) vaccine was linked to autism. Wakefield was accused of professional misconduct and falsifying information in that study, and the Lancet retracted the piece in 2010 and the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council revoked Wakefield’s medical license.
“Dr. Wakefield is clearly a polarizing figure, reviled by the general public yet also revered by many, »
- Dave McNary
Terry Rossio and Dr. Jocelyn Stamat have acquired rights to Callous Disregard: Autism And Vaccines – The Truth Behind A Tragedy written by Dr. Andrew Wakefield for a feature adaptation. They, through their Chamaelon Prods. banner, also acquired Wakefield’s life rights. The book, published in 2010 and with a foreword written by Jenny McCarthy, details the key events surrounding the 1998 paper in the British medical journal The Lancet, co-authored by Wakefield, that… »
Terry Rossio, the Oscar-nominated writer of “Shrek” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, has teamed with Dr. Jocelyn Stamat to acquire the film rights to “Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines — the Truth Behind a Tragedy,” by Dr. Andrew Wakefield. Rossio and Dr. Stamat will adapt the book, which was published in 2010, and produce the project through their Chamaeleon Productions banner. As part of the deal, Chamaeleon also secured Dr. Wakefield’s life rights. “Callous Disregard” details the key events surrounding the 1998 paper in the British medical journal The Lancet, co-authored by Dr. Wakefield, that investigated a potential link »
- Jeff Sneider
Back in 1990, a novel called Good Omens from a fantasy legend in Terry Pratchett and a then up-and-coming comic book visionary in Neil Gaiman provided a unique take on Biblical global destruction with an influential style of quirky levity that’s taken for granted today. Now, over a year after co-author Pratchett passed away, it appears that Gaiman will carry on the enduring legacy of their collaboration, adapting the novel for television.
According to The Guardian, Gaiman announced Thursday at a memorial event for Pratchett that he will adapt Good Omens for the small screen as a six-part television miniseries. The project will bring to life the novel’s unholy-ish dynamic duo in the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale, whose shared a penchant for life on Earth »
Sony Pictures has been developing a reboot of Masters of the Universe since 2009, when they acquired the project from Warner Bros., but over the past seven years, the project has never fully gotten off the ground. Today we have a new report from Deadline that reveals that project has been given a new lease on life, with filmmaker McG now in talks to direct. The studio hasn't set a release date at this time, and it isn't known when they are aiming to start production quite yet.
The franchise is set on the planet Eternia, following a young man named Adam who has the power to turn himself into a mighty warrior named He-Man. Adam becomes the planet's last hope to defeat the evil Skeletor, who has devastated the entire planet on his quest to conquer castle Greyskull. We last reported on this project in October when Christopher Yost signed on to write the script, »
The director made his feature debut in 2000 at Sony with “Charlie’s Angels” and followed that with 2003’s “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
The animated “He Man and the Masters of the Universe” series ran from 1983 to 1985. Cannon Films produced 1987’s “Masters of the Universe,” starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as the villain Skeletor. The movie did not perform well, grossing a mere $17 million.
Set on the planet of Eternia, the story follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man.
Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing “Masters of the Universe.” Alex Litvak and Mike Finch wrote the most recent script. Previous drafts have been penned by Christopher Yost and the team of Terry Rossio and Jeff Wadlow. »
- Dave McNary
The long-gestating Masters of the Universe reboot has gone through several writers and directors over the last few years, and it now looks like they’ve found their latest helmer.
Deadline are reporting that Sony are looking to target McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) to take on the project. If McG joins, he will re-write the latest version of the script written by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (Predators, Hitman: Agent 47).
Masters of the Universe was original set to be directed by Jon M Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Jem and the Holograms) who exited the project in 2014. Previous writers have included Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Christopher Yost (Thor: Ragnarok).
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Set on the mystical planet of Eternia, the story follows Prince Adam, a warrior who is given the power to transform into hero He-Man, »
- Luke Owen
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