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Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
We haven't heard much about Lionsgate's Power Rangers reboot since a June report revealed the names of the five main characters, Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack. Fans of the original Power Rangers TV series will recognize that these are the names of the original main characters. Today we have a new report from Collider that offers new details about each character, who have much more in-depth backstories than were given in the original show. According to this report, all of these characters are 17 years old, with the original report from June listing them as 16.
Jason was a former high school sports legend, "a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way," before he got in a car accident and blew out his knee. The report states that Jason is "a kid in need of redemption" when the movie begins, and that he "lost himself" after the accident. »
Thanks to Collider, we’ve got some character descriptions for Lionsgate’s upcoming big screen reboot of Power Rangers, and they’ll be very familiar to long time fans of the Mighty Morphin’ franchise!
Jason – 17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are. »
- Gary Collinson
While it may not be as popular as it once was, Power Rangers is a franchise which is still going strong, and it might just return to its glory days thanks to an upcoming big screen reboot which is going to reintroduce these characters to a whole new generation of potential fans. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is directing from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (The Last Witch Hunter) which was later rewritten by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor). Interesting mix, eh? Now, Collider has the scoop on the names of each of the movie's main characters as well as detailed descriptions for each. The names should be familiar to longtime Power Rangers fans, and it's clear that this version of the team will be more fleshed out than previous iterations as they all have quite detailed back stories. Check them out below and let us know »
Following a dormant period off the cultural radar, the Power Rangers are, ahem, powering up for another go on the big screen. Lionsgate has Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite at the helm of the tween superhero flick, working from a script by X-Men scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. A combination of their respective talents point towards a unique slant on the exhausted Power Rangers IP. And while little has been revealed from the studio about what we can expect when those hypercolor heroes burst back into the public sphere, a stream of new intel has just landed.
Over on Collider, a set of character names and biographies have surfaced. Clueing us in on the teen quintet’s backgrounds, it’s a goldmine of information that’s sure to be of interest to those die-hard fans of the Mighty Morphin gang.
Check out the full rundown below:
Jason – 17 years old, »
- Gem Seddon
10 months before Terminator Genisys opened in theaters over the 4th of July holiday, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced plans for two Terminator sequels, set for release in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Back in 2013, Skydance, which paid over $20 million for the franchise rights back in 2011, announced plans for a TV series, hiring Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to write the script. Now that Terminator Genisys has finally hit theaters, and the movie is underperforming, plans for these sequels and the spinoff TV show are in limbo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Terminator Genisys has only taken in $82.1 million domestically since its July 1 release, but it has fared much better overseas, taking in $196.8 million for a worldwide tally of $278.9 million, from a $155 million budget. While the results certainly don't classify Terminator Genisys as a box office bomb, the studio was surely hoping for higher figures. The movie still hasn't opened in China yet, »
The world has been waiting with bated breath for more information on the upcoming Power Rangers movie before they decide whether it will actually be worthwhile. Well, we don't have to wait any longer, because the coveted further details have emerged and we now have an idea about what the Power Rangers movie will consist of. Heroic Hollywood was the first to reveal the first plot details for the upcoming blockbuster, and it looks as though they were able to get their hands on quite a bit of Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz’s screenplay. Here’s how it basically breaks down: Jason, Billy, Zack, Kimberley, and Trini are all 16-years-old who will become the new Power Rangers. After travelling to a decommissioned base to check out a dinosaur fossil of a T-Rex they’d found on Google Earth, they come across five power »
With Terminator Genisys hitting theaters in just a few short days, many fans are wondering what's next for the Terminator franchise, if this proves to be a big hit. Skydance Pictures has already set up two more sequels, Untitled Terminator 2, set for May 19, 2017 and Untitled Terminator 3, which will be released on June 29, 2018. Skydance is also developing a Terminator TV series, but we haven't heard anything about it since the project was first announced back in December 2013, when Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller signed on to write the pilot script. While promoting Terminator Genisys, Skydance's David Ellison claims that the TV show is still happening, although he wouldn't offer any specifics about the story.
"It's something that we're developing as we speak. To speak kind of larger to that, one of the things we would love to do at Skydance-it's a very lofty goal-is to build worlds across multiple mediums. »
At the end of 2013, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were hired to write a new "Terminator" TV series that had an ambitious concept. It would "follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in some surprising and dramatic ways." Well, "Terminator Genisys" is due in cinemas next week, with planned release dates pegged for the sequels (though one wonders how confident Paramount is feeling given the rather muted excitement for the reboot), but nothing has been heard about that TV show. Well, it's still happening, and the plans are still big. "It’s something that we’re developing as we...
- Kevin Jagernauth
At the end of 2013, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were hired to write a new "Terminator" TV series that had an ambitious concept. It would "follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in some surprising and dramatic ways." Well, "Terminator Genisys" is due in cinemas next week, with planned release dates pegged for the sequels (though one wonders how confident Paramount is feeling given the rather muted excitement for the reboot), but nothing has been heard about that TV show. Well, it's still happening, and the plans are still big. "It’s something that we’re developing as we »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well see if Carpenter receives the paycheck he seeks to hang out around the set of the new film which is being written by Thor and XMen First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Until then well watch from afar and hope this isnt another classic film completely butchered in the remake process. We cant handle another The Fog (2005) thats for damn sure »
Despite its release date being moving from summer 2016 to early 2017, progress on the Power Rangers movie is still moving forward. X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were hired to write the script last year, and Project Almanac director Dean Isrealite was brought aboard to helm the project two months ago. What.s still a mystery is who will be playing the titular heroes, and while we may have to wait longer to learn their identities, it doesn.t sound like any of the leading actors will be recognizable faces. Although casting hasn.t begun yet on the film, Heroic Hollywood is reporting that Lionsgate is looking to cast unknowns as the Rangers themselves, since they.ll be in their late teens. Although this hasn.t been confirmed yet, it wouldn.t be surprising given that the various TV shows have typically hired new talent to don the »
Steve just tracked down two brand new logos at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, one for the upcoming Power Rangers movie and one for director Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt. Lionsgate recently recruited Project Almanac director Dean Israelite to helm Power Rangers. Israelite called Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz's script "mature but still playful" and also noted that the project is currently in a "soft pre-production." The film is due in theaters on January 13, 2017. Gods of Egypt is an Egyptian mythology-inspired action-adventure starring Gerard Butler as Set, the god of darkness who usurps Egypt's throne causing the empire to devolve into chaos. Brenton Thwaites will step in as Bek, a mortal who teams up with the god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to take down Set and restore peace and prosperity to the region. Gods of Egypt is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2016. Here's the official synopsis for Gods of Egypt: Magic, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Amongst last week's collection of remake stories, comfortably the least popular was the news that Big Trouble In Little China is getting a fresh take on it. As we reported, Dwayne Johnson is set to take on Kurt Russell's role in the original, and is also on board as one of the producers. And The Rock himself has been chatting to Entertainment Weekly about the project.
"I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized - I'm the same way", he said. "My response is that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter".
In what capacity Johnson wants Carpenter aboard isn't clear. He didn't write the original, »
With his earthquake pic San Andreas making sizable waves at the box office and his HBO series Ballers just weeks away, Dwayne Johnson is riding higher than ever in Hollywood. Six days back, the actor signed on for a very unexpected project in a remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, and now he has spoken at greater length about the redo, voicing his desire to get the original director involved while also addressing the divisive reaction from fans.
“I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized – I’m the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, »
- Isaac Feldberg
A remake of John Carpenter's beloved 1986 cult classic, Big Trouble in Little China, is in the works with Dwayne Johnson's sights set on playing Jack Burton. Johnson recently discussed the remake, including his desire to get Carpenter and Kurt Russell involved.
Talking with EW, Johnson empathized with both the positive and negative reactions from fans of the original film. Himself a big fan of the Kurt Russell-starring action adventure movie, Johnson wants Carpenter on board to some capacity for the remake:
“It felt like if we surrounded ourselves with the right group of people, the right writers who loved the movie too and wanted to honor it, bring on John Carpenter in some capacity … If we did that, then we have a shot at hopefully making something good.”
In addition to wanting Carpenter involved with the remake, Johnson also mentioned his desire to get Kurt Russell's »
- Derek Anderson
The announcement last week of a remake of John Carpenter's iconic 1986 cult classic "Big Trouble in Little China" with Dwayne Johnson taking over the Jack Burton role was met with surprise by many. One such person who was surprised was Carpenter himself who admitted he read about it when everyone else did and is not involved in any way.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly today, Johnson says he wants to bring Carpenter onboard the film:
"I loved reading the reactions from the fans, that they were so polarized - I'm the same way. My response is: know that I come to the project with nothing but love and respect for the original, which is why we want to bring on John Carpenter."
One difference between 'Big Trouble' and other Carpenter films is that the director did not write the film's screenplay, which is why Fox did not need to consult Carpenter about it. »
- Garth Franklin
Last month it was announced that Power Rangers fans will have a further eight months to wait before the Mighty Morphin’ heroes return to the big screen for Lionsgate and Saban Brands’ upcoming reboot, with the film being pushed back to January 2017. Now IGN has caught up with director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), who offered up some praise for the script by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor).
“I read the script and was really surprised by it and thought there was a really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful, buoyant and fun take on the material, and was updated in a really interesting way. It had this wonderful character that’s essential to going on a fantastic adventure. I was instantly drawn to it. I remember it as a kid. »
- Gary Collinson
The new and improved Power Ranger movie has been gaining steam over the past few months. Though the release date was pushed back to 2017, all in all, it.s all been moving fairly quickly with the recent announcement of director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) aboard the project. And now Israelite is revealing exciting details about what to expect from the upcoming sure-to-be blockbuster, specifically a more mature yet still playful storyline. The release date may have moved from Summer 2016 to January 2017, but that gives Israelite and team plenty of time to get an interesting story moving. And with screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller of X-Men: First Class and Thor aboard, we.re expecting great things. While Israelite couldn.t divulge too much information about the inner workings of the film, he did give us a snippet to start getting excited about. In an interview with IGN Israelite admitted: Sure. »
Considering how many of John Carpenter's films have been remade in the past ten years or so, this week's announcement of a new version of "Big Trouble in Little China" starring Dwayne Johnson wasn't quite as much a shock as it might have been.
One person who was surprised to hear the news though appears to be Carpenter himself. The filmmaker was recently asked on his Facebook page (via Bleeding Cool) about the remake.
Carpenter says 20th Century Fox own the rights and "I only know what I read in the papers. I am not involved with it." Asked if he's doing alright in the wake of the news, he simply said "I'm doing fine. I didn't write the original one - no harm, no foul."
- Garth Franklin
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