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Sleepy Hollow hooked scads of viewers with its balls-to-the-wall crazy pilot episode, which established in quick succession that a) American Revolutionary War hero Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) was Rip Van Winkle’d into a 200+ year slumber, then b) awoken to fight the evil Headless Horseman, who c) happens to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Also, his wife’s a witch. Also also, he’s destined to team up with Sleepy Hollow cop Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who herself is still haunted by a demon she spotted when she was just a girl. Oh, and then there’s Zombie John Cho… »
- Hillary Busis
Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.
Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.
In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...
'Darkness' follows a mafia hitman given supernatural powers that access to an otherworldly dimension and control of powerful demons.
"We're partnered with Len Wiseman on The Darkness film. It's over at New Regency, which is on the Fox lot. We've gotten one draft of the script and we're working on that right now. It's going to happen.
Witchblade is in The Darkness film. Originally she was going to be in there as an easter egg for the fans, who would know: hey, that's Sara Pezzini, that's the Witchblade.' The more we went along with the story, and the great thing is, »
- Garth Franklin
"We're partnered with Len Wiseman on The Darkness film. It's over at New Regency, which is on the Fox lot. We've gotten one draft of the script and we're working on that right now. It's going to happen. Witchblade is in The Darkness film. Originally she was going to be in there as an easter egg for the fans, who would know: hey, that's Sara Pezzini, that's the Witchblade.' The more we went along with the story, and the great thing is, the studio supports this.
Len loves this, which is great because Len loves The Darkness, and that's what you want on your team. »
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Not long after A Good Day to Die Hard made more money than most can imagine, word spread that a Mr. Ben Trebilcook was working on a script for a sixth and final Die Hard for one of A Good Day‘s producers. Since Die Hard is basically the greatest movie ever and there didn’t seem to be much official out there with Mr. Trebilcook and his script, I decided to reach out to the man and see what was what (and admittedly try and get some Easter eggs. After all, I am little more than a desperate fan).
Trebilcook’s twitter suggests that the film has been moving forward and, considering the strange history of the scripts to Die Hard movies, Trebilcook’s script to screen story would be rather conventional.
Mr. Trebilcook had some surprising things to say about his script as well »
- Zachary Leeman
It.s officially time for us to accept the fact that the RoboCop reboot is happening. A full trailer is expected to air on Entertainment Tonight, and the program teased a teaser for their exclusive teaser . because that.s how film journalism rolls in the year 2013. Honestly, the teaser doesn.t look terrible. I didn.t even cringe too badly when they changed "good cop/bad cop" to "good cop/RoboCop." At least it.s Michael K. Williams delivering the line. In fact, the cast of director Jose Padilha.s remake has me tentatively hopeful that the movie will be watchable (even though the fresh horrors of Len Wiseman.s Total Recall reboot are fresh in my mind). Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman are on board as the film.s primary baddies. The Killing co-star Joel Kinnaman will step into the metallic armor. And the movie explores »
Tom Mison, who plays Ichabod Crane on Fox‘s freshman series Sleepy Hollow, is one of the key components of the show’s success. He embodies the role with grace, power, and charm, and it doesn’t hurt that he is a geek’s dream. Although he commands the screen with his intensity, he is in no way overbearing, and his scenes with co-star Nicole Beharie are scenes between captivating equals.
Mison very kindly participated in a Q&A conference call with members of the press last week, and SciFi Mafia was lucky enough to get the last questions in:
SciFiMafia.com: Given the unusual premise, what is it that initially attracted you to the role?
Tom Mison: The unusual premise. It was something that had so many elements to it, and the show as a whole throws in so many different styles and different genres, and Ichabod is »
- Erin Willard
Genre: Horror | Action | Drama
Air Date/Time: November 4, 2013, 9/8c
Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Nicole Beharie as Detective Abbie Mills; Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving; Katia Winter as Katrina Crane; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills; John Noble as Henry Parrish
After being resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) finds himself in modern-day Sleepy Hollow, where he quickly realizes that evil has awoken with him. When Sheriff August Corbin (guest star Clancy Brown) is killed by the infamous Headless Horseman, Ichabod forms an unlikely bond with Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a young cop who has her own childhood supernatural experiences. Together, the two embark on a mission to stop evil and uncover mysteries dating back to the founding of our country. Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) hesitates »
- Erin Willard
Yes, of course it’s a ridiculous premise, but Sleepy Hollow is easily my favorite new show of the season, and not just because I started out with pretty low expectations. While it doesn’t have the futuristic science and often nauseatingly horrifying effects of Fringe, it does have a Fringe kind of look and feel and dialog style, maybe because it was created by two of Fringe‘s co-creators (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) and many of its producers and other behind-the-scenes-people.
TV Spot: Sleepy Hollow – The Horseman Returns!
If you haven’t been watching yet, you’ll want to catch up before Monday. While the Five Episodes in Five Minutes featurette below gives you a general idea, you don’t get much of the humor, great dialogue, or chemistry. »
- Erin Willard
If you’re puzzled when you hear Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod Crane call Abigail Mills “Leftenant,” you’re in good company.
Related | Sleepy Hollow Taps Hunger Games Actress — Whom Will She Play?
Wiseman soon learned that the pronunciation of “lieutenant” is correct for Crane’s era. Or, as Mison cheekily notes, “It’s just English… It’s one of those weird things we do.”
Press Play on the clip below to hear Wiseman, Mison and co-star Nicole Beharie discuss the moniker, »
- Kimberly Roots
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Zoe, and Kate Beckinsale hit the red carpet for La retailer Elyse Walker's annual Pink Party in Santa Monica, CA, on Saturday night. Anne, who hosted the event, looked stunning in a short pink J. Mendel dress and flashed her megawatt smile while posing for photos - meanwhile, her fashion stylist Rachel showed off her growing baby bump in a light-colored gown alongside husband Rodger Berman. Another star who made the soiree a family affair was Kate, who arrived with filmmaker hubby Len Wiseman and 14-year-old daughter Lily Sheen. Actresses Mario Bello and Paz Vega and model Poppy Delevingne were also among the stars in attendance. It's been a while since we've seen Anne out and about, and she's kept a pretty low profile since attending the Met Gala back in May. The Oscar-winning actress recently began filming the Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller Interstellar with Jessica Chastain »
- Brittney Stephens
A few years ago it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, the screenwriting team behind the first two "Transformers" movies and the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" movies (they wrote for many years on "Alias"), would be coming to Universal to tackle reboots of both "The Mummy" and "Van Helsing," profitable properties that had originated as remakes by Stephen Sommers.
Since then, there hasn't been much movement.
While Tom Cruise was originally announced to play the monster hunting lead in "Van Helsing" and Len Wiseman was going to, for a time at least, direct "The Mummy," neither seems certain, with Wiseman officially leaving the project earlier this year. Still, while doing press for his upcoming "Ender's Game" movie (with IGN), Orci said that a plan was still very much in place, one that could link the classic Universal Monsters in a shared, Marvel-style universe.
"There's an interesting thing »
- Drew Taylor
(Cbr) "Sleepy Hollow" co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Len Wiseman, executive producer Heather Kadin and supervising producer Phillip Iscove turned out at New York Comic Con along with the supernatural drama’s stars Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Mills), Orlando Jones (Capt. Frank Irving) and Katia Winter (Katrina Crane) to show never-before-seen footage and answer questions from fans about the hit new series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Inspired by the Washington Irving classic, "Sleepy Hollow" pits legendary foes Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman against each other in a modern setting. Having been resurrected 200 »
- Kristy Puchko, Comic Book Resources
Out doing promotion for Fox's new supernatural series "Sleepy Hollow" over the weekend, the show's executive producers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman spoke about some of the monsters that we'll see in upcoming episodes.
Wiseman says they have a version of The Scarecrow coming up, while Kurtzman hints at a new take on the various Gollum mythologies of the world.
Episodes down the line will also explore the backstory of the headless horseman and how he came to be what he is. There's also the blurred demonic figure which will be gradually revealed over the course of the first season.
Kurtzman says that Fox wouldn't move forward with the series until the producers had an overall plan for the show and where it was headed. He tells Screen Rant:
"It’s interesting because Fox was very vigilant about making sure we had a big plan and it was really to »
- Garth Franklin
[Note: This Article is Spoiler-free]
Sleepy Hollow has been one of fall’s dark horse success stories of the 2013 fall TV season, taking the legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman and expanding it into a much larger exploration of mythology, American history, cloaked in the skin of an odd-pair police procedural.
Series creators Alex Kurtzman (Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Len Wiseman (Underworld) joined show stars Tom Mison (Ichabod), Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Mills), Orlando Jones (Captain Frank Irving) and Katia Winter (Katrina Crane) for interviews at the 2013 New York Comic-Con. Read on to find out Spoiler-free teases about what monsters, character arcs and plot ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Fox has a big winner on its hands. After its huge debut made it the network's most successful fall drama premiere since 24 in 2001, Sleepy Hollow scored a second season.
While going head-to-head (no pun intended) with a Redcoat during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) lops off his enemy's head, but suffers a vicious wound himself. When he comes to, he's no longer in 1783; he's in present day Sleepy Hollow, and so is his now headless adversary. Meanwhile, a young cop named Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is preparing to leave town and begin FBI training in Quantico. However, after a close call with the Headless Horseman's axe, Abbie opts to sideline her plans, team up with Ichabod, and do whatever it takes to put an end to this cycle of evil.
Prior to a meet-and-greet with its newly amassed fan base during a panel at New York Comic Con, »
Exclusive: Solidifying this buying season as one of the strongest ever for spec scripts, another script from an up-and-coming writer with big auspices attached has sparked a bidding war, landing a big commitment. Allegiance, written on spec by Sue Chung, with Chris Morgan executive producing, Len Wiseman directing and executive producing and Jennifer Johnson showrunning and executive producing, has gotten a put pilot commitment at ABC. It hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Morgan, Wiseman and Johnson are under overall deals. Allegiance centers on a young female FBI agent who, after a series of devastating, high-tech attacks on the government, pursues the smartest and deadliest domestic terrorist in American history: her own mother. Allegiance marks the first project for Morgan’s Chris Morgan Prods. and Wiseman’s Sketch Films under the companies’ deals at 20th TV. Chris Morgan Prods.’ Emile Gladstone is also executive producing, with Chung co-executive producing »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: On the heels of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow receiving a second-season pickup, the series’ co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman has signed a two-year overall deal with the studio behind the hot freshman, 20th Century Fox TV. Under the pact, Wiseman will continue as an executive producer on Sleepy Hollow while developing new projects through his production company Sketch Films, run by head of development David Bernardi. Wiseman has played a key role in the pickup and success of Sleepy Hollow. While the script — written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove and Wiseman — made the cut to pilot, it was Wiseman’s direction that propelled the pilot to the list of frontrunners, with Fox chairman Kevin Reilly calling the finished product the biggest surprise of the network’s pilot season. The series’ visual style also has been lauded by critics and fans as one of its top draws. “Len »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Mark Ambrose has been promoted to VP Drama Development and Shari Rosenblum to VP Publicity, effective immediately, 20th Century Fox Television announced today. Ambrose reports to Svp Drama Development Michael Thorn and Rosenblum reports to Svp Corporate Communications and Publicity Chris Alexander. In his most recent role as Director Drama Development, Ambrose shepherded the development of this season’s new series Crisis for NBC and Gang Related for Fbc. He oversees a roster of producers, writers and directors for the studio, including Chernin Entertainment and Chris Morgan Productions. He also is working on a broad slate of development this season, including projects from Alex Cary, Tommy Moran, Josh Safran, Todd Harthan, Jennifer Johnson, and Len Wiseman. Rosenblum has spearheaded studio publicity on behalf of dozens of drama, comedy and animated series, including Emmy award-winning shows Homeland and Modern Family, both iterations of Arrested Development and she helped launch New Girl, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Hollywood never seems to tire of taking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tale, cramming it into different clothing and pushing it, blinking, out into the projector’s unforgiving glare. With several versions of the story making their way to the screen, each has to find its own way to stand out. I, Frankenstein’s? Channel the story through an Underworld filter. Check out the first trailer. Conjuring up Len Wiseman’s vamp franchise is not really that shocking, since this comes from Underworld co-writer Kevin Grevioux’s comic book.Stuart Beattie adapts and directs the tale of Adam (Aaron Eckhart), Frankenstein’s creation, who has achieved immortality and is now the focus for a war between powerful supernatural creatures. The evil side (led by Bill Nighy) wants to harness his abilities to create an army to destroy the human race. Whereas Miranda Otto’s forces are trying to save us – but at what cost to Adam? »
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