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News Glen Chapman 15 Nov 2013 - 07:35
The Rock has another film on his slate, as he signs up for Not Without Hope...
Maybe we should just take the plunge one of these days and start a regular feature entitled Rock Watch, dedicated to the growing slate of projects for Hollywood's hardest working action hero. It seems that barely a week passes without the great man attaching himself to another project.
The latest film he's attached to is an adaptation of Nick Schuyler's best selling novel Not Without Hope for Relativity. The book is based on a fishing trip the author took with some friends (two of whom are NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith) in the Gulf of Mexico. Things took a turn for the worse when the boat capsized, leaving them stranded at sea and fighting for survival.
It certainly sounds interesting and should give Johnson ample opportunity »
Veteran actor and writer Paul Mantee is dead at 82. Mantee is best known for playing Det. Al Corassa from 1983-1988, the CBS police procedural starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. His numerous other TV credits include guest turns on “Murder She Wrote,” “Seinfeld,”"Kojak,” “Mission Impossible,” “The A Team” and “The Fall Guy.” His movie credits include science-fiction classic,1964′s “Robinson Crusoe on Mars.” He has also appeared in the films “Memorial Day,” “Apollo 13,” “The Great Santini” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Also read: Mary Carver, the Mom on TV’s ‘Simon and Simon,’ Dead at 89 After retiring from acting, »
- Jethro Nededog
The tough guy starred in the sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and played Det. Al Corassa on TV's "Cagney & Lacey."
A longtime resident of Malibu who wrote columns for the local newspaper, Mantee played the health inspector on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Pie;" had a recurring role as Commander Clayton on Hunter, the police drama that starred Fred Dryer; and appeared as Cornell, a henchman for Catwoman who disguises himself as Batman to frame the Caped Crusader for a robbery in a 1967 storyline that saw the villainess go back to college.
Mantee died Nov. 7, The Malibu Times reported.
- Mike Barnes
Singalong TV themes are becoming more rare, but you still can't beat a catchy tune and lyrics. From recap songs to star vehicles, here are the five archetypes
The Neighbours theme tune has been rerecorded twice in 2013, with the latest version coming to Channel 5 in November. The bouncy backing track may have been freshened up but, crucially, the lyrics remain sacrosanct. Even you if haven't kept up with Erinsborough gossip since – Spoiler – Jim had a heart attack in 1993, you will still instinctively accept the view that "everybody needs good neighbours", and agree that, if they were there for one another, it was likely that they would become good friends.
That's the uncanny power of a good TV theme song, one with actual lyrics. From the 50s onwards, they were the proto-earworms, getting free heavy rotation in living rooms across the land. Singalong TV themes might have fallen out of favour »
- Graeme Virtue
Lee Millham risks his life for a living. Getting shot and crashing cars in concrete barriers is all part of the terrain
By rights, Lee Millham should not be alive: he's tumbled from windows, crashed cars, steered a runaway tank and been frequently shot. And while, a complexity of cables, harnesses and scientific vests give him a sporting chance of survival, each new adventure risks nemesis. Almost 20 years into his career as a film and TV stuntman, Millham, 34, still admits to butterflies before every new manoeuvre: "Not because I'm scared, but because often there's only one take and I'm worried I won't get it right."
Stuntpeople are the hidden heroes of cinema. When James Bond hurtles from a plane hatch or Harry Potter flees death eaters on a magical motorbike, it's the stars who reap the glory. The people behind the films' highlights are mere names some way down the closing credits. »
- Anna Tims
McG is in talks to direct Dwayne Johnson in an upcoming new film project called The Fall Guy, which is an adaptation of a 1980s TV series. Apparently people in Hollywood have been trying to get an adaptation of this made for years. At one point Casino Royal's Martin Campbell was going to direct Nicolas Cage. I'm not sure if the new team is much better.
I've never seen the series, but it aired on ABC from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors as "a Hollywood stunt man who supplemented his income by doing bounty hunter work. He was joined on his escapades, which usually involved him transferring a stunt from a movie to the job at hand, by his sidekick cousin (Douglas Barr) and a fetching female stunt actress played by Heather Thomas."
I'm not a big fan of McG's work, but this seems like something that would fit with »
- Joey Paur
The Rock has unearthed one '80s TV show that hasn't been turned into a movie yet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Johnson is in talks to team up with director McG for a big-screen version of "The Fall Guy." The ABC series, which ran from 1981 to 1986, starred Lee Majors as a stuntman named Colt Seavers who does bounty hunter work on the side, with a little help from his sidekick cousin and a stuntwoman/romantic interest.
The project has been simmering for years, with Nicolas Cage attached at one point. But the new team has a lot going for them: McG has successfully translated a TV show to film before, with 2000's "Charlie's Angels," and The Rock played a bounty hunter in "The Rundown."
- Kelly Woo
The Cowboys: Tommy Lee Jones is remaking John Wayne. To be precise, Jones will write and direct a new version of The Cowboys, Mark Rydell's 1972 Western, in which Wayne starred as a curmudgeonly rancher who must whip a motley group of schoolboys into shape for a cattle drive; the source material is a novel by William Dale Jennings. It's not known if Jones intends to star in the film as well; he's finishing up The Homesman, another Western that he cowrote and directed, and also stars in, alongside Hilary Swank. [Variety] The Fall Guy: The pieces are finally coming together for a big-screen version of beloved '80s TV show The Fall Guy. The original series starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter; the new version will star Dwayne...
- Peter Martin
I don’t even remember “The Fall Guy” TV show, but I do remember it was pretty popular. It would have to be, since it ran for five seasons. Then again, shows back then tended to have a bigger shelf life, and there isn’t the cut-throat “get ratings now!” demands of today’s network TV. In any case, the show is getting a Hollywood makeover, with Dwayne Johnson and producer/director McG (“Terminator Salvation”) teaming up for a “Fall Guy” movie. Johnson, of course, is in talks to star, with McG directing and producing. The early ’80s TV show starred the Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors as Colt Seavers, a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter. It co-starred Heather Thomas as his sexy sidekick, a fellow Hollywood stuntwoman who joined him in his adventures, which usually involved some kind of Hollywood stunt. That’s, you know, »
McG, director of the unnecessary Terminator Salvation and the relatively unfunny and unromantic rom-com This Means War, is set to return to film after a spout of TV work. This time he’s teaming up with Dwayne Johnson, who’s had a great year with actioners like Pain & Gain and Fast & Furios 6 . Johnson’s experienced action hue and topical popularity may be just what the director needs to return to form and move on from his poorly received recent ventures.
The directors new project, The Fall Guy, is an adaption of the 1980s television show of the same name that starred Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man). It tells the story of stuntman Colt Seavers (Johnson) who moonlights as a bounty hunter to pay the bills, as stunt men often do in this economy. Johnson seems perfectly suited for the role which will no doubt include the comedic element »
- James Byiers
The early 1980s series starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who supplemented his income doing bounty hunter work.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Peer with us into the magic mirror of time, back to October of 2011, when Martin Campbell was attached to direct a film version of 1980s TV series The Fall Guy. Though producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald tried to get that iteration of the project up and running at DreamWorks, it hit a brick wall and burst into flames. Now, the duo has teamed up with Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Films for a potential film that will see Dwayne Johnson taking over Lee Majors’ role and McG hoisting the megaphone.The Fall Guy, which some of you whippersnappers may be too young to recall (get off our Lawn!) ran between 1981 and 1986 and saw Majors play a Hollywood stunt man who earned extra money working as a bounty hunter. And – who’d-a-thunk it – he was usually able to adapt a big stunt technique to the job of the week.Though »
It would appear that the attempt to get a movie version of the 80s television show The Fall Guy may have just the star power it needs to get up off the ground. Word today is that Dwayne Johnson is in negotiations to take the lead and McG (Charlie's Angels and Terminator Salvation) is in talks to direct. If you are not old enough to remember the show (sadly on Friday I will be reminded how old enough I am to remember) it starred the Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors. He played a Hollywood stunt man who would collect bounties on the side because falling out of a burning building simply did not pay the bills in those days. It aired for five seasons from 1981 to...
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A big-screen version of the hit 1980 TV show “The Fall Guy” is coming together with Dwayne Johnson to star and McG directing. Both are are negotiating to come aboard the project, which will be financed by Ashok Amritrage’s Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE Entertainment, a source close to the project told TheWrap on Thursday. Amritrage would produce along with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who own the rights to the show, and WWE’s Michael Luisi. McG may also produce. The Fall Guy starred. »
- Todd Cunningham
The original series The Fall Guy ran for five seasons from 1981 to 1986, starring Lee Majors as Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers, who uses his skills to moonlight as a bounty hunter when he is not on set. He was joined by his cousin (Douglas Barr) and an attractive stuntwoman (Heather Thomas) on his missions, which normally involved transferring a movie stunt to his work as a bounty hunter. The project had been in the works for several years, first at Warner Bros. and then at DreamWorks, where Nicolas Cage was set to star with Martin Campbell attached to direct back in 2011.
It took three years for McG to follow-up Terminator Salvation with the medicore action comedy This Means War, and we were hoping that he was going to stick to television after being involved with developing series "Westside" and "Guilty." However, it sounds like the director is coming back to film. While that normally wouldn't be all that thrilling, he'll have the help of action star Dwayne Johnson in the lead, hot on the heels of a spectacular 2013 which includes Snitch, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6. So what is this project bringing Johnson and the director of Charlie's Angels together? Read on! THR reports Johnson will lead a big screen adaptation of the 1980s TV series The Fall Guy, a project that has been in the works for awhile. The ABC series followed Lee Majors as a film stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter when work is slow, »
- Ethan Anderton
Having presumably already cast its most important character, a ridiculously large pickup truck, the long-in-development movie update of The Fall Guy has moved on to an actor who can match it in both size and charisma: Dwayne “The Rock Is In The Way Of Me Signing The Contract For This Franchise Film, Please Move It” Johnson, who The Hollywood Reporter says is now circling the lead. In the works since that day in 2010 when it seemed The A-Team movie might do something, The Fall Guy, like its ‘80s TV predecessor, concerns a stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter »
As though it weren't enough that Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer are getting set to make their big screen debut, now yet another old television series is getting the feature film adaptation. There have been reports out of Toronto saying that a new version of the Lee Major's 80s television series The Fall Guy is now getting ready for theaters, and according to The Hollywood Reporter the project may have already found both a director and a star. Both filmmaker McG and Dwayne Johnson are now in talks for the film, which is being put together by Hyde Park Entertainment and WWE. In the original series Majors starred as Colt Seaver, a stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter during his down time. Teaming up with his cousin Howie and his protege Jody, they took down the bad guys »
The Toronto International Film Festival is seen as a bastion for artistically adventurous films that tackle tough social, thematic and cultural issues, which is the perfect forum to announce a movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, directed by McG, produced by WWE Studios and based on a decades-old television series. That's right—the director of "This Means War" and one of the muscle bound stars of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise are teaming to bring the Lee Majors series "The Fall Guy" to the big screen. The report from the Hollywood Reporter has Johnson, set to begin production on the seventh 'Fast and Furious' installment any day now, starring as the Lee Majors character, who was a Hollywood stunt man and bounty hunter whose two jobs always intersected in some exciting, hilarious way. The series ran from 1981 to 1986 and developed a healthy cult following.The movie has been attempted for years now, »
- Drew Taylor
The adaptation of 1980s TV series The Fall Guy has been in development for a while, but what better actor to land to give the project a shot in the arm than Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 6). Starring Lee Majors, The Fall Guy centered on a stuntman who moonlighted as a bounty hunter when work was slow. Just as Johnson is reported as being in negotiations to step into Majors' shoes, McG (We Are Marshall) is also in talks to direct. If deals were to close, casting would likely look to the roles of a sidekick cousin and a fetching female stunt actress, played by Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas in the original series, respectively. That is, if the big-screen version were to follow in the footsteps of the ABC series; no plot details are available just yet. Hit the jump for more, including a look at the show's intro »
- Dave Trumbore
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