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12 items from 2008


Romancing Remake

5 December 2008 4:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fox is fixing to bring "Romancing the Stone" to the big screen again, swinging into development a remake of the 1984 adventure movie. They've taped Daniel McDermott to pen it.

The original movie helped launch Robert Zemeckis as a director, turned Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito -- then best known for their TV work -- into film stars and established Kathleen Turner as a romantic lead.

Written by Diane Thomas, "Romancing" told the story of a repressed romance novelist who travels to Colombia to find her missing sister only to meet up with an American soldier of fortune. The two embark on a cross-country adventure involving a map, a jewel and a private police force. Thomas wrote the script while working as a waitress in Malibu. It turned out to be her only produced screenplay; she died in a car crash the year after the film's release.

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Romancing remake

4 December 2008 1:21 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Buckle up, kids, another remake is coming your way. For whatever reason, Fox has decided to remake the 1984 Robert Zemeckis directed Romancing The Stone in which Michael Douglas starred as a soldier of fortune who helps romance novelist Kathleen Turner find her lost sister in Columbia. The movie made a star out of both leads as well as Danny DeVito and it's pretty damn fun in its own right so who knows why the hell Fox thinks it's ripe for remaking. They're looking to Eagle Eye scribe Daniel »

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Hit Douglas Film Set For Remake

4 December 2008 8:05 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The classic 1984 movie Romancing The Stone, which helped launch the Hollywood career of Michael Douglas, is set to be remade.

The action-adventure movie was a box office smash - turning Douglas, Danny DeVito and Kathleen Turner into mega film stars and giving director Robert Zemeckis his first big hit.

And now, according to Hollywood Reporter, Fox chiefs have decided the time is right to produce an updated version, signing up Eagle Eye co-writer Daniel McDermott to pen the script.

The original film told the story of a romance novelist who travels to Colombia to find her missing sister but ends up meeting an American soldier of fortune, and the two embark on a cross-country adventure. »

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Romancing The Stone To Be Remade

4 December 2008 12:37 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Romancing The Stone – the adventure-comedy that really launched the directorial career of Robert Zemeckis, turned Michael Douglas into a proper movie star, and gave us the Douglas-Kathleen Turner-Danny DeVito triple act that would go on to make The War Of The Roses – turns 25 next year. Many happy returns, well done, now sling your hook, you’re being remade. Yes, after years of unofficial remakes, mostly starring Matthew McConaughey (hello, Sahara. Hey there, Fool’s Gold), Romancing The Stone is being remade, with Fox today announcing that screenwriter Daniel McDermott has been tapped to write the script. McDermott co-wrote the script for Eagle Eye, so that’s the action side of the remake sorted. But how is he with comedy and romance? We’ll find out in due course. The original movie, of course, was originally seen as something of an Indiana Jones knock-off, with Douglas as a »

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Romancing The Stone getting a remake

3 December 2008 11:17 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

20th Century Fox has decided that what we all really need is a remake of 1984’s adventure comedy Romancing The Stone. It’s been a TV staple for years, but now the film – which helped launch the film careers of Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito and remodelled Kathleen Turner as a romantic lead – will be remade. If you’ve never seen it, allow us to plot-dump: Romancing followed a repressed romance novelist looking for her missing sister in Colombia, only to get caught up with an American soldier of... .

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Fox plans "Romancing the Stone" remake.

3 December 2008 10:26 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another classic film gets a remake...and questionably so. Remaking an adventure classic such as this is tricky business due to a great risk of disappointing fans of the original. Who would they cast? Who could once again capture the magical presence that the cast of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito brought to the screen? Fox is planning to remake the 1984 film helmed by Robert Zemeckis and has tapped Daniel McDermott to write. "Romancing the Stone," written by by Diane Thomas, followed teary-eyed romance novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) who receives a map in the mail form her recently offed brother-in-law. She learns that her sister has been abducted by Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) and Wilder must travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her life. »

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Fox plans "Romancing the Stone" remake.

3 December 2008 10:26 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another classic film gets a remake...and questionably so. Remaking an adventure classic such as this is tricky business due to a great risk of disappointing fans of the original. Who would they cast? Who could once again capture the magical presence that the cast of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito brought to the screen? Fox is planning to remake the 1984 film helmed by Robert Zemeckis and has tapped Daniel McDermott to write. "Romancing the Stone," written by by Diane Thomas, followed teary-eyed romance novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) who receives a map in the mail form her recently offed brother-in-law. She learns that her sister has been abducted by Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) and Wilder must travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her life. »

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Fox plans "Romancing the Stone" remake.

3 December 2008 10:26 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another classic film gets a remake...and questionably so. Remaking an adventure classic such as this is tricky business due to a great risk of disappointing fans of the original. Who would they cast? Who could once again capture the magical presence that the cast of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito brought to the screen? Fox is planning to remake the 1984 film helmed by Robert Zemeckis and has tapped Daniel McDermott to write. "Romancing the Stone," written by by Diane Thomas, followed teary-eyed romance novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) who receives a map in the mail form her recently offed brother-in-law. She learns that her sister has been abducted by Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) and Wilder must travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her life. There she meets a soldier of fortune called Jack T. Colton (Douglas) and is swept into an adventure she would have never dreamed »

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Fox plans "Romancing the Stone" remake.

3 December 2008 10:26 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Another classic film gets a remake...and questionably so. Remaking an adventure classic such as this is tricky business due to a great risk of disappointing fans of the original. Who would they cast? Who could once again capture the magical presence that the cast of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito brought to the screen? Fox is planning to remake the 1984 film helmed by Robert Zemeckis and has tapped Daniel McDermott to write. "Romancing the Stone," written by by Diane Thomas, followed teary-eyed romance novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) who receives a map in the mail form her recently offed brother-in-law. She learns that her sister has been abducted by Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) and Wilder must travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her life. »

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'Romancing the Stone' remake in works

3 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox is bringing "Romancing the Stone" to the big screen again, swinging into development a remake of the 1984 adventure movie and tapping Daniel McDermott to write it.

The original movie helped launch Robert Zemeckis as a director, turned Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito -- then best known for their TV work -- into film stars and established Kathleen Turner as a romantic lead.

Written by Diane Thomas, "Romancing" told the story of a repressed romance novelist who travels to Colombia to find her missing sister only to meet up with an American soldier of fortune. The two embark on a cross-country adventure involving a map, a jewel and a private police force. Thomas wrote the script while working as a waitress in Malibu. It turned out to be her only produced screenplay; she died in a car crash the year after the film's release.

No producers are attached to the remake. »

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Nim's Island

4 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nim's Island is a crowded one, a tropical isle jammed with childhood fantasies, exotic creatures, outlandish plots and improbable characters both real and imagined.

The idyllic island makes Disneyland's Jungle Cruise look like neo-realism and contains more well-meaning messages than an After School Special, yet this family comedy adventure from Walden Media is likable in a scruffy way. Its characters, especially the youngest one, are engaging, and few adults are immune to childhood fantasies about secluded tropical isles. Fox can anticipate above average business from a broad audience.

The script by the husband-and-wife directing team of Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (Little Manhattan) along with producer Paula Mazur and Joseph Kwong draws upon Wendy Orr's 2002 novel about a remote volcanic paradise that hosts two humans, a tomboyish young girl Nim (Abigail Breslin) and her scientist father. Her playmates are Selkie the Sea Lion, Fred the Bearded Dragon and Galileo the Pelican, while her literary hero is Alex Rover, the lionhearted star of adventure novels.

When a storm strands her dad at sea without any means of communication and the island is threatened with devastation -- by tourists -- she reaches out to Alex via the Internet. How is Nim to know that her hero actually is Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster), an agoraphobic writer locked up in her San Francisco apartment, afraid to venture as far as the mailbox.

Both females find the inner strength to challenge their worst fears, thanks in large measure to the fictional courage of Alex Rover. Scottish hunk Gerard Butler plays the dual role of Nim's father and the intrepid Alex Rover, an Indiana Jones with a heartier laugh, who appears to Alexandra and haunts Nim's imagination.

Unlike Romancing the Stone, where a novelist finds herself pleasingly trapped within an adventure that mirrors her fictional creations, "Nim's Island" doesn't know where to draw the line between real life and fiction. When "real life" characters pilot a helicopter and then a row boat in a typhoon and a little girl can Jump Start a volcano, what role does fiction have to play?

Breslin is on the surest footing here. She instinctively knows how broadly to play the young heroine, making her game feisty but still a little girl terrified over her missing dad. Butler rolls through both roles by channeling an overdeveloped sense of macho into slightly different versions of the same man.

It is Foster, though, who stumbles with the overripe comedy. Too much slapstick slips into her performance. The agoraphobe's anxieties are all played for laughs, so no real victory is achieved by her overcoming what can be a very real distress.

The beaches of Australia's Gold Coast, rain forests of Hinchinbrook Island, visual effects and highly trained exotic animals create a whimsical paradise you only wish you, and no one else, had discovered.

NIM'S ISLAND

Fox

A Walden Media production

Credits:

Directors: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett

Screenwriters: Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, Paula Mazur, Joseph Kwong

Based on the novel by: Wendy Orr

Producer: Paula Mazur

Executive producer: Stephen Jones

Director of photography: Stuart Dryburgh

Production designer: Barry Robison

Music: Patrick Doyle

Costume designer: Jeffrey Kurland

Editor: Stuart Levy

Cast:

Nim: Abigail Breslin

Alexandra: Jodie Foster

Jack/Alex Rover: Gerard Butler

Captain: Michael Carmen

Purser: Mark Brady

Running time -- 96 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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Cage 'Pleased' With Turner Libel Victory

4 April 2008 5:15 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicolas Cage is "extremely pleased" to have won a libel lawsuit against Kathleen Turner after she accused the actor of drink-driving and theft in her new autobiography.

Cage began libel proceedings against his Peggy Sue Got Married co-star at London's High Court in February after claiming Send Yourself Roses was full of false claims about him.

In the book - which was serialised in British newspaper The Daily Mail - Turner alleged Cage deliberately disobeyed his director uncle Francis Ford Coppola on the set of their 1986 movie, adding he also found himself in trouble with police while filming.

And the Romancing The Stone star was subsequently forced to apologise to Cage. The newspaper was ordered to make a substantial donation to charity, publish an apology and remove the offending article from its website.

Turner has also agreed to insert a correction and apology into copies of her book.

Cage's U.K. lawyer Simon Smith insists the star is delighted with the verdict.

He says, "(Cage is) extremely pleased, since he has never been arrested for drink-driving, dog theft or anything else.

"As an actor who stars in many family-friendly films and who has a young child and teenager of his own, Mr Cage was understandably upset at having been wrongly depicted as condoning that sort of reckless, dangerous and criminal behaviour." »

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