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Work is ongoing on a pair of belated sequels, each of which involves Ivan Reitman to various degrees. In a new chat with Coming Soon, he's given an update on each project.
Reitman stepped down as director of Ghostbusters 3 earlier this year, following the death of Harold Ramis. He confirmed that he's still very much involved as a producer, but said that "I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn't necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn't need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way. Having done the other two and with the passing of Harold and with Bill Murray seeming disinterested being in it, I thought it was better for me just to produce it and to make sure we're going to have the quality and style »
For a long time, the original "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman was attached to direct the in-development third film in the series. Following years of being stuck in development hell, the film finally started to become a reality in recent months.
Just as that happened, Reitman bowed out of the director's chair and was quickly replaced by "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig with talk that an all-female version of the franchise could be in the works.
Reitman, out doing interviews for the DVD & Blu-ray release of his football drama "Draft Day," spoke with Coming Soon this week about why he decided to opt out of returning as director on "Ghostbusters 3":
"I am very involved. I'm a producer of the film. I wasn't giving it all up. I suddenly felt that Ghostbusters didn't necessarily need me as a director, at least I didn't need to direct Ghostbusters, let me put it that way. »
- Garth Franklin
Maggie promises a very different Arnold Schwarzenegger film, with only a 12% chance that he'll be chomping on a cigar while firing a giant gun. This quieter tale of a father caring for his daughter in a terrifying situation is headed to the Toronto International Film Festival and, via Collider, we have some new pictures. The long-gestating Maggie, written by John Scott 3 and directed by Henry Hobson, finds Schwarzenegger as Wade, a Midwestern farm dad coping with the fact that his young daughter (Breslin’s title character) has been infected by an (un)deadly virus during a zombie apocalypse. Plagued with guilt and indecision, he decides not to put a bullet in her noggin as she slowly deteriorates, choosing instead to spend all the time she has left by her side.From the looks of these first images, it appears that the tone could stretch Schwarzenegger, who has usually stuck »
A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.
The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
Marvel Studios is taking its biggest risk yet with Guardians of the Galaxy, banking on an obscure team of heroes to bridge the gap until the next Avengers flick roars into theaters. But there's an even larger obstacle standing in the way of box-office success: Dave Bautista.
To the uninitiated, Bautista is a six-time world champion in Vince McMahon's wrestling circus, and one of the most iconic squared-circle stars of the last decade. In Guardians, he plays intergalactic warrior Drax the Destroyer, which is unquestionably his biggest role to date. »
On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
No doubt fans of 21 Jump Street recognized plenty of callbacks and self-deprecating cracks made by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in the über-meta sequel 22 Jump Street. From a running gag about how sequels are more expensive versions of the exact same thing (including undercover partners Schmidt and Jenko’s high-tech new HQ, which Jenko describes as cool “as a Cube of Ice”) to the line “F— you, doves!” (surely a throwback to the first installment’s fan-favorite line “F— you, science!”), the movie was chockablock with them.
That said, judging from some conspicuous moments of silence during gags at the »
- Lanford Beard
This article contains spoilers for Kindergarten Cop.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up with director Ivan Reitman for the first time, the pair struck box office gold. The project that brought them together? Twins, the ultimate high concept movie, that paired Arnie with Danny DeVito. Much money was made, and Twins is one of the films that Arnie is now trying to get a sequel moving to as he attempts to pump life into his box office powers.
Reitman and Schwarzenegger would team up for two more comedies, to which Schwarzenegger appears less interested in resurrecting. Junior would follow in 1994, but it's 1990's Kindergarten Cop that we're focusing on here.
Everyone has their heroes…some look up to fictional characters, some look up to fireman and police officers, I however, looked to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ever since I first laid eyes upon The Terminator (and wiped them at the heart wrenching conclusion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day) at the strangely young age of seven, Schwarzenegger has been a hero that I have worshipped every day of my life through think and thin. The astounding accomplishments of the Austrian oak (Mr Universe, Hollywood actor, Governor of California) alone are enough to warrant respect and admiration from anyone. However to me, Schwarzenegger is the Hollywood superstar and the determination, discipline and talent that lead him to those amazing accomplishment’s, is why he is my hero.
In early March I had the fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend a press conference in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, for Schwarzenegger’s new film Sabotage. »
- Ben Read
There are few actors who command the attention of everybody in a room quite like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Such was the case at the press conference for his latest thriller, Sabotage – an event that we were fortunate enough to be in attendance.
Joined by television personality Keith Lemon, who was moderating the event, Arnie discusses working alongside David Ayer (End of Watch) and of his own evolution as an actor, as he dwells upon life post-government. He also offers his thoughts on the importance of contracts in the film business, and of upcoming projects he’s involved in, such as the new Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, and also the eagerly anticipated sequel to Twins, Triplets.
I think he’s a very talented man, when you see Training Day you can see he’s a fantastic writer, »
- Stefan Pape
Hoskins was known to have joked about his similar appearance to DeVito, and had once said that he hoped DeVito would play him in a film of his life.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) May 1, 2014
In a Q&A with The Guardian in 2011, Hoskins had named Twins actor DeVito as his ideal choice to play him in a biopic.
When asked what the worst thing someone had said to him was, he joked: "Aren't you Danny DeVito?"
Many stars from stage and screen paid tribute to Bob Hoskins after hearing of his death due to pneumonia yesterday.
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an explosive return to cinemas this month with Sabotage, a David Ayer-directed action-thriller about a team of DEA agents who find themselves getting taken down by unknown assailants.
"The movie this reminds me the most of this is Predator," Schwarzenegger told Digital Spy.
"I was surrounded by the toughest guys to go into the jungle to kick butt."
Josh Gad, the actor who voiced Olaf in Disney Animation's billion dollar hit Frozen, is reteaming with the studio for a live-action project. Gad has set up an untitled tentpole family adventure comedy with a sci-fi twist. He is writing the script with his partner, Ryan Dixon. Dixon is currently writing Triplets, the sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Danny DeVito 1988 comedy Twins, being developed by Universal. He also co-wrote the indie comedy Opening Night. Photos: The Making of Disney's Animated Oscar Contender 'Frozen' Gad will be seen in Zach Braff's movie Wish I Was Here and will shoot Pixels
- Borys Kit
The Terminator came out in 1984. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived seven years later. In the interim, Arnold Schwarzenegger became a new kind of action megastar, headlining a string of era-defining beefcake blockbusters. Commando, Predator, The Running Man, and Total Recall: The very titles echo down through history, dripping with gunsmoke and bicep sweat. But that era was coming to an end. The ’80s were over. Always a savvy operator, Schwarzenegger was already planning his pivot: Twins and Kindergarten Cop offered a kinder, gentler Arnold. (He loves kids! He loves De Vito!)
And so the essential twist that led to »
- Darren Franich
News Simon Brew 15 Apr 2014 - 06:52
With his new film, Draft Day, now playing in Us cinemas (albeit with no sign of a UK release date), director Ivan Reitman has been doing interviews for his new film. Inevitably, both Twins sequel Triplets and the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 have come up.
Read or listen to an Arnold Schwarzenegger interview at the moment, and you'd think that Triplets was pretty much a done deal. However, Reitman - in conversation with Collider - has thrown some doubt on it. "I know Universal is sort of working on that script", he admitted. But he added "I'm not sure. I think it's a tough go, but it could be... I don't really have a strong sense of it just yet".
He's more positive on Ghostbusters 3. "I think Ghostbuster 3 will probably go. »
If you like comedy and you don't know who Ivan Reitman is...well, you should. After all, this is the man who produced the classic "National Lampoon's Animal House" and directed (deep breath) "Meatballs," "Stripes," the immortal "Ghostbusters," "Twins," "Junior," "Dave"...the list goes on and on. His collaborations on those first few movies, with the likes of Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis, should be taught in comedy film school somewhere.
Reitman, oddly, also produced the first two horror movies ever directed by David Cronenberg ("Shivers" and "Rabid") and has produced or directed a whole bunch of other films, but one thing he has not done is direct a sports movie -- until now. His new film, "Draft Day," stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and takes place on arguably the most important day of the football calendar.
Moviefone sat down with Reitman »
- Don Kaye
Ivan Reitman's early comedies leaned heavily on the idea of the scruffy underdogs who managed to retain their personal quirks within systems designed to break them down. Whether it was the rowdy campers and counselors of "Meatballs" or the shabby soldiers of "Stripes" or the Ghostbusters, Reitman's movies seemed to celebrate these characters and the entire idea of rebellion. After those films, though, he became an A-list director whose movies seemed to lean on high concepts that were much less interesting. "Legal Eagles" and "Twins" were both dispiriting efforts that leaned heavily on movie star charisma in place of actual scripts and characters. In general, any film Reitman made with Arnold Schwarzenegger felt like a total refutation of the things that Reitman did well. The one bright spot in his post-"Ghostbusters" filmography was "Dave," which started as a sharp and funny script, and if "Draft Day" feels like any of his prior films, »
- Drew McWeeny
We posted a couple of days ago a story of Ivan Reitman addressing the rumours surrounding Ghostbusters III, particularly after the sad passing of Harold Ramis. He mentioned in that interview some of the proposed plot ideas and now in while talking to CraveOnline, the Groundhog Day director talked more about the movie.
So, if they're not calling it Ghostbuters III, does that mean the movie is a reboot? "It's not a reboot," Reitman said. "It just lives in a world where the first two movies did occur and those characters were there and at least some of them will be in this film, but it’s really a different story."
- Luke Owen
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
Many people don’t realize this because The Change-Up was something of a flop upon its release in 2011, but the Ryan Reynolds/Jason Bateman body swap movie has actually developed an intense cult following since it was released for home viewers. There’s something about the idea of a parent switching lives — even only for a few days — with a single, good looking childless guy that really struck a nerve in the parenting community. The movie added another $20M in home market sales and those DVDs and Blu Rays have been circulating from one family to another for nearly three years. It is, after all, one of the rare R-rated body swap movies, and it is at times filthy in the purest Apatowian sense. Capitalizing on the success of the movie in the home market, Universal finally released a Special Edition Blu Ray complete with director’s commentary last month, so »
- Dustin Rowles
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