20 items from 2015
We're officially living in an age where just about any movie can receive its own TV spinoff. The latest target: My Best Friend's Wedding.
Picking up where the movie left off, it will centre on Jullianne Potter as she moves on with her life in New York City alongside best friend George - played by Rupert Everett in the film.
It has yet to be confirmed whether this means it will take place in the 1990s or will shift the action to the present day. Roberts and Everett are also unlikely to return, but who knows?
Lethal Weapon will soon head to television as Fox has ordered a series reboot of the film franchise. Fox has given the TV series based on the Mel Gibson and Danny Glover buddy cop films a put pilot, which all but guarantees that the show will air in some capacity on the network or face substantial penalties to Warner Bros TV, the studio producing the reboot. While the franchise's original producers will not be involved in the TV reboot, they have reportedly given the project their blessing, The Hollywood Reporter writes. »
We recently heard that Fox is rebooting "The A-Team" TV series. And now comes word that CBS is rebooting the "MacGyver" series and has brought on James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7) to executive produce. Wan was attached to direct a "MacGyver" movie in 2012. The original show starred Richard Dean Anderson and ran for seven seasons on ABC. The CBS version is described as a reimagining of the series and follows a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a secret organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. In addition to "MacGyver" and "The A-Team," other properties being turned into TV series are "Lethal Weapon," "Behind Enemy Lines," "Training Day." Meanwhile, "X-Files" and "Prison Break" are returning to television. »
Lethal Weapon is heading to the small screen! Yes, a new TV series based on the popular action franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover is going to happen on Fox. It is coming from Warner Bros. TV, which also turned the popular buddy cop action comedy Rush Hour into a series that will debut early next year. No casting has been announced at this time.
The series will be an hour long drama, and it will follow the same basic plot as the movie. The show already has a put pilot commitment. The Pilot will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller. He most recently created the ABC drama Forever, also for Wbtv.
Like Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon is a pretty straight adaptation of the film series upon which it is based, and will center on the central characters of detectives Roger Murtaugh, the character originated by Mel Gibson, »
Do we really need another movie reimagined for the small screen? Apparently so, because Lethal Weapon is the latest to come to TV with Fox forging ahead with a reboot of the iconic action film, which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
Don’t go expecting a prequel or sequel, however, as this is a full on reboot with the same premise. Apparently, like the Lethal Weapon films, the TV version centers on a Texas cop and former Navy Seal Martin Riggs who, following the loss of his wife and baby, moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with Lapd detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
- Josh Wilding
You know the drill by now. A movie doesn’t even have to be super-beloved or crazy recognizable to earn an expansion to the TV series format. Now it’s Behind Enemy Lines getting the film-to-tv treatment, as the 2001 film, which originally starred Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson in relatively rare action/thriller mode, inspires a drama series that has […]
The post ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Inspires a New TV Series appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Fox is so excited by its Minority Report TV series, that its moving forward with another small-screen reboot.
Behind Enemy Lines was partially based on the true-life story of a Us pilot (Wilson) shot down and captured by Bosnian government forces.
Fox's television remake will change the location to Latin America, where a military officer discovers a conspiracy involving his captured crew.
Behind Enemy Lines made more than $90 million at the box office upon its 2001 release, and spawned three direct-to-dvd sequels.
Watch a trailer for the movie below: »
Fox has handed out a put pilot commitment for "Behind Enemy Lines," a TV drama series adaptation of the mostly forgotten 2001 action film of the same name.
John Moore helmed the original military thriller about an American pilot (Owen Wilson) shot down over Bosnia while on a secret mission, at the same time his commanding officer (Gene Hackman) fights to launch a search and rescue mission. It did well enough to spawn several direct-to-video sequels.
Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Hostages," "Homeland") is set to write and direct the the potential pilot which will shift the action to the jungles of Latin America and involve an entire flight crew who have been shot down.
Like the film there will be their commanding officer on an aircraft carrier trying to get them home, there will also be a female CIA officer in Washington who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves narco traffickers and terrorism, »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Behind Enemy Lines, a drama series project based on the 2001 20th Century Fox movie starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Hostages, Chicago Fire, Homeland) is set to write and direct the the potential pilot, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Temple Hill (Revenge) as well as Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist), which produced the feature. Inspired by the film, Behind Enemy… »
In case you hadn't noticed, 2015 is the year the Frat Pack got serious. Steve Carell donned a fake nose and subsequently won an Oscar nomination for Foxcatcher, while Vince Vaughn struggled through many a portentous monologue in True Detective's second season.
Digital Spy caught up with Owen to talk about his return to action, his hopes for Zoolander 2, and why you won't see him caping up for Marvel.
Do you think it's true, as many directors say, that it's easier to cast comedians in dramatic roles than the other way around?
"Yeah. It might sound sort of self-serving but I agree! I'm not from a standup comedy background, but I have been in a lot of comedies, »
Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. Roles in films like Behind Enemy Lines and Armageddon set a tone that he quickly subverted with roles in action-comedies like Shanghai Noon and I Spy, not to mention his now-trademark offbeat persona honed in Wes Anderson films and countless romantic comedies. He clearly went with the material that interested him (and audiences) more, but was somehow tempted to join fellow indie-and-romcom staple Lake Bell in No Escape, a film that pits their married couple against a horde of murderous Asian people and Pierce Brosnan’s cockney accent.
The film starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer »
- Mark Allen
“Those far away places with the strange-sounding names”, that’s how the old tune goes, I believe. Well, that song’s title as been the theme for many a motion picture, mainly comedies. It’s a great way to exploit the old “fish out of water” fodder for laughs. There’s the foreign on our own turf, with the perplexed visitors in The Terminal and Crocodile Dundee. And, on the flip side we’ve seen the new batch of Grisswolds trying to adapt to unfamiliar parts of their homeland just a few weeks ago in the new Vacation reboot, while the classic clan were the standard “ugly Americans” abroad nearly thirty years ago in European Vacation. And earlier this year a trio of comic misfits led by Vince Vaughn invaded Germany in Unfinished Business. This new film puts a very serious twist on this premise, one that plants the film firmly in thriller territory. »
- Jim Batts
American in Peril: Dowdle Bros. Play on Base Fears with Survival Drama
It’s unfortunate so many superficial elements are working against the objective consideration of No Escape, beginning with its potentially problematic casting of an unwavering comic star as the lead in what promises to be a pulse-pounding thriller. Add to this a flurry of uneasy marketing elements, including dreadfully cheesy poster art, corny taglines, borrowing a title from a likeable 90’s sci-fi flick starring Ray Liotta, and the potential of this latest effort from the Dowdle Bros. (Quarantine; As Above, So Below) promises the making of an undeniable turkey.
Despite all of these unfavorable buzz-killing aspects, the film manages to be an unfathomable rarity in that it manages to overcome all of these red-flag detractions as an uncomfortably tense survival thriller. Though not without a certain amount of quibbling in reference to its sometimes problematic ‘truths’, such as »
- Nicholas Bell
The Weinstein Company
Following a family’s attempts to escape a coup in an unidentified Asian country, No Escape was allowed to shoot in Thailand on the understanding the country would not be name-checked. It’s unclear if that agreement has been violated by the movie, but Page Six are reporting the Thai government have banned it anyway.
This all seems a little benign in the wake of Interview-gate last Christmas, and the film’s trailer certainly promotes more of an action movie vibe than any sort of deep social commentary, but it’s always interesting to see censorship executed to such an extreme degree. This isn’t particularly new for Thailand though, who entered into a »
- Daniel Kelly
Arrow Films & Video have announced its line-up of new Blu-ray releases for October 2015, and once again there are some gems in the list. Chief amongst them are Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films in a limited-edition “Scarlet Box”, and a remastered box-set of films directed by acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Kiju Yoshida.
You can check out the full list of films and their special features below, as well as the release dates of the Blu-ray’s with some available in both the UK and Us.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead. Barker’s original Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, follows Kirsty »
- Scott J. Davis
Just as his Wedding Crashers co-star Vince Vaughn is segueing to more serious fare with the second season of HBO’s True Detective, Owen Wilson is making another go in the action realm with the Weinstein Company’s Labor Day opener No Escape, his first serious bullets-and-chase feature, sans comedy, since 2001’s Behind Enemy Lines ($91.8M worldwide box office). In No Escape, Wilson plays an American who moves his family to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the… »
Owen Wilson is back in the action game.
The first trailer for the film, released by the Weinstein Company, finds Wilson toting shotguns as comfortably as a former 007, co-star Pierce Brosnan. Wilson plays an American businessman who moves his family to Southeast Asia just as a violent political uprising erupts. Lake Bell plays his wife, while Brosnan is a government agent who tries to help the family run for their lives.
- Maane Khatchatourian
The Weinstein Company has dropped a trailer for action thriller, No Escape, formerly known as The Coup. Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell topline the flick which focuses on an All-American family who relocate to Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, their arrival coincides with a violent political uprising.
At first glance, the casting choices aren’t what one would expect from this type of fare. Granted, Brosnan has committed a fair chunk of his resume to actioners, so his inclusion isn’t that surprising. It’s Wilson and Bell that surprise us, as they appear to be broaching unfamiliar territory. For the most part, the pair have participated in broad comedies and indie gems, with the exception of Wilson’s 2001 sidestep, Behind Enemy Lines.
All three are front and center in this first trailer, which establishes its central premise quickly before descending into typified Hollywood xenophobia. Wilson and Bell play the married couple, »
- Gem Seddon
Though many know Owen Wilson for his more comedic roles in films like Wedding Crashers, earlier in his career he took on a variety of films from Behind Enemy Lines to The Haunting, and two of his earliest films were Armageddon and Anaconda. Now Wilson is getting back into action thriller territory with No Escape (formerly known as The Coup), the story of a man who finds himself and his family threatened in the middle of a political uprising just after moving to Southeast Asia. Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell also star in the film which looks pretty intense, and might open some new doors for Wilson in other genres again. Watch! Here's the first trailer for John Erick Dowdle's No Escape from The Weinstein Company: No Escape is directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the film with brother Drew Dowdle (both of As Above So Below, Devil »
- Ethan Anderton
This week Neil Calloway looks why American Sniper is breaking box office records…
I’ve read a lot about American Sniper since it was released; about the fake plastic babies it uses instead of real children, about how Michael Moore said snipers were cowards (and then backtracked and said he liked the film), about how it might actually influence a real life murder trial, and lots about how much money it has made. I haven’t read anything suggesting why it has made so much money.
First, the facts – American Sniper had the biggest January opening of a film ever in the Us, the biggest for a drama, the biggest Thursday night R rated opening (more than double that of the previous record holder, last year’s Lone Survivor, which we’ll get back to), the biggest for a Clint Eastwood film; the list goes on. In short, it made »
- Neil Calloway
20 items from 2015
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