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With the maniacal film geek erudition of Quentin Tarantino and the madcap family values sensibility of John Waters, Giuseppe Andrews has made 30 independent features that you’ve most likely never heard of. And he probably couldn’t care less about that. A veteran of both Hollywood and indie film, Adam Rifkin, on the other hand, is a name familiar to any fan of the 1999 cult comedy Detroit Rock City, which Rifkin directed, and which starred Andrews alongside Edward Furlong. Now Rifkin and Andrews have teamed up again as Rifkin follows the director in his quest to shoot in two days […] »
- Lauren Wissot
(Cbr) Peeps might have gone from the love-it-or-hate-it candy of springtime to the stuff that dioramas are built from, but can they make the even larger leap to the big screen? Deadline reports Adam Rifkin ("Detroit Rock City") thinks the answer will be a resounding yes. The filmmaker recently snatched up the movie rights from Pennsylvania-based candy company First Born. He intends to set the "Lego Movie"-esque project at one of the aforementioned diorama contests. One particular Peep gets lost and must journey through a variety of diorama-based scenes before returning home. Rifkin, who has penned films like "Underdog" and "Mousehunt", will write the script. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
First comes the depressing news that Disney is turning It's a Small World into its own movie franchise, but this latest news is a real doozy... I love Peeps, the marshmallows dusted in colored sugar that you can buy by the row or sheet. Besides the sugar crash, what's not to love? But Hollywood is about to test just how much love for Peeps is out there by asking us to spend our hard earned money on a Peeps-themed movie. I have to agree with the good folks at Cinema Blend that this may be the most depressing "exclusive" ever, but Deadline.com is reporting that Just Born, the Pennsylvania-based Peeps producing company, is looking to go big time with a Lego Movie-esque family epic in which a misplaced Peeps bunny jumps from diorama to diorama, searching for the one in which he belongs. Adam Rifkin of Detroit Rock City »
- Matthew McKibben
Coming soon to a theater near you: Stale Easter candy.
In Hollywood's latest example of proving that they're just getting lazy with this whole "original ideas" thing, the brand behind Peeps -- the sugar-coated, marshmallow candy shaped like chicks and bunnies -- wants to transform the small confections into big screen stars.
Per Deadline, Just Born, the Pennsylvania-based manufacturers of Peeps, has "sprung for a full-length animation feature pitch from [filmmaker Adam] Rifkin ... to adapt Peeps into a "Lego Movie"-esque family epic set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas before the contest's judging begins."
Deadline writes that Rifkin, who directed "Detroit Rock City" and wrote family-friendly flicks including "Mouse Hunt" and 2007's "Underdog," was inspired by "watching his niece and nephew construct their own Peeps diorama for a school project. That led him to »
- Katie Roberts
Peeps, everyone's favorite gooey Easter (or year-round) treat, will be heading to movie theaters, Deadline reports, with filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City) optioning the TV and movie rights to the hugely popular marshmallow candy.
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The film will be made in a similar vein to The Lego Movie, telling the story of a wayward Peep who is misplaced the night before a Peeps diorama contest and has to venture through a slew of different shoebox worlds in order to find his way back home. »
So Hollywood has decided to take the last day or so to double down on their efforts to turn every product, food or theme park attraction into a blockbuster tentpole. Out of that abyss comes a trio of projects that paint a pretty depressing portrait of what passes for creativity at the studio level. First up, Deadline reports that Mattel has teamed up with Sony to make a live-action comedy based on Barbie, and things are moving ridiculously fast on this one. Jenny Bick ("Sex & The City," "The Big C," "Rio 2") is writing the script, and if studio chief Amy Pascal has her way, this picture will be shooting before the year is out. There are no exact plot details yet, but apparently a pitch by Bicks that finds Barbie using "her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The classic marshmallow holiday treat Peeps are getting a big screen feature film adaptation! These cavity creating candies are always a big hit during Easter, and filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Underdog) must have got a lot of them in his Easter basket last weekend, because he's the guy pushing it into development. I'm sure he looked at them and said to himself... "How have these not been made into a movie yet!?" So he went out, optioned the rights, and has started the long process of bringing them to a movie theater near you.
According to Deadline the film will be animated, and it is described as a "Lego Movie-esque family epic set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas before the contest’s judging begins."
That sounds like it could work. »
- Joey Paur
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone decides to make a Peeps movie. Yes, that’s Peeps as in those sugary marshmallow confections that crop up in drugstores everywhere around Easter. The specific “someone” in this case is Adam Rifkin, director of Detroit Rock City, who has just optioned the film and TV rights […]
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- Angie Han
I know Mike Hodges' 1980 film Flash Gordon is considered to be a cult classic, but I am not a part of that cult. Telling the story of a polo player (the film changed him to a football player) who finds himself traveling to the planet Mongo to battle Ming the Merciless, Flash Gordon was created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond and that first film adaptation was beyond campy to the point I found it hardly watchable. Now Fox is setting out to do what producer Neal Moritz couldn't about six years ago at Sony, which is take another stab at a feature film adaptation. THR reports Fox has secured the rights for a feature adaptation and has set Star Trek 3 scribes, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, to write the screenplay based on a treatment written by George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum). I have little expectation this will actually »
- Brad Brevet
Open thread: As Peeps, the popular marshmallow candies, get their own movie deal, we'd like to hear what other foodstuffs you think deserve a chance to shine on the silver screen
We've had films based on toys (Transformers, GI Joe, The Lego Movie), films based on games (Battleship, Dungeons & Dragons) now it looks like films based on foods could be the next vaguely absurd trend on the horizon.
According to a report from Deadline, producer and director Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City) has optioned the film and TV rights to Peeps, an animal-shaped marshmallow candy that's particularly popular with Us consumers at Easter time.
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- Adam Boult
The classic marshmallow candy Peeps was just acquired by filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Underdog) to be turned into a big screen animated film. The plan is to create a family film similar to "The Lego Movie." The story is set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, when a wayward Peep gets misplaced and must adventure through the fantasy lands of different-themed dioramas before the contest's judging begins. Rifkin got the idea from watching his niece and nephew construct their own Peeps diorama for a school project. That led him to discover the elaborate annual contests hosted by Washington Post, whose winning entry this year was a black and white diorama of Martin Luther King, Jr's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech . fashioned entirely out of the marshmallows. Peeps is owned by the Just Born candy company, which sells $2 billion of the marshmallow treat per year domestically and »
Filmmaker Adam Rifkin ("Detroit Rock City") has secured the film and TV rights to the popular chicken and bunny-shaped candy treats Peeps. Plans are to turn the property into a new animated franchise.
Rifkin's idea is said to be a family epic in the same vein as "The Lego Movie" and set the night before a Peeps diorama contest. A single Peep goes astray and must venture through a number of different adventure-themed dioramas before judging begins.
Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin will produce the project which hopes to partner with a studio.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Underdog) has optioned film and TV rights to Peeps candy, according to Deadline. Just Born, the company which makes the Easter-themed treats, has accepted a full-length animation pitch from Rifkin and his partners to direct a "Lego Movie-esque family epic" in which a wayward Peep gets misplaced the night before a Peeps diorama contest (which is a thing, apparently!) and must adventure through different-themed dioramas before the contest begins. So, a lot like The Lego Movie, only replace the universal appeal of Lego with the ugh please no more I feel sick of Peeps. Anyway, welcome to the future of cinema, in which a Disney ride and a bird-shaped marshmallow candy will battle for box-office supremacy. Enjoy your 2017 Academy Awards! »
- Anna Silman
Filmmaker Adam Rifkin has secured the film and TV rights to the popular candy treats Peeps for a new animated franchise, along with his producing partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin.
The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania company Just Born, which makes and distributes the chick and bunny-shaped candies, sparked to Adam Rifkin's idea for a family epic in the same vein as the recent blockbuster The Lego Movie. The story is set the night before a Peeps diorama contest, where one Peep goes astray, and must venture through a number of different adventure-themed dioramas before the contest judging begins.
Adam Rifkin got the idea from watching his niece and nephew make their own Peeps diorama for a school project. He soon discovered that there are several, large-scale Peeps contests, such as one held by The Washington Post where this year's winner depicted Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. »
Just two days after Easter brought religious people another moving Sunday, and people who love candy a series of pastel colored chocolates and edible bunnies, one of the signature candies of the spring holiday just struck a movie deal. Deadline reports Adam Rifkin, known for writing family fare like Mousehunt, Underdog and Small Soldiers and directing films like Detroit Rock City and The Chase, has optioned the rights to the sugary, marshmallow candy Peeps into a feature film and maybe even a TV series. Candy company Just Born was sold on a pitch for an animated feature in the vein of The Lego Movie, so whatever. Rifkin apparently came up with the idea for the film while watching his niece and nephew construct a Peeps diorama for a school project. After discovering annual contests for Peeps dioramas, including one hosted by The Washington Post, Rifkin came up with the idea »
- Ethan Anderton
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