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I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
Everyone’s favorite plumbers Mario and Luigi’s live-action big screen adventure Super Mario Bros. gets its long-awaited first ever UK Blu-ray release on November 3rd, and to celebrate we’ve got two copies of the Blu-ray up for grabs courtesy of Second Sight. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
With an all-star cast, including the legendary Bob Hoskins alongside John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, this madcap caper gets the high-def treatment on Blu-ray and is also released on DVD complete with a slew of fantastic bonus features on 3 November 2014. Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi get the shock of their lives when they discover a parallel world populated by the intelligent descendants of dinosaurs. It seems they weren’t destroyed by a meteor millions of years ago, but hurled in to a new dimension and now have plans to take over the world. The unlikely »
- Gary Collinson
If you’re feeling out of luck and out of love, don’t fret; the date doctor is on his way to television. That’s right, according to Deadline, Fox has sanctioned a half-hour series based on Will Smith’s hit romantic comedy, Hitch.
Admittedly, this isn’t the first time that Smith’s Overbook Entertainment and Sony have tried to get the wheels in motion on a series based on the titular love guru, following failed attempts in 2007 and 2010 with a variety of writers.
Now, however, it seems the project has been swept off its feet so to speak, landing a single-camera series at Fox, who describe the adaptation as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Though it’s next to impossible that Will Smith would actually star in the show, it’s understood that the A-lister has signed on board to executive produce in tandem »
- Michael Briers
The 2005 film starring Smith alongside Eva Mendes is the latest film-to-tv adaptation in the Us, with a reboot of Marley & Me also announced
Anyone wishing to fire accusations of laziness at the TV industry has another clip of ammo. Following Gotham, Minority Report, School of Rock, Big and others, theres yet another film-to-tv adaptation in the works: Hitch, a reboot of the 2005 Will Smith romcom about a smooth relationship guru who becomes a klutz around a woman hes trying to impress.
Fox is developing the project with Smith on board as an executive producer. It will be penned by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, the crack romcom team who have written Made of Honour, Leap Year, and an in-development film version of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Theyre also writing Tuned, a musical comedy for Us network NBC.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
NBC has issued a put pilot order for a Marley & Me TV show, which picks up where the movie left off. NBC acquired the project in a competitive bidding situation. The pilot will be written by Jenny Bicks,
The story follows John and Jenny Grogan, the characters played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in the 2008 movie, who have moved back to Florida with their two sons, ages 14 and 11, so John can get back to work as a newspaper columnist. They find a stray puppy on their doorstep, which belongs to their neighbors, although the Grogan's end up adopting him. They name the puppy Marley, using the old tags from their beloved pet, who is just as destructive and adorable as the original Marley.
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
You can add another to the hefty list of films which are heading to the small screen – The Illusionist.
With Westworld, Minority Report, School Of Rock, Shooter, Big and many more already lined up by their respective networks, it seems there’s a trend being set here which will make the flurry of comic book adaptation’s we’re enjoying currently seem like a minor movement in comparison.
The Ed Norton-starring film will undergo a few changes before becoming a CW TV series, though. The setting, for one, will be altered from Vienna to New York.
In fact, it seems the story of Eisenheim The Illusionist is being completely rewritten – rather than a timid stage magician competing with a Crown Prince for the love of Jessica Biel, the series will »
Fox has confirmed a Monster-in-Law TV series.
The series will follow a happy couple about to embark on the challenge of parenthood, set against the fraught relationship between the wife and her husband's mother.
Watch the trailer for Monster-in-Law below: »
It seems like every movie out there is either getting a companion TV series or a full readaptation for TV. Today Constantin Film has announced that Resident Evil, The Mortal Instruments, and Perfume are being developed for TV.
We have recently reported that Underworld, Rush Hour, Big, Minority Report, and Omen are getting the TV treatment. Movies being adapted into shows happens all the time, but we've had eight reported readaptations in about a month.
In movies there seem to be two kinds of budgets, big $100 plus million and low budget projects. All the $50 million or $20-$30 million movie budget movies seem to have largely disappeared. Studios seem to really only have confidence in serialized movies and cineverses. Why spend $30 million on a movie when you can create a high budget TV series? Instead of one weekend to make back 80% of your money, you make a deal with a network »
- Free Reyes
Since Michael Che left to go to Saturday Night Live and Larry Wilmore will soon replace The Colbert Report with The Minority Report, The Daily Show has made two new hires. Stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj will be the show's newest correspondent starting in November. Starting in December, prominent South African comedian Trevor Noah will begin appearing as a contributor. To know what to expect from them, watch videos of both below and just imagine them wearing suits. »
- Jesse David Fox
Just to recap, so far this week we’ve heard news that Uncle Buck, In The Heat Of The Night and Say Anything have been earmarked for TV treatment. While Say Anything has already been canned due to original director-writer Cameron Crowe’s vocal disapproval of the project, there’s still a clear trend emerging. And that’s not taking into account other titles announced in recent months; Real Genius, Minority Report and Rush Hour. With TV networks increasingly turning to film for inspiration (caused by a lack thereof), today we can add another title to the list, as Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is now destined for the small screen.
Sony Pictures Animation have joined forces with Dhx Media in developing a spinoff TV series of the successful animated franchise. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series will contain 26 22-minute episodes that are set to follow »
- Gem Seddon
The latest cinematic comedy getting the small screen treatment? That’d be Uncle Buck...
Regular readers of this site (or the internet in general) will know that stories about movies becoming TV shows have been a dime a dozen for the last few months.
Widen that search to action movies and dramas and you get Minority Report, The Devil’s Advocate, Westworld and Mark Whalberg’s Shooter too, amongst others.
Today, we’ve heard word that John Hughes and John Candy comedy Uncle Buck is coming to our telly-boxes. The late, great Mr Candy left behind big shoes to fill, so ABC/Universal will surely already have a name in mind if they’ve gone ahead and announced the show.
There’s no word »
Update: Deadline reports that in light of Cameron Crowe’s strong objection to the project, Fox has shelved plans for the TV show.
The future of television has been largely fuelled as of late by a return to the past. Networks are raiding cinema’s back catalogue in order to find their next small screen success. This past month alone, we’ve heard news of a Rush Hour reboot, a Minority Report reboot, and heck, there’s even going to be a do-over of the Tom Hanks 80s classic, Big. While most of those projects have the blessing or direct involvement of their original creators, that’s not always the case. Especially when it comes to Cameron Crowe’s teen angst dramedy, Say Anything.
Deadline announced the news yesterday, revealing that NBC and 20th Century Fox TV had picked up the show to be developed as a sequel. Justin Adler »
- Gem Seddon
I don't mean to be crass, but what the f*ck is going on in Hollywood? In the last few months, we have not gone more than a week without hearing about another classic movie being turned into a television series. After the success of Hannibal, Parenthood, Bates Motel, and About A Boy, we now have shows based on Big, Real Genius, Rush Hour, Supergirl, X-men, Minority Report, Scream, Evil Dead, and countless others. NBC has already killed their proposed sequel series to Cameron »
- Alex Maidy
The folks over at /Film have discovered an interesting new piece of the Indiana Jones 5 puzzle, that points back to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, who’s worked with Steven Spielberg on a handful of films including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Schindler’s List, War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan among others.
Variety first posted an article titled Top Cinematographers Offer Online Course on Filmmaking, that concluded this little nugget of info about Kaminski…
“Since then, Kaminski has made more than a dozen films with Steven Spielberg, earning two Oscars along the way. His credits include Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and The Diving Bell & the Butterfly. His next project is the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones movie.”
While a paragraph from an article completely unrelated to the news item itself isn’t exactly the most credible of sources, »
- James Garcia
Yet another film is being adapted for TV – Rush Hour. In a trend that seems to be dominating future schedules about as much as comic book adaptations, Rush Hour is the latest in a long line of adaptations including everything from Spielberg blockbusters like Minority Report to Mark Wahlberg movies like Shooter.
Written by regular Warner Bros showrunner Bill Lawrence, co-creator of Cougar Town, the show will feature hour long episodes and, apparently, the plot of the original film. That is to say, it’s not a follow-up or a prequel, but a straight televisual remake.
The film franchise’s director Brett Ratner and its producer Arthur Sarkissian are involved with the new show on executive producer duties. We’d wager that this will involve quality control more than anything else, though.
Tom Hanks comedy Big, a rather appropriate film to downsize, is coming to the small screen…
Big news this morning. That is, news relating to Big.
Today the charming 80s comedy drama (a film with a harsh edge, that we featured in The Collateral Damage Of Tom Hanks Movies) is joining the likes of Fargo, Minority Report, The Devil’s Advocate, Westworld and School Of Rock. For the film for which Tom Hanks earned his first Oscar nomination is also being given the small screen adaptation treatment.
Fox has enlisted Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce of military comedy Enlisted to helm the show. At this stage, they’re only working on a half-hour pilot, but if all goes well Fox are surely hoping for a long-running show.
The 1988 film has a soft spot in the hearts of many, not least for Tom Hank’s wide-eyed (and hilarious) performance as temporary grown-up Josh. »
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Fox has ordered a TV series based on the 1988 film Big.
The fantasy comedy starred Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who became an adult overnight after wishing "to be big". Hanks is not believed to be involved in the new project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce have now received a script plus penalty commitment from the broadcaster for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.
Biegel, who co-created Cougar Town, and Royce, showrunner of axed NBC comedy 1600 Penn, will write the script.
Big, which grossed more than $151 million at the global box office, was adapted into a short-lived Broadway musical in 1996. The Tony Award-nominated show closed after 193 performances in less than six months.
The Wrap reports that Fox is yanking the cord from the Zoltar machine. For those craving another dose of bodyswap comedy hijinks, prepare yourself for another trip to the world of Big.
The network has acquired the title with plans to adapt the original movie into an event series told through 30 minute episodes. Penny Marshall’s original 1988 caper told the story of Josh Baskin, a 13-year old kid who makes a wish on a fortune-telling arcade machine. The next morning he wakes to find his dream – to become ‘big’ – has become a reality. Whether or not he also muttered that he’d like to look like Tom Hanks is by the by, as the floppy-haired actor absolutely killed it as the kid trapped in the body of an adult.
Shepherding this move to the small screen are TV comedy pioneers, Kevin Beigel and Mike Royce. The executive producers behind Fox’s military smash, »
- Gem Seddon
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