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Movie News: New Look at 'X-Men' Series 'Legion'; New 'War Dogs' Trailer Adds Bradley Cooper

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Legion: A new photo from upcoming television series Legion reveals a new look at Dan Stevens (The Guest). Stevens plays David Haller, a mutant dealing with schizophrenia. In the Marvel comic book series New Mutants, the character is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Rachel Keller also star. The series will "likely feature all-new characters from the X-Men universe." Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo) wrote the pilot episode and will serve as showrunner for the FX series. [ScreenCrush]   Clifford the Big Red Dog: Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to Clifford the Big Red Dog. Written by Norman Bridwell and first published in 1963, the children's book series followed an 8-year-old girl and her adventures with a dog who grows to...

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Clifford the Big Red Dog Movie Finds a Forever Home at Paramount

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Clifford the Big Red Dog has found a new forever home. Paramount is moving forward with a movie adaptation of the popular kids’ book series, setting Justin Malen (Baywatch) to write the script. The studio adopted the project after Universal decided to give it up. If you’ve not heard of Clifford the Big Red Dog, well, he’s […]

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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Movie Moves to Paramount

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Paramount Pictures is developing a movie adaptation of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” — a live-action/CG hybrid.

Paramount has tapped Justin Malen to write the screenplay about of the 25-foot-tall dog. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte will produce the film, based on Scholastic’s book series by Norman Bridwell.

The first book was centered on a young girl receiving a red puppy for her birthday that grows to be 25 feet tall. It was published by Scholastic in 1963, leading to more than 60 titles and 127 million books in print. Clifford is Scholastic’s official mascot.

Clifford the Big Red Dog” had been in development at Universal for several years with the studio announcing two years ago that it would be released in 2016. Paramount picked up the rights after the option lapsed.

Malen’s credits include Alcon’s comedy “Bastards,” which stars Owen Wilson and Ed Helms,” along with rewriting Paramount’s “Baywatch” and DreamWorks’ “Office Christmas Party. »

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Clifford The Big Red Dog Movie Roars To Life At Paramount

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Though Universal first adopted Clifford the Big Red Dog, tentatively placing a big-screen movie on course for release in 2016, Deadline brings word that the giant canine has now found a home at Paramount.

Enlisting screenwriter Justin Malen (Baywatch), it’s understood the rejuvenated feature film will incorporate both CGI and live-action sequences in a manner not dissimilar to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.

A product of celebrated author and cartoonist Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog first roared to life all the way back in the early ’60s, going on to become a fixture of childhoods nationwide through Bridwell’s own novels and the eventual TV adaptations. Now, a bona fide feature film is in the works.

Orbiting around Emily Elizabeth, a pint-sized young girl who grows up in a rural community, Clifford kicks into gear when, inexplicably, Emily’s loveable birthday present grows to be 25 feet tall. »

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Paramount Plans "Clifford The Big Red Dog" Film

30 June 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Pictures has picked up the film rights to the beloved children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and is developing it as a live-action/CG hybrid feature (ala "The Smurfs," "Garfield").

Justin Malen, who penned the upcoming "Baywatch" film, will adapt the script from the 75-book strong series created by Norman Bridwell in 1963. The story follows the 25-foot-tall canine and his owner, the young Emily Elizabeth, and their misadventures together.

The books were previously adapted into a video series in the 1980s, two television series, and a 2004 animated film. David Bowers ("Astro Boy") was attached to helm this film when it was previously setup at Universal Pictures.

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‘Clifford The Big Red Dog’ Movie Unleashed At Paramount With Scribe Justin Malen

30 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has adopted Clifford The Big Red Dog, after Universal Pictures put the pooch to the curb. Paramount sparked to a pitch by Justin Malen, who’ll write the script for a film that will be a live-action/CG hybrid. Universal had developed it for years, and even once dated the picture for release in early 2016. When Silvertongue Films’ Deb Forte decided to take the material in a new direction, Universal let the option lapse. Clifford was launched in… »

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