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Deadine reports CBS has given a pilot production commitment with penalties to a S.W.A.T. TV show reboot. According to the report, the potential new drama series is inspired by the 2003 feature film, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles, and Jeremy Renner.That film was based on the 1975 TV series from Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, which was cancelled by ABC after two seasons. Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry, Mark Shera, and James Coleman starred.Shawn Ryan, Neal H. Moritz, Justin Lin, and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas are executive producing the new S.W.A.T. project, which hails from Sony Pictures Television. CBS Television Studios is co-producing.Read More… »
This week in TV reboots, volume 2,587: The 1970s cop show S.W.A.T. is coming back to TV, courtesy of CBS.
The network has given the remake a pilot production commitment with a series penalty, according to our sister site Deadline. (That means CBS will pay studio Sony Pictures TV big bucks if the series doesn’t make it to air.) And the new S.W.A.T. already has some big names attached behind the scenes: The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is an executive producer, along with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, who may also direct the pilot.
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Exclusive: CBS has landed S.W.A.T., a drama series loosely inspired by the 2003 Sony movie that was based on the 1975 TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. The project, executive produced by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, Neal H. Moritz (Preacher), Justin Lin (Scorpion) and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (The Get Down, Friday Night Lights), has received a pilot production commitment from the network with series penalty behind it. S.W.A.T. hails from Sony… »
"So tell me," Colin Farrell asks. "What's it about?"
When The Lobster premiered in Cannes in 2015, the 39-year-old Irish actor was forthright about not understanding what, exactly, was going on in Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' sci-fi fable, set in a world where single adults who fail to find a suitable romantic partner within 40 days, or risk being turned into animals. A year later, as it opens in New York and Los Angeles today (and goes into wide release on May 27th), he's still not sure — but he has a few ideas. »
David Ayer knows cop movies. As the screenwriter of films such as "Training Day," and "S.W.A.T.," and the director of "Street Kings," "Sabotage," and "End Of Watch," the filmmaker knows the milieu of those who wear the badge, and are sometimes corrupted by it, inside and out. And it's a subject he certainly hasn't grown tired of as he's lining up a new movie that will dive into that world again — albeit with a completely wild twist. Will Smith (who stars in Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad") and Joel Edgerton will star in "Bright" for the director. Penned by Max Landis ("Chronicle," "American Ultra," "Victor Frankenstein"), the movie will take place in a world where faeries and orcs live with humans, and will center on an orc cop. Uh, okay then. Frankly, I'd rather two talented guys like Smith and Edgerton make a normal cop flick, than one set in a magical world, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For three of the four big kudocasts, every year prompts a fresh round of speculation as to who will host the next installment, followed by intense scrutiny of the host’s various failings. For the past few Grammys, however, the hosting dilemma has been resolved: LL Cool J, who has been tapped for the Feb. 15 kudofest.
How did LL manage to succeed where so many other comedians, actors, and media personalities have failed? Per the rapper, being aware of his limited role in proceedings has proven to be the key.
“I’m not delusional,” he says. “I don’t think I’m Billy Crystal. I don’t think I’m Ellen (DeGeneres) or Whoopi (Goldberg). So I approach it with a place of humility, where I know the show isn’t about me, it’s about the artists and them having a great moment, and I’m there as a fan enjoying the ride. »
- Andrew Barker
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