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Before he began a successful career as a director starting with 1987's "Adventures in Babysitting," Chris Columbus began his career as a screenwriter. Two of his first scripts have since gone on to become bonafide classics - "Gremlins" and "The Goonies".
Both films, now just over thirty years old each, have also been the subject of rumored reboots in recent years, with new takes on both properties in early development. So far though, they still seem to be stuck in that stage and have yet to progress.
Ahead of the release of Columbus' new film "Pixels," the director is out doing press and was asked by Screen Crush how the two reboots are going. He says they are still in active development, but that they're very slow going:
"The stuff that I'm involved with - the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance - they would do that without me. So, »
- Garth Franklin
According to Heroic Hollywood, Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, Red Eye, True Detective) has been offered the female lead role in Marvel's Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. The site makes no mention of which character she'd play, but if it's Strange's love interest then one would assume it's Clea, or possibly Morganna Blessing. Of course even if McAdams has been offered the role, there no guarantee she'll accept - but if she does sign on she'll also join Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Scott Derrickson is directing the film from a script by Jon Sphaits, and shooting is set to commence in London this Fall. Doctor Strange will hit theaters November 4, 2016. »
There's this little show on Netflix called Peaky Blinders. Even if you don't totally love it like we do, you may have heard of it because Tom Hardy guest-starred during its recent second season. Hardy's brilliant performance aside, the real star of the show is Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the leader of a family gang in early 1900s England. Murphy, who turns 39 on Monday, has played some creepy dudes over the years - e.g., Batman Begins's Scarecrow and the psychopath from Red Eye - but this role completely redeems him. If you're not convinced, just take a look below to see Murphy looking 25 kinds of sexy. Seriously, just a peek. Go ahead. »
If you were heartbroken to hear that Joe Dante's seminal holiday horror comedy Gremlins (1984) was on the track to being remade, you can cling to some hope that characters from the original film (perhaps both human and otherwise) will be involved in the new entry to the beloved franchise. In a recent interview, Chris Columbus—who wrote the original Gremlins and will produce the new film—shared details that hint at the Gremlins reboot being more along the lines of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and upcoming Star Wars movie in terms of mixing familiar faces with new characters. It sounds like this new Gremlins film could be more of a sequel than a remake.
Collider spoke with Columbus at CinemaCon about the Gremlins reboot, a project Warner Bros. recently hired Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps movie, Disturbia, Red Eye) to write. Columbus discussed revisiting the idea of a Gremlins »
- Derek Anderson
There’s been a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” movement with the Gremlins reboot, but things finally seem to be getting back on track. Attempting to firm up the production team, Warner Bros. has hired Carl Ellsworth to write the script. Fingers crossed, this hopefully means the studio is close to naming a director. The news of Ellsworth’s involvement was first reported by Deadline. He has already written a lot in the horror genre, including Disturbia with Shia Labeouf, The Last House On the Left with Garrett Dillahunt, and Red Eye with Rachel McAdams. More recently, he wrote the script for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush. So this won’t be his first time writing stories about creepy critters. Christopher Columbus wrote the script for the original Gremlins in 1984, and »
The last we heard, the long-mooted Gremlins reboot was on hold.
The new addition to the film series created by the great Joe Dante was being written by Seth Grahame Smith, but in January, he revealed that the project had "run out of steam" - producers Christopher Columbus (who wrote the 1984 original) and Steven Spielberg were, he said, busy on other projects.
"I think we just ran out of steam", he said. "It's one of those things where everybody got so busy doing other things. It's something I would love to come back to, but right now, Steven's making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy [making Pixels]. We're all taking a five-minute break on that".
We're now hearing that Grahame-Smith, the writer of »
Back in January, we reported that the Gremlins reboot is on "indefinite hold," with producer Seth Grahame-Smith claiming that the project simply "ran out of steam." Today, Deadline reports that the project is moving forward once again, hiring screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) to pen the script. We first reported on the project back in May 2013, when both Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were brought on to produce, but neither of them were mentioned in this new report, so it's possible that they may be off the project entirely.
The site also reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the 1984 original, will serve as a producer alongside original executive producer Steven Spielberg, but no story details were given on this reboot. Chris Columbus was at one time believed to be directing, although studio sources say that isn't happening at this point. It isn't known if a full screenplay was ever written before Carl Ellsworth came on board, »
Joe Dante's seminal horror comedy Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary last summer and its underrated sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, will have its 25th birthday this June. The anniversaries of these two memorable creature features may have many remembering the franchise and wishing for that third installment that never was. Though a Zach Galligan-starring Gremlins 3 sadly never came to fruition, a remake has been in and out of the works for quite some time and was recently presumed to be dead. But Warner Bros. looks to be resurrecting the project, as they've hired a writer to scribe the remake, one who has lent his pen to both the hardcore horror and horror comedy sub-genres.
According to /Film, Warner Bros. has hired Carl Ellsworth to pen the Gremlins remake, with Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg are producing the project. Many fans will remember that Columbus wrote and »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros.’ remake of its eighties monster classic Gremlins has been through the ringer, but its long, arduous path to the big screen has taken a giant leap forward today. Even though January brought word that the movie was effectively dead in the water, Deadline reports that the studio has hired a new writer to punch up the project. Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) has been contracted to pen this contemporary take on the story, which will likely involve the cute mogwai Gizmo, an irresponsible owner and a batch of malevolent gremlins.
The report goes on to confirm that Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg will both team up to produce. Previously, we’d heard that Joe Dante, who directed the 1984 movie and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990, was not interested in returning to the director’s chair. As that’s still thought to be the case, Deadline »
- Gem Seddon
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
The unique deal, in a nod to old-Hollywood studio models, will allow Skydance to work with Kalogridis and Lussier as true creative partners. The comprehensive deal includes a first look option on all theatrical and digital projects developed by the team, along with consultancy on the studio’s content, overall.
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“Laeta and Patrick are first-class storytellers and world builders,” said Skydance »
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