20 items from 2014
It's been two years since it was announced that Universal Pictures was teaming up with Despicable Me animation studio Illumination Entertainment for a live-action/animated hybrid adaptation of Scholastic's giant canine, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Now word comes from Universal that they will take the humongous dog out for a walk in theaters on April 8th, 2016. Still no plot details, voice cast or director has been revealed for the project, but when the project was announced in 2012, Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain and The Sorcerer's Apprentice scribe Matt Lopez was writing the script. We're not sure if that's still the case, but nonetheless, Clifford is on his way for every family to enjoy in theaters. »
- Ethan Anderton
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Drew Carey Show) and Etan Cohen's (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (College Road Trip). Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Into the Storm) and Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, Race to Witch Mountain) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (Blended), Sean Robins (Into the Storm) and Samson Mucke (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) serving as executive producers.
Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places), Logan Miller (I'm in the Band, Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. »
We’ve been keeping Daily Dead readers posted on Scouts vs. Zombies’ journey to the big screen and, with the main cast locked in, it has been announced that filming has started:
Press Release via Coming Soon: “Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography on “Scouts Vs. Zombies” has commenced in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”).
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Drew Carey Show”) and Etan Cohen’s (“Men In Black 3,” “Tropic Thunder”) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (“College Road Trip”). Todd Garner (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Into The Storm”) and Andy Fickman (“Parental Guidance,” “Race To Witch Mountain”) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (“Blended”), Sean Robins (“Into The Storm”) and Samson Mucke (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) serving as executive producers.
- Jonathan James
Exclusive: Andy Fickman has been set by Millennium Films to direct My Owner’s Wedding, a romantic comedy about two eligible young women, the guy they both want, and his dog. The latter will go to any length to make sure his owner winds up with the right girl. Fickman is coming off Parental Guidance and helmed the hits Race To Witch Mountain and The Game Plan. He is also exec producer and is directing the Disney Channel’s series Liv And Maddie and is producing and directing the Off-Broadway production Heathers The Musical, based on the cult teen movie. Fickman is directing Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, with Kevin James reprising for Sony, and Fickman’s producing the self-explanatory Scouts Vs. Zombies for Paramount. My Owner’s Wedding was scripted by Robert Cary (Anything But Love) and Jonathan Tolins, whose Buyer And Cellar is playing off-Broadway. The film is produced by Cary, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he's since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007's Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving undead on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, »
Exclusive: Feature writer Matt Lopez is formalizing his foray into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. The pact, Lopez’s first overall TV arrangement, stems from One Kick, a drama project he developed at NBC through Uni TV this season. “Matt writes with texture and layers and creates dynamic characters,” Uni TV Evp Bela Bajaria said. “We enjoyed our development experience with him and are looking forward to working with Matt at Universal TV.” In features, Lopez, repped by Wme and Lichter, Grossman, is a go-to screenwriter for family fare, including Bedtime Stories, Race To Witch Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the upcoming Clifford The Big Red Dog. On the producing side, he has teamed with Peter Chernin on Huck, about new adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, at Paramount. On TV, Lopez has explored darker territory, writing ABC pilots Gothica and Jekyll & Hyde the last two years. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
He’s faced down wrestling champions, giant reptiles, drug traffickers, car-racing mercenaries and the evil Cobra organization, but 2015 will find Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on his most daunting opponent yet: Mother Nature. In Warner Bros.’s disaster flick San Andreas, he’ll play a rescue chopper pilot who travels across an earthquake-ravaged California in order to save his estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario). Luckily, it looks like Johnson won’t be making the trek alone, with news that Carla Gugino has signed on for a major supporting part.
Gugino, known for her roles in Sin City and Watchmen, is set to play the ex-wife of Johnson’s character, who journeys with him from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter after a gargantuan earthquake destroys California.
- Isaac Feldberg
The story follows a special ops firefighter (Dwayne Johnson) and his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) who make the arduous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario), after a massive earthquake hits.
Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) is directing from a script most recently worked on by Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring). Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (Red Dawn) sold the original pitch based on a story by Beau Flynn, with Carlton Cuse also working on the script. Beau Flynn is producing with Village Roadshow, although it isn't clear when production may begin.
The last time Carla Gugino and Dwayne Johnson teamed up on screen, we got the updated Race To Witch Mountain, a decent Disney family adventure. They’ll be hoping to repeat the trick with San Andreas, as Gugino is now joining Johnson in the earthquake thriller.From the sounds of things they won’t be quite as simpatico, character-wise, at least to begin with, since Gugino is set to play Johnson’s ex-wife. He’s a special ops fire fighter, who is figuring out his life in Los Angeles when a huge quake hits, devastating chunks of California. With a treacherous journey ahead, Johnson and Gugino must reach their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Francisco. Will it bring them closer together along the way? The smart money says yes.Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton is set to direct the film in Australia this summer, working from a »
2014 has been an unexpectedly strong year for the work of late author Ira Levin. In addition to NBC’s planned miniseries adaptation of his iconic chiller Rosemary’s Baby, which will star Zoe Saldana and hew much more closely to Levin’s novel than the Roman Polanski film, TWC-Dimension is steadily moving forward with an adaptation of his creepy play Veronica’s Room, which now has The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback on board to pen the script.
In Veronica’s Room, college students Susan and Larry are drawn to a creepy New England mansion, where Susan is told that she bears a striking resemblance to the sole inhabitant’s long-dead sister. When the pair are asked by the caretakers to stay with the inhabitant, an old woman suffering from dementia, until she passes away, they reluctantly agree. However, the seemingly merciful errand takes a dark turn as Susan and Larry »
- Isaac Feldberg
We apologise profusely and you can stop reading this now if you so choose to, but the sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop has added five new names to its cast.
Wizards of Waverly Place and Grown Ups 2 star David Henrie has signed on as a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s (Kevin James) daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) develops a crush on. while Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) will also co-star along with Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry) and James' brother Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), who'll be playing fellow security guards.
- Gary Collinson
The upcoming Us remake of the 2003 Japanese thriller '2Ldk' has not only gained a new director but also a new leading star. 'Entourage' star Kevin Connolly has been slotted to replace Andy Fickman ('Race to Witch Mountain') to direct 'The Wright Girls'. And even original leading lady Gemma Arterton ('Byzantium') has been replaced by the 'just as sexy' star Jessica Alba -below ('Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'). The Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment co-production will begin shooting in La this coming April. Connolly will direct from a script adapted by 'Easy A' scribe Bert Royal. In a statement Connolly said: 'I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Jessica... and re-imagine this great story for a new audience. It's been great working with everyone at A tlas as we gear up for production.' »
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”
Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”
He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other »
- Dave McNary
It's a good sign for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that 20th Century Fox hired its director Matt Reeves to helm the third Planet of the Apes film as welll, adding writing duties to his job. Reeves will write the script with Dawn scribe Mark Bomback (who also wrote Race to Witch Mountain, which is one of the most popular movies on KidsPickFlicks).
The first movie in the Apes reboot was Rise of the Planet of the Apes which starred James Franco and Frieda Pinto. Those actors and their human characters will not be returning, with the storyline in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Andy Serkis' ape "Caesar" now leading an army in a human vs ape war. Jason Clarke (The Great Gatsby), Keri Russell (Bedtime Stories) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) star as the humans. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Kevin James' Paul Blart: Mall Cop was a pretty stupid movie, and I think it's ridiculous that it's getting a sequel. Why is it getting a sequel? Because the movie made a stupid amount of money at the box office. People actually watch this crap. Oh well, that's just how Hollywood works.
Andy Fickman (The Game Plan, She's The Man, Race to Witch Mountain) is currently in discussions to direct the film. The there's James, who will reprise his role as Blart, "the milquetoast security guard who will have to step up one for another adventure." The movie is scheduled to start shooting in April. »
- Joey Paur
Rejoice for the much adored comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop looks set to get a sequel.
Sony evidently feels as if audiences are yearning for more of Kevin James falling over and making a fool out of himself and the studio has hired Race to Witch Mountain, You Again and Parental Guidance director Andy Fickman to helm the sequel to the 2009 original.
- Gary Collinson
The family friendly version of Die Hard that became a surprise box-office hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, could very well have a sequel on its way. Star Kevin James will return to the eponymous role and will once again co-write along with Nick Bakay. Andy Fickman, the man that brought us She’S The Man, The Game Plan, Race To Witch Mountain and Parental Guidance, is in negotiations to direct the upcoming sequel.
Paul Blart:mall Cop saw Kevin James’ hero go up against criminals that took over his mall. With a lot of slapstick humour, the film wasn’t that great, but it did bring home the dollars, raking in $183 million on a $26 million budget. Although he’s no Buster Keaton, James’ physical comedy must have entertained some people.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The post ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2′ Is Coming appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
One of 2009's surprise smash hits was Kevin James vehicle (and minor tongue-twister) Paul Blart: Mall Cop, a not-as-bad-as-you'd-think workplace comedy about an overweight security guard taking on a bunch of crims. With a $26 million budget, it hauled in $183 million worldwide, which is no doubt why both James and his director, Andy Flickman, are planning a sequel.Joining Flickman (She's The Man, Race To Witch Mountain, Parental Guidance) and James (I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry, Grown Ups, Zookeeper, Grown Ups 2, Here Comes The Boom) is writer Nick Bakay (the voice of Salem the cat in 1990s Saturday morning classic Sabrina The Teenage Witch) who also co-wrote the first film with James.As well as co-writing and starring, James will also produce, joined by Todd Garner and Adam Sandler. Fingers crossed that some of the original cast will return, such as Jayma Mays, Keir O'Donnell, Raini Rodriguez, Shirley Knight and Bobby Cannavale. »
Nearly five years after the 2009 surprise hit comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop debuted in theaters, star Kevin James has signed on to reprise his title role for the sequel Paul Blart 2, with Andy Fickman in talks to direct for Sony Pictures.
Kevin James is also co-writing the screenplay, alongside his Paul Blart: Mall Cop writing partner Nick Bakay. No story details were given for the follow-up. The original comedy followed a New Jersey father who takes his job as a suburban mall cop way too seriously. He must spring into action when a group of thieves take over his shopping center.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which was directed by Steve Carr, earned $183 million worldwide, from just a $26 million production budget. Andy Fickman most recently directed Parental Guidance starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. »
Kevin James is back as the sequel to the 2009 comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop gets a green light. The sequel is close to landing a director. THR reports that Andy Fickman (She's the Man, Race to Witch Mountain) is currently in negotiations to helm the project. Adam Sandler and Todd Garner are returning to produce the film, which James cowrote. Filming is slated to begin in April so it's feasible this movie could hit theaters during the first few months of 2015. Paul Blart: Mall Cop was a surprise hit when it made $146 million domestically. The film marked James' first starring role in a Sandler-produced film following a couple of uncredited bit parts in other Happy Madison productions. In the first film, James played a...
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20 items from 2014
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