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ABC boss discusses The Jetsons live-action series

Back in August of last year it was announced that ABC has given the green light to a pilot episode of The Jetsons, a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera animated series from executive producers Robert Zemeckis, Gary Janetti and Jack Rapke.

During the Television Critics Association press tour, ABC’s Channing Dungey has confirmed to SlashFilm that the show will be shot in front of a live-action audience, but there are plans to incorporate visual effects in order to create the Jetsons’ vision of 100 years into the future:

“That is what I’m really looking forward to hearing,” said Dungey. “The team has already had a number of conversations with Zemeckis and the rest of the group. They have some really good ideas about how they want to pull that off. I have not yet been part of those conversations because I haven’t seen the script yet. They
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‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM

‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM
MGM has slated its animated The Addams Family feature film for a Halloweenish October 11 2019 release date. The film, which is based on the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams, was directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party). Also on that date is Warner Bros.’ Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures’ Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the…
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Here Are All The New Releases Coming to Netflix in January 2018

Netflix is starting out 2018 with a ton of new film and TV series releases! We are only about halfway through December, but if you're curious to know what is waiting for you on the streaming service in the new year, we have a full list the new releases and their release dates. There's a lot of great stuff coming including a bunch of Batman Films, the Lethal Weapon movies, The Godfather trilogy, Caddyshack, Apollo 13, King Kong, The Shawshank Redemption, Training Day, and even all of the Bring it On films! You can check out the fill list below!

Week of 1/1/18

10,000 B.C. -- 1/1/18

30 Days of Night -- 1/1/18

Age Of Shadows -- 1/1/18

AlphaGo -- 1/1/18

America's Sweethearts -- 1/1/18

Apollo 13 -- 1/1/18

Batman -- 1/1/18

Batman & Robin -- 1/1/18

Batman Begins -- 1/1/18

Batman Forever -- 1/1/18

Batman Returns -- 1/1/18

Breakfast at Tiffany's -- 1/1/18

Bring It On -- 1/1/18

Bring It On Again -- 1/1/18

Bring It On: All or Nothing
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Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake Coming to Netflix in the Us on January 5th

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Horror fans have been looking forward to seeing Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake since the film was teased in trailers back in 2015, but bankruptcy issues at Relativity Media delayed and ultimately brought the movie's release to a halt. Since that time, Flanagan directed two well-received films for Netflix, and the streaming service has now revealed that they will bring Before I Wake out of film purgatory and into the warm glow of the TV screen.

Netflix revealed the exciting Before I Wake news in their full announcement of titles being added to their streaming lineup in January of 2018. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, and Kate Bosworth, Before I Wake will be available to watch on the streaming service beginning Friday, January 5th, marking its first official release in the Us (it was previously released internationally, including in the UK by Netflix).

Other titles being added to Netflix (in the Us) include 30 Days of Night,
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‘The Godfather’ Trilogy Makes Netflix an Offer It Can’t Refuse Next Month; ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Midnight in Paris,’ Too

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Say this for 2018: It can’t be any worse than 2017, right? (Spoiler: It totally can.) At least Netflix’s first batch of offerings inspires cautious optimism in the new year, with everything from the entire “Godfather” trilogy, “Marie Antoinette,” five different “Batman” films and five different “Bring It On” movies (did you even know they’d made that many?), “Midnight in Paris,” the complete “Lethal Weapon” collection, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” and “The Truman Show” coming to the streaming service in January.

Read More:Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More

As for Netflix Originals, there are several: “Before I Wake” and “Rotten” are both available to stream as of January 5, “Somebody Feed Phil” and “The Polka King” premiere a week later, “The Open House” arrives on the 19th, and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” and “Dirty Money” both debut on the 26th.
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The Get Down star cast in Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu

For all its faults, the now defunct Netflix series The Get Down gave us a stunning ensemble cast, and according to Variety, one of the breakouts, Justice Smith, has been given the lead in the first live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu.

Goosebumps and Monsters vs. Aliens director Rob Letterman will work from a script written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, with The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator Toho distributing in Japan.

Smith can be seen next in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while there’s no details of a release date for Detective Pikachu.

Is a live action Pokémon movie something that gets your Jigglypuff twitching, or is this going to be a case of missing the boat on the Pokémon Go phenomenon?

See Also: Read our review of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
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Jack Black Not Returning in Goosebumps 2?

Jack Black Not Returning in Goosebumps 2?
Goosebumps 2 just got a little more interesting. A new report states that Jack Black, who starred in the first Goosebumps as creator R.L. Stine, may not return for the sequel. Sony has brought on writer Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) to pen a new version of the script, which reportedly won't feature Black's character. This is just one of several versions of the Goosebumps 2 script that Sony is considering.

At the present time, there's no actual deal in place for Jack Black to return in Goosebumps 2 as R.L. Stine, but sources say it's possible he could return, assuming his schedule allows for it. But this new script being worked on by Rob Lieber may be for reasons that go beyond scheduling. Jack Black is said to make $6 to $8 million per movie these days. Since Sony is looking to bring down the budget for
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Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director

Addams Family Animated Movie Gets Sausage Party Director
After languishing in development for years, MGM is finally moving forward with its The Addams Family animated adaptation, bringing on director Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) to take the helm. The filmmaker has also been brought on to produce the movie, alongside The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz. CG animation work is already under way in Vancouver, but MGM hasn't announced a release date, so it may be quite some time before it hits theaters, but it looks like it's finally on the right track after several years in development.

MGM Studios announced this project back in 2013, setting writer Pamela Pettler (The Corpse Bride) to write the script. Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi were initially attached as producers at the time, but now they are executive producing, with MGM's executive director Tabitha Shick overseeing the project. Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) provided revisions on Pamela Pettler's screenplay,
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The Jetsons live-action series ordered by ABC

There’s been talk of a live-action Jetsons for about as long as I can remember, and now it finally looks like it’s set to become a reality.

EW is reporting that ABC has placed a put pilot order for a live-action TV adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which is being written by Gary Janetti, who also executive produces alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.

Set 100 years into the future, the multi-camera comedy will “look at America’s favourite future family through a modern filter.” Given that it has a put pilot order, it’s very likely that The Jetsons will make it to series, or the network will face penalties.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. A new animated movie is also in development at Warner Bros. under Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party
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Walk of Fame Honoree Jeffrey Tambor on His Long Path From Stage to ‘Transparent’ Triumph

Walk of Fame Honoree Jeffrey Tambor on His Long Path From Stage to ‘Transparent’ Triumph
Long before his TV success, Jeffrey Tambor spent many years in repertory theater. Recalling those days, when he traveled around the country performing in cities such as Seattle, San Diego and Louisville, Tambor says, “There was an actor playing Casca in ‘Julius Caesar.’ He read my palm and I rolled my eyes, but he said [success] is going to happen but very late.”

The 73-year-old actor says he is “stunned and grateful and happy” about receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 8. He recalls a childhood visit to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he grew up. “I remember my father, Bernard, took my brother Larry and I — I was 10 years old, if that — to Hollywood,” he says. “We did the thing where you put your handprints where Clark Gable’s were. So this is quite the circle, quite a moment for me.”

Tambor began acting on the small screen in 1977. He racked up
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Warner Bros. developing a live-action Jetsons TV series

According to TV Line, Warner Bros. is in development on a live-action version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Jetsons.

The site reports that Family Guy executive producer Gary Janetti has been brought in to shepherd the project, described as a multi-camera comedy, and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke. It is expected to be shopped to interested broadcast and cable networks in the coming weeks.

In addition to the series, Warner is also working on an animated Jetsons feature film, having tapped Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop.

The Jetsons originally ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990. It follows the space age adventures of the titular family, led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro.
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Jack Black Set to Return for Goosebumps: Horrorland

We've known for a while now that a Goosebumps sequel was in the works and we all assumed that Jack Black would return, but now we have confirmation from author R.L. Stine, he tweeted yesterday that Black will be back.

Yes, there is a script for the Goosebumps movie sequel, and I am told that my evil twin, Jack Black, has signed on. More news to come!

R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) June 12, 2017

The Goosebumps movie sequel is tentatively called Goosebumps Horrorland and is slated for September, 2018. Watch out for Slappy!

R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) June 12, 2017

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters vs. Aliens) is currently attached to direct the follow-up to 2015’s hit family horror film, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland.

In the Horrorland books the story is set in a massive theme park that is described by R.L. Stine as “the scariest place on earth."

What do you guys think?
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Sausage Party director developing The Jetsons animated movie

THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has tapped Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sausage Party) to develop its animated big screen take on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons.

Spurred on by the success of The Flintstones, The Jetsons followed the misadventures of the space age family led by father George, along with wife Jane, children Judy and Elroy, household robot Rosie and family dog Astro. It ran on ABC between 1962 and 1963, with an animated feature Jetsons: The Movie released in 1990.

Several studios have tried to launch a live-action take on The Jetsons, with the rights passing between Paramount, Universal and current holders Warner Bros., with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached at various points.

This latest animated adaptation was first announced back in January of 2015, when Warner Bros. hired Matt Lieberman (Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief) to pen a screenplay.
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Sausage Party director, Conrad Vernon to develop The Jetsons

Author: Zehra Phelan

Hands up all those that enjoyed r-rated animation, Sausage Party, come on now don’t be shy! Well, the man who co-directed aforementioned Sausage Party, Conrad Vernon, has jumped on board Warner Animation Group’s much-awaited project to bring space family, The Jetsons to the big screen.

The likes of Paramount and Universal have tried and failed to bring the Jetsons to the silver screen in one form or another but since Warner obtained the rights in the late 90s a number of projects including the family have been attempted with the likes of Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez (the latter had a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) at the helm but neither panned out.

The popular primetime cartoon show featured the Jetson family living in a utopian future. People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aero cars that
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The Jetsons Animated Film Will Be Helmed By Sausage Party Director

Warner Bros. is moving forward with their animated feature film adaptation of The Jetsons and they've hired Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon to develop the project. Vernon also co-directed films such as Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. He also provided the voice of Gingerbread Man in Shrek.

WB has been developing The Jetsons for awhile now and in 2015 they hired Matt Lieberman to write the script. Lieberman is also writing the Short Circuit remake. Robert Rodriguez was originally attached to the project, but he no longer has any involvement.

I used to the watch The Jetsons all the time when I was a kid. I haven't watched that cartoon in years, but it was a sci-fi show that centered on the futuristic lives of the Jetson family that consisted of George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot.

There are
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The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director

The Jetsons Movie Lands Sausage Party Director
After gestating in development for years as a live-action adaptation, Warner Bros.' animated adaptation of The Jetsons is now moving forward. The studio's Warner Animation Group has brought on Conrad Vernon, who most recently directed Sony's R-rated Sausage Party, to take the reins of this animated movie. The filmmaker has been brought on to develop the project, with an eye towards directing it himself. It isn't clear if he will be working with another writer or if he will write the script himself.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, with the filmmaker coming aboard keeping this project firmly entrenched within the Warner Animation Group banner. That wasn't always the case, though, with the studio previously trying to put together a Jetsons live-action movie for many years, with directors such as Adam Shankman and Robert Rodriguez attached to the project, with the later working from a script by The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg.
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Newswire: Sausage Party director to get his greasy hands all over The Jetsons

It’s been a while since we checked in on Warner Bros.’ new animated Jetsons movie—two years of whiles, in fact—but The Hollywood Reporter has some fresh news about George Jetson, his boy Elroy, etc. THR reports that Conrad Vernon—the Dreamworks veteran who directed Shrek 2 and Monsters Vs. Aliens, before moving into more adult fare as half the directing team on Seth Rogen’s recent hit Sausage Party—has been tapped to helm the Hanna-Barbera adaptation.

Presumably, Vernon’s kid-friendly new project will shy away from the sexually explicit hot dog buns and murderous douches that marked his last film—although hey, it’s the far-future, so who really knows? For its part, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Jetsons project off the ground for decades now, following in the footsteps of failed live-action versions from Paramount and Universal in the 1990s.
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Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director

Animated ‘Jetsons’ Movie to Lift Off With ‘Sausage Party’ Director
Warner Bros. has hired “Sausage Party” co-director Conrad Vernon to develop its animated feature “The Jetsons” with an eye to direct.

Vernon’s credits include co-directing “Shrek 2,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” in addition to the raunchy “Sausage Party” with Greg Tiernan. “Sausage Party” grossed $140 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Vernon also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” movies.

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Warner Bros. has been trying for several years to move forward on “The Jetsons,” hiring Matt Lieberman to write the script in 2015.

The Hanna-Barbera original animated show aired in primetime on ABC in 1962-63. It was set in 2062 and centered on George, Jane, Judy, and Elroy Jetson along with Rosie the Robot. The series was a Space Age counterpart to Hanna-Barbera’s “The Flintstones.”

Warner Bros., which owns the Hanna-Barbera library,
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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ Review: Once-Charming Franchise Takes a Road to Nowhere

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ Review: Once-Charming Franchise Takes a Road to Nowhere
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”: Yup, the experience of watching this movie is right there in the title. Unconscionably overlong while offensively appealing to the lowest common denominator of filmgoers, this film would appear to lack a single reason to exist. It’s been five years since the “Diary” trilogy came to a close with “Dog Days” — a touching finale of a franchise written by the versatile Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”). The book had seemed to be literally closed on this one. And for good reason. Compelling artistry always knows where (and when) to.
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Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’

Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to Voice Timon and Pumbaa in Live-Action ‘Lion King’
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner have been tapped to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Lion King,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role of Mufasa that he voiced in the original. Beyonce is still circling the role of Nala.

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In the original, Timon and Pumbaa were the lovable meerkat and warthog who look after Simba after he flees his kingdom.

Jon Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, with the studio recently dating it for July 19, 2019.

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and,
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