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The Monster Squad – Remake in the works. Wolfman better watch his nards

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2010

Another day, another remake. This one involves The Monster Squad. That excellent 1987 film that had a group of kids fighting the classic versions of Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Gill Man and Frankenstein’s Monster – yes I know the Monster ends up helping them. The original was one of the first films were I fully realised how dreadful the curse of the werewolf could be (not just because of getting hit in the nards). The guy who played him really shows how much he wanted to die because of it. I digress.

Deadline have the news that Paramount are keen to remake it. Rob Cohen who produced the original is hoping to direct it and they are currently meeting with writers to get a script sorted. Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps) wrote the original so they need to get some good writers involved.

I really don’t think they’ll be able to recapture the coolness of the original. The kids in that were class and casting the new squad could be the weak link. If they do go for it I just hope they go for unknown child actors and none of the current Disney style kids with the big helmet type hair that seems to be doing the rounds.

Should it be a reboot or a sequel? Would be great to have the original Squad all grown up, but to be honest I don’t really want either. I’m sticking with the original (well until I hear more about this new one).

What are your thoughts on The Monster Squad getting back together?

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Doc Savage to return with Shane Black at the helm

Posted by LiveFor on February 23, 2010

Back in October last year I posted the story that the excellent Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) was writing a script for a new Doc Savage film from Columbia Pictures.

Now, according to Variety, Black is attached to direct the film from the screenplay he is writing with Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

One of the most popular characters in the pulps of the 1930s and ’40s, Doc Savage was also popularized on radio, film and TV. Trained since birth to be nearly superhuman in every way, Doc Savage uses his skills and powers to fight evil all over the world.

“Doc Savage is an icon, a character with limitless possibilities,” said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach of the character, who is by turns a scientist, physician, adventurer, inventor, explorer and researcher. “We have had a great experience working with Neal to bring another classic character of the era, the Green Hornet, to a new generation of fans, and we think he and Shane make the ideal team to bring Doc Savage back to the bigscreen.”

Black, who was one of the highest-paid scribes of late ’80s and early ’90s when he wrote such screenplays as “Lethal Weapon” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” segued to directing in recent years. He made his helming debut with the Robert Downey Jr. starrer “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (2005).

He’s also known for his vast collection of antique detective books and pulp fiction.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of the best films of the decade – I recommend you watch it if you haven’t already seen it – so we know Black can direct as well as write. He should hopefully make Doc Savage an incredible movie.

Who could play the Man of Bronze? Damian Lewis maybe?

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Mel Gibson back with Shane Black in Cold Warrior

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2010

Mel Gibson is currently in talks to work with Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black for Universal’s spy thriller Cold Warrior according to Heat Vision.

This will be Black’s second directing job after the absolutely brilliant Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (one of my favourite films of the last decade). Cold Warrior is a story in which a Cold War spy (Gibson) comes out of retirement to confront a domestic terrorism threat from Russia by teaming up with a younger agent. Charles Mondry wrote the script so not sure whether it will have the usual cool funny dialogue that Black’s script often have.

The dealmaking is still in the early stages but it does further Gibson’s plan to get himself back in front of the cameras and back in the public eye.

Gibson is on the slow road back to winning over the public again after all his recent shenanigans. Edge of Darkness, his first on-screen performance since 2002’s Signs, opens this Friday. He has just finished the Jodie Foster-directed black comedy The Beaver and is prepping to shoot his Mexican prison-set thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

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UPDATED: Doc Savage film to be written by Shane Black

Posted by LiveFor on October 24, 2009

docsavageDoc Savage is one of the great Pulp characters. The adventurer’s adventurer. He stars in numerours books and was played by Ron Eli on the big screen.

Now, according to AICN, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad) is writting a screenplay for a new film to be produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fantastic news as Black is a superb screenwriter who writes amazing dialogue. Evenbetter they are keeping it in the 1930’s

A quick rundown via Wikipedia – Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Devil Genghis, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. “He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers.” Main writter, Lester Dent, described the hero as a mix of Sherlock Holmes’ deductive abilities, Tarzan’s outstanding physical abilities, Craig Kennedy’s scientific education, and Abraham Lincoln’s goodness. Dent described Doc Savage as manifesting “Christliness.” Doc’s character and world-view is displayed in his oath, which goes as follows:

Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

He was helped out by the Fabulous Five:
* Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Blodgett “Monk” Mayfair, an industrial chemist. Monk got his nickname from his simian build, notably his long arms, and he was covered with red hair.
* Brigadier General Theodore Marley “Ham” Brooks, an accomplished attorney. Ham was considered one of the best-dressed men in the world, and as part of his attire, carried a sword cane whose blade is dipped in a fast-acting anesthetic.
* Colonel John “Renny” Renwick, a construction engineer. Renny was a giant of a man, with “fists like buckets of gristle and bone which no wooden door could withstand.” He usually had a gloomy expression, which deepened as he grew more happy.
* Major Thomas J. “Long Tom” Roberts, an electrical engineer. “Long Tom” got his nickname from using an antiquated cannon of that nick-name in the successful defense of a French village in World War I. Long Tom was a sickly-looking character, but fought like a wildcat.
* William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, an archaeologist and geologist. Johnny used “long words” (“I’ll be superamalgamated!” was a favourite saying). Johnny wore a monocle in early adventures (one eye having been blinded in World War I). Doc later performed corrective surgery that restored Johnny’s sight in that eye, but Johnny retained the monocle for use as a magnifying glass as well as a memento.

A Doc Savage archtype also appeared in Warren Ellis’ Planetary.

Now the question I put to you is who could play Doc Savage and the Fabulous Five?

UPDATE: The Doc Savage film is actually being produced by Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur

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Tales from the Script – Trailer for screenwriting documentary

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

Shane Black, John Carpenter (above), Frank Darabont, William Goldman, Paul Schrader, and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share hilarious anecdotes and penetrating insights in Tales from the Script, the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting.

By analyzing their triumphs and recalling their failures, the participants explain how successful writers develop the skills necessary for toughing out careers in one of the world’s most competitive industries. They also reveal the untold stories behind some of the greatest screenplays ever written, describing their adventures with luminaries including Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Kubrick, Joel Silver, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg.

The screenwriters involved are Allison Anders, Jane Anderson, Doug Atchison, John August, Shane Black, John D. Brancato, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Frank Darabont, Steven E. de Souza, Gerald Di Pego, Mark Fergus, Antwone Fisher, Naomi Foner Gyllenhall, Joe Forte, Josh Friedman, Mick Garris, William Goldman, David Hayter, Peter Hyams, Michael January, Steve Koren, Jonanthan Lemkin, Andrew W. Marlowe, Mark O’Keefe, Dennis Palumbo, Zak Penn, Daniel Pyne, Billy Ray, Adam Rifkin, Jose Rivera, Mark Rosenthal, Ari B. Rubin, Bruce Joel Rubin, Richard Rush, Paul Schrader, Mel Shavelson, Ron Shelton, Ronald Shusett, Joe Stillman, Stephen Susco, Duncan Tucker, Guinevere Turner, Kriss Turner, Linda Voorhees, Richard Walter, Richard Wenk, David S. Ward, James L. White, Michael Wolk, Kris Young, Justin Zackham.

Check out the official site.

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.


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Lethal Weapon 5 – Mel says he is too old for that Shit!

Posted by LiveFor on October 13, 2008

/film have the news that original series director Richard Donner (via: the Los Angeles Times) has said that Gibson turned down the idea for Lethal Weapon 5 and the project is dead.

“Mel turned it down. I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn’t involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be,” Donner said. “It’s too bad, actually, because Channing Gibson, who wrote the fourth one, and Mike Riva, a designer on three of them, and myself and Derek [Hoffman, an associate at The Donner Company] had an incredibly strong story for the fifth movie. But we weren’t given the opportunity and I think maybe I could have convinced Mel to do it. But Warners chose to go with Joel Silver.”

Donner concluded “Yes, the project is pretty much dead in the water unless someone had the sense to come to me.”

So that appears to be the end of that. What do you think?

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Lethal Weapon 5 is a definite go? I’m too old for this Shit and I’m probably the umpteenth site to use that

Posted by LiveFor on October 7, 2008

I mentioned a while ago that Lethal Weapon 5 was being written by the great Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). It was very much a rumour but looks like things are moving ahead with it after all. IGN talked with actor Columbus Short who said that he was up for a role in the sequel and that the film is on the fast track at Warner Brothers. Short might play Murtaugh’s son and hints that indeed both Mel Gibson and Danny Glover will be back.

Is it good or bad news that they are making another Lethal Weapon movie? I really hope they don’t try and introduce a younger pair to take over the franchise at a later date.


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Shane Black puts Lethal Weapon 5 on hold to make Cold Warrior

Posted by LiveFor on September 23, 2008

Variety reports that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is signed to direct a Cold War-era spy film titled Cold Warrior for Universal.

Chuck Mondry’s script tells the story of a spy who returns for retirement, and must team with a younger new school agent to confront a domestic terror threat from Russia.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a great movie that many people missed when it came out. Go and do yourself a favour and watch it as soon as you can. Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer are brilliant in it.

Still too early to tell what Cold Warrior will be like. The idea sounds pretty good but a little generic. It is also not clear if Black will be doing a rewrite on the script.

What do you think? Did you enjoy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Do you wish Black would just get on with Lethal Weapon 5?

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Lethal Weapon 5? Shane Black writing it

Posted by LiveFor on August 7, 2008

It’s being reported by TrackingB that legendary screenwriter, Shane Black, has written a script for Lethal Weapon 5 and handed it over to his friend, the franchise’s producer Joel Silver. Moreover, the guys pictured above are said to be interested in reprising their roles as LAPD badges Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. Coming Soon posted the following logline…

This time, homicidal Riggs (Mel Gibson) is about to retire, but pulls Murtaugh (Danny Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case, before they both officially head off into the sunset.

I’ll keep you posted as and when I find out more.

Discuss in the forum.

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