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Holy Imaginary White Rabbit – Spielberg to direct a remake of Harvey

Posted by LiveFor on August 2, 2009

harveyI never saw this one coming. Steven Spielberg was last busy at work shooting the 3D motion capture animated version of Tintin with Peter Jackson.

Now, according to /film, Spielberg’s next film will be an adaption of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

If the name sounds familiar that is because it was originally made into the classic film starring James Stewart as the friendly drunk who’s best friend is a six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit who may or may not be imaginary.

It is a classic film and one of the ones I remember watching a good few times as I was growing up (along with It’s A Wonderful Life, The Thief of Baghdad, The Italian Job and many more).

Spielberg released the following statement in a press release:

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through ‘Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” said Spielberg. “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with Twentieth Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

Jonathan Tropper (The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower) has written the new adaptation. No actors have been officially cast, but pre-production will begin immediately, with Speilberg, Dreamworks, and Fox hoping to begin shooting very early 2010.

As I said at the beginning I never saw this one coming and I do find the news surprising. Don’t get me wrong I love the original film, but I just never saw it being remade.

The question is who could they cast to take the role best played by James Stewart? Tom Hanks seems the likeliest but I think it maybe someone you wouldn’t expect.

How do you feel about the news and who should star in the remake?

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Ridley Scott is toying with an Alien prequel

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2009

IESB recently spoke to Fox Co-Chairman, Tom Rothman about a whole host of things.

Regarding a possible Alien prequel, “There’s been some talk. Ridley Scott, Ridley is right now working on Robin Hood, but I think he’s toying with the idea and that would be great for us. I mean, it’s always been a matter of, really, if you can get the originator to do it that would be the greatest thing, so I’ve got my fingers crossed, all of them.”

Interesting indeed. How cool would that be to have Scott back on the Alien universe. Would we finally get to find out some more about the Space Jockey and how his ship crashed.

He also talked about Robert Rodriguez’ Predators (and the fact that he has been given total control of the franchise), Daredevil, Avatar at Comic Con, Fan Four and the new Wolverine film.

Check out the full interview over on IESB.

Do you want another Ridley Scott Alien film? What would you like to see in a prequel? Should there be a definitive origin to the Alien?

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Watchmen – Are Fox and Warner Bros ready to settle this?

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2009

Some more good news regarding the fate of the Watchmen film from MTV.

The New York Times’ Carpetbagger blog noticed Fox Chairman Tom Rothman and Alan Horn of Warner Bros “down among the superstar seats, smiling and back-patting — each other, not the superstars — just before the show began. A public display of affection between studio chiefs, along with those pricey ‘Watchmen’ ads on the National Football League playoff games this weekend, would add up to a message as big as the Hollywood sign: The talks between hitherto warring Fox and Warner over a settlement of Fox’s lawsuit over rights to ‘Watchmen’ must be on track.”

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Wolverine and Deadpool news – Violent by all accounts

Posted by LiveFor on November 20, 2008

MTV have some news on the Wolverine movie and the possible Deadpool spin-off.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine” isn’t out in theaters until May 1, 2009, but there’s already been plenty of talk about a potential spin-off film focusing on Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth,” Deadpool. (In this case, a “spin-off of a spin-off” is more accurate, given the move from team-oriented “X-Men” movies to “Wolverine” solo — but you get the idea.)

During a recent “Comic Book Club” chat session between comedians and comics creators in Manhattan, former 20th Century Fox Studio Exec Jeff Katz (who had returned from the set of “Wolverine” just a few months ago) offered up his own thoughts about the potential for a “Deadpool” movie — as well as what you can expect to see in “Wolverine,” bub.

“The film nicely tees [Deadpool] off for his own spin-off film,” said Katz, who raved about Ryan Reynolds‘ portrayal of the wise-cracking mercenary. In Marvel’s comic book universe, Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool) is a product of the same “Weapon X” experiments that Wolverine was subjected to by the Canadian government, but the experiments left him disfigured and mentally unstable.

Katz’ comments seemed to reiterate those of Fox Chairman Tom Rothman, who previously addressed the possibility of a “Deadpool” spin-off and commented on the tone of “Wolverine.” According to Katz, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is “certainly the most violent” of the X-Men movies thus far, with a darker tone and significantly more action than its predecessors.

Of course, before “Deadpool” gets the go-ahead, there’s still another X-Men character likely to take a solo turn on the big screens: Magneto. With yesterday’s report of an official plot synopsis for “Magneto” hitting the ‘Net, it looks like “The Merc with a Mouth” will have to get in line behind “The Master of Magnetism.”

Anyone reading the new Deadpool comic? Who here wants a Deadpool movie? Will Ryan Reynolds be nice and disfigured as Wade Wilson is in the comic?

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Daredevil to be Rebooted like the Hulk

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2008

IESB have the news in their interview with 20th Century Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman.

IESB: One of the brands that has made Fox a lot of money is Marvel. Recently, there was a reboot of the Hulk, which was alright, but I think it was mainly to get it ready for the Avengers film coming up. But there are two Marvel properties you control amongst others, Daredevil and Elektra. Both films didn’t do too well but…reboot maybe?

Tom Rothman: A Daredevil, to use your words, reboot, is something we are thinking very seriously about.

IESB: Soon?

TR: Soon?

IESB: I have to ask.

TR: You’ve lost a lot a weight now Robert and you are going to live for a long time, this is the movie business, nothing is soon.

IESB: But there aren’t any issues rights wise you would have to look into?

TR: No. We’ve got all the rights. And yes, I think that the thing the Hulk showed although, it did what it did, is that it is possible, that if you really do it right the audience will give you a second chance. That it is possible. And I think that you see that when they did Batman Begins, the first Nolan movie, that you can have made some mistakes along the way or movies that the audience wasn’t that crazy about and then given the proper amount of time and the right creative vision behind it, you can, to use your word, reboot.

IESB: And Iron Man proved that a second tier hero done right can make lots of money.

TR: Correct, but these are good properties and I am actually encouraged by both the Hulk experience and particularly by what they did with Batman, after the relative disappointment of what the last Batman was [1990’s incarnations].

IESB: Would you do Daredevil as dark as The Dark Knight?

TR: Would it be as dark? I don’t know because what it really needs is, it needs a visionary at the level that Chris Nolan was. It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn’t do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that’s what we would look for.

What do you think of the news? Who could plat Matt Murdock?


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Problems on the Wolverine movie set

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2008

Jeffrey Wells over on Hollywood Elsewhere has some interesting news on the state of play on the Wolverine movie. Looks as if the studio people are trying to make it kiddy friendly which beggars belief after the success of The Dark Knight and the whole character if Logan. Apparantly there is some conflict with Gavin Hood (director) and Fox Studios. Here’s some snippets:

“There was/is a huge Wolverine set being recently used. I’m not even sure which lot it was built on, but the look or mood of the set is, according to a source who was told Hood’s view of things, supposed to be on the dark, dinghy and somber side. I only know what I was told, but the basics are that Hood was away from the set for whatever reason (shooting something else, taking a day or two off), and when he returned to the big somber set he was shocked to find that it had been repainted top to bottom on Tom Rothman’s (Fox CEO) orders. The murky-scuzzy vibe was gone, and a brighter and less downish look had taken its place.”

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