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Posted on by Scott Delahunt

Clive Barker remaking Hellraiser.


Barker plans on bringing back Doug Bradley to play Pinhead.  Barker will also write the script.  Essentially, this is a remake of a movie adapting a short story.  It just needs a novelization and a video game to complete circle.


Charmed reboot in the works.


CBS is working on a “re-imagining” of /Charmed/ with a pilot script already written.  The timing is good; the supernatural is well represented today on television.  The question is will people want to watch a remake of a series that ended only seven years ago.


NBC to air live version of The Sound of Music


Why risk failure when one can risk complete humiliation?  NBC’s desperation is getting obvious as it features Carrie Underwood as Maria in a live production of the classic movie.  I got nothing.


Inexplicable sequels.


Cracked.com[http://www.cracked.com] lists six movies getting sequels, including one for Blade Runner[http://www.musehack.com/blog/2013/09/lost-translation-76-blade-runner.html].  All the movies listed are from the 80s.  Yeah.


New Cosmos series to be headed by Neil deGrasse Tyson


If anyone can replace Carl Sagan, it’s Tyson.  The new /Cosmos/ will air on Fox and is co-produced by National Geographic.


The Sandman returning after 25 years.


Neil Gaiman is returning to The Sandman in a limited run.  You have to admire a man who quotes a Muppet in an interview.


The 50 Shades of Grey movie is running into problems

First, Charlie Hunnam is out as Grey.[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/charlie-hunnam-drops-fifty-shades-grey-film-article-1.1483639]  Replacing Hunnam is Jamie Dornan[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/jamie-dornan-cast-fifty-shades-grey-celebrities-fans-react-article-1.1495324].  Now the start of filming is delayed until December 2[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/fifty-shades-of-grey-delayed_n_4170444.html] as a result of the recasting.  This could affect the movie’s scheduled release date of August 1, 2014.


Starblazers getting live action adaptation


The American version of /Space Battleship Yamato/ is getting the big budget treatment.  Christopher McQuarrie has signed on as writer and director.


Marvel Studios is busy with a Black Panther movie also confirmed in development.


Marvel Studios is working to get as many Avengers characters on the big screen.  No details yet on the /Black Panther/ movie, but T’Challa has a rich background to work from.


The Addams Family rebooted again


They’re creepy and they’re kook-y and heading back to the big screen as an animated movie.  They’re the Addams Family.


Columbo fan film on Kickstarter


To get the Columbo name will take $10 000 to license the title from Universal.  However, the ₤2500 goal will let the filmmakers do an homage in the style of a Columbo episode, where the viewers see who the murderer is and follow the detective through the clues.


Another look at which to experience first, the book or the movie based on it.


Related to my post on methodologies,[http://www.musehack.com/blog/2013/11/lost-translation-81-methodologies.html] a different look at which comes first.  It boils down to individual taste.


DC/Warner Bros. to make /Hourman/ TV series.


Who?  Did the Catwoman disaster scare Warner so much that DC’s range of superheroines get passed over for someone who doesn’t have name recognition outside Justice Society of America fandom?  Apparently, the DC disconnect[http://www.musehack.com/blog/2013/09/analysis-dc-disconnect.html] runs further up the family tree.  The Hourman series could be good; I’m not writing it off.  It’s just another sign that DC and Warner are isolated.


Meanwhile, at Marvel, a new heroine takes on the Ms. Marvel name.


With Carol Danvers taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel was open for a new character.  Marvel is filling the role with Kamala Khan, a Pakistani girl who idolized Danvers.  Ms. Marvel will have her own title.


It’s not just Hollywood doing adaptations.


Jane Austen has become the latest go-to source for reimaginings, from exploring the Bennet side of Pride and Prejudice/ to The Austen Project where authors rewrite Austen’s books from a new perspective to web series like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries [http://www.lizziebennet.com/] modernizing the story.


New Terminator movie now casting.


The story calls the movie a reboot, but from the sounds of it, it relies on the previous movies.  It’s hard to call it a sequel, but time travel messes up time lines and continuity.  Call it a restart of the franchise.


Angela Lansbury does not approve.


Lansbury, who played Jessica Fletcher in the original Murder, She Wrote [http://www.musehack.com/blog/2013/10/lost-translation-pre-review-murder-remade.html], is questioning why the remake is using the title.  She has no problem with Olivia Spencer and thinks she’s “a lovely actress”, but just wonders why the series needs the Murder, She Write title.  The answer: NBC is desperate for viewers and is hoping to draw people in with the name.


Ghost being remade as a TV series.


The movie, which starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg, is being reworked by Paramount as a TV series.  The catch is going to be recreating the chemistry the original movie had between its cast and sustaining the plot over several seasons.  The original Ghost was about a man avenging his own death as a ghost.


Tales from the Darkside being rebooted.


The horror anthology may return to life on The CW, with horror novelist Joe Hill on board.  If the reboot can get solid stories each episode, it should do well; anthologies are a different beast from a drama.  There are no continuing characters for fans to latch on to and complain about if a facet about them has changed.  Anthologies survive based on each individual story in the series being strong.  This has a better chance of survival than most remakes.


Disney to bring The Princess Bride to the stage.


William Goldman, the author of the book the movie was based on, is working with Disney on the adaptation, as he did with the movie.  Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios and the driving force behind this adaptation, worked at Castle Rock when the beloved movie was made.


Temple Run, the movie.  Wait.


Temple Run, the video game on mobile platforms about escaping from a temple after looting it, may become a movie.  Warner Bros. is in negotiations to adapt the game, where all the player does is run.  If it is made, I suspect the movie will resemble an Indiana Jones clone more than it will the game.

– Scott



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