The Green Hornet & Kato
Leigh Whannell, director of The Invisible Man, will reunite with Universal on a bigscreen adaptation of the radio serial and movie series.
The studio met with a number of directors on the project but as soon as the Aussie filmmaker threw his hat in the mix he essentially slid into the top spot.
The most recent movie version of the Green Hornet was produced by Sony in 2011 and starred Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou.
David Koepp of Jurassic Park fame wrote the most recent draft. [More…]
Gina Rodriguez (“Superstore”) and Zachary Levi (Shazam!) will star in a reboot of the Robert Rodriguez-directed family film for Netflix. Everly Carganilla and newcomer Connor Esterson are also set to star in the upcoming Netflix, Skydance and Spyglass production.
Rodriguez will write (with son Racer Max), direct and produce the next film, which will introduce the world to a new family of spies.
“This latest Spy Kids chapter is set after the children of the world’s greatest secret agents unwittingly help a powerful game developer unleash a computer virus that gives him control of all technology, leading them to become spies themselves to save their parents and the world.” [More…]
Dennis Quaid, Isabelle Fuhrman, David Thewlis, Josh Hutcherson and Kiera Allen have signed up for Jonathan Sobol-written/directed sci-fi mystery Littlemouth.
“The film set in the present day follows a brilliant computer scientist (Fuhrman) who is recruited by a charismatic tech billionaire (Quaid) to work on a secret project that might just change humanity’s place in the universe forever, though it comes at great risk.” [More…]
Michael Rooker is reteaming with his Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer director John McNaughton for Road Rage, intended to be the first in a series. Similar to TV’s “Dexter”, the film “will center on a serial killer who only kills those who deserve to die—presenting a modern hero who is a bad guy gone good, protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty.” [More…]
Mission : Impossible and Clear and Present Danger star Henry Czerny has joined the cast of the next Scream film at Paramount and Spyglass Pictures.
The new outing, shooting in Canada (doubling for New York), only sees the return of OG cast member Courteney Cox but brings back Hayden Panetierre from Scream 4 and various cast members from the 2022 reboot.
Despite suggestions Thor : Love and Thunder might be his final go-round as the god of thunder, Chris Hemsworth said in a recent interview that he’s quite open to continuing in the role.
“Each time, if the opportunity comes up and presents itself, I’m just open to whatever creative exploration can happen, thanks to different writers and directors and so on.
But I love playing the character, I really do. It always comes down to: ‘Is this script different to the last one? Are we repeating something?’ And when it becomes too familiar, I think that’s when I’d have to say, ‘Yeah, no, this doesn’t… I think I’ve… I’d like to exit before people tell me to exit.” [More…]
Like Avatar, which is re-releasing ahead of the sequel, James Cameron’s Titanic is also being re-issued. The Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet blockbuster will return to theaters for Valentine’s day weekend 2023. [More…]
Gigi & Nate
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Free Turn’s Gigi & Nate. Making her scene-stealing big-screen debut in the titular role of service animal “Gigi,” Allie may be the smallest cast member, but audiences will discover her enormous heart when Roadside Attractions releases the film exclusively in theaters on September 2nd, 2022.
The film, starring Charlie Rowe, Oscar® winner Marcia Gay Harden, and Jim Belushi, is based on true events. Gigi & Nate is the story of Nate Gibson, a young man whose life is turned upside down after he suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi – a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Although she is trained to assist Nate with his basic needs, Gigi helps Nate find what he needs most of all: hope.
The film is directed and produced by BAFTA® winning director Nick Hamm (Driven, The Journey), alongside producers and frequent collaborators, Piers Tempest (The Wife, Ordinary Love) of Tempo Productions and René Besson. Executive produced by Marie-Christine Jaeger-Firmenich. Jon Hamm of Free Turn Films and Nick Drew of Axis Studios also executive produced. Emmy nominee David Hudgins has penned the script.
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights features a double dose of terror inspired by the company regarded as the driving force in horror with “The Horrors of Blumhouse” haunted houses which bring to life Blumhouse’s upcoming supernatural thriller The Black Phone and horror-comedy Freaky. The frightening event begins at Universal Orlando Resort on September 2 and at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 8.
“The Horrors of Blumhouse” will transport guests into an alternate dimension where the scares are real and the stakes are life or death. In The Black Phone, which hits theatres June 24, “The Grabber” is a demented magician best known for his sinister trick of making people disappear – permanently. Guests will find themselves trapped in his “fun” house where the sound of ghostly voices whisper hints on how to escape, but guests must tread carefully to outwit and outrun “The Grabber’s” twisted magic. Freaky will challenge guests to outrun serial killer “The Butcher” who has switched bodies with a high school girl after being cursed by The La Dola Dagger, an ancient Aztec blade. Guests will learn firsthand that looks can be deceiving as they encounter the sweet-looking teen who is actually “The Butcher” – and she is determined to hunt for their next victims.