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Michael, Sam & the Lost Boys come to TV!

‘Veronica Mars’ creator gets the greenlit to resurrect the ’80s movie franchise for the small screen

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People are even stranger than they were when Michael realized curls get the calls, so no surprise to hear that The CW has jumped at the chance to exploit Warner’s long-yielding “Lost Boys” franchise by bringing it to TV.

Umpteen years after the direct-to-video sequels to the 1987 classic briefly breathed new life into the brand, The CW has picked up a pilot set in the world of Joel Schumacher’s classic rock n’ roll vampire flick. Now the network had considered doing something with the film a couple of years ago but ultimately changed their mind – probably had no money left after bankrolling the “Arrow” and “Flash” pilots.

Anywho, the series, to be executive produced by “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie” head-honcho Rob Thomas, and written by Heather Mitchell, will retell the story of the original film – with a couple of fresh faces playing Michael and Sam Emerson.

Here’s the official logline from WBTV : Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.

With The CW involved, it wouldn’t be out of the question to assume the series might be more akin to “The Vampire Diaries” or “The Originals” but at the same time, with Rob Thomas involved we might be in for a surprise – imagine ‘Veronica Mars’ with vamps! That could work!

In addition to “The Lost Boys”, The CW has also greenlit a pilot for a new “Nancy Drew” series, a second “Riverdale” spin-off (centering on Katy Keene) and a “Jane the Virgin” spin-off.

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True Lies TV series in the works from McG

The classic Arnie movie is getting a TV adaptation made

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McG (“Terminator Salvation”) is taking on more James Cameron, confirming he is working on a TV series adapted from the 1994 action-comedy “True Lies”. The series will be developed for the Disney+ streaming service.

McG spoke to Collider, stating “Well, right now my new thing for television is I’m doing ‘True Lies’ at Disney… which is exciting. I’m writing that one, which is very exciting, because I’m so passionate about that story where you think you know your partner but you don’t.”

Of course what we all want to know is … will there be Arnie? “There’s talk of that. It’s largely rebooted but there may be a spot there, we’ll see.”

In the original “True Lies”, Schwarzenegger plays a secret agent in the film who struggles to find the right balance between his work and family life, where he has to lie to his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) about his professional activities.

The original 1994 film, also starring Tom Arnold and Jamie Lee Curtis, was expected to be the first in a franchise – but director Cameron went cold on the idea after the events of 9/11, noting that terrorism wasn’t something to make light of anymore.

In the original, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a sales Representative for a computer company, with a wife, Helen, and a daughter, Dana, with a house in the suburbs in Washington D.C. Or so everybody thinks. Harry is actually an agent of a private organization that hunts down any threats to the United States. While he is investigating a possible threat on the U.S., his wife Helen becomes lonely and starts to hang around another man, a used car salesman named Simon (Bill Paxton), so Harry secretly uses his organization’s equipment to monitor on his wife and her new friend. Harry must also worry about the threat on the U.S. Meanwhile, a middle eastern terrorist named Salim Abu Aziz, has formed his own terrorist network he calls “Crimson Jihad” and they are threatening to Nuke the U.S. if they do not get what they want. So, Harry must stop the terrorists and, hopefully, save his own personal life.

McG, who has carved out somewhat of a career for himself in recent years directing and/or producing various small-screen projects for Netflix,  helmed “Terminator Salvation” – a sequel to Cameron’s grandiose ’80s classic “The Terminator”.

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The Falcon And The Winter Soldier miniseries for Disney+ gets director

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will star

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Disney+ is developing a 6-Part miniseries of “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie as Falcon and Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. Kari Skogland has been assigned to direct the series, which is also rumoured to have “Captain America: Civil War‘s” Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp in talks to join the cast.

Skogland has directed episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is also Emmy-nominated, a BAFTA-winning director, and showrunner.

The miniseries will air in August 2020. News via Deadline.

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Undisputed rebooted for TV

Popular martial-arts movie series will continue on the box

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Popular martial-arts movie series “Undisputed” – which kicked off in 2002 and has featured the likes of Ving Rhames, Wesley Snipes, Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins – is coming to TV.

Millennium and Empire Films, along with Isaac Florentine, director of the previous three films in the movie series, have set up a TV series adaptation, set to film in 2020 in Bulgaria.

The series, to be executive produced by Yaiv Lerner (“Rambo”), will follow the characters introduced in the film series- most notably, Yuri Boyka (Scott Adkins in the films), a Russian prison fighter on parole who seizes the opportunity to participate in the world’s biggest and most prestigious underground fighting tournament. Exposing the lucrative and intricate underbelly of fighting rings, Undisputed will reveal the microcosm of an expansionist international crime organization and connects everyone in it; those who participate in it, organize it, protect it, investigate it and collect the money. This is a world where every action has consequences.

Rouslan Ovtcharoff, Benjamin Jackendoff, Sean O’Kelly and Marc Bikindou will also be part of the producer’s committee on the project.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of buzz and presales interest around Undisputed the TV series, with buyers quick to recognize its broad commercial appeal,” said O’Kelly, founder of Empire. “As one of the most original and talented directors working today, Isaac Florentine will be sure to deliver the same riveting, high-octane action experience that Undisputed fans around the world have come to love and expect.”

Action-movie vet Florentine believes the TV series is a way to introduce the world of “Undisputed” up to a bigger audience.

“I am hoping that the mainstream American audience will finally discover the character of Yuri Boyka and like him the way he’s adored in the rest of the world”.

Via ‘The Hollywood Reporter

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