Project Updates : Harry Potter & Great Gatsby series, Spy Kids reboot, Alien Nation & more!

Skydance Media has teamed with Robert Rodriguez to develop a reboot of the filmmaker’s “Spy Kids” film series.
Rodriguez, who directed the previous three films in the franchise, will write and direct the new instalment. Rodriguez launched ”Spy Kids” with the original film in 2001, followed by ”Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” in 2002, ”Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” a year later and ”Spy Kids: All the Time in the World”, which starred Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven, in 2011. [More…]

A+E Studios and ITV Studios America are teaming with writer Michael Hirst for a big-budget TV series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel “The Great Gatsby”. Hirst says of the project, which he envisions as a closed-end mini series : “I seem to have lived with Gatsby most of my life, reading it first as a schoolboy, later teaching it at Oxford in the 1970s then re-reading it periodically ever since. As the critic Lionel Trilling once wrote: ‘The Great Gatsby is still as fresh as when it first appeared, it has even gained in weight and relevance.’ Today, as America seeks to reinvent itself once again, is the perfect moment to look with new eyes at this timeless story, to explore its famous and iconic characters through the modern lens of gender, race and sexual orientation. Fitzgerald’s profoundly romantic vision does not prevent him examining and exposing the darker underbelly of the American experience, which is why the story speaks to both tragedy and hope, and why it continues to resonate today.” [More…]

New Line has picked up horror-comedy “The Parenting”, penned by “SNL” co-head writer Kent Sublette, and set to be directed by Craig Johnson, of “The Skeleton Twins”. ”Plot details are being kept under lock and key but it is understood to have tones of Meet the Parents, the 2000 comedy that starred Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and told of a couple who engage in the time-honored, and fraught-filled, ritual of encountering a significant other’s parents, and balancing that with the real scares for which New Line, as the company behind The Conjuring franchise, among other horror movies, is known.” [More…]

HBO Max and Warner Bros are prepping a TV series based on the “Harry Potter” series of books. The streamer has reportedly engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television. The series is still a long ways off, by sounds. [More…]

Jeff Nichols’ proposed film reboot of ’80s classic “Alien Nation” is now a series. Speaking on the Team Deakins podcast, Nichols and cinematographer Adam Stone said the project has now evolved into a mini-series. “[We] spent three years building up an entire alien civilization and this set-up and all the characters. We were set to make it as our next big challenge, a $100 million studio film. Then Disney bought Fox and killed it, which was a little soul-crushing, to say the least. They came in and asked if I would be interested in turning it into a series, potentially. So I have taken the script and broken it into ten episodes, and it’s under consideration right now. Who knows, the powers that be are deciding that.”

Misha Green has announced that she will write and direct – it’ll be her feature directorial debut – the sequel to 2018’s “Tomb Raider”.

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