Later today, the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be hosting a live stream event where viewers from around the world can watch the induction and honoring of legendary horror director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow). The event will start at 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST, and we’ve embedded the video below so all you have to do is click ‘Play’ and you’ll be a part of the event. Romero passed away in July of this year at the age of 77. We collected tributes from dozens of people in the industry, all of whom shared their thoughts, memories, and stories about George with us. You can read them here. There are multiple events honoring George today in the Los Angeles area. Details for each can be found right here
JAMES GUNN TO REBOOT STARSKY AND HUTCH FOR TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television announced it will reboot the classic TV cop series Starsky and Hutch. It will be executive produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, who will write the scripts with his brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn, who wrote the screenplay to Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. There is no word yet on whether James Gunn will direct episodes of the series.
The reboot will also be executive produced by Original Film’s Neal Moritz and Pavun Shetty.
The original Starsky & Hutch was created by William Blinn. It ran on ABC in the US from 1975 to 1979. The show focused on undercover detectives David Michael Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) and Richard “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul) as they kept order in the fictional southern California town Bay City in their 1976 Ford Gran Torino. They were helped by their informant Huggy Bear, played by Antonio Fargas.
The 2004 film adaptation of Starsky and Hutch starred Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the undercover cops and Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear. The film grossed $170.2 million worldwide. The series also inspired a 2003 video game from Empire Interactive. Starsky and Hutch isn’t the only TV reboot in the works. ABC is developing a live-action version of the futuristic classic cartoon The Jetsons. NBC is reviving the sixties comedy horror series The Munsters and Miami Vice. CBS will debut a reboot of SWAT this fall. The CW will launch a female-led reboot of Dynasty.
The Last Jedi is just months away! The Han Solo spinoff, 2018 and Episode 8 the final chapter in the sequel trilogyhas been revealed to have a 2019 release, but fans want to know what happens in 2020..... and beyond! Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has given us an update!
Kennedy gave an update on the status of future films to Spanish outlet eCartelera ), saying that Lucasfilm would begin planning for Star Wars movies past 2020 after doing a reading of the script for Episode IX, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).
Kennedy said, "to be honest, we are beginning to talk about [the spin-offs] right now. We have four or five weeks immersed in the film Han Solo and we are about to read the script of Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX, so we have a lot of work at the moment. In the next six or eight months we will have some meetings about the stories that we will develop here".
20TH CENTURY FOX SETS RELEASE DATES FOR FOUR ‘AVATAR’ SEQUELS BETWEEN 2020 & 2025
Work on the next four Avatar films is under way, director James Cameron has said. The original 2009 3D blockbuster won three Oscars for its stunning visual effects, cinematography and art direction. In a Facebook post Cameron wrote: "Great to be working with the best team in the business!"Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels.
Here are all four official release dates;
Avatar 2: December 18, 2020 Avatar 3: December 17, 2021 Avatar 4: December 20, 2024 Avatar 5: December 19, 2025
Sylvester Stallone has confirmed reports from the end of last year that The Expendables 4 is on the way. In a video he uploaded to his Facebook feed over the festive period, Stallone said that he was working on the next Expendables, and “that was going to be great, fingers crossed”.
He added that “we’re going to do our best. I think we’ve got some really great actors going, we’ve got great ideas, everyone’s expecting something different and we’re going to give it to ‘em”. The Expendables 4 is set to shoot later this year, ahead of a release in 2018. Thus far, there’s been no formal announcement as to which actors are returning (The Statham is surely a shoo-in), and who’s going to direct the movie (each of The Expendables films has had a different helmer so far). It’s expected that Stallone will be penning the screenplay, though.
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Last month it was announced that Gerard Butler will be reprising the role of Secret Service agent Mike Banning for Angel Has Fallen, but he won’t be joined by Aaron Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher in the new sequel to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. “The President is retired,” said Eckhart “He’s golfing and he’s amassing his library right now, so… [salutes].”
The plot for Angel Has Fallen will see Butler’s Banning protecting Air Force One, so – as in real life – presumably we’ll be seeing a new President of the United States when production gets underway in early 2017. Expect some casting news soon.
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Look Busy Today have a few questions for the award winning writer-director, Ranjeet S. Marwa. The man who has taken on Victor Wright's The Trees That Bled, which starts production in a few weeks time!
As a writer what makes you pick up the pen?
RANJEETIn my early days of filmmaking, i never used to write anything down, if i had an idea, i would base my whole film around that one idea i had. To the actors, it made no sense, but once the final film was made, it was all smiles. Now, i only write if im inspired by something, if im not, i wont write, simple. Like Quentin Tarantino said - 'my pen is my antenna to god' - and if my pen is not picking up any signal from god, then i wont write for the sake of writing.
Favourite horror Movies?
RANJEET I have a few horror films which i really enjoy, but here are a few examples: Audition / The Shining / Candyman / Suspiria / Salems Lot / Black Swan / Mothman Prophecies & House of 1000 Corpses - theres a lot more which inspire me, too.
Who are your favourite Directors?
RANJEET Unfair question haha. I have so many, but as I've matured in my career, my taste in films have changed, thus my interest in directors has changed, also. Im a huge fan of Darren Aronofsky / Nicolas Winding Refn / Paul Thomas Anderson / David Cronenberg / David Fincher / Stanley Kubrick / Lars Von Trier / Park Chan Wook / Bong Joon-ho / Takashi Miike / Cary Fukanaga & Terrence Malick.
Thoughts on The Trees That Bled ?
RANJEET My thoughts on The Trees That Bled - for me, personally, I was drawn to the fact that its based on a true story, that in the world, these kind of things actually happen. Im good friends with Victor, too, so that was also a huge pull for me to come on board the project. When I started out making movies over 6 years ago, I started out by making horror films. The atmosphere, the silence, the intensity, that was all shot with an inexperienced Ranjeet, now, after many years and many movies later, I have reached a point where all of the skills I have gained over the years, I can put into making an incredible movie for Victor and the fans of the novel. The story is captivating, the characters are real, the emotions are real. You'll believe you're in this world when you watch the movie.
Butler will be back to star as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who has spent his career keeping American presidents safe. This time, he’s the target. If his attackers can take down half of Washington, D.C. with it, all the better. Among those at risk is the President, whose official plane Air Force One is code-named Angel.
Millennium Films will be launching the title to distributors at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next week, and it’s sure to be one of the hottest titles up for grabs given the box office success of the first two installments: Olympus Has Fallen took $161M at the worldwide box office i 2013 while London Has Fallen generated a whopping $205M worldwide this year. Millennium is targeting a production start in the first half of 2017.
It doesn't look like the old team are getting back together for Indy 5! Screenwriter and regular Steven Spielberg collaborator is penning the script for the fifth instalment, and in a recent interview with Collider, he was asked whether George Lucas would be having any input, he said “He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him”.
Lucas will retain an executive producer credit on Indiana Jones 5, but the signs thus far are that’s the extent of his involvement.