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December 12, 2019

The upcoming Game of Thrones prequel spinoff House of the Dragon is set hundreds of years before the events of the original series, which makes it rather unlikely that fan favorites like Tyrion Lannister or Arya Stark will be popping in for cameos.

But one Game of Thrones actor who could actually, plausibly appear in House of the Dragon says she might be down to reprise her role: Carie van Houten, who played the "red witch" Melisandre.

Melisandre was eventually revealed to be very, very old in one of many Game of Thrones plot twists that didn't actually go anywhere — but hey, at least that gives the spinoff something to explore. Read more at Entertainment Weekly. Scott Meslow

November 26, 2019

One of the few bright spots at the 2019 box office that wasn't a superhero or Disney remaking its own movies was Downton Abbey, the big-screen sequel to the extremely British TV show of the same name.

And if you still, somehow, didn't get your fill of withering Maggie Smith putdowns or sweeping camera shots of a big old house, you're in luck: Based on the success of the movie, it sounds like a sequel is probably on the horizon, per The Hollywood Reporter.

"We're having those conversations. We're working on what the story is," says Carnival Films chairman Gareth Neame — because come on, they've got to be running out of Upstairs Downstairs storylines to crib from, right? Read more at The Hollywood Reporter. Scott Meslow

November 4, 2019

We hope you're hungry for tossed salad and scrambled eggs, because it certainly sounds like Frasier might re-enter the building.

In an interview, star Kelsey Grammer confirmed that he's "definitely talking about" starring in a reboot of the sitcom, which he plans to tackle as soon as his current acting slate is clear, reports Vulture. A few free ideas for how to modernize Frasier for 2019: Frasier is a podcast psychiatrist, the coffee shop is now a vape lounge, and Jeff Bezos has bought Frasier's luxury apartment so he'll always have a bathroom in the neighborhood. Read more at Vulture. Scott Meslow

October 28, 2019

Look! Up on your TV screen! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's another Superman reboot!

The CW is developing a new Superman TV series, titled Superman & Lois, Deadline reported Monday. The show will reportedly follow the iconic comic book couple as they navigate day-to-day life in Metropolis. The series will depict Superman and Lois Lane as they "deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society" — because every working parent can relate to using their laser eyes to stop Lex Luthor from taking over the world. Read more at Deadline. Scott Meslow

March 23, 2015

The long-gestating reboot of the 1994 gothic thriller The Crow has finally found its leading man. Deadline reports that Jack Huston, best known for his supporting role in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, has closed a deal to star in the project.

The reboot of The Crow has been kicking around, in one form or another, for many years. Since the project was first teased in 2008, at least a half-dozen actors — including Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Luke Evans — have been rumored for the role.

The original The Crow starred Brandon Lee, who died in an on-set accident during filming. Later sequels starred Vincent Perez, Erc Mabius, and Edward Furlong. Scott Meslow

March 20, 2015

Some stories are timeless. Take Romeo and Juliet. It's been well over 400 years since Shakespeare wrote the definitive version of the tragic love story, but it still shows up in everything from straight-up adaptations to modernized riffs like West Side Story or High School Musical.

Perhaps it's no great surprise, then, that a Hollywood studio is about to deliver the grim, gritty Romeo and Juliet action movie absolutely no one has been asking for. Sony is in final negotiations to pick up the spec script for Verona, which reimagines Romeo and Juliet by setting it "an epic, 300-style world" — because if there's one complaint people had about 300, it was the lack of a tragic love story.

Anyone who can't wait for Verona to hit theaters can get their gritty, vaguely Shakespearean action fix by snapping up a battered VHS copy of Romeo Must Die at their local Blockbuster Video's liquidation sale. Scott Meslow

March 10, 2015

Disney's ongoing quest to remake all the animated movies in its vault — because who wants to go to the trouble of coming up with new ideas? — has hit upon a new and unlikely candidate. A live-action remake of Dumbo is on the way, because sometimes movie titles are also descriptions of the ideas that spawned them.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ehren Kruger — best known for writing the last three Transformers movies — has already written the live-action Dumbo screenplay. Tim Burton will direct. No word on casting, but come on, like Johnny Depp isn't going to be in this thing.

Look, Disney, we get it. Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars despite being completely terrible. Maleficent cast the one actress in the world capable of playing a razor-cheekboned sorceress. And the new Cinderella is supposed to be pretty good!

But come on, Disney, quit while you're ahead. No one needs to see two actual dogs slobber over an actual plate of spaghetti, or watch Bambi's actual mom get actual shot with an actual rifle. And no one needs to watch an actual adorable baby elephant get abused for an actual hour and a half. Scott Meslow

February 24, 2015

If you remember Power Rangers at all, you probably remember a bunch of people in cheesy, colorful costumes punching people in even cheesier rubber monster costumes. It's not exactly the most fertile ground for a grim re-imagining — but in this reboot-happy movie culture, director Joseph Kahn has taken a crack at it anyway with POWER/RANGERS:

All the ingredients for a gritty, hard-R reboot are here: loads of cursing, gallons of blood, and a dubstep remix of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme. The story is carried out by an impressive (and surprisingly committed) cast that includes James Van Der Beek and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff.

For now, POWER/RANGERS is just a short film, but come on —  can't you see Hollywood taking a crack at this on the big screen? Scott Meslow

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