As if Seven, yes Seven "Police Academy" Movies are Not Enough, Get Ready for a Reboot! 

New Line Cinema wants to make a new "Police Academy" movie! Like other franchises ran to the ground because of multiple sequels, the solution to reinvigorate a tired property is to make a reboot aka remake the darn thing!

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that original producer Paul Maslansky is back for the new iteration, which has no writer or director attached.

The first film released in 1984 starred Steve Guttenberg as Mahoney, a repeat offender who becomes the group's leader when he enters the academy. We also met other characters such as Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), Tackleberry (David Graf), Hooks (Marion Ramsey), and my favorite, Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), the sound effects, beat boxing dude.

Other notables: Bobcat Goldthwait joined for the second film released in 1985, and both hot blondes, Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone, were recruited as romantic leads. The last "Police Academy" film was released in 1994 called "Mission to Moscow."

Maslansky told THR that:

"It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV...It's going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It'll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we'll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme."

Hey, if it worked for "Star Trek" it certainly will work for "Police Academy" too, right? For now, let's relive 1984 with this original trailer of "Police Academy!"

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Get Buried in "Pet Sematary" Again!  

Are you ready to revisit "Pet Sematary?" Paramount thinks you are! The studio has hired "1408" writer, Matthew Greenberg, to pen the script for "Pet Sematary" -- both written by Stephen King.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider are producing.

Did you know that at one point, the esteemed George Clooney was attached with this remake? I didn't know it either, until The Hollywood Reporter revealed that intriguing factoid!

I remember liking the 1989 movie adapted by King himself that starred Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Fred Gwynne. But I think I enjoyed the original movie because of the creepy zombie baby holding a super-sharp letter opener!

The original told the tale of a city family that moves to the country life in Maine, only to find out that they're living near a pet cemetery that miraculously brought back their dead cat to life! So when their baby is killed in a car crash, the father takes the boy's body to the cemetery, and you know what happened next.

Well, this is kinda, sorta intriguing. I enjoyed "1408" but largely because of John Cusack. So hopefully, Greenberg will do justice with adapting King's work because it all begins with a good script!

For now, take a look at the original trailer for "Pet Sematary."

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Two Dueling "Excalibur" Movies in the Works, One from Guy Ritchie 

Back in August of last year, we reported that director Bryan Singer has left the planned remake of John Boorman's 1981 film, "Excalibur." The helmer is instead focusing on "X-Men: First Class" and a big-screen version of "Battlestar Galactica." Singer is also working on prepping his "Jack and the Beanstalk" movie called "Jack the Giant Killer."

While the "Excalibur" remake is not dead yet, Warner Bros., the studio attached to the Boorman remake, is putting a competing production of "Excalibur" into development. According to our friends at, this one's not a remake but a big-screen adaptation of Warren Ellis' "Excalibur" treatment.

And guess who's angling to direct? No other than Guy Ritchie, Madonna's ex and the guy who gave us the recent "Sherlock Holmes" flick also from WB not to mention "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch."

So what's the big difference between the two "Excalibur" films you ask? After all, it's still going to be about a magical sword and an enchanted wizard giving his blessing to the Chosen One, King Arthur, right?

Pajiba clarified that:

While Singer’s version is closer to a remake of the Boorman film, Ritchie’s possible take is more in the tone of Star Wars, and, as Ellis noted last year, his version “differs from the prior 751 King Arthur movies in many ways, but perhaps most obviously in that it is very specifically about the gathering of the Knights.”

Star Wars? Really? So there will be lots of knights forming solidarity against the evil empire! So Obi Wan will be Merlin, Han Solo will be Arthur, Princess Leia will be Guinevere, and Luke Skywalker will be Lancelot. But since this is a medieval tale, I don't think we'll see robots in the vein of R2D2 and C3PO :happy

To read more on this dueling "Excalibur" films, click here.

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"Wolverine" Sequel Headed to Japan! And It's Going to be Love Story! 

As we mentioned to you last August, the "Wolverine" sequel is headed to Japan! Now, Showbiz411 reporter, Roger Friedman, has confirmed that our clawed hero is turning Japanese.

If you remember, Mr. Friedman was fired by Fox for reviewing "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" watching the infamous illegal bootleg! Now, he's confirming the Wolverine-Japan story. Isn't that ironic, don't you think?

Here's what we said in our original story back in August:

Christopher McQuarrie ("Valkyrie") is set to write the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Hugh Jackman is developing the project to reprise his role as the razor-clawed super hero Logan.

McQuarrie worked on the script for the first "X-Men" film with director Bryan Singer but didn't take a credit.

The writer is setting the film in Japan and will be largely based on the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller comicbook series "The Samurai." Apparently, Logan has rich historical connection with Japan, and the sequel will show his evolution into a samurai!

Friedman is adding that the film will be:

Based on a story cycle by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont, Wolverine’s adventures in martial arts will be a love story featuring a Japanese actress, I am told. “It’s a beautiful story,” says a source, “and will be very different than the first film.”

There's no director tapped yet, but Hugh Jackman and company will start shooting next January.

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"Green Lantern" in Glorious 3D! Oh Yeah, "Sucker Punch" as Well! 

Oooooh, green!

Warner Bros. has announced that "The Green Lantern" will be released in 3D! Zach Snyder's action fantasy "Sucker Punch" is also going to be seen in 3D when it debuts in theaters March 25, 2011. "Green Lantern," the Ryan Reynolds-starrer, will open three months later on June 17.

See how "Avatar" changed the way we watch movies? Because of the success of the James Cameron masterpiece, every studio is following suit. Warner is releasing both "Clash of the Titans" (April 2) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One" in 3D (Nov. 19). The second part of the "Harry Potter" finale will also be released in 3D on July 15, 2011.

But here's some food for thought -- the reason why "Avatar" was a 3D spectacle was because Cameron shot it in three dimension, I don't think the movies mentioned above from WB were shot in 3D, they are going to be simply transferred in 3D.

Big difference in look and style, don't you think?


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