Jamie Foxx Writing "Laverne & Shirley" Big Screen Remake? 


First, there was that crazy talk back in February that Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel would like to play "Laverne & Shirley" in a rumored big-screen remake! (See 'Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel for "Laverne and Shirley" Movie?')

Now, TV Guide Magazine has caught up with Garry Marshall (director of "Valentine's Day" and "Laverne & Shirley" producer) at the 18th Annual Night At Sardi's Fundraiser for Alzheimer's where the director was honored (his mother died of the disease). Marshall confirmed that Jamie Foxx is writing the script for the "Laverne & Shirley" movie! Say what?

The last project Foxx has written was for the TV show "From G's to Gents" (he's the creator of the show) although the actor wrote some of the most memorable "In Living Color" bits. Still, Foxx has not been credited in writing a movie, so can he give "Laverne & Shirley" justice?

Apparently, Marshall seemed to think so. The director revealed to TV Guide that, “Jamie and I are trying to do it...he’s writing it. It’s a whole different modern day take on how they came up on the streets during difficult times. Laverne would be this very tough girl with a big ‘L’ tattooed on her arm. Jennifer Garner would play Laverne and Jessica Biel would play Shirley.”

Marshall added that the original sitcom stars, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, will have roles in the film but Foxx asked him not to reveal anything yet.

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"Clash of the Titans" Set for Trilogy? 


This is good news for "Clash of the Titans" and Sam Worthington fans! Firstshowing.net exclusively learned that director Louis Letterier originally signed on to make a trilogy for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and has even written an entire story for all three movies!

Leterrier reveals that: "On top of that, I wrote two other movies… It was three movies. Warners came to me and said 'we'll greenlight your movie if you promise us [two more.]'" He continues, "You can tell that that story the story doesn't end at the Clash of the Titans… And I said 'thanks a lot' because I love doing that. And I had to write two stories. So Clash of the Titans is, and especially 'Titans' is, actually a bigger movie. So 'Titans' are coming." That extended story is exactly what Leterrier likes in his movie, too. "I actually love wanting more out of a movie," he says.


We always hear this news though. Before a big blockbuster opens, there's always talks about sequels and trilogies. But in the end, it's all about what people want, so if "Clash of the Titans" becomes a huge moneymaker, then Warner Bros. may move forward with the planned trilogy. I will post my review of "Clash of the Titans" very soon!

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"American Idiot" the Movie? 


"American Idiot" is not making its Broadway debut until April 20, but talks are already circulating that Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman want to turn the musical into a feature film, Deadline Hollywood Daily is exclusively reporting.

"American Idiot" uses the songs of Green Day to tell the story of three small-town guys. One joins the armed forces, one becomes a wayward junkie after moving to the city, and the other plays it safe and stays home and gets his girlfriend pregnant. Drama!

The latest Playtone Broadway-to-film project was "Mamma Mia!" from Universal, so it's likely that the shingle will offer the rights to the studio. But Universal is busy turning another musical, "In the Heights" into a big screen adaptation. The studio has hired Kenny Ortega to direct the project.

But honestly? What Universal needs to do is scrap everything and do a big-screen adaptation of "Wicked!" Now that will be, well, wicked!

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Get Ready for "Spy Hunter" the Movie! 


Warner Bros. has announced that its bringing the video game "Spy Hunter" to the big screen according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio has hired Chad St. John to write the script for a feature adaptation.

In 1983, "Spy Hunter" was launched by Midway as an arcade game, and Hollywood has been wanting to turn it into a big-screen adventure since. Once upon a time, Universal attached John Woo to direct and Dwayne Johnson to star. But that was scrapped due to financial reasons. Then, director Paul W.S. Anderson tried to rev it up, but that also stalled.

Now, Warners, since it bought Midway for $33 million last July, is confident that they can turn it around into a profitable franchise. The studio has hired Dan Lin (one of the producers of "Sherlock Holmes") to produce with Roy Lee (he's setting up "Leonardo da Vinci and the Soldiers of Forever" for Warners).

The Hollywood Reporter further revealed that St. John is becoming a Warners favorite. He wrote the time-travel spec "The Days Before" for the studio, and he's currently writing the "Outland" remake and the action film "Motor City." St. John is also busy penning "Sgt. Rock."

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Where Will the Fourth "Austin Powers" Take Us? 


Jay Roach, the guy who gave us the three "Austin Powers" films and "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" was honored at ShoWest last week as the Comedy Director of the Decade.

Roach revealed to MTV News that actor Mike Myers is working on ideas for the fourth installment of the "Austin Powers" franchise. He said he "love those characters."

The comedy director of the decade was thankful for "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" for it opened up opportunities for him. So what's next for our favorite secret agent? "That's hard to say," Roach said to MTV News. "Somewhere you haven't thought of."

To watch the full interview with Roach, click here.

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