What the heck is going on with Hollywood? There's no more creativity left? Now, Sony Pictures wants to make a movie based on the Atari videogame "Rollercoaster Tycoon!" Huh?
Sony is so serious about this project that they have picked up rights to the game, plus they're putting Harald Zwart (from the upcoming "Karate Kid") to spearhead the development and to possibly direct and executive produce the film according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This will be a live-action/CGI hybrid and the script will be written by David Ronn and Jay Scherick from the upcoming Kevin James comedy "The Zookeeper."
"Rollercoaster Tycoon" is such a popular game, and has generated more than $300 million in revenue, hence the movie. I'm waiting to see how Ronn and Scherick, they wrote the upcoming "Smurfs" movie as well, will write a script based on designing roller coasters and managing amusement parks. It already sounds bland and corny, isn't it?
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I would love to have this dilemma -- Katherine Heigl will never grow old in "The Age of Adaline." Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel will co-finance and co-produce this epic love story in the vein of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz wrote the script, centering on a young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, who is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality."
Production is set to start in October, and right now, producers are looking for director and cast including the male lead.
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Lass Hallstrom is set to direct Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, and Kristin Scott Thomas for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy is writing the script based on Paul Torday's novel.
So what is the material about? Here's a review from Amazon.com:
British businessman and dedicated angler Paul Torday has found a way to combine a novel about fishing and all that it means with a satire involving politics, bureaucrats, the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and a sheikh who is really a mystic. Torday makes it all work in a most convincing way using memos, interviews, e-mails, and letters in clever juxtaposition.
Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist in Great Britain who is called upon to find a way to introduce salmon into the desert in Yemen. The Yemeni sheikh will spare no expense to see this happen. He says:
It would be a miracle of God if it happened. I know it... If God wills it, the summer rains will fill the wadis... and the salmon will run the river. And then my countrymen... all classes and manner of men--will stand side by side and fish for the salmon. And their natures, too, will be changed. They will feel the enchantment of this silver fish... and then when talk turns to what this tribe said or that tribe did... then someone will say, "Let us arise, and go fishing."
Such is the sheikh's vision. He tells Alfred: "Without faith, there is no hope. Without faith, there is no love." Alfred has no religious faith and has been mired in a loveless marriage for twenty years, so these words seem fantastic to him.
Alfred and Sheikh Muhammad connect immediately through their mutual love of fishing, despite Alfred's misgivings about the viability of the project. The Prime Minister's flack man tells Alfred that he must persevere and succeed because Great Britain needs some positive connection to the Middle East, something other than a failing, flailing war. These kinds of political alliances are always shaky at best, and when things start to go sideways, allies have a way of disappearing. Alfred soldiers on, with the help of the lovely Harriet, Sheikh Muhammad's land agent, and the project is readied for opening day, when the Sheikh and the Prime Minister will have a 20-minute photo op.
All of the faith and good will in the world cannot overcome the forces ranged against them, bringing tragedy to everyone involved. Despite all, Alfred's interior life is changed immeasurably. He says in the end: "I believe in it, because it is impossible." --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story of Robin Hood has been told so many times that the myths surrounding the legendary figure are all too familiar by now. The new film about the outlaw hero infuses Great Britain’s rich history in order to add layers to the well-known story.
“Robin Hood” spans the years from the death of King Richard I in 1199 to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. In the middle of it all is a man in search of his destiny. Russell Crowe stars as Robin Longstride, an expert archer who helps King Richard I’s army against the French. Read More...
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Deadline Hollywood told us that DreamWorks has acquired the screen rights to Monsterpocalypse and they want Tim Burton's help! It's unclear if the director is being wooed to helm or to produce.
So what is Monsterpocalypse? Another board game! This one involves monsters released in Metropolis. Hollywood is rolling the dice on board game adaptations right now.
DreamWorks is also working on a film based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel, Robocalypse. "Cloverfield's" Drew Goddard is writing the script and Steven Spielberg may direct.
It's an apocalyptic time at DreamWorks!
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