Jeremy Garelick, the uncredited writer of "The Hangover" (he helped with the rewrite), is going to rewrite and direct "Baywatch," based on the TV show about lifeguards glistening under the hot California sun
Get this, DreamWorks paid seven figures (!!!) for the remake rights in 2005. The studio believes this has a potential to be a huge franchise! And now, they hired Garelick to put a funny spin to the proposed film.
Garelick tells Variety that "It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to 'Stripes' and 'Police Academy,' the comedies I loved growing up."
He further revealed, "Rather than trying to pitch the tone, I figured it would be easier to write the first act to convey who these characters were."
Well great! At least Garelick is focusing on character development, instead of just jiggling bods! Apparently, the script will now focus on two unlikely lifeguard candidates.
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Shooting is currently underway for "Beastly," an adaptation of Alex Finn's fantasy novel.
Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") has joined Mary-Kate Olsen, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens in the film.
(For more about "Beastly" click here)
"Beastly" is a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" and Krause will star as the father of Pettyfer who plays a cruel joke on Olsen, a classmate who's also a witch! I think that's perfect casting
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"T.J. Hooker" will get the movie makeover as an action comedy!
The hit TV show from the 80s gets its movie adaptation from producers David Foster, Ryan Heppe, and series creator Rick Husky.
Chuck Russell, the guy who gave us "The Scorpion King" and "The Mask" is negotiating to direct.
The film version will focus on the relationship between our hero, T.J., and his dad. But I don't know how the writing team of Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson will make the characters and the plot interesting. The writing duo gave us "Wild Wild West" (I know, not a good sign) and many "Tremors" films (yeah, definitely not a good sign!).
No word yet on the cast, or whether William Shatner, the original Sgt. Thomas J. 'T.J.' Hooker, will make a cameo. What about series originals Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear?
For now, let's take a look back at the original "T.J. Hooker" season 1 opening.
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Nimrod Antal is set to direct "Predators" for producer Robert Rodriguez.
This marks the 5th incarnation of the "Predator" franchise. The first one starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, then "Predator 2," then "Alien vs. Predator" and "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem." And then the franchise died.
Until Rodriguez resurrected the franchise and attached Antal with it.
Antal is great at establishing the mood of his films. His best one still though is the Hungarian drama "Kontroll." "Vacancy" was just okay, but I did enjoy the mood and the claustrophobic atmosphere. His upcoming film "Armored" seems like a good movie, at least based on the trailer.
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Giant Robots and Prehistoric Creatures Tie for No. 1! "Transformers 2" and Ice Age 3" Dominate Box-Office!
The Fourth of July box-office weekend ended with a tie between "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs!" Both sequels finished first and tied with $42.5 million each.
But these numbers are just studio estimates right now, final winner will be tallied on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Johnny Depp-Christian Bale crime drama "Public Enemies" debuted at No. 3 with $26.2 million.
Here are some box-office fun facts for the 4th of July weekend:
*** "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" already scored a domestic total of $293.5 million in just 12 days!
*** Since opening Wednesday, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" earned $67.5 million.
*** "Public Enemies'" 5-day total is a healthy $41 million.
*** Disney-Pixar's "Up" already hauled in $264.9 million, making it the No. 2 box-office champion in the history of Disney-Pixar hit machine. "Finding Nemo" is still the No. 1 flick with $339.7 million total. "The Incredibles" is now at No. 3 with $261.4 million.
*** "The Hangover" passed the magical $200 million mark. It's the fourth movie this year to do so joining "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Up," and "Star Trek" in the exclusive $200 million club.
Here's the Top 10 Box-Office estimate for the Fourth of July weekend:
1 (tie). "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," $42.5 million.
1 (tie). "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," $42.5 million.
3. "Public Enemies," $26.2 million.
4. "The Proposal," $12.8 million.
5. "The Hangover," $10.4 million.
6. "Up," $6.6 million.
7. "My Sister's Keeper," $5.3 million.
8. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $2.5 million.
9 (tie). "Year One," $2.1 million.
9. (tie). "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $2.1 million.
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