New Line Cinema is getting ready for another "National Lampoon's Vacation!" The division of Warner Bros. is developing a sequel to the 1983 comedy classic. "Wedding Crashers" director, David Dobkin, is set to produce and possibly direct.
This time, the film will focus on Rusty Griswold, the son, and NOT the Chevy Chase father character, Clark.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that "New Line is meeting with writers to write the script but the take is already developed: the story focuses on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation."
The characters of the new film will acknowledge the first trip in 1983, so this film is more of a sequel than a reboot. Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, the mom in the original films, will have room to return as grandparents IF the actors choose to do so.
Right now, there are no firm agreements made between Chase and D'Angelo yet.
Oh, and National Lampoon is not involved because WB controls the characters and the title.
I heard that New Line wants to make this sequel closer to "Planes Trains and Automobiles" and "Little Miss Sunshine" than "RV" or "Are We There Yet?"
Good call New Line!
Now, who should play Rusty? Why don't they just hire Anthony Michael Hall in the role who starred as Rusty in the original film? Talk about continuity...
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Adrien Brody, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in the Roman Polanski drama “The Pianist,” has been set by 20th Century Fox to star as the heroic mercenary who fights alien hunters in "Predators."
Brody will star alongside Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins, Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, and Louiz Ozawa.
Production for the reboot, being produced by Robert Rodriguez, is about to shoot on location in Hawaii and Rodriguez's home base, Austin, Texas, where his Troublemaker Studios is located.
Nimrod Antal, the guy who gave us 2003's "Kontroll," and 2007's "Vacancy," and the upcoming "Armored," is set to direct. The script is co-wrtten by Rodriguez with Michael Finch and Alex Litvak.
Variety tells us that "Brody and his Paradigm reps lobbied hard for the role." Why would an Oscar-caliber actor want to star in a blockbuster? Because he can reinvent himself as an action hero ala Robert Downey Jr. with "Iron Man."
Brody's character is similar to the one that Arnold Schwarzenegger played in the 1987 original film. And yes, Brody has signed options to return for sequels.
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This is one of the most exciting news I've heard recently. Oren Peli, the writer-director of the much talked about "Paranormal Activity," has already booked a start date and the financing for his follow-up.
An exploration into the horrors of Area 51. Ooooohhhhhhhhh....
Variety tells us, "He starts production next week on "Area 51," which will employ the "found footage" narrative structure of his last film and tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious "Area 51" part of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert."
"Paranormal Activity" cost just $11,000; with his Area 51 project, Peli will be working with a $5 million budget! Still relatively cheap with how much Hollywood spends their filmmaking dime these days.
Alien conspiracy lovers are excited about this film. And for all of you who haven't seen "Paranormal Activity," you can still demand it to come to your town! Just go to http://www.paranormalmovie.com/
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United Talent Agency is expanding the "Voltron" brand and is partnering with its U.S. rights-holder World Events Productions.
One their plans is getting a deal on an animated cable series. Of course, video games and toy deals are to follow.
There's also a feature film being planned with Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment and Jason Netter's Kickstart Productions. UTA is currently looking for a writer for the film, and will begin shopping the project to studios.
The whole point is that UTA and company are hoping "Voltron" will be as successful as "Transformers." Hollywood Reporter tells us that the pitch for "Voltron" allows for human-centric stories.
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"Hostel" producer-director, Eli Roth, unveiled his exciting plans at the Morelia International Film Festival. He was at the fest with Quentin Tarantino to promote "Inglourious Basterds" where Roth co-starred as Sgt. Donny Donowitz.
Some of Roth's revelations were:
*** He's planning to finish the script for "Endangered Species" this month. Roth is also planning to direct the sci-fi project
*** He's also writing a script for the horror flick "Thanksgiving," which originally appeared as a fake movie trailer that ran between Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's "Grindhouse."
*** Roth will be directing, producing, and possibly acting in "Thanksgiving"
*** He will be presenting the exorcism movie "Cotton" by director Daniel Stamm to Sundance in two weeks
*** Roth is also developing the martial arts flick "The Man With the Iron Fist" with rapper-turned-director Robert Fitzgerald Diggs set to helm. Diggs is more commonly known as the rapper RZA.
Some exciting plans there Roth! See what happens when you leave the "Hostel" franchise behind?
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