Some of us are old enough to remember the eye-rolling turkey of a Dungeons and Dragons film made back in 2000. Fans of the RPG had long awaited a live-action incarnation which brought our favorite mythical worlds and creatures to life, but this was not the film we were waiting for. Later, some other god-awful D&D films were made, yet still nothing worth watching. But the future will, perhaps, finally provide us with a fantasy flick that can hold its own, as director Rob Letterman has been signed to act as director to the newest attempt at D&D on the big screen. (more…)
If you grew up in the 90s, you are probably well acquainted with the works of R.L. Stine, but if you’re not he has a written output that makes Stephen King and John Grisham look like slackers. Basically, many of Stine’s novels fill a void between the Great Pumpkin and Freddy Krueger, perfectly inoffensive spine-tinglers for tweens, a kind of Twilight Zone meets Are You Afraid of the Dark? kind of thing. But while Goosebumps‘ popularity may have waned in the wake of the likes of Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games, it’s still got that magical name cache that studios love. So let’s take it to the movies!
Director? How about Rob Letterman? The man behind the animated hit Monsters Vs. Aliens is in negotiations with Sony to take over the project. Last year it was reported that screenwriter Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) was hired to do a page one rewrite after attempts made to bring the book series to the big screen in 2008 and 2010 by Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Carl Ellsworth (The Last House on the Left), respectively.
So is Letterman the one to make this happen? Good chance. His directing has leaned to the side of youth material that also might appeal to adult moviegoers. Aside from Monsters Vs Aliens, he also directed the animated Sharktale and the live-action Gulliver’s Travels. I would say that he definitely knows how to walk the fine line between kid-friendly and broad appeal, which might produce a focus group proof take on the concept that could get Sony to pony up a production budget. Time will tell.
Goosebumps was previously brought to the screen, be it the small screen, in the mid-90s as a series produced by Canadian cable network YTV. Like the books, it was an anthology series and feature a host of young Canadian talent, some of whom went on to have a career after Goosebumps like Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V), Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil) and Hayden Christensen (the Star Wars prequels). Adam “Batman” West, also guest starred on a couple of episodes.
More news as it develops.
Folks, the image above shows logos for upcoming films that are being worked on and I don’t know about you but it’s about damn time that we finally get a Candyland flick. Hasbro recently held a stockholders meeting and decided to show off and give updates on movie projects that are based on their properties.
The first update is that the Ouija movie is set for November 9th, 2012 release date but it has yet to find it’s director. Word is that they are trying to get Pierre Morel (Taken) to direct it. The next update was that they revealed a image of Snake Eyes with the words G.I. Joe 2 next to him (image available). The last big update was that J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) is still on board as the director for the Micronauts film.
After that they revealed directors for the following films: Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom) – Battleship; Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Alien, Shark Tale) – Stretch Armstrong; Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Enchanted) – Candyland; Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, The Ring) – Clue; and Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) – Monopoly. They also revealed that Will Smith will be the producer for the Risk film.
Source: Bleeding Cool