Joel Silver


Joel Silver has been trying to get Logan’s Run back on the big screen for the last 20 years. Silver and Warner Bros. have gone through 17 different writers, and Ryan Condal makes 18. The classic Sci-Fi tale from William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson has resurfaced every few years at Warner Bros. with a new writer tackling the script and casting/directing talk which soon faded back into the shadows of that storeroom where the government placed the Ark of the Covenant. The question is, will this time be any different? (more…)


A little while ago, the Internetz barfed up a little bit of news regarding the long-passed Zack Snyder adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel. It appears as if Joel Silver had a few things to say regarding the way the movie ended and how Terry Gilliam (a director previously attached to the film) would have changed things. His words seemed to imply that he didn’t really like Snyder’s ending and that Gilliam’s was the obvious better choice. Now, it looks like Snyder is firing back with his own opinion on the matter. Read on to hear what Snyder had to say. (more…)



Zack Snyder‘s film adaptation of Alan Moore‘s hugely popular, critically acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen has no shortage of critics (including Moore himself….for the record, I personally loved it). Of the many aspects of the adaptation often derided, none receive more complaints than the way screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse handled the story’s apocalyptic climax.

Film producer Joel Silver once had plans to make a Watchmen adaptation–with Terry Gilliam at the helm–and few in Hollywood are more critical of Snyder’s film (sour grapes?).

Follow the jump, and read how Silver and Gilliam’s flick would have ended:

PS: If you haven’t read Moore’s graphic novel, or seen Snyder’s film–the following article WILL SPOIL THE ENDINGS to both (and shame on you, btw). (more…)

escape from new york

It’s been a while since we last heard news about it, but producer Joel Silver is indeed still pursuing his dreams of rebooting the Escape From New York franchise. Some may consider this akin to blasphemy, but rest assured that the project is still a long ways off. In a recent interview with Collider, Silver had a few things to say about the state of affairs, the story and what he hopes to bring to the franchise. Scroll down for all the juicy details. (more…)

Joel Silver To Produce ‘Weird Science’ Remake


As not only a child of the 1980s, but a lifelong resident on the Greater Chicagoland Area, John Hughes films – prior to Home Alone, anyway – are sacrosanct to me (the mere rumor of a Breakfast Club remake had me in a foaming nerd rage).

Anyhoo, it seems now that Joel Silver and Silver Pictures, who worked on the original Hughes film with Universal, will be producing a remake of 1986’s Weird Science: Probably my favorite Hughes film, Weird Science added homages to classic horror and sci-fi to the Hughesian universe of awkward, Suburban Chicago adolescents and their journeys of self-discovery. Two Nerds (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) – of the 1980s cinematic species – use their computer to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock)…because this is the ’80s, and only rich kids and uber-nerds had computers – so who knows? Maybe they CAN spontaneously create sentient life out of the void. In 1986, computers were still practically Voodoo to about 99% of the population, and filmmakers had a lot of fun exploiting this fact.

Oh, and the film featured Robert Downey Jr. with a bra on his head soiling himself – how can you beat that?

But I digress. According to Deadline, this new Weird Science will distinguish itself by being “raunchier” and “edgier” than the original, in the manner of comedies like The Hangover. Personally, I’m not sure how well that’s gonna play: A big part of the original’s charm was you had a plot that sounded for all the world like softcore porn, but instead you got a smart, charming and funny comedy. To make a story like this ACTUALLY raunchy kinda misses the point.

Anyway, at least the script’s being done by a writer with experience “modernizing” ’80s properties: Michael Bacall, who penned the recent 21 Jump Street re-imagining (which I’ve heard is actually pretty funny).

I’ll reserve further judgment until I see who they get to direct and star in this thing.

Source: Deadline

escape from new york

In a world of remakes, most of them terribly bad, there are still some things that are best left alone.  In my opinion, the classic John Carpenter flick Escape From New York is one of those.  But Hollywood has no sense of the sacred and, lo-and-behold, it looks like we may see a new flick, minus one Kurt Russell, coming to theaters in the future.

It’s been in the works for a while, though only existed as a rumor for the most part.  Now the project is getting some more steam as Joel Silver, via a collaborative between his Silver Pictures and Studio Canal, pushes forward.  And he doesn’t just plan on doing one film, but a whole trilogy in the world of “Escape From…”  The first of these films will supposedly be a prequel, but there’s no word on whether they’ll then remake the original as the second film or try to go in some other direction.

Silver says he plans on looking at the property in a more realistic light, creating a version of Escape From New York that would address a real-life scenario about what would happen should a prison be made of the island of Manhattan.  Actors are being looked at to replace Russell in the iconic Snake Plissken role, though it’s been a while since the project was last taken seriously and so there’s no word on what’s happening there.

I have only these words for Silver and his band of cronies – the creation of Escape From L.A. was bad enough for fans, do you really need to bring us even more pain?  Can we please just let this one die?


Thanks to Screenrant for the heads-up.

New Screenwriter Hired for ‘Ben 10’


Just a quick update this morning for anyone anxious to see a live-action movie on the big screen based on the Cartoon Network series, Ben 10. The film is under development by uber-producer Joel Silver, the man behind The Matrix, Sherlock Holmes and Lethal Weapon films, and up until recently, Albert Torres (Henry Poole is Here) was toiling on the script. Now, it’s being reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Ryan Engle (New Line’s upcoming adaptation of the video game Rampage) will be reworking the screenplay.

Do you remember Ben 10? If not, here’s the premise courtesy of Wikipedia:

Ben 10 centers around Ben Tennyson, a ten-year-old boy on a cross-country summer vacation, with his cousin Gwen and their grandfather Max. On their first night camping in their grandfather’s RV affectionately named the “Rust Bucket,” Ben finds an alien pod with a mysterious watch-like device named the Omnitrix. The device then permanently attaches itself to his wrist giving him the ability to transform into a variety of alien life-forms each with its own unique skills and powers. With his newfound super powers Ben has to learn the responsibilities of being a hero. During their vacation, the Tennysons are attacked by various enemies ranging from space aliens to supernatural entities.

Source: Comic Book Movie


Paramount Pictures has given the green light to Joel Silver‘s first project since his exit from Warner Brothers earlier this year, Described as a supernatural thriller, Sanctuary is about a young woman, possessed by demonic forces.

“[The woman] seeks refuge within The Sanctuary, a Vatican-run secret organization that teaches the possessed to channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil. The flavor is a cross between Wanted and Blade.”

Alan Trezza (Don’t worry, I’ve never heard of him either,) wrote the script, and Andrew Rona will co-produce with Silver while Alex Heineman takes the reins as executive producer. There’s no word on who will direct, most likely some up and coming horror director.

Via: Deadline

Call me a curmudgeony old bastard, but I hate most of the animated kids shows of today. The majority of them  feature hyperactive weirdos running around thinking that they are funny. It’s just all noise to me, man. Give me some good ole’ retro cartoons with muscular heroes, truly evil villains and intros that feature some sweet  80’s synthesized rifts. But I digress. One series I’ve enjoyed in recent years is Cartoon Networks Ben 10. The show features a young whipper snapper who slaps on an alien bracelet that allows him to transform into a plethora of the galaxies toughest species. With this power he goes out and fights crime. Naturally. Unlike other kid shows, which feature an obnoxious amount of farting an zany behavior, Ben 10 delivers some good ole’ patented  family values, as well as the mainstay credo of trying to do the right thing. Suffice to say it’s fun and I’m a fan.

Now, a Ben 10 live-action movie? Yes, please!

A while back, Joel Silver – producer of Sherlock Holmes, V For Vendetta, and the Matrix trilogy – had signed on to develop a live-action feature film based on the kid-targeted sci-fi franchise, with an eye toward distribution through Warner Bros. Word on this project has been quite for some time now, but MTV caught up with the show’s creators and they shared a few updates:

Duncan Rouleau said:

“We’ve met with Silver a couple of times but it’s very early in the development stages to really discuss it any further than that. Other than we are also equally as excited by the prospects.”

Steven Seagle added:

“It’s a live action film as far as we know. They’ve commissioned a script, which is exciting and we had a lot of cool conversations with Joel Silver the time we met with him about even which version it’ll be, what aliens kids like, and it’s super fun. But it’s super early, so not a lot has been firmly decided.”

Bah! I think if Silver has been sitting on the property for this long then he’s unlikely to make a move on it anytime soon. Plus, there has already been 2 live action made-for-tv films of Ben 10 which failed miserably. That can’t be a vote of confidence for any studio or producer. Though… it does sound like Michael Bay´s dream project.

If this stays on the shelf, it’s probably for the best. I suspect it would end up like the Last Airbender and Dragon Ball Z.

Source: MTV Splashpage

‘Logan’s Run’ Hires a New Writer

Producer Joel Silver has been spending the last several years of his career pushing for a remake to 1976’s Logan’s Run, in which everyone lives in a hedonistic society where you live till the age of 30.  Bryan Singer , Carl Erik Rinsch and James McTeigue were names pegged to direct, but all three bailed. Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was eventually secured. He brought with him Drive star Ryan Gosling to play  Logan 5, the “Sandman” turned runner in the 23rd century.

Now there is a new writer on the film: Andrew Baldwin

Baldwin, who gained notoriety with 2008’s Black List (the top film screenplays that went un-produced) with The West is Dead and wrote the still-unproduced Red Asphalt for Lionsgate, has been hired to pen a new draft of the script. Veteran writer Alex Garland had originally completed a draft of Logan’s Run and Will Beall worked on a rewrite shortly after Refn became part of the project, but obviously the script must not have been up to snuff with Baldwin being brought in.

Andrew will have plenty of time to develop this new draft since Refn is busy with his next upcoming project, the Thailand-set Only God Forgives, which Gosling also stars.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated there is no clear date on just when Logan’s Run will begin production, but Refn has expressed interest in moving forward as soon as next spring.

The original Logan’s Run, based on a novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, was released in 1976 and takes place in the future–2274, to be precise. At some point before the movie, there was a terrible disaster that forced the survivors of mankind to kick it biodome-style in Washington, D.C. In a clear case of taking the old adage, “Never trust anyone over 30,” the law states that when you turn 30, you get capped. And to keep you from lying about your age, at birth everyone is implanted with a little jewel-like nub in their palms. The Lifeclock, as it’s called, changes color as the person ages.

Those who don’t want to willingly take a dirt nap are called Runners, who are hunted down and terminated by the Sandmen. Logan is one of them. Anyhow, it’s a real uplifting flick. I can see this being an exception to anti-reboot movement. Especially with Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling attached.

Via: Slash Film