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Casting Bites: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Justin Long and more March 19, 2009 5:04 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ABC, Movies, New Line, News, Television.
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tommyleejones-031909Here are some of the latest casting hires for film and television.

  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) is returning to comedy, landing the starring role in the untitled Tad Quill half-hour pilot for ABC. [THR]
  • Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones have been cast in The Company Men, an independently financed drama about the impact of corporate downsizing.  They join Ben Affleck, who was cast last fall. [Variety]
  • Alexandra Daddario has landed the female lead in 20th Century Fox’s Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, a fantasy/adventure movie bieng directed by Chris Columbus. [THR]
  • Nanette Burstein’s romantic comedy Going the Distance, has landed Justin Long to play the lead role.  [Variety]

MacGyver Headed to the Big Screen March 16, 2009 2:22 pm

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macgyver-031609New Line putting MacGyver, the hit ABC series, into development as a feature film.  Raffaella De Laurentiis, daughter of Dino De Laurentiis (who is executive producer), is producing the project through her Raffaella Prods. along with Martha De Laurentiis and series creator Lee Zlotoff.

MacGyver starred Richard Dean Anderson and ran for seven seasons on ABC from 1985-92.  Two telefilms, also starring Anderson, aired in 1994.  There’s currently no writer attached, but according to THR, New Line “hopes to find a script that can acknowledge how the concept has staked a place into pop culture yet still makes for a serious and fun adventure movie: “We think we’re a stick of chewing gum, a paper clip and an A-list writer away from a global franchise,” said New Line’s Richard Brener, who will oversee with Sam Brown and Walter Hamada.

New Line Developing Second 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth March 13, 2009 3:47 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Line, News, Walden Media, Warner Brothers.
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journeytothecenteroftheearth3d-031309New Line has decided to take another 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth.  The film grossed a respectable $240.6 million worldwide (its budget was just $60M), but New Line wanted to wait and see how the DVD numbers turned out before committing to a sequel.  Turns out the performance on DVD was strong enough to warrant pushing along with a sequel.

Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are returning as producers along with Walden Media and Charlotte Huggins.  Eric Brevig, who directed the first film, will also be back and will this time be involved in the development of the script

Because the source material is based on just one book from Jules Verne, THR reports that the sequel’s story came together when a spec script by Richard Outten landed at Walden.  Titled Mysterious Travels, the adventure tale was based on the fantasy that the literary tales Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island and Verne’s own Mysterious Island all occurrred on the same island.  The producers all fell for the idea and are now repurposing the script to fit the ‘Journey’ characters (played by Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson–both of whom are expected to reprise their roles).

A Nightmare on Elm Street Set for April 16, 2010 March 5, 2009 11:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Line, News, Release Dates, Warner Brothers.
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elmstreetfreddykrueger-030509Warner Bros. and New Line have set an April 16, 2010 release date for the upcoming horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The project is based on a script by Wesley Strick and will be directed by music-video turned film director Samuel Bayer. At the moment, competition isn’t too crowded for that date, with just two other wide releases set: Weinstein’s Nerveracker and Lionsgate’s animated film Alpha and Omega.

via ShockTillYouDrop

Platinum Dunes Moving Foward with Friday the 13th Follow-up February 27, 2009 2:47 pm

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fridaythe13th-022709New Line and Platinum Studios have announced that they are moving forward with a follow-up to their recent Friday the 13th update.  THR’s Risky Biz Blog reports that the film “is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up”.  Explained further, they add that “the new picture is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template.”

Despite a steep 80% drop for its second weekend, Friday the 13th has grossed a very respectable $56.6 million domestically ($71.9 million worldwide).  It’s the second-best performing movie in the franchise, lagging behind 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason crossover ($82.6 million domestically and $114.9 million worldwide).

New Line Hopes for The Hobbit in 2009 February 20, 2007 12:00 pm

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New Line founder and co-chairman Robert K. Shaye told the New York Times that the studio is looking to release The Hobbit in 2009