Horror has always been Sam Raimi‘s bread and butter, but the Evil Dead filmmaker has stayed away from the director’s chair in recent years to produce a handful of titles. Now it looks like he will be getting back behind the camera for a new horror project that has been described as “Misery meets Cast Away.” More on the story below.
Back in 2011 it was reported that a reboot of Starship Troopers was in the works from Sony Pictures and producer Neal H. Moritz, with Thor and X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz attached.
That attempt at the reboot didn’t work out, but the project is not dead yet. It’s being reported that Moritz now has the movie set up at the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures with a pair of new writers, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, now set to pen the script.
The long-gestating adaptation of Baywatch may actually be happening this time. After going through numerous script drafts, Paramount believes that Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is the right person to helm the adaptation of the beach-based drama action television series that aired 242 episodes and was on air for 11 seasons. But rather than have the series star David Hassseloff make the slow-motion run on the beach to make a lifesaving rescue, it looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the one to take his place and lead his team of bikini-clad lifeguards who patrol the sunny sandy beaches of Los Angeles, California. More on this story below.
Disney will be developing another live-action adaptation of one of their animated line-up. With Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, and Pete’s Dragon currently in production, the studio has announced that they will be developing a live-action prequel of Aladdin, tentatively titled Genies. The announcement comes after the news that the studio is also developing live-action films based on Pinocchio, Dumbo, Mulan, Tinkerbell, Prince Charming, and Winnie the Pooh.
The film will focus on how the almighty wish-granting genie became trapped inside the lamp that Aladdin will eventually come in possession of. However, unlike the previous live-action adaptations, Genies will eventually lead into Aladdin’s own film.