Tuesday, July 30, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: Beverly Hills Cop IV, Vin Diesel, Michael J. Fox, Remakes, Reboots and Spinoffs

Beverly Hills Cop Image

It looks like we're going to get a new "Beverly Hills Cop" sequel after all. CBS passed on the TV series written by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") and starring Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley's son, so Paramount quikly moved in and hired "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to pen the script for "Beverly Hills Cop IV". Also, Eddie Murphy is onboard to reprise the role of Detriot cop Axel Foley. Deadline reported that "the newest installment in the film franchise was fueled by the interest sparked by the Beverly Hills Cop pilot this past season."

Vin Diesel was present at this year's Comic-Con spreading rumors that he is involved in a new Marvel superhero film. While there has been no official word as to what that film might be, it has been announced that Diesel will star in the action-adventure movie "World's Most Wanted" for Universal Pictures. The script is written by "Lair" video game writers Will Staples and Sean O'Keefe and is now being rewritten by Dan Mazeau ("Wrath of the Titans").

Michael J. Fox is returning to TV in a new comedy series called "The Michael J. Fox Show". Fox will star as Mike Henry, a newscaster with Parkinson’s disease who decides to go back to work after taking a few years off. "The Michael J. Fox Show" premieres on NBC on September 26th.

Lance Armstrong Biopic

There seems to be an epidemic of Lance Armstrong movies. The latest, involving the doping scandal, of course, is a Working Title production directed by Stephen Frears ("The Queen") and written by John Hodge ("Trainspotting"). According to Deadline, Ben Foster ("The Messenger", "Contraband") will play Armstrong in the film, that will focus on "Armstrong's career from his cancer ordeal to the scandal that brought him down." The other Lance Armstrong biopic to keep an eye out for is the one produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change").

Jean Claude Van Damme Kickboxer
Remakes and reboots are aplenty these days. Let's take a look at the latest announcements. Firstly, we have an announcement that a reboot of "The Butterfly Effecy" is in the works. The time-travel thriller was a hit and was Ashton Kutcher's first attempt at a dramatic role and it still is one of his most well known films. The original's script was written by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, and it seems that Bress in onboard to pen the reboot as well.

We also have two remakes of some legendary Jean-Claude Van Damme flicks. "Bloodsport" will be remade with James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") directing for Relativity Media, and "Kickboxer" is getting remade by Stephen Fung ("Tai Chi Zero") for Radar Pictures from a script by Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis.

Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed

Sylvester Stallone will reprise the role of Rocky Balboa in a spinoff that will focus on Apollo Creed's grandson. Creed was Rocky's opponent in the first two movies and later became his friend, until he was killed by russian boxer Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV". The spinoff, titled "Creed", will be directed by "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler and will star Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") in the lead role. Here is the synopsis for the film:
"Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return."


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