Thursday, April 06, 2006



OOTP out on July 13, 2007
It's official: Warner Bros. has announced that the Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix movie will hit theaters on July 13, 2007!

Warners gets 'Ruined' by Nussbaum
Joe Nussbaum, who co-wrote and directed "George Lucas in Love," has sold the comedy spec "Brad Cutter Ruined My Life ... Again" to Warner Bros. Pictures for Donald De Line to produce.

The story centers on a successful young man whose life is turned upside down when Brad Cutter, the cool kid from his high school, is hired at his company and begins to re-create the man's miserable teenage experience. The script explores the idea of how easily it is to regress into our high school selves and how people are forever working out the issues inflicted on them during their teenage years. Andrew Haas brought the script into De Line Pictures. EDITOR'S NOTE: RETURNING TO HIGH SCHOOL....SHUDDER. ALTHOUGH, IT HELPS TO HAVE SOME PERSPECTIVE?

Joanou preps 'Sharky' redo for Warners
Phil Joanou is attached to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' remake of "Sharky's Machine," being produced by Basil Iwanyk.

The original movie, released in 1981, was directed by and starred Burt Reynolds as Sgt. Tom Sharky, a vice cop who puts together a team to hunt down a group of brutal bad guys. The movie was based on a novel by William Diehl.

Chadha treks to 'Dallas' for Fox, Regency
Gurinder Chadha is in negotiations to take the helm of "Dallas," Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox's big-screen version of the '80s primetime soap.

Robert Luketic was prepping to direct the picture that had a Nov. 10 release date, but will now direct Columbia Pictures' "21," the adaptation of Ben Mezrich's best-selling nonfiction book "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions."

'Drake & Josh' duo Bell, Peck set for big screen
Drake Bell and Josh Peck, stars of the hit Nickelodeon series "Drake & Josh," are graduating to the big screen. The duo will star in an as-yet untitled feature being produced by Nickelodeon Movies and the Collective.

Written by Emmy-nominated kids TV show creator Dan Schneider and Steve Molaro, the film will tell the tale of a wealthy but extremely sheltered young man (Peck) who is thrust into the real world and quickly finds himself in over his head. To make up for lost time, he receives a crash course in life experience from a jovial slacker (Bell).

The Collective's Sam Maydew and Michael Goldman will produce, and the company's Aaron Ray and Michael Green will executive produce. Julia Pistor will oversee production on behalf of Nickelodeon Movies

24 : The Movie in theatres 2008
A few weeks back our own Gossip Monkey reported on his column that a “24” movie was happening sooner-rather-than-later. He’s half-right – just the peel of the banana this month, that means, OK? – A “24” movie is indeed coming soon.

From what I gather, ‘Monkey’, whose a screenwriter, may have heard the rumour from one Bruce ‘Bruno’ Willis – who he’s been talking to about a film recently, I’m assuming for something at FOX? - , but candidly, I don’t know where he gets his info, we just 1) trust his judgment b) promise to print everything he reports because he’s promised us a percentage of the merchandise returns on his next movie…. :)

But I digress… “24 : The Movie” won’t be out until 2008. At which time, Kiefer Sutherland will probably be off the show.

Virginia Virtucon caught a radio interview with Joel Surnow, the creator and executive producer of the TV show (which, by the way, still hasn’t even returned to air here in Oz!) on the Rush Limbaugh program, and summarised a few points.

Says the former, “The big news out of the interview is there will be a "24" movie filmed in the summer of '07 with a release in '08. The movie will still take place over a 24 hour period, but will consist of three 40-minute real-time parts allowing for Jack Bauer to travel greater distances during the course of the story and bring him to more varied locations.”

Ah, cool.

Meantime, TV Guide also has an update on the film, with an insider telling the site that "It's definitely not shooting this summer….the earliest it could theoretically be shot would be after the 2007 season."

'Farm' rocks for D'Works
DreamWorks Animation has acquired the rights to develop and produce the computer-animated feature "Punk Farm," inspired by Jarrett J. Krosoczka's children's book.

The story was developed by Kevin Messick, who will serve as executive producer on the project, and Jim Hecht, who will write the screenplay. They also will share story credit on the film.

"Farm" tells the story of a group of farm animals -- a sheep, chicken, pig, goat and cow -- who form an underground rock band. EDITOR'S NOTE: LAMBIES ROCK! (REALLY, IN THIS CASE)!

Warner Receives HEART SHAPED BOX from King's Son
Warner Bros. has picked up the right to the thriller novel HEART SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill -- Stephen King's son.

The novel, which will be published next year, centers on a singer obsessed with the occult who buys a ghost on eBay in the form of a man's burial suit. He's ultimately forced to confront both the ghost and the demons of his own past.

Akiva Goldsman will produce. No screenwriter has been set yet.

Lindelof, Cuse re-up at 'Lost'
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will stay "Lost" for another season.

Lindelof and Cuse have signed new seven-figure deals with the hit series' producer, Touchstone Television, to continue as executive producers/co-showrunners during the 2006-07 season.

Lindelof wrote the pilot for "Lost" with J.J. Abrams, and Cuse joined the series in October 2004, shortly after the show debuted to big numbers. EDITOR'S NOTE: AND DID ANYONE SEE "LOST" LAST NIGHT???!!! (WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!!!!?????)

Goldberg set for 'Criminal' role
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is set to guest star on the NBC drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" in a potential recurring role.

In pilot casting news, "Joey" co-star Paulo Costanzo has been tapped as a lead in CBS' untitled Tom Hertz comedy pilot, and Lacey Chabert has joined the cast of the CW comedy pilot "She Said/He Said."

On "Law & Order: CI," Goldberg will play Chesley Watkins, a foster mother gone bad.


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