Albert Hughes to Direct The Fugitive Remake

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Last week it was announced that Harrison Ford would lead a TV adaptation of the true crime documentary series The Staircase, which for obvious reasons recalled another famous role in which he played a man accused of killing his wife. The Fugitive was a huge hit back in 1993 (the second highest-grossing movie of the year, in fact) and found Ford playing Dr. Richard Kimble, a surgeon on the run from the law while he tried to find his wife’s true killer. It was directed by Andrew Davis and co-starred Tommy Lee Jones but now over 25 years later, a rumoured reboot finally moving forward. Strangely, this is actually the second adaptation of The Fugitive currently in the works in Hollywood, the other of which will be a short form TV series. Hit the jump for more info.

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Charlie Kaufman’s First Novel to Be Released in May

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Last we heard, Charlie Kaufman was in the process of writing and directing an adaptation of Iain Reid’s 2016 novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things for Netflix, and the good news is that still seems to be happening and the movie is still expected to be released early next year. However, now we have another intriguing Kaufman project to look forward to in 2020 as well: his very first novel. The book is called Antkind and it revolves around a failed film critic who discovers a lost three-month long movie from a reclusive auteur and takes it upon himself to bring it to the world. The official plot synopsis is as follows:

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Jason Segel’s Dispatches from Elsewhere Teaser Trailer

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After taking some time away from high-profile movie and TV roles over the past few years and spending his time releasing a series of young adult novels, Jason Segel will return next year with an anthology series that he created called Dispatches from Elsewhere. Segel stars in the show alongside Sally Field, Richard E. Grant and Andre Benjamin and the plot is said to revolve around “a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life.” It sounds a bit like David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake although it is supposedly based on content created by a San Francisco-based ARG company called Nonchalance. The first teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much but either way I am certainly intrigued. Dispatches from Elsewhere debuts on AMC sometime in 2020; check out the first teaser below and let us know what you think.

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Godzilla vs. Kong Pushed Back to November 2020

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If you’ve been wondering why we still haven’t seen a trailer for Warner Brothers and Legendary’s upcoming giant monster crossover film Godzilla vs. Kong, you’re not alone. The movie was scheduled to hit theatres less than five months from now on March 13th, 2020 but fans have been getting antsy because the Warner Brothers marketing department has remained completely silent on this one. Now this week the studio has finally made official what had long been suspected: Godzilla vs. Kong will be delayed. The movie will still hit theatres in 2020 but it will be much closer to the end of the year instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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Friday Night Lights Reboot Gets a New Writer-Director Team

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It started as a movie. Peter Berg directed the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, which starred Billy Bob Thornton as the coach of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas and made $62 million on a $30 million budget. It earned positive reviews, although it failed to leave much of a lasting impression. Two years later, NBC debuted the TV series which ran for five seasons and had a much bigger impact, launching many of its actors to stardom including Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan, Adrianne Palicki and Jesse Plemons. Since then there has been talk about digging back into the property yet again, perhaps with a feature film continuation of the TV series. Now this week we are hearing that Friday Night Lights will get a fresh start on the big screen instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Frozen II Sets the Box Office on Fire

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The Disney Industrial Complex kept right on rolling over the weekend as Frozen II soared to a $350 million worldwide debut ($127 million domestic), setting yet another new record. That is the biggest worldwide opening of all time for an animated film and the biggest animated opening ever in the U.S. outside of the summer months. Toy Story 4 and The Lion King both had $245 worldwide debuts earlier this year, although The Lion King is still often left out of comparisons for fully animated films. The rest of the competition was left to fight over scraps with Ford v Ferrari managing to fend off the two other newcomers to stay in second place with $16 million. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opened in third with $13.5 million, which is essentially on par with predictions, while 21 Bridges opened in fourth with a slightly disappointing $9.3 million. Roland Emmerich’s Midway rounded out the top 5.

1. Frozen II — $127M
2. Ford v Ferrari — $16M
3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — $13.5M
4. 21 Bridges — $9.3M
5. Midway — $4.7M
6. Playing with Fire — $4.6M
7. The Good Liar — $3.4M
8. Charlie’s Angels — $3.2M
9. Last Christmas — $3M
10. Joker — $2.8M

Harrison Ford to Star in The Staircase TV Adaptation

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Although there are plenty of great movies based on true stories out there, somehow the situation always gets trickier when there is already a well-known documentary on the subject. Fictionalized adaptations of documentaries like Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk and Welcome to Marwen can’t help looking hokey in comparison to the real thing, and although there have been a lot of docs getting optioned in recent years, only a handful have actually been produced (just check out this list for proof). Now the trend of documentary “remakes” seems to be moving into the realm of TV, propelled by the popularity of the true crime genre. The Staircase, arguably one of the greatest true crime documentary series of all time, is about to get a narrative adaptation with a major Hollywood star headlining. Hit the jump for more info.

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Hunters Trailer: Jordan Peele’s Amazon Series About Nazi Hunters in New York

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After debuting a short teaser last month, Amazon has finally unveiled a longer trailer for their upcoming TV series Hunters. The show is executive produced by Jordan Peele and stars Al Pacino as the head of a group of vigilantes in 1977 New York trying to hunt down Nazis who have escaped justice and infiltrated America. Supposedly based on true events, the show also stars Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor, Kate Mulvany, Tiffany Boone, Greg Austin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Carol Kane, Saul Rubinek, Dylan Baker and Lena Olin and the pilot was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (The Current War, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). Hunters premieres on Amazon sometime in 2020; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Frozen II, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 21 Bridges

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After a few slow weeks at the box office, multiplexes will be packed this weekend with the release of Frozen II, the latest Disney blockbuster virtually guaranteed bring in well over $1 billion. The movie seems to be on track for an opening weekend of $100+ million domestically, something that very few other animated movies have done. And unlike some of the big animated movies that arrive in the summer months, this should continue to make money well into next year. Also hitting theatres this weekend we have A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks in an awards-worthy performance as Fred Rogers and 21 Bridges starring Chadwick Boseman. In select theatres, keep an eye out for Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo and Alex Gibney’s latest documentary Citizen K. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Call of the Wild Trailer Starring Harrison Ford

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Dog movies have become a minor trend in Hollywood as of late after the success of such films as A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Way Home (not mention Disney’s new “live-action” remake of Lady and the Tramp). Now Harrison Ford is starring in a new adaptation of Jack London’s classic novel The Call of the Wild opposite a CG canine (motion performed by Terry Notary). The story revolves around a St. Bernard / Scotch Collie named Buck who is taken from his home in California and sold as a sled dog in the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. The adventure of a lifetime ensues. This looks somewhat reminiscent of the live-action Disney adventure films of the ’60s and ’70s (it was produced by Fox but will be released by Disney) although those CG animals are definitely going to be a sticking point for some. The Call of the Wild is directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and it hits theatres on Feb. 20th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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RoboCop Returns Gets Little Monsters Director

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A couple of months ago we learned that Neill Blomkamp had dropped out as director of the upcoming RoboCop sequel, RoboCop Returns. At the time he stated that he had another project on the go and MGM needed to shoot the RoboCop follow-up as soon as possible. Now, three months later, they have finally found his replacement: Australian filmmaker Abe Forsythe, the man behind the Lupita Nyong’o zombie comedy Little Monsters. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #731: The Mandalorian

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0:00 – Intro: Disney+ Discussion
39:30 – Review: The Mandalorian
1:02:30 – Hot Topic: PG-13 Horror Movies
1:17:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Irishman, Ford v Ferrari, Swiss Family Robinson, Happy Death Day 2U, Fuzzbucket, Dolemite Is My Name, Honeyland, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
1:59:05 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:01:30 – Outro
2:05:00 – Spoiler Discussion: The Mandalorian

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