Warner Bros.’ remake of the 1971 Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier comedy Uptown Saturday Night is getting a rewrite. Variety reports that Forgetting Sarah Marshall director and Get Him to the Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller has been brought on to pen a rewrite of the script in an effort to fast-track the redo. The project has a promising pedigree, with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) onboard to direct and Will Smith and Denzel Washington attached to star. The original film revolved around two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class illegal club, only to find themselves in hot water.
McKay wants Uptown Saturday Night to be his next film after completing Anchorman 2 and Smith and Washington must both approve of the script before things move forward, so Stoller is hoping to have a draft ready by next month. If the script delivers, all involved are geared up to start production next summer.
A few weeks ago, I got to visit the editing room of director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues with a few other reporters. While we only got to see a few selected scenes from the beginning of the film, I’m happy to report they looked fantastic and everyone was laughing non-stop. Shortly after watching the footage, McKay and his editor, Brent White, answered questions for about thirty minutes and revealed a lot of cool information. Here are a few highlights:
- The first assembly cut was over four hours. The first test screening was two and a half hours and, according to McKay, it played extremely well. However, the final release will be around two hours.
- McKay and White are developing an alternate version of Anchorman 2 that has a completely different set of jokes (around 240). They’re going to test screen the alternate cut and hope to release it on either movie screens (after the original’s release) or VOD/DVD/Blu-ray.
- The film has a couple of musical numbers and one big love song at the end of the movie.
- Will Ferrell and McKay originally intended the ending to the sequel to be a ridiculous bit about an underwater glass hotel that failed, with water coming through the windows and sharks coming at people. They changed their minds.
Hit the jump for more highlights from the interview followed by the full transcript. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th and stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford.
I finally got the chance to check out Thor: The Dark World earlier this week and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did its 2011 predecessor, I had a good time with the movie and want to take a few lines here to share my impressions. First and foremost, it’s funny. As you might expect, Kat Dennings is great as Darcy. That said, it’s odd to label her as the comic relief given all of the levity provided by other characters throughout the film when she is nowhere to be found. Also, as you’re probably even more inclined to expect, Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki and chews up virtually every second of screen time that he’s allotted. On the other hand, what the film had in humor it lacked in drama, conflict, tension, and/or just answers in general. Who are the Dark Elves and why do they insist on everyone living in darkness? What is the Aether and why is it a death sentence for some and a source of all-encompassing power for others? It’s like I walked into the movie 15 minutes late although I’m sure I was seated in time and watched the entire thing. In other words, see Thor: The Dark World for the 112 minute escape that it is and you should be fine. Expect to come out of it with some idea of how and why everything happened outside of just pure coincidence and you’re setting yourself up for frustration.
My one paragraph review aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailers for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, our visit to the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a series of Super Mario Bros. short films that you may love or that may leave you scratching your head, the first teaser trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, and the uplifting story of BatKid fighting crime in San Francisco. As is routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
In the world of filmmaking, there’s likely only one man who could inspire a crowd of 3,000 extras to chant “You are not classy!” at San Diego’s most famous newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), and that man is director Adam McKay. Taking full advantage of his access to a loudspeaker at SeaWorld San Diego’s dolphin show and the crowd’s willingness to participate, McKay ran them through a number of chants that ranged from the silly to the surreal, resulting in Burgundy being booed off stage.
In between takes of McKay using the crowd to shout down Ron Burgundy, the writer-director took time out to speak to a small group of journalists on set. He spoke about the experience of directing 3,000 extras, getting the cast of the original film back together, landing new additions to the world of Anchorman, and how helpful it is to have Judd Apatow on set (and not just because that means they’ll be eating well that day). Hit the jump for the interview. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is calling out for the News Team to assemble, and you have a chance to join them. Burgundy sent out a new video today listing the Top 10 reasons you should join him, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champion Kind (David Koechner), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), and the biker Ron hit with his burrito (Jack Black) for a live-reading of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Producer Judd Apatow and director Adam McKay will host the event, and it only costs a donation of $10 to enter. In addition to being on stage with the cast, the winner will also receive flight and 4-star hotel accommodations for them and their guest. Proceeds will go to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. So you can enter to win a great prize and give money to charity? Now that’s classy.
Hit the jump to check out the video and find out how you can donate. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens December 20th.
Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma‘s 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn’t in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie’s prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce’s direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie that proves Stephen King‘s tale is just as relevant and effective today as it was nearly four decades ago.
With my paragraph review of Carrie in the bag, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Adam’s Divergent set visit, Steve’s Thor: The Dark World video interviews with Chris Hemsworth and more, two new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Evan’s look at superhero movie casting decisions that nearly came to fruition. Much like in the past, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.
Anyone familiar with director Adam McKay’s process knows that there’s always plenty of material from his films that ends up on the cutting room floor. There are loads of alternate scenes and jokes from Step Brothers and Talladega Nights that didn’t make it into the finished films, and probably the most notable case of this improv surplus was on the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. McKay released a feature-length DVD called Wake Up Ron Burgundy, which was essentially an alternate cut of the film comprised of an excised subplot and alternate scenes; the result was some of the funniest bits from the entire production.
Now it appears that McKay has a similar issue on the upcoming sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, as he hopes to release an alternate cut of the film in theaters made up entirely out of different and alternate jokes. Hit the jump for more.
How much are you willing to plunk down for a live-read of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy by the film’s cast and crew? If you said, “$500!” you’re in luck, because that’s exactly how much a VIP ticket to the benefit event will cost you. Raising funds for 826LA’s free programs for children, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow will be joined by Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Jack Black and host Conan O’Brien for this event on November 21st. Hit the jump for more, and remember that the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues will open December 20th.
Ricky Bobby’s (Will Ferrell) motto was “If you’re not first, you’re last.” It turns out that after his victory at the end of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the NASCAR champion’s life went from first to last. As part of Sports Illustrated’s “Where Are They Now?” for fictional athletes, the film’s director and co-writer Adam McKay revealed the unsurprisingly inevitable downfall for Bobby. He was downgraded in sponsors from Coke to Herbal Essences to the Med-tech Catheter, and finally, the Bear Sterns car. But the close to his career came as the lovably dimwitted Bobby tried to thank his “valued crew member, catch-can man Alfred Ah, after a top-five finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. ‘I want to give a huge thank you to Al Ah!’ Ricky Bobby yelled to the crowd. ‘Without Al Ah, none of this would be possible! Those that don’t recognize Al Ah are my enemy!!’”
Ricky Bobby now owns RB’s Smoke and Toke shop in Keneshaw, Kentucky. He runs the shop with shake-and-bake partner, Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly). “‘Once Susan (Amy Adams) left me I bottomed out. Cal and I spent a lot of time at Dave & Busters eating fried zuchinni and playing video golf. It was a dark time.’” Click over to SI (via THR) for the full story of how The Ballad of Ricky Bobby continued after the closing credits.
A feature film adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic The Boys has been in the works for quite a while, but thus far the project has had trouble getting off the ground. Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) has been attached to direct since the summer of 2010, but studios have thus far been wary of greenlighting a big budget hard-R anti-superhero movie that centers on a group of special agents tasked with policing the world’s superheroes by any means necessary. Steve recently sat down with screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay in anticipation of this summer’s supernatural actioner R.I.P.D., and during the course of the conversation the duo also talked extensively about The Boys. They gave an update on the project’s status, talked about McKay’s vision for the adaptation, how involved Ennis and Robertson were in the crafting of the script, and the possibility of Simon Pegg starring. Hit the jump to read on.
Over the past few days, we’ve been sharing a number of updates from Neal Moritz that were gleaned in Steve’s recent lengthy interview with the producer. Moritz talked extensively about Fast & Furious 6, 7, and the future of the franchise, he provided revealing updates on the 21 Jump Street sequel, he talked quite a bit about the upcoming supernatural actioner R.I.P.D., and he also provided a promising update on director Shane Black’s developing Doc Savage movie.
While we’ll be providing the full interview here on Collider soon, we wanted to share one last batch of updates on a number of projects. Hit the jump for news concerning the Battle: Los Angeles sequel, the graphic novel adaptations of Preacher and The Boys, and director D.J. Caruso’s disaster film Invertigo.
Here’s the latest casting news:
- Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will join Dwayne Johnson (Snitch) in Brett Ratner’s fantasy epic, Hercules.
- Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise) is in talks to star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) in the raunchy road trip movie, Tammy, along with Kathy Bates (Misery).
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) will reteam with Anchorman 2 filmmakers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for the indie comedy, Welcome to Me.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Production on Anchorman: The Legend Continues is poised to get underway next week in Atlanta, and fans are understandably eager to find out what kind of hijinks the Channel 4 news team will get themselves into in the follow-up. The entire team from the first film returns, with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell writing the script, McKay directing, and Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate reprising their roles. New additions to the cast include Kristen Wiig as a love interest for Carell’s Brick Tamland and James Marsden as a fellow anchorman and “Ron Burgundy’s nemesis,” but plot details thus far have been few and far between.
McKay recently dropped a few tidbits of information regarding the film’s story, revealing that the plot involves the newsteam angling for glory in New York City and talking a bit about Wiig’s character. Hit the jump to read on.
We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Mayan apocalypse plans to bring you a very important announcement: Paramount has set a release date of December 20, 2013 for Anchorman: The Legend Continues. The sequel to 2004′s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy will feature the return of director Adam McKay and principal actors Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner. The story will once again center on some of San Diego’s zaniest newspeople, but will now see them amid the culture of the 24-hour news cycle. Oh and there will totally be a fully-choreographed musical number. Hit the jump for more.
As the Anchorman sequel gears up to start production early next year, director Adam McKay is looking to fill out the rest of his cast. We already know that Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate are set to reprise their roles from the 2004 comedy, and now The Wrap reports that Kristen Wiig may be joining the cast. The actress is apparently being eyed for the role of Carell’s love interest, making for a fantastically promising comedy pairing.
McKay and Ferrell aren’t entirely done with the script just yet, and the report cautions that no cast beyond the principals has been firmed up. Interestingly, though, The Wrap adds that Anchorman: The Legend Continues is set for release in October 2013. We previously knew that Paramount was eyeing an unspecified date in 2013 for the film’s release, but this is the first time we’ve heard the mention of a solid month. As the start date looms closer, expect more Anchorman 2 news soon.