AVATAR Franchise Expanded to Three Sequels as James Cameron Recruits Co-Writers; AVATAR 2 Set for December 2016 Release

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Yesterday we got a bit of an update on the long-promised sequels to writer/director James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, but it turns out there’s much more to the story.  Cameron has been working on two follow-up films to the sci-fi pic over the last four years, with an eye towards filming both Avatar 2 and 3 at the same time and then releasing the sequels a year apart.  While last we heard Cameron was holed up in New Zealand finalizing the scripts for the sequels, news broke yesterday that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman had been enlisted to pitch in on the screenplay for Avatar 2.  It just so happens that this was only one third of the story, as Fox announced today that Cameron has actually enlisted the help of four screenwriters to collaborate with him on the screenplays for not only Avatar 2 and 3, but also Avatar 4, with the first sequel poised to hit theaters (finally) in December 2016.  Hit the jump for much more.

James Cameron Enlists TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Creator Josh Friedman to Work on AVATAR 2 Screenplay

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Slowly but surely, development on the Avatar sequels continues to progress.  While James Cameron‘s past filmography tells us that the filmmaker will take as long as he pleases in between projects, we’ve seen numerous deadlines come and go for when Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are expected to begin filming and finally hit theaters.  The most recent timeline has Zoe Saldana saying that she thinks production will finally begin in early 2014, and while Cameron has been hard at work on the screenplays for the past few years, it appears that he’s enlisting a little help to get the script for Avatar 2 in tip-top shape before production (hopefully) gets underway.  Hit the jump for more.

TV Casting Call: Abby Elliot May Leave SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE for Fox Comedy Pilot; Bradley Whitford Joins THE ASSET

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Paul Brittain has already exited Saturday Night Live for other pursuits and now it appears the late night sketch comedy show might lose another cast member. EW has learned that Abby Elliott (who, in case you didn’t know, is the daughter of SNL alum and recurring How I Met Your Mother guest star Chris Elliott) is nearing a deal to lead a new Fox comedy pilot called Ben Fox is My Manny (which I think combines the words “man” and “nanny”) and it just might have her leaving SNL. The series, from Couples Retreat writer Dana Fox, follows an uptight single mother (Elliott) and her laid-back brother who move in together to raise a child. Hit the jump for more, including news on a new series for The West Wing alum Bradley Whitford.

LOCKE & KEY Series Pilot to Screen at Comic-Con

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Though Fox ultimately decided to pass on the series adaptation of the graphic novel Locke & Key, audiences will still get a chance to see the pilot. Deadline reports IDW Publishing, the company behind the book, is hosting a special screening of the pilot complete with a panel discussion featuring creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the pilot’s writer/executive producer Josh Friedman and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. However, the audience won’t be all that huge since the screening has been set in Room 8 (with the panel following in Room 9) on July 22nd at 10:30am. So if you’re desperate to see the fallen pilot, this might be your only chance. Of course, if fan reaction is big enough, perhaps the network will reconsider. For those just joining us, details on the story are after the jump.

Jesse McCartney to Star in Fox Drama LOCKE & KEY

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Jesse McCartney (Greek) has signed on to play what is effectively the male lead in the Fox drama pilot Locke & Key, based on the comic book by Joe Hill.  According to Deadline, McCartney will play Ty, one of the three children of Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) — Sarah Bolger and Skylar Gaertner play the other two.

The story begins shortly after the murder of husband and father Rendell Locke.  The family return to Keyhouse, Rendell’s old family home in Massachusetts, where they are haunted by an evil entity.  Ty retreats into his music as a way to cope with the death of his father, which ought to show off McCartney’s particular skill set as an actor/songwriter.  I was charmed by McCartney in his guest arc on Greek, so I’m happy to see him at the center of a series I have high hopes for.

Steven Spielberg, Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Fringe) are producing.  Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) will direct the pilot.

Steven Spielberg Teams with Kurtzman/Orci and Josh Friedman for TV Series LOCKE & KEY

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We knew that the screenwriting team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is spearheading an adaptation of the comic book series Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill.  Thanks to Vulture, we have a couple new pieces of info.  First, Locke & Key will be a television series rather than a film, as initially reported.  The tale of “a spooky New England mansion filled with mystical doors that transport [three kids] to different worlds and give them special powers” is apparently more episodic in nature.

Secondly, Steven Spielberg is now involved under his DreamWorks TV banner.  Spielberg has teamed with the boys previously for the Transformers franchise (they script, he produces), and both parties currently have a show on the Fox network (he has Terra Nova, they have Fringe).  Meanwhile, Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has joined the series as writer and producer — given the busy schedules of Kurtzman, Orci, and Spielberg, I imagine Friedman will assume showrunning duties if the show makes it to air. Locke & Key does not yet have a network, though Fox seems a likely home given that Spielberg, Kurtzman, Orci, and Friedman each have a flag planted there.

SMALLVILLE Creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar Scripting CHARLIE’S ANGELS Reboot for ABC

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It was recently announced that the upcoming tenth season of Smallville will be its swan song, but show creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar won’t be anywhere near the small Kansas town at the time of the signoff.  The duo, who left the Superman series after season seven, will head over to ABC to assume scripting duties for the Charlie’s Angels reboot in development at the network.  Gough and Millar will replace Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), under whose guide the remake was targeting a Fall 2010 launch.  With Gough and Millar on board, Angels could descend upon ABC by midseason.  According to The Live Feed, Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg and Nancy Juvonen are producing.

To get a taste of the original 1976 series, hit the jump.

ABC and Josh Friedman Close to Reviving CHARLIE’S ANGELS for Television

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After two blockbuster films and two prior attempts at a TV comeback, the classic 70s action show Charlie’s Angels could soon be returning to television on ABC with Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman giving orders through the speaker box.  The remake would be updated to the modern day and geared towards a new audience while still paying homage to the original.  Hit the jump for more details along with a timeline of how many attempts have been made to bring Kelly Garrett, Jill Munroe, and Sabrina Duncan back to the small screen.

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