The television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome has undergone a bit of a tune-up. The series was originally being developed by comic book/TV writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) for Showtime with Steven Spielberg onboard as a producer, but now it appears that the TV adaptation will be moving to CBS. For those unfamiliar, the supernatural thriller pits local folks against each other when they discover that their vacation town in Maine has been cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious force field. Hit the jump for more on the CBS iteration of the series.
DreamWorks is making moves on the feature film Starbuck. Sadly, this isn’t a Battlestar Galactica spinoff starring the very kick-ass Katee Sackhoff, as the studio is instead planning a remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film of the same name. The comedy centers on a middle-aged man who finds out that he fathered 533 children via sperm donation. His life is turned upside down when a few hundred of the donor babies “express an irrepressible need to meet their father.” In a strange decision, DreamWorks has set the original co-writer and director Ken Scott to write and direct the remake. Hit the jump for more, including the trailer for the original film.
Earlier this year, Liam Neeson dropped out of the title role in Steven Spielberg’s long-in-development Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln. DreamWorks has now issued a press release saying that Daniel Day-Lewis will play the role of our 16th President. According to the press release, the film is still based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s excellent book Team of Rivals with a script by award-winning writer Tony Kushner.
The press release also notes that “Filming is expected to begin in the fall of 2011 for release in the fourth quarter of 2012 through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label.” That’s curious since, as we reported earlier, Spielberg was planning to direct an adaptation of Robopocalypse in January 2012. Presumably, that project has now been pushed back. Hit the jump to check out the press release.
Irreverent comedian Christopher Titus is reuniting with Fox to develop a new sitcom loosely based on his life. You may recall that the funnyman co-created and starred in the dark sitcom Titus, which aired on Fox from 2000-2002. It featured Titus as an auto mechanic with a sadistic louse of a father, played with venomous zeal by Stacey Keach. According to Deadline, the new series sees Titus “dealing with his great new girlfriend and her solid family as well as his crazy ex-wife.” Titus is co-writing the project with Michael Glouberman (Malcom in the Middle); Warren Littlefield (Keen Eddie) joins the pair as executive producer.
I only have vague memories of the series, but I do remember the blackest of black comedic fodder as well as a unique structure. The show relied on a lot of flashbacks, and included black-and-white scenes of Titus breaking the fourth wall. You can get a sense of the edge in a montage of clips from the show after the jump, which feature a pre-Lost Cynthia Watros.
According to Risky Biz Blog, Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic has finally taken a step forward by hiring playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood to pen the project. Harwood’s previous credits include The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Pianist. Since this is the first King biopic to be officially authorized by the King estate, he’ll have access to all of the copyrighted material from King’s life including speeches, books, and other works. Spielberg is attached to produce but not direct.
I have trouble being excited for this project because Snider, Spielberg, and Harwood are all white people. Biz notes that Harwood is a strong choice for the assignment due to his previous screenplays and, “at 75 years old, the South Africa-born writer lived through the late 1950′s and ’60′s, when King’s oratory and influence inspired a massive civil rights movement until his murder in 1968.” Really? That’s all it took? Accomplished screenwriter who was around during the 50s and 60s. Wow. I don’t want to diminish the universal effect Dr. King’s work had on our country, but this all feels slightly off to me. I’m sure some of you disagree so please sound off in our comments section.