It wasn’t long ago we learned that Stranger Things creators the Duffer brothers had called on producer Shawn Levy to fulfill a similar directorial obligation as the first year, though the full roster remained unclear. Now, we’ve learned Finding Dory and Nemo director Andrew Stanton will direct several episodes, as will another newcomer to the series.
Following a major relocation from PBS to HBO, Sesame Street is plotting another big move: This time to a theater near you. Warner Bros. is developing a feature-length, live-action film based on the venerable children’s educational series. Sure, it’s an easy mark for a typical nostalgia cash-in, but it’s also hard to complain about a Sesame Street movie given everything that the series stands for — and in the wake of our recent election, we could probably use a few sunny days.
Uncharted will attempt to break new ground in late 2017, early 2018 as the first not-bad film adaptation of a video game, but the road there is long and the production has only just embarked. They’ve got director Shawn Levy (esteemed cineaste behind such films as Date Night, The Internship, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb), but now Levy has to find himself a leading man for the role of box-jawed hero Nathan Drake. As is so frequently the case with fan-cherished entertainment in recent years, the hordes of devotees decided to take matters into their own hands and ply the director with plenty of suggestions for casting.
Now that Stranger Things Season 2 has officially gotten underway with loads of new and returning guest stars, official Atlanta production will commence for a 2017 premiere. We don’t know when exactly in 2017 to expect Eleven’s return, but director Shawn Levy confirms that he and co-creators the Duffer brothers will follow a familiar shooting pattern as last year, even with an extended order.
Sony’s Uncharted movie was in danger of becoming another one of those cautionary quixotic Hollywood legends of films that never got out of pre-production — a slew of directors joined the project, before smelling delays on the wind and moving on to more promising prospects, and a couple months ago the film’s release date was removed entirely, hinting that the whole thing was doomed. But today Sony announced that Shawn Levy was taking the director’s chair, and that Uncharted is now on the fast track.
Netflix’s Stranger Things is still going strong weeks after its release, even if the streaming service has yet to declare a formal renewal for the Stephen King-approved series. We’ve heard a few takes on what Season 2 might look like, but producers now detail a plan for “several seasons,” including new characters in the next run.
Maybe a more accurate headline would be “Starman remake in the works despite — or perhaps because of — the existence of Midnight Special.” Either way, today’s news (which is definitely not a prank) that Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is developing a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi classic is a bit baffling considering that Jeff Nichols already gave us the only updated riff on this concept that we’ll need for the foreseeable future. But that’s not going to stop this remake from happening.
The news in a nutshell: Warner Bros. is seeking a new director for their film adaptation of the beloved video game ‘Minecraft’ now that Shawn Levy has departed the project. Our commentary in a nutshell: Okay, that’s certainly news, but how the hell are they planning to make a ‘Minecraft’ movie in the first place?
Hey, remember that Tinker Bell sketch from 'SNL' a while back, when Aidy Bryant played a bawdy version of the beloved Disney fairy? If only we could have a film version of that. Well, prepare for the next best thing. Melissa McCarthy is set to star in a live-action Tinker Bell film from 'Night at the Museum' director Shawn Levy and 'Neighbors' writer Nicholas Stoller. Magical!
Hollywood has been mining the seminal ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ for ideas for the better part of a century, borrowing characters, details and story beats from the folklore collection and weaving them into all kinds of movies. And for good reason: many of the tales collected within it are astonishing, reflecting a rich, complex society that is completely different from our own. It's the perfect gateway to Islamic culture and often the first step for students of literature who have exhausted what the western world has to offer. And now a bunch of white people are going to make a film version of its most famous story starring, you guessed it, a bunch of white people!