Lately, everything seems to be "red band" for the upcoming comedy remake 21 Jump Street. The movie's first trailer was red band, with a second red band trailer arriving earlier this month. Now, a new red band featurette has also arrived online, proving that the movie version of 21 Jump Street probably wouldn't play on Fox, who broadcast the late 1980s and early 90s TV show on which the movie is based.
21 Jump Street screenwriter Michael Bacall inadvertently explained why the movie has so much "red band" material. During an interview with SlashFilm, Bacall revealed that he and 21 Jump Street's co-lead Jonah Hill conceived of the movie as a "hard R buddy cop film."
watch the video >> Posted 03.13.12 by Ryan
Jonah I had met while I was developing an original comedy I wrote that Todd Phillips was actually producing called Psycho Funky Chimp about this kid who is an obsessive Pez collector and Jonah was attached and the project didn’t end up happening. We got along really well and he called me a couple of years later and said, "What do you think about doing a hard R buddy cop film? And we use 21 Jump Street as a vehicle for that?" I said, "Oh man, I’m a fan of the show. That would be awesome."
The "found footage" style of movie experienced a resurgence in the horror genre after the success of Paranormal Activity, which spawned a multitude of other "found footage" movies, including two Paranormal Activity sequels. It wasn't long before the technique made its way into other genres, including the superhero movie Chronicle and party comedy Project X, both of which, it turns out, are getting sequels as well.
In January, Chronicle director Josh Trank admitted that he had some "ideas that could be expanded on" for a sequel should Fox want it, but admitted last month, "I'm still not sure [about Chronicle 2]... I was nervous this type of movie would be perceived as a gimmick, so I was in denial for awhile about what the potential of the film could be."
For Twentieth Century Fox, the potential seems to be a franchise with Deadline reporting that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis has been hired to write the sequel. Trank came up with the story of Chronicle, while Landis scripted, or as Trank described it, "filled it out with the heart and soul and muscles." The pair's efforts ended up earning $105 million worldwide on a $15 million budget. project x sequel planned as well >> Posted 03.08.12 by Ryan
It's been almost a year since we heard anything about Paramount's Untitled Les Grossman project, which will star Tom Cruise as the foul-mouthed movie producer character he played in the 2008 comedy, Tropic Thunder. Last April, Bill Hader, who played Grossman's assistant Rob Slolom, revealed that screenwriter Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) had finished the script for the movie, which was the first news about the project since Paramount studio announced the spin-off in June of 2010.
With Bacall coming off the success of the found footage party movie Project X as well as the upcoming comedy 21 Jump Street, THR asked Bacall for an update on the project, with the writer revealing that the tone of the spin-off would likely "fall in between" both of his most recent projects, as the script tries to turn Cruise's cameo into a leading man character. bacall talks grossman and a 21 jump street sequel >> Posted 03.06.12 by Ryan
Columbia Pictures' reboot of 21 Jump Street won't open for another two weeks, but that hasn't stopped the studio from thinking sequel. Jonah Hill, who plays Schmidt in the remake and has a "story" credit alongside screenwriter Michael Bacall, told E! Online that a sequel has been ordered.
We are writing the sequel now. We got [the greenlight] by the studio to start writing the sequel.
We'll assume that "we" means Hill and Bacall, who reportedly have written a decent big-screen version of the the Fox TV show that starred Johnny Depp. Early reviews from the movie have been extremely favorable, and Hill said that it may be his funniest movie yet (sorry, Moneyball). read hill's comments and watch the clips >> Posted 02.29.12 by Ryan
Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader has become the unofficial spokesperson for Paramount's upcoming movie about Les Grossman, the foul-mouthed, movie producer character Tom Cruise played in the 2008 comedy, Tropic Thunder. The studio announced the movie last summer, after Cruise reprised the character for the MTV Movie Awards. Weeks later, Hader revealed he was looking forward to reprising his role as Grossman's verbally abused assistant, Rob Slolom. script is "funny" >> Posted 04.12.11 by Ryan
Last month, Channing Tatum was rumored to be joining Jonah Hill in Columbia Pictures' upcoming remake of 21 Jump Street, and Columbia president Doug Belgrad has confirmed the casting, Deadline reports.
what did we hear about Emma stone? >> Posted 12.02.10 by Ryan
Jonah helped create a smart and funny vehicle that is tailor-made for him and Channing. They are a perfect duo for this film and [directors] Phil [Lord] and Chris [Miller] (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) have a terrific, accessible take on the material. We love how this movie has come together and are very excited to begin production this spring.
Tom Cruise capped off his performance as Les Grossman (his character from 2008's Tropic Thunder) at the MTV Movie Awards by teasing that a full movie starring himself as Grossman was in the works. He wasn't lying. Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced that they are developing a movie centered around the foul-mouthed, often ill-tempered movie producer. Cruise will produce the movie, along with Tropic Thunder writer/director Ben Stiller, who admitted he was thrilled about the project. More Les! Posted 06.10.10 by Ryan
Even though a recent test screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World garnered many postivie reviews, writer-director Edgar Wright still has to contend with the passionate, sometimes rabid, fans of the original Scott Pilgrim series of comics that the movie is based upon. Obviously aware of this, Wright explained in a recent MTV interview that any changes from the series that inspired the movie were necessitated by the fact that movies are "a different medium" than comic books and assured comic book fans that creator Bryan O'Malley "totally understood how and why it had to be shaped into a movie structure."
I think Bryan O'Malley is a very smart guy, and he can understand what an adaptation is. He read every draft of [the script]. With the last draft, me and [co-writer] Michael Bacall sent him every 20 pages ... and so he pretty much understood that doing a straight adaptation of the books was kind of impossible.
Wright admitted that there were several cool scenes in the comics that he would have liked to have been able to include in the movie, but he said that he has no regrets about the final product.
There's lots of bits that would look beautiful on the big screen, but I can't think of anything where I thought, "I wish we would have done that."
In May of last year, O'Malley gave his approval of Wright's changes, saying that he was "totally pleased with the movie." He conceded that the ending of the movie would not reflect the ending of the comic book series because he had not yet written the final issue by the time Wright began working on the movie. Wright said that the movie "stays pretty true" to the first three chapters in the comic book series, and then begins to "take its own path, but very much within the spirit" of the series. He also added that there will be some surprises in store for the comic book fans.
There are some things that are in the film that are actually from Bryan's original ideas before he wrote the books. [So] there are some things in there that refer to older ideas which he didn't end up doing.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World tells the story of slacker anti-hero Scott Pilgrim (played by Michael Cera) and his quest to win the love of the girl of his dreams, Ramona V. Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), by defeating her seven "evil" ex-boyfriends. Posted 03.02.10 by BrentJS