Ah Hollywood – when the creative reserves have run dry and you just need a quick way to make a few million bucks, you can always fall back on a few sequels and remakes, right? Here’s the latest batch of in-development films almost no one was clamoring to see.
-- Bruce Almighty was arguably Jim Carrey’s last mega-hit. The film already had an indirect sequel in 2007’s Evan Almighty – but that movie bombed at the box office – so Universal has now decided that the best way to continue the series is to try it again: this time with Carrey onboard.
The studio has hired Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel to write a script for a Bruce Almighty sequel – which will refocus on Carrey’s news reporter character. There aren’t any plot details available yet, but we suspect that there will be more crazy shenanigans of Biblical proportions whenever this one moves into production. [via /Film]
-- Director Joe Carnahan is hard at work promoting his latest film The Grey, which naturally led to reporters asking questions about The A-Team 2 (why?). Carnahan tells website Moviehole that there’s no chance of an A-Team sequel since Fox wasn’t happy with the original film’s financial returns, but that he has been mulling over directing a sequel – a follow-up to his 2002 film Narc.
Ray Liotta starred in the first Narc, a tale of crooked cops involved in the drug trade, and Carnahan has already floated the idea of a sequel past the actor.
“I was talking to Ray Liotta the other night about a Narc sequel”, Carnahan reveals. “I told him the opening…if I could do that movie for like ten million bucks and not be bothered and be left to do my thing I would do it in a second. Creative control means more to me than having my name on a big-budget thing.”
We’ll admit that we’d actually be interested in seeing more Narc. Hopefully Carnahan gets his wish and can make this a reality at some point in the not too distant future.
-- From the "It was Only a Matter of Time" file comes today’s news that New Line has hired director Scott Zabielski to direct a Police Academy remake.
The original film, which chronicled the hijinks of a group of police academy recruits, became an '80s classic and spawned six sequels for Warner Bros. Steve Guttenberg starred as ringleader Mahoney, and was surrounded with an ensemble cast including Bubba Smith, Leslie Easterbrook, and Michael Winslow.
The film will be Zabielski’s first feature. The director has previously worked on several seasons of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and actually went to a police academy. [via Deadline]