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Remake News: Yellow Submarine, Poltergeist, Gunsmoke and More


Yellow Submarine: Robert Zemeckis’ experience using 3-D performance-capture technology (The Polar Express, Beowulf) will soon come in handy on his remake of Yellow Submarine. Disney is reportedly working to get clearance on a list of Beatles songs for the project. (The 1968 animated film followed “Old Fred” and the Beatles as they traveled in their yellow submersible to Pepperland.) The goal is to have the film produced in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Excalibur: Bryan Singer (Valkyrie) is on board to produce an updated version of Excalibur, the classic tale about knights, wizards and that sword. Warner Bros. has obtained rights to the 1981 film which starred Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren. Singer is reportedly looking to create an epic fantasy version of the story. No producer or writer have been named yet.

Dirty Dancing: Is someone be putting Baby in the corner…again? A report claims that Lionsgate is rebooting the 1987 hit that had Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman soaring above Johnny Castle. Julia Dahl (Uptown Girls) is said to be Dirty Dancing‘s new screenwriter.

Outland: A string of murders out in space is the premise behind Outland, a remake of a Sean Connery film. In the 1981 entry from Peter Hyams, the deaths occurred on one of Jupiter’s moons. The Warner Bros. update will reportedly take place on a city orbiting the moon. Michael Davis (Shoot ‘Em Up) will direct.

Straw Dogs: Filming has begun on a redo of Straw Dogs, the 1971 thriller starring Dustin Hoffman. In the Rod Lurie version, James Marsden and Kate Bosworth play a married couple who return to Kate’s hometown. There, they encounter problems with the locals including Bosworth’s ex-boyfriend (True Blood‘s Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd). Lurie (The Contender) also penned the script.


Barbarella: Will Robert Luketic be able to pick up where Robert Rodriguez left off? At one point, Rodriguez had planned to remake Barbarella with fiancee Rose McGowan in the lead. Now producer Dino De Laurentiis, the producer on the campy 1968 outing, has jumped on board the Luketic-helmed project. No word yet as to who might taken on the sexy female mercenary role originated by Jane Fonda.

Poltergeist: “They’re baaaaack!” Did we ever really believe the Poltergeist was really gone? Nearly 30 years after Carol Ann was first sucked into the TV comes word of a reboot. Director Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) has been recruited by MGM to help us relive the horror. (Does anyone have static-y channels anymore?) No casting decisions have have yet been announced. The spooks are reportedly scheduled to return on November 24, 2010.

Battlestar Galactica: Bryan Singer is one busy man. In addition to work on Excalibur (see above), he is scheduled to produce and direct a big screen version of Battlestar Galatica. The X-Men director had long been a fan of the sci-fi TV series and had entertained an adaptation for some time. It is not known when production on the “re-imagination” will begin.

Gunsmoke: The Simpsons got their own movie—now it’s time for the 2nd longest-running primetime show to get the same. CBS Films is crafting a contemporary take on Gunsmoke, their classic Western series. The feature, which would serve as a prequel, is being penned by National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ Gregory Poirier. Craig Baumgarten (Shattered Glass) will produce the action-adventure.

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