The Wonder Years

Release Date:  9/22/21 – Series Premiere; ABC
Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Fred Savage
Studio(s):   20th Television, Lee Daniels Entertainment, American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Cast:  Don Cheadle, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Milan Ray, Laura Kariuki, Elisha Williams, Amari O’Neil, Julian Lerner.

Details:  The Wonder Years is getting the reboot treatment at ABC.  The upcoming series, which received a pilot order from the network, will star Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, taking over for Fred Savage, who played the central character, Kevin Arnold, in the original run.  Rounding out the rest of the Williams family is Dulé Hill as Bill, the patriarch who is a music professor by day and a funk musician by night, Saycon Sengbloh as his perceptive and good-humored wife, Lillian, with Laura Kariuki as Kim, Dean’s confident and popular teenage sister.  Like the original, Dean will have a special love interest, with Milan Ray playing Keisa Clemmons.  Additionally, Don Cheadle will serve as the narrator, aka “Adult Dean,” who reflects back on his younger years as he embarks on the next stage of his life as a new grandfather, while Julian Lerner and Amari O’Neil have been added as Dean’s childhood friends.

The original series, starring Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Jason Hervey, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills and Olivia d’Abo, aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993.  Savage is set to direct the pilot and executive produce the new project, along with Lee Daniels with original series co-creator Neal Marlens as a consultant.

Story:  The new version will focus on this middle-class family living in Montgomery, Alabama, during the 1960s as Dean is trying to figure out his place at home and the world at large. Described by ABC as a little insecure, a tad awkward and a bit self-conscious, he is determined to make his mark on the world around him.  Source/Photo Source:  ET Online.



wwe_sleight_one_sheet_r3Release Date:  4/7/17 In Theaters (2016)
Genre:  Drama/Thriller/Sci-Fi
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio:  Diablo Entertainment
Director:  J. D. Dillard

Cast:  Jacob Latimore (Bo), Dulé Hill (Angelo), Seychelle Gabriel (Holly), Storm Reid (Tina), Sasheer Zamata (Georgi), Cameron Esposito (Luna).

Story:  A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents’ passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.  Source:  MPRM Communications.



Update:  On 1/29/16, Shadow and Act reported that WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection, Sleight, directed by JD Dillard.

The dramatic thriller is directed by JD Dillard and blends science fiction and street magic in a tale set in Los Angeles. Dillard wrote Sleight with Alex Theurer, and it stars Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and Seychelle Gabriel. Eric B.Fleischman produced with Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer. Blumhouse’s BH Tilt, run by John Hegeman, will oversee the release and marketing and WWE Studios prexy Michael Luisi plans to use the brand’s might to create awareness on Monday Night Raw, Smackdown and its various social media outlets to try to give it a bit of a zeitgeist vibe. CAA sold it.  Source(s):  Shadow and Act; Deadline.