Jacob’s Ladder

Release Date:  8/23/19; In Theaters
Genre:   Drama/Horror
Rating:  R
Director:  David M. Rosenthal
Studio(s):   LD Entertainment, Gaeta/Rosenzweig Films
Running Time:  89 mins.
Cast:  Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza, Joseph Sikora.

Story:  Remake of the 1990 cult classic directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Tim Robbins.  The new films follows the same plot as the original, with a soldier returning home from war and experiencing a particularly bad form of PTSD.  The official synopsis for the 2019 remake reads: “After losing his brother in combat, Jacob Singer returns home from Afghanistan — only to be pulled into a mind-twisting state of paranoia. Singer soon realizes that his sibling is alive but life is not what it seems.”  Source(s):  The Playlist.

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Candyman

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Release Date:   6/12/2020; In Theaters
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  TBA
Director:  Nia DaCosta
Writing Credits: Clive Barker (characters), Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld
Studio(s):   Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Monkeypaw Productions
Running Time:  TBA
Cast:  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd (Daniel Robitaille / Candyman), Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Teyonah Parris, Nadia Simms.

Details:   There’s a new “Candyman” in town.  Jordan Peele’s retelling of the horror classic has cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the actor best known for playing Black Manta in Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, as its star.  The studio is touting the upcoming film as a “spiritual sequel” to the original. It will return to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. The original Candyman was released in 1992 and follows a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman while writing a thesis on urban legends.

Story: A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.  Source(s):  Variety, IMDB, giphy.com.

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Update 9/9/19:  Movieweb reported on 8/13/19 that the film has begun shooting in Chicago.  The site also stated that Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits) and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) have now joined the horror film from writers Peele and Win Rosenfeld under Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.  The film which is described as a “spiritual sequel” to Bernard Rose’s 1992 horror movie. Based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden,” Candyman centers on an urban legend of a former slave that was murdered because of his relationship with a white woman. When her family learned of the forbidden love, he was smeared with honey so bees would attack him and then burned to death. His ashes were scattered at what would become the Cabrini-Green housing projects. The legend stated if you said his name five times in the mirror, he would come to murder you. You know, like urban legends do.

The set is bound to be an eerie one because among the various Chicago shooting locations is the neighborhood where the legend first began: The Cabrini-Green housing projects. Although the projects have since been gentrified, the intention counts. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) is co-financing the film with BRON creative, and that is good news for the city of Chicago. Candyman will be shot entirely in the windy city, likely bringing jobs and money with it. Not to mention the aesthetic realism that can come from shooting on location.

Expectations are high for the classic film’s reboot because Monkeypaw Productions has churned out some successful movies since it opened in 2012. Under the banner, Peele wrote, produced and directed both Get Out and Us. The company also produced Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman. Source:  Movieweb.

 

Cleopatra Jones Reboot

Status:  Optioned
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  TBA
Studio(s):   Warner Brothers
Running time:  Unknown
Cast:  TBA

Story:   Warner Bros is reviving Cleopatra Jones, the 1973 blaxploitation female empowerment film that starred Tamara Dobson as the undercover government agent who used the day job of supermodel as her cover and an excuse to travel to exotic places. The studio has set Misha Green to write the script and produce a film that will present the heroine very much as the female answer to James Bond. Those comparisons were made when the original hit film was released, partly because Jones was so adept at martial arts and drove a Corvette Stingray fully equipped with automatic weapons. In the original, she faced off against a drug kingpin named Mommy (Shelley Winter), with a mission to destroy the poppy plants that were fueling drugs devastating the inner city.  Source:  Deadline.  Photo Source:  The Hollywood Reporter.

SuperFly

Release Date:  6/15/2018
Genre:  Drama/Crime
Rating:  Unknown
Director:  Director X
Studio(s):  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)

Details:   Remake of the 1972 film.  Allen Maldonado joins the cast led by Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, Jason Mitchell as Eddie and Michael K. Williams as Scatter in Sony’s Super Fly remake.  Maldonado has been cast as Litty, a new role for the film, or at least a new name for a character in the original film. The remake’s supporting cast includes Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto. Rapper 21 Savage is also in talks to join the film in some capacity.  Additionally, rapper Future has come on board as a producer. He’ll also curate the soundtrack.  Future will produce with Joel Silver and Steven R. Shore, the son of the original film’s producer Sig Shore, will be an executive producer.

The original film, which was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. starred Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, a cocaine dealer trying to get out of the business, and centers on him securing one last deal before getting out. It resulted in two sequels, Super Fly T.N.T. and The Return of Super Fly.  Source:  Shadow & Act.

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Sleepless

a/k/a Sleepless Night

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Release Date:   2/24/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Action/Thriller
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:   Baran bo Odar
Studio:   FilmNation Entertainment, Open Road Films (II), Riverstone Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment.

Cast:  Jamie Foxx (Vincent Downs), Gabrielle Union, T.I., Michelle Monaghan, David Harbour, Dermot Mulroney.

Story:   In this Sin City thriller, Las Vegas cop Vincent Downs finds himself trapped between corrupt cops and the mob underground.  When a heist goes bad, Downs’ son is snatched from his car by a group of armed men who demand the money they would have made from the robbery in exchange for returning Downs’ son alive. Meanwhile, he’s also dealing with an internal affairs investigation while trying to retrieve his son and get even with the kidnappers — all in one long night.  Downs’ mission takes him through the city’s maze of parking garages and nightclubs and has him driving sports cars through the city and engaging in hand-to-hand combat in the bowels of a casino.  Sleepless is a remake of the 2011 French film Sleepless Night.  Source:  The Wrap.

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Roots

Roots (2016)Release Date:  5/30/16 (Made-for-TV)
Genre:  Drama/Historical
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  Unknown
Studio:  History Channel
Directors:  Bruce Beresford, Thomas Carter, Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles

Cast:  Emayatzy Corinealdi (Belle), Laurence Fishburne (Alex Haley), Carlacia Grant (Irene), Malachi Kirby (Kunta Kinte), Rege-Jean Page (Chicken George), Mekhi Phifer (Jerusalem), Anika Noni Rose (Kizzy), T.I. (Cyrus), Forest Whitaker (Fiddler).

Story:  Remake of the classic TV mini-series that remains one of history’s most watched U.S. broadcasts.  The historical portrait of American slavery recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, A&E and Lifetime with a May 30th.  Source:  Dark Horizons.

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Good Times

Good timesStatus:  In Development
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions
Director:  TBA
Cast:  TBA

Update:  On 4/27/15 Entertainment Weekly stated that Sony has tapped Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to write the script for the movie version of Good Times, EW has confirmed.  Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film.

Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids screenwriter Phil Johnston was first attached to write when the movie was announced in March 2013.  Eric Monte, Tammie Evans and Carlena Harris will executive produce, while William Bannister, Michael Daniels and Neville Mouguel will serve as associate producers.

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Details:  Film based on the 1974-1979 CBS TV series created by Mike Evans & Eric Monte. Set in the 1960s, working-class couple James and Florida Evans raise three kids while struggling with hard financial times, unemployment and keeping their kids away from temptations that come with living in a Chicago housing project.  Source: Movie Insider.