Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

Status: Development Unknown
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Musical
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Phoenix Pictures
Director:  Spike Lee
Cast:  TBA

Story:  1930s opera gets a modern makeover for the big screen. Producers Mike Medavoy and Bobby Geisler are developing a contemporary film version of famed 1930’s opera Porgy and Bess. Porgy and Bess follows the story of Porgy, a disabled beggar and his attempts to rescue Bess from her violent and jealous lover, Crown and drug dealer, Sportin’ Life who tries to lead her astray.

Details: In August 2012, Broadway.com reported, two-time Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee is in negotiations to turn the Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess into a film. The musical has been a passion project for Lee for over a decade and after seeing the current Broadway revival, Lee has begun negations with the Gershwin estate to bring the opera back to the big screen. Porgy and Bess was adapted into a major motion picture in 1957, starring Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis, Jr. No timeline or casting for Lee’s remake has been confirmed. Source(s): Moviepilot; Movie Insider, Broadway.com.

Uptown Saturday Night

Status:  Development Status Unknown as of June 3, 2014
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Overbrook Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures
Director:  Adam McKay
Cast:  Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Katt Williams (rumored)

Story:  Remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier comedy. The original follows the story of two friends who have their wallets stolen at a nightclub. The next morning, they learn that one of their wallets contained a winning lottery ticket, and together, they set out to find it.

Details:  According to Variety, in an effort to fast-track its remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier comedy “Uptown Saturday Night,” Warner Bros. has hired “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” helmer Nicholas Stoller to do a rewrite on the script.

Adam McKay is on board to direct, and Warner Bros. intends to develop the film as a starring vehicle for Will Smith and Denzel Washington. Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing and have been developing the project for some time, but the producers haven’t been able to juggle the stars’ schedules and get the script to the right point. (Source(s): Variety; Movie Insider)

Annie

AnnieRelease Date: December 19, 2014
Genre: Musical
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)
Rose Byrne (Grace)
Cameron Diaz (Miss Hannigan)
Jamie Foxx (Benjamin Stacks)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Nash)
Bobby Cannavale

Story:  Adaptation of the Broadway musical which was based upon the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”. (Synopsis taken from Movie Insider).

Details: Jay-Z will “re-imagine” the music, much as he did when he re-fashioned the Broadway show’s “Hard Knock Life” into an anthem of urban poverty.

Jamie Foxx will play a character named Benjamin Stacks, a variation of Daddy Warbucks, who takes in the orphan girl being played by Quvenzhane Wallis.

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