Today’s Ketchup brings you ten headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Garfield, High Noon, and Rebecca, and a movie for… Frankenberry?
This WEEK’S TOP STORY
TOY STORY 4 TEASES KEY & PEELE’S NEW CHARACTERS
(Photo by Walt Disney Studios)
1. ROBERT ZEMECKIS AND TOM HANKS REUNITING FOR POST-APOCALYPTIC BIOS
2. NETFLIX REMAKING HITCHCOCK’S REBECCA WITH LILY JAMES AND ARMIE HAMMER
3. AMAZON AND APPLE SIGN BIG DEALS TO TAKE ON NETFLIX
4. CHANCE THE RAPPER DEVELOPING A MOVIE MUSICAL
(Photo by Charlie Williams/Everett Collection)
5. MARGOT ROBBIE PRODUCING METH DEALER DRAMA BARBED WIRE HEART
(Photo by Frank Masi/Paramount Pictures)
4. IS THE WORLD READY FOR FRANKEN BERRY AND THE MCU (MONSTER CEREAL UNIVERSE)?
(Photo by General Mills)
There is something of a strange overlap between “monster movies” and “kids’ movies,” which dates back to the Abbott and Costello crossovers of the 1940s and 1950s and more recently includes the three Hotel Transylvania movies. Starting in 1971, General Mills has produced a line of breakfast cereals that spoof the Universal Classic Monsters. The three most popular are Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry (past cereals Fruit Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy are currently discontinued). This week, a new Franken Berry billboard went up on Sunset Blvd. prompting people to go to this website. That’s where this story gets really weird. It appears that General Mills is actively looking for “filmmakers, actors, agents, writers, producers, animators, tastemakers, dealmakers, movers and shakers” to help them pitch concepts for movies (or other projects) based on their breakfast cereal monsters. Honestly, we’ve seen way worse ideas for movies than, say, a Boo Berry haunted house movie, but we’ve also seen way better ones.
3. REMAKE OF WESTERN CLASSIC HIGH NOON NOW IN DEVELOPMENT
2. THAT ANIMATED LASAGNA ISN’T GOING TO EAT ITSELF: GARFIELD IS COMING BACK
(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)
In 2004 and 2006, Bill Murray starred as the voice of the world’s most famous comic strip cat in Garfield: The Movie (Rotten at 15%) and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (11%). From one perspective, those low Tomatometer scores could mean there’s “nowhere to go but up,” but as with video game movies, it’s probably more likely to mean that any future Garfield projects probably won’t be well received either. The Garfield movies also weren’t particularly successful financially, with the first film only earning $75 million domestically from a budget of $50 million, and the sequel barely making more than a third of that. Regardless, development is underway on a new animated adaptation of Jim Davis’ popular Garfield comic strip character. The challenging prospect of turning the Garfield ship around is being taken on by director Mark Dindal who is best known for Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove (Certified Fresh at 85%) and Chicken Little (Rotten at 37%).
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