The popular family sitcom debuted in 1996 and lasted for a total of seven seasons before going off the air, and now the series is set for a movie reboot under the direction of Real Steel producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford.
The live action project will centre around a teenager struggling to come to terms with her magical powers and her relationship with a prince, named Salem, who was originally played in the TV series by a talking black cat.
Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been commissioned to write the script for the project by Sony bosses, according to Deadline.com.
Main character Sabrina Spellman was first introduced in a 1960s Archie Comics book series.
With the superhero franchises reaching their apex this year — The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man all swooping in over the summer — movie studios are now seeking ways to fill the impending void of origin stories with a built-in fan base. Or, at the very least, cash in on the current '90s nostalgia kick.
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is looking to turn Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the beloved TGIF lineup sitcom (which was based off of the '60s Archie Comics character) to an "edgier" superhero origins story "in the vein of Spider-Man, about a young girl coming to terms with her remarkable powers." The movie will reportedly be penned by Die in a Gunfight's scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, with Real Steel's Don Murphy and Susan Montford producing. No one is slated to direct or star yet but here's to hoping there is, at the very least, a Melissa Joan Hart cameo.
Deadline also noted that some changes are already being made for Sabrina Spellman's "edgier" world, including changing her talking black cat Salem from a spell-ridden warlock to a "prince creating unique love stories for Sabrina." (Ah, that old superhero movie chestnut!) So what else will this mean for the Sabrina we know knew and loved? Here's some guesses as to how Sabrina the Teenage Witch will look after going through a superhero movie makeover:
- Harvey Kinkle will take on the Mary Jane unrequited love role. (Sorry, Josh.)
- Hilda and Zelda are tragically killed, à la, Uncle Ben, leaving Sabrina to come to terms with her new powers alone.
- Controversy arises after the first trailer hits and no one understands a damn word Sabrina is saying.
- And after the wild success of the first Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie, Hollywood makes a Super Friends/Avengers-esque movie with other 90s heroes. Here Sabrina saves the world by taking down Carmen Sandiego (and/or Pinky and the Brain) with the help of Alex Mac, all of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, The Powerpuff Girls, Pete and Pete's Artie the Strongest Man in the World, All That's SuperDude, and a box of Ecto Cooler.
How do you feel about a revamped, superhero take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Are you excited to revisit the character or is it impossible to imagine anyone other than Melissa Joan Hart playing Sabrina? Sound off in the comments section!
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Real Steel – the new sci-fi sports flick from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy – is set in the year 2020. Its vision of the future looks remarkably similar to the present save for the fact that the sport of boxing has been taken over by pugilistic robots. There are no robot butlers taxi drivers or senators – just boxers. Apparently technology in 2020 has advanced enough to allow for the creation of massive mechanized beings of astonishing dexterity but humanity has found no use for them beyond the boxing ring.
Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton a has-been boxer turned small-time robot-fight promoter. A consummate hustler who’ll do anything for a buck Charlie’s fallen on hard times of late. Opportunity arrives in the diminutive guise of 11-year-old Max (Dakota Goyo) his estranged son who turns out to be something of an electronics wunderkind. Together they work to fashion Atom an obsolete ramshackle “sparring robot” left to rot in a junkyard into a contender.
Anyone who’s seen an underdog sports movie – or any movie for that matter – made in the last half-century can fairly easily ascertain how this one plays out. (The story borrows tropes from The Champ Rocky and Over the Top wholesale.) Atom proves surprisingly capable in the ring compensating for his inferior technology with grit perseverance and an ability to absorb massive amounts of punishment. Under the guidance of Charlie and Max he makes an improbable run through the ranks eventually earning a one-in-a-million shot at the World Robot Boxing championship.
Real Steel was executive-produced by Steven Spielberg; it bears his unmistakable imprint. Levy judiciously deploys Spielberg’s patented blockbuster mix of dazzling special effects and gooey sentiment wrapping it all in a highly polished if wholly synthetic package. Still Real Steel might have amounted to so much glossy hokum were it not for its champion Hugh Jackman. Other actors might eye such a project as an opportunity to coast for an easy paycheck but damned if Jackman isn’t completely invested. The film’s underdog storyline isn’t nearly as inspiring as watching its star so gamely devote himself to selling material that will strike anyone over the age of 12 as patently ludicrous. His efforts pay off handsomely: Real Steel is about as rousing and affecting as any film inspired by Rock’em Sock’em Robots can expect to be. (The filmmakers claim lineage to a short story-turned-Twilight Zone episode but who are they kidding?)
Guillermo del Toro's next film, says Deadline, will be the 3D At the Mountains of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that he’s been attached to for some time. The film is at Universal and now has James Cameron coming aboard as a producer.
At the Mountains of Madness will be a big-ticket item, says Deadline, with the film starting preproduction in the next few weeks ahead of shooting next summer.
Per Deadline, the story sees a gruesome discovery during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s that hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.
Producers are Susan Montford and Don Murphy.
Mountains was first set up at DeamWorks in 2004 by del Toro, Montford and Murphy. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script, which they are now retooling. The package was acquired by Universal when del Toro made a big overall deal there in 2007.
Oh boy does it ever! From the opening sequence in which Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) inadvertently helps an ultimately doomed woman deliver her baby amid a hail of bullets and then severs the umbilical chord by shooting it you get a pretty clear picture of what you’re in for here. Smith may be the “angriest man in the world ” but he’s also a fairly chivalrous one. Once he has the little tyke in his possession he has no other choice but to protect it from an endless stream of assailants--led by the sadistic Hertz (Paul Giamatti)--engaging in every conceivable permutation of gunfight. Smith even teams up with a prostitute (Monica Bellucci) whose specialty is catering to those men with a fetish for suckling on lactating breasts. She proves very useful in this scenario. Question is why does everyone want this baby dead? Trust me the explanation is stupid and superfluous; it’s the 80-minute shooting gallery that makes this actioner fly. Even though Clive Owen is absolutely spot-on as the hardboiled antihero Mr. Smith the actor must be able to do it in his sleep by now having basically played the same role in films such as Inside Man and Children of Men. And along with Children of Men he’s now pretty good at assisting a woman in childbirth too. Still we love it when he shoots a gun. Giamatti is the one who goes out on a limb in Shoot ‘Em Up. When casting a cold-blooded vicious killer the sweet sad sack from Sideways isn’t your immediate image. Ah but that’s what makes Giamatti such a consummate actor. Flashing a Cheshire cat-like grin and armed with an arsenal of one-liners he doesn’t downplay his nerdy appearance but rather relishes it playing Hertz as far over the top as he can possibly get without looking completely ridiculous—which allows him to say things like “Well f**k me sideways ” with a straight face. Giamatti is a real treat. Bellucci on the other hand is fairly wasted. She’s obviously there to add a feminine touch--being able to feed the baby and all—as well as have raucous sex with our leading man. But her character doesn’t really add anything else to the proceedings. Writer/director Michael Davis really hasn’t had his shot (pun intended) yet. Moving up from the B-movies (anyone heard of Monster Man or Girl Fever?) Davis finally gets to show some of his stuff with Shoot ‘Em Up. Obviously influenced by the Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantinos of the filmmaking world Davis crafts a thrilling action-packed film shot in that gritty style so popular these days. Besides all the gunplay Davis also incorporates a few other creative ways of offing people such as shoving a carrot (something Mr. Smith is fond of eating) into someone’s eye. And well a lactating prostitute is just pure genius. Still it's all about guns which rule supreme as well they should with such a titular title. The four or five gun battles get more spectacular culminating with an aerial shootout after jumping out of an airplane with parachutes. Shoot ‘Em Up however could have used a rewrite by Mr. Tarantino. Sure the purpose of this movie is to show as many guns being shot off in as many ways as possible but a plausible story would have been nice too. Oh well.