The Santa giveth, and the Santa taketh away — but today he mostly giveth, as several shows received very good news — like, "we all still have jobs next year" good news. What else did the jolly round fat man pull from his bag? Let's take a peek...
The League Totally Scores: It's a very happy day for the fellas (and the lady) over at The League — FX announced via release that the raunchy, laugh-out-loud comedy would come back with a fifth season. The show will be back next fall with a 13-episode order, and it will also air it's fourth season finale on Thursday. Bud Light, anyone?
Psych Breaks a Record: Congrats to the two kookiest detectives in town: Psych has been renewed for an 8th season, making it USA's longest-running show. The seventh season — which hasn't even started yet — will feature the show's 100th episode, as well as a musical. [Hollywood Reporter]
You STILL Think You Can Dance?: Well, I certainly can't, but Fox officially picked up So You Think You Can Dance for a whopping tenth season, so there has to be some hidden talent they haven't discovered yet. [Deadline]
Pawnee's Greatest Resident Has a Sibling: Jean-Ralphio has a twin sister and this news is great, it's even better when you discover she's Jenny Slate... face. Oh well, I tried. Well, Slate will guest star in at least one episode as Mona Lisa, our beloved Jean-Ralphio's twin with an equally fabulous name. ML is hired by Tom as a salesperson at his new Rent-A-Swag store, which is a recipe for a wonderful disaster. Don't worry, Ron Swanson will swoop in with some words to the wise. [EW]
Showtime Gets Papal: We're going to Italy! Well, we're not, but Showtime has officially put their new pilot The Vatican into production, and we're pretty sure that that's in Italy. The network announced via release that Oscar nominee Sir Ridley Scott will direct the pilot, which Emmy nominee Paul Attanasio wrote. According to the release, Attanasio's script is "a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics — set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church." Color us intrigued! With Attanasio, Scott, and The Good Wife's David Zucker set to produce, we'll give this one a very enthusiastic shot.
More Vampire Hatred on True Blood: Looks like the human versus vamp theme from last season of True Blood will continue. Arliss Howard has been cast as (human) Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell, a southern gent who has a serious beef with the undead, after one of them ran away with his wife. [TVLine]
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In this country, you've got to make the Quiz Show first. And then when you make the Quiz Show, you get the Donnie Brasco. And then when you make the Donnie Brasco, you get the Scarface. There are also a few Good Germans in there somewhere, but you get the gist. Deadline reports that screenwriter Paul Attanasio is being tasked with rewriting the script for the developing Scarface remake.
The accomplished writer/producer — who in addition to the listed titles has also worked on Homicide: Life on the Streets and House — will be taking scripting responsibilities from David Ayer, the writer of Training Day and the recent release End of Watch. Ayer's well-received credits aside, Attanasio does seem more fit to take on a project like this. His films have exhibited the cultural gravity and extensive scopes befitting a retelling of Tony Montana's story. But how much of the Brian de Palma classic should be recreated in Attanasio's script?
The 1983 film's script, written by wordsmith Oliver Stone, consists of an army of memorable one-liners. In fact, Scarface is a movie more substantially defined by its individual lines and speeches than many of its peers, leading to a plausible dilemma in terms of a remake. Some of these recognizable bits of dialogue would be easily conducive to reproduction in a film with a dissimilar perspective — for instance, Michelle Pfeiffer's forewarning: "Don't get high on your own supply." But then there are those far too entrenched in the highly specific, gritty mood of de Palma's Scarface, i.e. star Al Pacino's, "This town is like a great big p**** waiting to get f***ed." Not nearly as malleable; Attanasio's incarnation of Montana would have to be pretty in line with Stone's in order to pull that off, provoking the question of whether or not a remake that identical to the '83 picture is accomplishing anything new.
Topping the list of memorable Scarface lines is of course, "Say hello to my little friend!" A catchphrase that simultaneously has to be in the new movie and can't be in the new movie. How could they possible get it right? How could they possibly avoid it? Wouldn't it soften the blow to recreate such a cinematic scene, and build toward a derivative final product? Tackling a tagline like this, as well as other specific memorable components of Scarface (the mountains of cocaine, Montana's fall to his death, the tiger), will be difficult dealings for any screenwriter attempting a remake. Maybe that's why they had to bring in a new one...
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