Dear Gods, NOOOOOOOOO.
A U.S. rendition of “Black Mirror,” the British sci-fi series that has been a buzzy hit for Netflix, is in the works, the new leaders of Endemol Shine North America said Wednesday at the Real Screen confab.
The keynote session at the Washington Hilton marked the first major public appearance by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin since they were tapped co-CEOs and co-chairmen of Endemol Shine North America.
Corwin confirmed that “there is a plan” regarding a U.S. version of the “Twilight Zone”-esque series created by Charlie Brooker and produced by Annabel Jones for Endemol U.K. He declined to elaborate other than to say that Brooker and Jones “have really touched on something and I agree – we need more.”
Abrego and Corwin, formerly heads of Endemol North America, were tapped to lead the Stateside operation of the globally minded production powerhouse formed in October through the merger of Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media. The combined company’s slate of shows includes “The Biggest Loser,” “Big Brother,” “American Idol,” “MasterChef” and “Hell on Wheels.”
Developing a U.S. spin on “Black Mirror” is in keeping with the business model of mining program formats that travel well. Both Shine Group and Endemol were in the hunt for global franchises, which is one reason why Shine parent 21st Century Fox and Endemol parent Apollo Global Management decided to tie the knot in a joint venture.
20th Century Fox has secured the rights to remake Guys and Dolls, and according to Deadline, are after a couple of The Backlot favorites for the leads:
At long last, 20th Century Fox has closed movie rights to Guys And Dolls, and the studio will soon start the process of developing a remake of the stage and movie classic for what Fox hopes will be a killer pairing of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the roles made famous by Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. There is no writer or director yet, but those guys are interested.
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Oh Gods. Why remake such fun crap?
The franchise’s motto is “there can be only one,” and Lionsgate-Summit seems to have found the man to be the next “Highlander.”
Ryan Reynolds has emerged as the front-runner to topline the reboot, and though it’s unclear whether an actual offer has been made, sources tell Variety that both sides are in talks and are very interested in working together. Insiders add that Reynolds is weighing other offers and that could still pursue another project.