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Tommy Lee Jones To Remake John Wayne's “The Cowboys”

Tommy Lee Jones is jumping into a new project that actually has me really excited. According to Variety Jones just signed on with WB to develop a remake of the 1972 film "The Cowboys" starring John Wayne. Jones is set to write the screenplay, and direct the film, and has an eye on possibly starring in it as well. Now I think he is an excellent director though I’m not too confident in him as a writer, but these older type films seems to be where he is right at home. He floats through roles in "Men in Black 3" because, you can tell, he just doesn't care. THEN he goes and gives a performance like he did in "Lincoln" and you just step back and think, "Damn! He's still got it!" Considering John Wayne was a terrible actor it would be great to see this iconic role go to an actually talented man like Tommy Lee Jones.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. has decided to revisit the classic H.G. Wells novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau." With six film adaptations in the past (the most recent being the terrible 1996 film with Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando) it isn't surprising that WB is looking to use today's special effects, and creative writing, to re-imagine this property for a new generation. Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy ("Hemlock Groves") have been hired to pen the adaptation, and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way will see it completed. Look for it in theaters in 2016.

It looks like Roland Emmerich ("White House Down") isn't content with getting two sequels made to his hit film "Independence Day." According to Digital Spy, Emmerich is in the beginning stages of rebooting the "Stargate" franchise, and is looking to create a new trilogy. He said in an interview, "We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot, and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we'll have to look for a writer and start." Emmerich is responsible for the first film back in 1994, and the many TV-series that followed it, and I guess he wants to go back to his roots after his recent failures like "Anonymous" and "White House Down" (budget of $150 million only made $72 million domestically). I guess count me in since it's a classic franchise being given new life, and I'm always willing to give those a try.

Lose one great actor, but gain another? Given what Collider is reporting I think Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim") is feeling alright with the man replacing Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") in an upcoming project: Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers"). "Crimson Peak," a self-described classical Gothic romance ghost story, will have Hiddleston teaming up with Jessica Chastain (del Toro produced "Mama") as aristocratic siblings, and del Toro said the film is "very set-oriented, a classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Also starring Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland") and Charlie Hunnam ("Pacific Rim"), the R-rated film should hit theaters in the first quarter of 2015. I was worried with Emma Stone and Benedict Cumberbatch leaving the production, but with the Hiddle on board I am confident this will be a terrific film.

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