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Rupert Sanders Prepares 'The Kill List,' 'Red' Director Conjures 'Houdini' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 21, 2013 12:40 PM
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We reported way back in October that various people were trying to get different projects based on the life of escapologist Harry Houdini off the ground, but doing so is proving harder than getting out of a tank of water while shackled (you know, for someone who isn't Houdini). Disappointingly, Joe Wright is no longer being linked to Summit Entertainment's project, which features a script based on the book “The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero." Word now is focusing on Dean Parisot, chiefly a comedy and TV director but also maker of the upcoming “Red 2”, the kind of kinetic, lighthearted action that the Houdini flick is likely to aim for (taking its cure from the huge success of Guy Ritchie's “Sherlock Holmes”). Could be interesting?

Summit Already Planning 'Red 3' Before 'Red 2' Even Opens, Because Old People With Guns Is Always Funny

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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While the sequel to "Red," the 2010 action comedy that starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman as over-the-hill assassins, doesn't open until the middle of July, Lionsgate and producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are already plotting a third film, with screenwriting siblings Jon and Erich Hoeber back for a third go-around (according to the Hollywood Reporter). "Thank god!" said nobody.

'Bill & Ted 3' Moving Forward With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter & 'Galaxy Quest' Director Dean Parisot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2012 10:07 AM
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"Ghostbusters 3" might be endlessly rattling around development hell (and with Bill Murray definitely not involved, really, who cares?), but another long-belated sequel to a 1980s comedy/sci-fi classic seems to be having a lot more luck. More than once in the twenty years since the characters were last screen, there's been talk of a third "Bill & Ted" movie, another entry in the franchise following the two titular less-than-bright Californians, as played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, who've traveled through time in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and fought off Death and met God in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey". But it's one of those projects that, honestly, we never really thought we'd see come to pass.

'Galaxy Quest' Helmer Dean Parisot To Direct Sequel To Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren Actioner 'Red'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2012 10:20 AM
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Considering he made one of the best comedies of the last twenty years, you'd have thought Dean Parisot would be a bigger name by now. After making his debut with the Drew Barrymore vehicle "Home Fries," the helmer was gifted a near-perfect script in the sci-fi comedy "Galaxy Quest," about the crew of a "Star Trek"-style TV series who find themselves thrust into a real-life space adventure, and went on to cast it impeccably, with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell, and directing it with visual panache and a real flair for comedy.

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