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Development: Corey Feldman working on Friday the 13th-inspired film; Hercules to the stage; more
Oh, you wanted another development roundup today? You got it, pal! We've got even more development news, from animated Greek heroes to classic horror franchises to a budding multimedia franchise based on a video game.
Disney's Hercules is coming to New York this summer as a stage play, according to Broadway World. The report also states that the production is being handled by the Public Theater, which will hold the theater adaptation at the open-air Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
The play will feature the original music from the 1997 animated film, whose tunes were written by Alan Menken and David Zippel. There's no denying that every single track created for the movie is iconic in their own right: "The Gospel Truth," "Go The Distance," "Zero to Hero," "One Last Hope," "I Won't Say (I'm In Love)," and more.
Lear deBessonet (Miss You Like Hell) is directing, with Chase Brock (The Music Man) in charge of choreography. Per the casting call, the production is looking to cast an African American actor in the titular role. Performances are set to begin on Friday, August 30 and run through Tuesday, Sep. 3.
The 1997 animated original played fast and loose with Greek mythology, but remains a popular classic among the individuals who grew up watching it.
Narrated by the Muses (a collection of toga'd women based on ancient Greek pottery designs as well as the girl groups of the 1960s), the film finds Hercules born on Olympus, only to be stripped of his immortality by Hades (voiced by a car salesman-like James Woods) and cast down to Earth. To rejoin his father, Zeus (Rip Torn), he must prove that he is a genuine hero and asks the satyr, Phil (Danny DeVito), to help train him.
The news was confirmed to us by the project's director and co-writer, Deborah Voorhees Voorhees.
"We are excited to have Corey on board."
By the way, if your last name is Voorhees and you're directing a Friday the 13th film, we trust you implicitly. She also played Tina in 1985's Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, so you know this thing is in very good hands.
Feldman is known for playing young Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13: The Final Chapter (1984) and Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985). Indeed, The Final Chapter was only the third role in his entire acting career up until that point.
Funded on Indiegogo (over $60,000 has been raised so far), 13 Fanboy is set in our world where the Friday the 13th films are just movies.
That being said, there's a Jason copycat killer on the loose and he's targeting the actresses of the original movies. He wants to kill them in the same ways they died in the movies in order to "improve their deaths," reads the Indiegogo page, which also promises that no CGI will be used—everything will be practical.
In addition to Feldman, the tribute project includes numerous actors from previous installments like C.J. Graham (Jason in Jason Lives), Thom Mathews (adult Tommy Jarvis), Judie Aronson (Samantha), Tracie Savage (Debbie), Jennifer Banko (Tina Shepard), Deborah Voorhees (Tina), Ron Sloan (Junior). Andrew Leighty and Vincente DiSanti from the 2017 Friday the 13th fan film Never Hike Alone, are also part of the cast.
Deborah Voorhees Voorhees wrote 13 Fanboy's script with Joel Paul Reisig. According to Voorhees, this is not a Friday the 13th fan or tribute movie, but something else entirely.
"It is a whole new animal," she says. "Think Cape Fear and Hush with horror kills. This is much more frightening than Friday the 13th because this can really happen. It is much more realistic."
Up third, the Summoners War TV show coming from Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment just hired its writing team, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Star Wars Resistance scribes, Chris "Doc" Wyatt and Kevin Burke, will both serve as writers and producers on the animated series being adapted from the popular video game. The project was announced back in November as part of Skybound's initiative to build out the Summoners mythos through TV, comics, and more.
Skybound North and Wind Sun Sky are both producing the show, two companies Wyatt and Burke have worked with in the past.
"Having worked closely with Wyatt and Burke, I've witnessed their magic firsthand and could not think of a better team to give life to this series," Catherine Winder, CEO of Wind Sun Sky and EP on the series, told THR. "We're pleased to get started on yet another exciting Summoners War extension sure to entertain the brand's legion of fans and expand to new fans around the world."
Developed by Com2us, Summoners War allows players to summons dozens of different monsters to fight in battle.
During the TCA winter press tour, Fox announced that it was developing the one-hour sci-fi/fantasy/drama series, Talent.
Sony Pictures Television, Original Film, and Boom! Studios are all producing the project, which is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski.
The central character is Nicole Dane, the sole survivor of a terrible train crash that killed 148 people. However, she soon discovers that she absorbed the talents of all the deceased individuals, allowing her to wrap up any of their unfinished business. She'll also be trying to unravel the mystery of the tragedy while grappling with her own demons.
Think of it as a mix of Unbreakable and Space Jam.
“When I first read Talent, I was immediately hooked, as it took me on an incredible journey I’ll never forget," said Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "This project accomplishes two professional goals of mine: work again with Graham Yost, one of the finest creators in the business; and transition Talent from feature development into the world to television. In Graham, Neal Moritz, Sony and Boom, we have the perfect partners who have the vision to bring this fantastic story and its characters to life as we take these important steps in building future Fox.”
Graham Yost (Falling Skies) is serving as writer and executive producer. Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty, Toby Jaffe, Stephen Christy, and Ross Richie are aslo EPs. Golden and Sniegoski are co-EPs.
“I am very excited to be adapting this wonderful graphic novel," Yost said. "I think this could be a thrilling, emotional and, if I don’t blow it, thought-provoking show. It’s great to be working with Charlie Collier, Michael Thorn and the team at Fox.”
The horror movie, based on Stephen King's 1983 novel of the same name, will close out the festival, which will run between Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 17.
Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz, the film revolves around a cursed burial ground that can revive any dead creature. Anything buried in that earth, however, does not return the way it was before it died. Things that are resurrected come back different and reeking of decay.
Directed by the duo of Kevin Kölschand and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary will open to the public Friday, April 5.