Development roundup: Lady & the Tramp gets live action remake; Matrix still being written

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Mar 19, 2018, 6:19 PM EDT

For this edition of SYFY Wire’s development roundup, we’ve got an animated film director making a live-action remake of an animated classic, and a cryptic yet hopeful update on a live-action remake of a live-action modern classic. So, let’s dive in, shall we? 

Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) will direct a live-action/CGI hybrid remake of Disney’s animated classic Lady and the Tramp, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  

Indie auteur Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation, Computer Chess) has written the script for the remake. Brigham Taylor, who worked on the remake of The Jungle Book, is producing.

Released the year Marty McFly went back in time to meet his parents (1955), Lady and the Tramp is a love story between a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a streetwise downtown mutt named Tramp. It’s got that adorable iconic scene where they enjoy a candlelit spaghetti dinner in an alley while two human cooks sing and play “Bella Notte.” Yeah, you know the one.

Bean has written on Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack and directed all but one of the 19 episodes of Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising before making his feature debut with Ninjago.

Although there’s no release date set, the film is reported to be part of Disney’s upcoming streaming service that will launch in 2019. The service will have four to six movies a year among content that will include film and TV offerings from Disney brands Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

(Via THR)

So, what’s up with the new Matrix film? Waaaaay back in March 2017, we heard that a new Matrix was in the works, and we were told that a.) it would not be a reboot of the groundbreaking 1999 film directed by the Wachowskis, and b.) the Wachowskis would not be involved. And apart from a cryptic update from writer Zak Penn (Ready Player One) in October via Twitter confirming that the new movie would neither be a reboot nor a continuation of the original, that’s really been about it ever since. 

Well, Penn recently spoke with ScreenRant to offer an update on the movie, and here’s what he told them: he’s still working on it. 

“I’ve been working on Matrix right now. Which is in…a phase right now,” Penn told ScreenRant. “That’s a franchise I desperately want to see brought back and, I can’t go in to too much detail, but I’ve been harassing Warner Bros. for years to try to get it going again so that’s one thing I’m working on and I’ve been working on a bunch of other things too.”

So, apparently that’s where we’re at right now. The writer's still working on it, it still won’t be a reboot or sequel, and the directors of the original trilogy are apparently still not involved in this new undertaking. Many of you look disappointed. But, hey. If it makes you feel any better, Keanu Reeves doesn’t know anything about the new Matrix film, either.

(Via ScreenRant)