Movie News: 'Jacob's Ladder' Remake; Trailers for Jennifer Hudson's 'Black Nativity' and Larry David's 'Clear History'

Movie News: 'Jacob's Ladder' Remake; Trailers for Jennifer Hudson's 'Black Nativity' and Larry David's 'Clear History'

Jul 01, 2013

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder: It sounds odd that anyone would want to remake 1990's rather singular psychological thriller Jacob's Ladder, which starred Tim Robbins as a grief-stricken Vietnam vet plagued by unsettling religious-themed nightmares and delusions. But Jeff Muhler (horror flick The Midnight Meat Train) has been hired to write a new draft of a script that is supposedly "more akin to an homage" and set in the present day. The next step is to secure a director who is not intimidated by following in the footsteps of Adrian Lyne's visionary original. [Heat Vision]

An American Mystery: Too soon? To mark the 20-year anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, plans are underway to release a movie titled An American Mystery about accused killer O.J. Simpson in 2014. The ensuing criminal trial, in which Simpson was ultimately acquitted of the crimes, transfixed the nation; the goal of the $65 million production is "to lay bare the facts and have the audience reach their own conclusions.” There's no word yet on who might play Simpson; Charlotte Kirk (the upcoming Non-Stop with Liam Neeson) has been cast as his ex-wife. [Entertainment Weekly]

Black Nativity Trailer: Heading to theaters on November 27, Black Nativity tells a holiday tale with a musical twist. Based on a play by Langston Hughes, the film stars Jacob Latimore as a young man who leaves behind his single mother (Jennifer Hudson) in Baltimore to visit estranged relatives Forest Whitaker and Angela Basset in New York City. The first trailer establishes the themes of love, family and faith with a light hand. [Fox Searchlight]

Clear History Trailer: Featuring dialogue that is completely improvised by its large and talented cast, Larry David's Clear History looks like an absolute gas, at least based on its first full trailer. David stars as an ordinary man who narrowly misses out on making a fortune; Jon Hamm is his handsome nemesis, with Danny McBride, Michael Keaton, Kate Hudson and many more making appearances. The movie debuts August 10 on HBO. []

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