Movie News: "Looney Tunes' Movie; '47 Ronin' Director Pulled; Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Gets a Poster and Release

Movie News: "Looney Tunes' Movie; '47 Ronin' Director Pulled; Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Gets a Poster and Release

Sep 20, 2012

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Looney Tunes: Warner Bros. has decided that it’s time to put the beloved Looney Tunes characters back on the big screen, and has hired Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live) to write the screenplay. The picture will mix live action and computer animation, though it’s not known which characters will star. Will it be Bugs Bunny? Daffy Duck? Porky Pig? The studio is hoping the new movie will be a big hit, like 1996’s Space Jam, rather than 2003's disappointing Looney Tunes: Back in Action. [The Hollywood Reporter]

47 Ronin: With a budget reportedly soaring to $225 million, Universal has taken the responsibility for editing 47 Ronin away from neophyte feature director Carl Rinsch; the studio’s cochairwoman Donna Langley is now supervising the process. Keanu Reeves stars in the tale of an 18th century Japanese warrior who seeks revenge for the death of his master. Rumors are flying that Rinsch had troubles dealing with the demands of a big-budget historical epic. [The Wrap]

The Flamingo Kid: Garry Marshall’s sweet, nostalgic ode to the turning point in a young man’s life will be remade, and Brett Ratner will serve as one of the producers. Nzingha Stewart, who has producing and directing credits but none for writing yet, will pen the script for a new version of The Flamingo Kid. The original was set at a Long Island beach resort in 1963; we’ll have to wait to see if the remake wil retain the period setting and location. [Deadline]

Pain & Gain: Michael Bay’s next film may get the summer of 2013 off to an early -- and rip-roaring -- start. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson apply their star power to Pain & Gain, a highly charged drama that revolves around bodybuilders who get involved in an extortion and kidnapping scheme. Paramount has set the release date for April 26, 2013, one week before Iron Man 3 “officially” starts the summer blockbuster season. Check out the newly revealed teaser poster below. [Via press release.]

Pain and Gain


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