August 25, 2020

'Nutty Professor' Reboot in the Works With 'Scream 5' Producers


Jerry Lewis' comedy "The Nutty Professor" is getting a reboot from the production company behind "Scream 5."

Project X principals James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein have bought the rights to the 1963 movie, which was remade in 1996 starring Eddie Murphy. No director or actors are attached to the remake yet.

Lewis portrayed a nerdy college professor who concocted a potion that transformed him into a suave hipster named Buddy Love, who pursues one of his students, played by Stella Stevens. Lewis directed from a script he co-wrote with Bill Richmond, as a parody of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Film historians regard "The Nutty Professor" as the most memorable film of Lewis' long career. In 2004, "The Nutty Professor" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
 

The Eddie Murphy version, which also starred Jada Pinkett Smith, was a box office hit, grossing $274 million worldwide. Murphy portrayed seven different characters. Universal also released a sequel, "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," in 2000.

Project X Entertainment's Vanderbilt, Neinstein and Sherak are producing the upcoming "Scream 5," which has Courteney Cox and David Arquette set to reprise their roles in the franchise. Filming is expected to begin later this year in Wilmington, N.C.

Vanderbilt and Project X are repped by WME. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

December 8, 2020

'Ready Or Not' & 'Scream' Team Board MGM High School Horror 'Reunion'

The Ready Or Not gang of filmmakers Radio Silence and scribes Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy, are coming back together to work on the MGM horror high school movie Reunion.

November 13, 2020

'Short Circuit' Remake To Get Latinx Jolt From Spyglass Media Group

Spyglass Media Group has set a remake of the 1986 film Short Circuit, bringing on the writing team of Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman to put a Latinx twist on the screenplay for the family film. The original was directed by John Badham and starred Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg and Fisher Stevens in a comedy that centered around Number 5, an experimental military robot that is struck by lightning and gains a human-like intelligence.

November 11, 2020

Michael Bay To Direct Action-Thriller 'Ambulance' With Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Star DUPLICATE

EXCLUSIVE: After weighing several options, Michael Bay has set his next movie, coming on to direct the action thriller Ambulance with Jake Gyllenhaal in negotiations to star. Bay is fast-tracking the project and is talking to other actors to join Gyllenhaal with plans to shoot top of January. No distribution deal has closed yet, but sources say Universal Pictures is finalizing a deal to land distribution rights.

October 22, 2020

Project X Entertainment Acquires Feature Rights To Mia Sosa Bestseller 'The Worst Best Man'

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Project X Entertainment, production/financing company formed last year by William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and writer-director-producer James Vanderbilt, has optioned film rights to Mia Sosa's romantic comedy The Worst Best Man.

September 10, 2020

Neve Campbell is Back as Sidney Prescott in Spyglass and Paramount's 'Scream' Relaunch!

It's not a Scream movie without Neve Campbell and we're excited to exclusively report today that the actress has signed on to reprise her iconic role as Sidney Prescott in Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures' upcoming relaunch of the Scream film franchise!