Biz Break: A Charlie Brown Feature Film, Anne Hathaway's Low Self-Esteem, and Everything's Coming Up Kaling
Steve Martino, the co-director of Ice Age: Continental Drift, will direct a feature film adaptation of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, which will be scripted by Shulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan. It’s set for release on November 25, 2015, and if they do to Peanuts what they did to Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, so help me God I will pull Charlie Brown’s football through their noses.
Elsewhere, Anne Hathaway, who has had a tendency in her career to bounce from great to terrible projects, may have finally found a romantic comedy that isn’t abominable, as she has signed on to The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie . The script comes from Brent Forrester and Mindy Kaling — who may be a little too obsessed with her own knowledge of romcoms to write anything original — and it’s about a woman who has spent her life pursuing losers until one day “the hottest guy ever” begins pursuing her. OK. Well, maybe this won’t be the redeeming romantic comedy of Anne Hathaway’s career. Mindy Kaling is also expected to be featuring in a supporting role.
Speaking of Mindy Kaling, yesterday her new show, “The Mindy Kaling Project” was picked up by Fox for a full season order, while “Ben and Kate” got an additional six episodes (which is practically a full-season order). So, congrats to them. Hopefully, Kaling can find her sitcom’s sweet spot, as it has been amusing but uneven through the first two episodes.
Meanwhile, over on NBC — as I reported this morning on Warming Glow — the network is dicking around “Community” again, although perhaps for the best. It’s premiere date has been postponed indefinitely while the network figures out either how they want to promote it on Friday nights, or where to relocate the show on the NBC schedule later in the season. My guess: It will either take Up All Night’s place on Thursday night or it will come back after NBC burns off the final 12 episodes of “30 Rock.”
On the subject of 30 Rock, Catherine O’Hara and Bryan Cranston will be making an appearance on the show this week as Kenneth’s mother, and his mother’s “friend.” Here’s your first look:
In movie news, the sequel to Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., Monsters University has launched a new website. I gotta say: It looks like one of those online universities, like the University of Phoenix. If you’re going to build a website, don’t use the prepackaged templates from Microsoft Frontpage.
I still barely know anything about 50 Shades of Gray, except that it’s badly written soft-porn, but there will be a movie, obviously, and the movie has finally landed a screenwriter. Her name is Kelly Marcel, and her credits include “Terra Nova.” If Marcel could squeeze some dinosaurs into the sex scenes, everyone’s a winner.
Brett Easton Ellis had also wanted to write the screenplay for 50 Shades of Gray, but settled instead for writing The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen. Don’t ask me what’s it about — sex, youth, and glamour in Los Angeles — but the grindhouse trailer bored me to blood-tears.
Finally, I have not been able to muster much enthusiasm for Ethan Hawke’s new horror movie Sinister, due out this weekend, but a couple of things are changing my perception: 1) This magnificent interview of Hawke by Mike Ryan, and 2) a couple of mysteriously murky new movie posters from Moviefone.