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Poltergeist, The Wedding Singer and Hamlet

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 13, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 13, 2009 |

It’s another edition of the fastest growing quiz sensation on the World Wide Web: Pajiba’s Two Truths and a Lie, the game that exposes the idiocy of the Hollywood machine. In our last edition of Two Truths and a Lie, you narrowly chose the lie over the three truths. Thirty-six percent of you correctly identified the lie: A Fatal Attraction remake for tweens, which beat out the three truths: A Gunsmoke movie (32 percent); an American remake of The Orphanage (20 percent) and a Gothic reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (10 percent)? In fact, many of you hoped that the Red Riding Hood reimagining was true.

Today, we offer up three more projects. Two of them are true, and one is the lie. It is your task to pick out the one I made up.

A) Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 film, Poltergeist, is prepping for a big screen remake. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Boogeyman) are penning the screenplay; Vadim Perelmen (The House of Sand and Fog) is being considered as director; and a release date has been set for November 2010.

B) Eleven years after the original, Adam Sandler and Happy Madison productions are setting up a sequel to The Wedding Singer. Script details are scant, but the sequel is expected to be set in the 90s and center around Julia’s unexpected pregnancy. Barrymore is negotiating to return. Long-time Happy Madison writer, Tim Herlihy, who wrote the original (as well as Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy and Waterboy) is set to pen the script and make his debut as a feature director.

C) Producer Mark Thomas is setting up a series of six Shakespeare adaptations targeted at the Harry Potter and High School Musical teen market. The first of the six movies will be a 3D musical version of Hamlet. Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and The Tempest will follow. In addition, an “American Idol” style TV show is being set up to find the leads for the Romeo and Juliet installment in the Shakespearean franchise.

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