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Reborquel Round-Up: I Can't Imagine Justin Timberlake With A Shiny Dome And An Orphan

By Jodi Smith | Industry | March 21, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | March 21, 2013 |

Reboots. Prequels. Reborquels. Hollywood loves ‘em. So, what’s being reborprequelled now?

Heat was originally a Burt Reynolds vehicle in 1986. (It was also the name of a movie starring Val Kilmer, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino in 1995. They are unrelated.) Jason Statham is taking over the role of the gambler living in Las Vegas who takes odd jobs to make ends meet. Collider also reports that Michael Angarano will play a billionaire that hires STATHAM! as a bodyguard and gambling teacher. Sofia Vergara is in talks to star as well and Simon West (Con Air) is directing. It sounds like a solid Hangover Theater selection to me.


National Lampoon’s Vacation is getting a reboot of sorts. According to SlashFilm, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are writing and directing the adventures of Rusty Griswold. Simply called Vacation, Rusty is all groweds up and taking vacations with his own family. Rusty will be played by Ed Helms and his lovely wife will likely be Christina Applegate. I predict that this will be a let down since it can’t get away with some of the things that made the originals so great. I really like Applegate and I sometimes enjoy Ed Helms, but I’ll keep my expectations low.


Pete’s Dragon is a Disney film that I haven’t seen in quite some time. I remember portions of it, but I was startled when I read the description on SlashFilm: “…a young orphaned boy flees his abusive adoptive family, with the help of his dragon friend Elliott”. I do not remember that.

Luckily for the new generation, David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) will be writing the likely live-action and animation tale with no musical moments and the plot will be changed. Keen.

Transformers 4 isn’t really a reboot, as it takes place after the events of Transformers 3. It isn’t really a direct sequel because it has a whole new cast of characters, including Mark Wahlberg and redesigned ‘Bots. Either way, Collider has the plot synopsis:

As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control - all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.

Godzilla is getting another chance at American screens with Gareth Edward’s (Monsters) reboot. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn (Lincoln) and Ken Watanabe star alongside the giant lizard whose plot is being kept under wraps. Filming is taking place in Vancouver and here we have a message from the director himself.


Last of all, we know that Quvenzhané Wallis will be playing Little Orphan Annie in the remake of Annie. The latest rumor is that Justin Timberlake will be Daddy Warbucks. I cannot see this happening. Probably. Timberlake is besties with producer Jay-Z. Timberlake can sing. He can rock a suit and tie. Huh.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.