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What You Missed Last Night While Ben Affleck Was Being the Bomb in Phantoms, Yo!

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 24, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 24, 2011 |

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who already owns on the best cocked eyebrows in the business, is getting into the TeeVee business. According to Deadline, NBC had made a pilot commitment to a drama set in the golden age of wrestling: The 1980s. Johnson and Bruckheimer are producing, and though I don’t care for wrestling in the least and am immediately suspicious of anything Bruckheimer is involved in, I could actually see the dramatic potential of such a show replete with 80s groupies, rampant steroid use, and colorful characters whose rise and fall would be dependent upon showmanship.

Remember Alex Winters, the OTHER guy in the Bill and Ted equation? According to Deadline, he’s working on a new movie about Napster. And while Slashfilm characterized the fact that it’s not a Bill & Ted sequel as “unfortunate,” I think a narrative flick about the rise and fall of Napster (and the subsequent destruction of the music business) would be far more fascinating, and maybe Justin Timberlake could reprise his Sean Parker character from The Social Network.

The diminishing clout of Ryan Reynolds doesn’t exactly put him in a position to make this happen, but DVD & Blu Ray Review (via Totalfilm) he’d like to remake Dinner for Eight. I’m less interested in how as I am the why: “I have movies that I could watch over and over and over again but if there’s one film I’d like to remake it’s Dinner For Eight. A bunch of society f*ckers all getting together and out-assholing each other. That could be done today.”

It could also be the movie that resurrects the star of Chris Eigeman. Nobody is better at playing a society f*cker.

Good news: The trend in making movies out of insipid board games is already starting to wane, perhaps in response to the reaction many have had to the Battleship trailer. Weeks ago, the plug was pulled on Gore Verbenski’s big-screen adaptation of Clue and now, according to Vulture, similar ditching plans are being made for the movie based on Ouija, the one board-game movie I thought actually had decent narrative possibilities. Candy Land and Stretch Armstrong, meanwhile, are still in development.

Hollywood is, however, working on a Scary Movie 5 and, according to Bloody-Disgusting, even hopes to bring back some of the original cast members. Can they not?

Finally, according to THR, Ben Affleck — who is juggling a lot of projects right now — is now developing Line of Sight with an eye toward directing and starring. The film would follows the story of an elite commando squad and would be shot from the first-person point of view, “akin to a first-person shooter game.” Because the shaky-cam isn’t nauseating enough?

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