Christopher Columbus

As we all know too well, Mrs. Doubtfire – the seminal Robin Williams-wearing-women’s-clothing comedy — has been officially given a sequel by Fox 2000. Both Williams and the original’s director, Chris Columbus, are on board in the same positions they held last time around. Screenwriter Bonnie Hunt, however, has been replaced with David Berenbaum, of Elf  fame (also Zoom, The Haunted Mansion and The Spiderwick Chronicles fame, which might seem a little less impressive). We all know the decades-later sequel drill. Some get angry, some get excited, some just shake their heads and mumble something cynical about the Hollywood system (For example: the various child actors from Mrs. Doubtfire). But Mrs. Doubtfire 2 isn’t like all the other sequels: it exists under special story circumstances. One can’t just re-womanize Robin Williams and call it a day, like you could with, say an Independence Day sequel (an off-brand Will Smith punches another alien, smirks, “Welcome to Earth… again!” and winks at the camera- cue fireworks and standing ovations).

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trollhunter

You know the drill by now—whenever a movie that wasn’t made in English happens to find a niche but enthusiastic audience in America, instead of spending some money to promote the original to the rest of the likely xenophobic and apparently illiterate country, Hollywood goes and does an English-language remake set in the US that can be easily digested by even the middlest of Middle Americans. Well, and probably bumpkins in other English-speaking countries as well. We here in the bread belt shouldn’t take all of the blame. Either way, Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal’s delightful 2010 film Trollhunter has been one of the latest imports planned to get updated with a shiny, new English-language version, and now Deadline has a report that the Christopher Columbus-produced project has found itself a director. According to the trade, England’s own Neil Marshall is being brought on board not just as the guy behind the camera, but also as the guy who’s going to re-write Øvredal’s original script into the likely less Scandinavian mythology-referencing Troll Hunter.

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Iloveyoubethcooper

I Love You, Beth Cooper should be retitled Fuck You, Chris Columbus, but I imagine that would have given it an automatic R-rating, which might have actually given them license to make a good movie.

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Hayden Panettiere is a one-woman cheerleader fetish site, and there’s apparently no end in sight.

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Director Chris Columbus isn’t doing anything new with this one… But we aren’t going to complain.

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