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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Producing an Animated 'Flintstones' Movie

The Flintstones is getting rebooted again. THR reports that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing a full-length, animated Flintstones movie via their company Gary Sanchez. No director is attached, but the script is being written by Chris Henchy, who's a partner at Gary Sanchez and co-wrote the Ferrell vehicles The Other Guys, Land of the Lost, and The Campaign.

Seth MacFarlane was previously attached to resuscitate the Flintstones franchise. He was developing a primetime animated series reboot for Fox back in 2011, but the network shut the project down a year later after not liking the pilot script.

Warner Brothers Has Reportedly Fast-Tracked a 'Gremlins' Reboot

In case you aren't satisfied with the upcoming big-screen returns of Police Academy, The Goonies, The Pink Panther, Fletch, Naked Gun, and Ghostbusters, Ain't It Cool News is also reporting that the 1984 comedy-horror Gremlins is the latest addition to the film reboot lineup. According to the report, Gremlins has joined Goonies as a fast-track priority for Warner Brothers. Probably the most interesting part of the Gremlins news is writer Chris Columbus's comments to Screen Rant back in 2012, where he said the Gremlins reboot would be "impossible to recreate in a CGI environment" since it would "lose that sense of [...]

JB Smoove Is Hosting the New Season of 'Last Comic Standing', Premieres May 22nd

Last year, NBC announced they're resurrecting the standup comedy reality show Last Comic Standing after four years with Wanda Sykes producing, and now the reboot has a new host, new judges, and a premiere date. The network announced today that JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Millers) will be the host for the upcoming 13-episode eighth season, which will premiere on Thursday, May 22nd, at 10pm. Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Russell Peters will serve as judges. Keenen Ivory Wayans's presence is interesting as TBS is gearing up to host a comedy competition show called Funniest Wins hosted and produced by his brother Marlon.

Watch a Teaser Trailer for the Paul Feig-Produced CGI 'Peanuts' Movie

Last year, it was announced that comedy writer/director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids) is producing a 3D CGI animated Peanuts movie, bringing Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip characters to the big screen, and here's a new teaser trailer for the film, featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy in our first glimpse at what the new CGI versions of these characters looks like. As announced previously, the movie is coming out November 6, 2015, and Steve Martino (Horton Hears A Who!) is directing from a script co-written by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz's son), Bryan Schulz (Charles's grandson), and Cornelius Uliano (Bryan's writing partner). Feig tells USA Today, "Snoopy will not [...]

There's a 'Naked Gun' Reboot in the Works Starring Ed Helms

Paramount has decided to revamp the Naked Gun franchise for some reason, and Ed Helms has signed on to star as Detective Frank Drebin, the lead role Leslie Nielsen made famous in the late eighties and early nineties. According to Variety, the studio has also brought in the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to pen the screenplay "as a new spin on the Drebin character," which sounds like possible plans for more sequels with Helms. It's a strange move considering how well Nielsen — who passed away only three years ago — made the role his own, but maybe Helms will somehow prove [...]

A Possible Online 'MST3K' Reboot Is in the Works

Wired has compiled a complete oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's original Comedy Central debut, enlisting its writers, performers, and network producers to track its run from scrappy 1988 movie commentary show to fully-fledged community with a long and loyal TV and online fanbase. At the end of the article, show creator Joel Hodgson teased a possible online reboot of the show — which has spawned the online audio-only spin-off RiffTrax as well as live show Cinematic Titanic — that will include a brand new and yet-to-be-revealed host with cameos from MST3K alumni:

"I've talked to a [...]

Key and Peele Are Producing a 'Police Academy' Reboot

Only a few days after winning a Peabody Award, comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have signed on to produce the Police Academy reboot, THR reports. The last update on the reboot came when first-time director Scott Zabielski (Tosh.0) signed on to direct in 2012, but he has since parted ways with the project. According to the latest update, Key and Peele have now joined original Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky for the reboot, though it hasn't been announced yet whether they will be starring in it as well. Here's what Maslansky told THR of the reboot back in 2010:

"It's going to be very [...]

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Reportedly in Talks to Direct 'Ghostbusters III'

On Tuesday, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman announced that he was stepping down as director of the upcoming sequel, but he assured fans that he was helping the production find an equally perfect director. According to Nikki Finke, Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are reportedly in talks to replace Reitman, which is a hopeful update that Ghostbusters III still has a chance of being great. No word on how this will affect Lord and Miller's desire to do a Clone High movie, but directing Ghostbusters seems like a fair excuse.

Jason Sudeikis in Talks to Star in 'Fletch' Reboot

Jason Sudeikis is taking over the sought-after role of journalist Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher in the long-gestating reboot of the Fletch franchise. THR reports that the Saturday Night Live alum is in talks to star in Fletch Won, a Fletch origin story that's described as "a gritty action comedy with heart" and is said to be closer to author Gregory McDonald's series of comedic mystery novels than to the 1980s disguise-filled big-screen Fletch outings that starred Chevy Chase.

The studio is hoping that this incarnation of Fletch Won, based on the 1985 McDonald novel of the same name, will have the feel of Beverly Hills Cop or [...]

NBC Is Rebooting 'Remington Steele' as a Comedy

'80s TV show Remington Steele is coming back, albeit with a bit of a genre tweak. Deadline reports that NBC is developing a reboot of Remington Steele, turning the 1982-1987 Pierce Brosnan detective comedy-drama into a half-hour comedy. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is directing the pilot, and Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2) are writing it. NBC has ordered a pilot script for the show. While the original series followed private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hiring a con man (Pierce Brosnan) to pretend to be her detective agency's fictitious boss Remington Steele, the revamped version of the show (also called Remington Steele) follows Holt [...]

The Comedy Sequel and Reboot Tolerability Scale

It seems like there's an announcement about a new sequel or remake every day, with pretty much every successful movie you can think of at one point being developed as a potential franchise. In just the past two weeks alone, news about sequels to Mrs. Doubtfire and Goonies and reboots of Police Academy and Gremlins has hit the internet. With comedy, sequels and reboots are especially tricky, and you can count the number of good ones on one hand, but that doesn't stop studios from buying them in bulk.

Since updates about sequels and reboots to beloved (and non-beloved) comedies trickling in nonstop, it can be hard to keep [...]

'The Pink Panther' Is Being Rebooted as a Family Film, But It's About the Cartoon Cat Not Clouseau

MGM is rebooting The Pink Panther movie series, but the new film will follow the cartoon cat, not the character of Inspector Clouseau, THR reports. David Silverman, who directed dozens of early Simpsons episodes in addition to directing The Simpsons Movie and co-directing Monsters, Inc., is attached to direct the new Pink Panther movie, which will be a live-action/CGI hybrid.

The animated Pink Panther appeared in the opening credits of the original Peter Sellers Pink Panther movie but never in the film series themselves. The cartoon character proved so popular that he was spun off to a series of film shorts and an animated series of his own.

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Ivan Reitman Steps Down as 'Ghostbusters III' Director, Production Moving Forward

Yesterday evening, Deadline released a lengthy statement by Ghostbusters III director Ivan Reitman, who finally broke his silence on the status of the sequel after the death of Harold Ramis. Following Ramis's passing, Reitman has decided he no longer wants to direct the franchise reboot but will work with the production to help find the right person to helm it. Considering Reitman directed both of the original Ghostbusters movies and Ramis is now gone, the thought of a Ghostbusters III seems more and more like a bad idea now, though Sony is eager to breathe life back into the franchise. "It was such an amazing time in my [...]

Bill Lawrence Says He's "Been Trying to Reboot 'Clone High' for Years"

"I’ve been trying to reboot [Clone High] with the other two creators for years. The two guys I created that with are the two biggest young guys in Hollywood right now, Chris Miller and Phil Lord. They wrote and directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and they did 21 and 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. They’re big hot shots now. The three of us always talk about trying to get Clone High back. We’d have to find a way to purchase and excise it from MTV. It still kills me when I see those episodes. They’re subversive and ridiculous."

-Bill Lawrence, who co-created MTV cult hit Clone [...]