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Grab Bag: TMNT reboot gets writers; Tom McCarthy finds a new writing gig; first look at THE DICTATOR

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 7th, 2011

Apparently, this week is chock full of news, so let’s dive straight into some things that have made their way across the internet.

First, writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been tapped to pen the upcoming reboot of the TEENAGE MUTANT  NINJA TURTLES film franchise (via /Film). The pair have become quite the hot commodity, having crafted the script for the upcoming MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film, GHOST PROTOCOL.  At this point, we don’t know too much about the film, other than the fact that it’s being housed at Platinum Dunes, and has been in the works for quite some time.

Personally, as a fan of the franchise, I think that, along with something like DAREDEVIL, it’s a perfect fit for a remake/reboot.  I think Dunes have done a solid job getting at what makes the horror franchises that they have remade so great, so hopefully this will follow suit.

In other news, WIN WIN director Tom McCarthy has gotten himself a new writing gig, as THR is reporting that he’ll be writing the new film, HOME MOVIES.  The film is being set up at Dreamworks Animation and will follow “a man who is able to revisit certain moments in his life through his home movies and change things.” With the last animated project McCarthy has had his hands on being UP, I could not be more excited for a film like this to come from the writer.  Here’s to hoping he will also end up helming the film.

Finally, we have our first look at Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming film, THE DICTATOR, and while the photo isn’t much to look at, it’s definitely interesting.  The film finds Cohen as a  “ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike. As the dictator wanders the city, he meets the owner of an organic food store… She turns around his dictatorial thinking, and there’s a little romance in it as well.” Hat tip to Movieweb for nabbing the image (via /Film).

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