week in review
EmptyJohn Landgraf, president and GM of FX Networks, has inked a three-year deal to remain in his position. Landgraf has been with the network since 2004, when he joined as president of entertainment. He took his current title the following year. … Fox has hired FX's Matt Cherniss as executive vp and plans to give the comedy and drama development teams creative oversight of all freshman series. The change comes as Fox adjusts its development process in the wake of the WGA strike.
It's been a weirdly busy week for cheesy 1980s movies featuring scores by Queen. Summit Entertainment said it's bringing "Highlander" back to the big screen, with a script by "Iron Man" co-writers/luckiest guys in the world Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The original film spawned a cult following and some deeply flawed sequels, but Peter Davis — who produced the first movie and is returning for the new one — promises that the project will be an expansion of the story's universe and not just a pat remake. ... If that weren't enough, Columbia is in talks to acquire film rights for a remake of "Flash Gordon," with Breck Eisner attached to direct and Neal Moritz on board to produce. The story involves an athlete actually named Flash who travels to planet Mongo and does battle with Ming the Merciless and contends with Hawkmen and Sharkmen, all to save his lady love, Dale Arden. No writers are attached to the new project yet, presumably because the story runs on the power of its own awesomeness.
Uwe Boll, the German auteur best known for the "BloodRayne" series and "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," is outraged that his latest film, "Postal," has seen its release scaled back from more than 1,000 playdates to about a dozen nationwide. Boll's film is a broad, dark comedy packed with violence and political humor, a subject Boll feels hurt his chances for acceptance by the big theater circuits. "It's a ruthless comedy and makes jokes about Sept. 11 and all kinds of stuff, but at the same time I feel like it's my best-received movie so far," Boll said, apparently content with his paradox. A rep for AMC Theatres said that the film "does not have potential for commercial success in the U.S.," meaning Boll will be banking on how well 9/11 gags play overseas.
Rob Estes has joined the cast of the CW's "90210." This is actually Estes' second time around on an offshoot of the original property, having starred as Kyle McBride on Fox's "Melrose Place." Apparently no one's worried about the existential conundrum of having one man play two different characters in the same universe, but that's the kind of edgy choice you can expect from the CW. … Ray Liotta will join Michael Cera in the comedy "Youth in Revolt." … Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams are attached to star in writer-director Noah Baumbach's "Greenburg."