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February 14, 2011 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Four Young Girls Go to the Movies

Four movies in the works centered around two teenage girls, one tween girl and one prepubescent celebrity daughter.

WAIT TILL HELEN COMES – A twelve-year-old girl is haunted by the tormented ghost of a little girl. “Ghost Whisperer” star Jennifer Love Hewitt makes her feature directing debut. Based on a children’s novel. Starts shooting this summer.

@ – Jennifer, really? After five years on “Ghost Whisperer”? I guess she has a comfort zone. Since she’s also proven to be comfortable on Lifetime, I don’t see this material transcending MOW quality schlock. The concept sounds like a rehash of the non-twisty part of THE SIXTH SENSE mixed with THE LOVELY BONES. The title is just horrible. It tells the ticket buyer nothing and sounds like a Lifetime title.

ANNIEWill Smith’s daughter is going to star in a desecration remake of the beloved Broadway musical about a Depression-era orphan adopted by billionaire Daddy Warbucks for Sony Pictures. They haven’t said yet whether they’re going to keep the original setting or make it more contemporary. Rapper Jay-Z is on board as co-producer and will be involved in the music end, but it’s also unknown if he’s writing new songs or just sampling the old ones like he already did with “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” in 1999.

@ – When Will Smith wants to give his pre-pubescent kids their own vehicles, he doesn’t just get them a Volvo. He gets a major motion picture studio to let them rape star in remakes of classic catalog titles. Granted, the 1982 film version totally screwed up this property and a better film version is deserved. It would be nice if they’d get the original material right once before they try to “improve” it. If this is going to be about some new orphan in modern times with completely different circumstances and characteristics, singing completely different songs, so that it barely resembles ANNIE anymore in anything but the title and recognizable comic strip logo, I would have more respect for the project if they changed her name altogether and called it original but “in the vein” of ANNIE.

STOKER – A teenager mourning the death of her father must deal with an uncle who mysteriously appears. Script was on the 2010 “black list” of best unproduced scripts. Stars Jodie Foster (who directed another black-listed script, THE BEAVER) and Carey Mulligan. Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) might play the lead if a scheduling conflict can be resolved.

@@@ – First they need to change the title. My first thought was this is a biopic of DRACULA author Bram Stoker, which I’m still waiting for someone to do already. This has nothing to do with Stoker, but it does sound somewhat promising, if a bit murky. If Wasikowska does do it, I’ll almost definitely see it.

FAMILY WEEKEND – A sixteen-year-old girl is fed up with her family’s lack of attention so she decides to take her parents hostage. Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin (from the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL franchise) and Academy Award winning Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones star. Started shooting in mid-January.

@@ – This sounds pretty cute. If it goes theatrical, it means it’s probably on par with Disney flicks like FREAKY FRIDAY (2003). If it ends up being a dinky piece of kids trash like RV, it will likely — or hopefully — go directly to the Disney Channel or ABC Family as one of their “original” movies-that-weren’t-good-enough-to-get-theatrical-distribution.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. thejamminjabber / Feb 14 2011 12:28 pm

    Annie starring Will Smith’s daughter gets a negative rating.

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