Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are taking over the classic cartoon “The Flintstones.” Warner Bros. is bringing them on as executive producers and their Gary Sanchez Prods. partner Chris Henchy to write the screenplay for a big-screen movie. The Hanna-Barbera original ran 1960-1966 and was the first animated series nominated for a primetime Emmy as Best Comedy Series. The last film effort was a live-action flick in 1994 with John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, and Rosie O’Donnell. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane signed in 2011 to produce a new TV series, but that project has been delayed. Variety.
Can Fox Searchlight turn the spring hit film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” into an Oscar contender? The specialty sensation has earned $52 million in the U.S. and $140 million worldwide. Director and writer Wes Anderson is a two-time past Oscar nominee for “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The movie stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, and a large ensemble. The Blu-ray and DVD will be released on June 17. Thompson on Hollywood.
After winning Razzie Awards, could the Will Smith movie “After Earth” be making an awards comeback? It is one of the nominees for this year’s Golden Trailer Awards to be held on May 30. Honoring the two-minute theatrical commercials, other nominees include “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “Before Midnight,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Grantland.
Fox’s 2013 World Series coverage is named best live sports special at the Sports Emmy Awards ceremony Tuesday night. Individual awards went to Bob Costas (studio host), Mike Emrick (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (sports event analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sports reporter). NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was crowned as the best live sports series. Turner Networks founder and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was presented with a life achievement award. Hollywood Reporter.
Fox is cleaning the comedy decks for next season. “Dads,” “Enlisted,” and “Surviving Jack” were all cancelled on Wednesday. That leaves “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the only rookie comedy to return for a second season. The network will also have “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl” coming back next year. On the dramatic side, the Greg Kinnear show “Rake” is also finished. Deadline.
After a long, hard-fought negotiation, NBC renews “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” for a 16th season. The network had been fighting against creator Dick Wolf‘s rising salary demands among other issues. The show has lost many of its original cast members in recent years, but Emmy champ Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T remain in the ensemble. E! Online.
NBC Universal secures a mega deal to keep the American broadcast rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The price tag is $7.65 billion for television, internet, mobile, and promotion. This new extension means the peacock network will have broadcast 23 Olympics since the 1964 Tokyo games. CEO Steve Burke said, “No event brings families together like the Olympics, and no-one in media is more accomplished or better equipped to tell the athletes’ stories.” TV Guide.
Terry Crews is named the new host of daytime game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Previous host Cedric the Entertainer lasted only one season after following Emmy winner Meredith Vieira. The “enthusiastic and energetic” Crews co-stars on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and has the upcoming film “Blended” and book “Manhood.” USA Today.