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STARMAN: Columbia Pictures Planning Remake

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Columbia Pictures starting work on Starman remake. The company has also reportedly already picked a director and screenwriter for the new version of the 1984 science fiction film.

According to the reports, Columbia has sought the services of Shawn Levy and Arash Amel. Levy is a director best known for his work on Night At The Museum and Real Steel, and Amel previously contributed a script for 2014’s Grace of Monaco. In addition, Michael Douglas is said to be involved with the project as a producer. One shouldn’t be too surprised at Douglas’ reported involvement, as he helped produce the original Starman.

Released a little over 30 years ago, the movie barely turned a profit but proved to be somewhat popular with critics. These fond assessments of the film probably encouraged Columbia to revisit the story and share it with new, presumably-more receptive audiences:

Released in 1984, Starman starred Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn’t picked up by his mothership in three days, he’ll die.

The original film was written by Stand By Me scribes Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon, and directed by cult filmmaker John Carpenter between his other alien-themed films The Thing and They Live.

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