HOLLYWOOD – The Ron Howard Salo remake is finally greenlit and is set to star Tom Hanks, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Cera. The Ron Howard Salo remake of the film based on the Marquis de Sade’s controversial story will be a family friendly version and set in Malibu. The Exec sat down with Ron Howard to discuss his latest project.

So, a Ron Howard Salo Remake? Where did that come from?

I’ve always been a fan of Pier Poalo Pasolini’s film. But it also frustrates me. I get the need for a bit of unpleasantness. But making those poor young people eat the you-know-what and have their thing-a-me-bobs pulled off was too much. And keep their clothes on for Christ-sakes. By filming those scenes he lost his PG-13 rating. Do you know how much money that demographic brings in? Shit loads, that’s how much. Paolo was a fool to himself.

How Will Your Version Be Different?

For a start, we’re filming in Malibu. It’s much easier to get A-listers to sign on if you’re filming some place nice and warm by a beach. We’re also taking the setting away from all the Nazi stuff. If we want those PG-13 dollars, we got to set it in a well-loved era. So it’ll be set in the 80s. Picture it, kids on their BMX bikes, fluorescent headbands, Cyndi Lauper on a ghetto blaster and lots of laughs. Instead of Nazi fascists, we got the school board. And they put some kids in detention and make them do hard, but funny and PG-13 friendly tasks. It’ll be a hoot. We’ll get the kids from Stranger Things. They seem popular. Let me write that down.

What About The Rest Of Your Cast?

The adult school board members will be led by Tom Hanks, obviously. Then we got Jason Bateman as the one who secretly sympathizes with the kids. Jeffrey Tambor will be the baddie. The kids will probably end up pushing him into a swimming pool, that’ll show him, hahahah! And finally we have Michael Cera as the leader of the kids.

Isn’t Michael Cera About 35 Now?

Yeah, but who cares. He’s a buddy of mine and has that confused, innocent shtick going on. He aint doing much these days and kids remember him from Super Bad, so win-win.

The Ron Howard Salo Remake Starts Shooting In Malibu Next Spring


Following the success of IT: Chapter 1, the sequel of Andy Muschietti’s Stephen King adaptation IT: Chapter 2 is due out September 6, 2019.

So what do we already know about It: Chapter 2?

Well, to begin with the new film will be set in the future. The year is 2078 and Derry, the fictional town, has become a sprawling metropolis with flying cars and towering skyscrapers. All of the children from The Losers Club are now long dead, but their grandchildren – played by the same actors from chapter 1 – are being haunted by a demonic turtle called Pennywise. 

There will be some new adults in the cast including Christophe Lambert and Amy Adams. Jeff Goldblum has signed on to play a police captain called Hallorhan, a nod to The Shining perhaps.

Stephen King spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec about the changes to his book:

It’s weird when anyone changes anything, but me and Andy had long talks and basically the feeling was with Stranger Things the 80s had kind of been done to death, so we wanted to take chapter 2 somewhere else. And where better than the future. As for Pennywise changing from a clown to a turtle, anyone who’s read the book will tell you that is conceptually consistent. 

As part of the promotion for the release Warner Bros will give ever member of the audience some cake.

IT: Chapter 2 is due out September 6, 2019.


HOLLYWOOD – Millie Bobby Brown is to hit the big screen as ice-skater Nancy Kerrigan in I, Nancy.

Remembered mainly as the ice-skater whose leg was broken allegedly by rival Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan is to get her own picture with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown taking the lead role. Billed by producers as a semi-sequel to the new film I, Tonya, I, Nancy will retell the story from Nancy’s perspective.

A source close to the production told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

It was a lot of fun making I, Tonya and we certainly got all these perspectives and voices. But the one voice missing was that of the victim herself. Nancy was not well served by the film. She was seen as not the victim of an assault but almost the butt of a cruel joke. This film will redress that balance and Rashomon-like will add another narrative layer to a complicated tale.

Millie Bobby Brown commented:

I have studied the story of Nancy for some time and now I’m looking forward to actually embodying her. I want to get her pain, but also her grit and determination. Remember she came back from that terrible injury. It’s going to be intense, but I fully intend to turn it up to… eleven!

Margot Robbie, who stars in I, Tonya, welcomed the news.

For years there haven’t been any films about figure ice skating and now we’re going to have two that’s great. Just in the same way they have universes for Batman and Marvel, maybe we can have an ice skating universe with all of these movies basically chapters of one big story.

I, Nancy will be released in 2020.


HOLLYWOOD – Stranger Things star Barb Holland is to get her own Netflix show.

Everyone’s favorite mum jeans wearing best friend Barb Holland is going to get her own show on Netflix. Little is known about the new series though rumor has it that it’s going to be a prequel. Shannon Purser, who plays the character in the first season of Stranger Things, was coy:

We know that Barb disappears halfway through Stranger Things but it’s never certain whether she’s actually dead or not. However, I am interested in what happens to Barb beforehand. How di Barb become Barb?

The showrunners – the Duffer brothers and Shawn Levy – won’t be overseeing this one as they are busy with the next season of the show. But don’t despair. Veteran TV genius Vince Gilligan is stepping into their shoes.

I loved the original. It really felt like a breath of eighties style fresh air. It was so original. The show reminded me of Stephen King and Spielberg and Dean Koontz novels as well. I’m going to try and put a little of the Gilligan magic in there. A sprinkle or two at least.

What do you think? Will this be a wonderful adventure in the Upside Down? Or will the show break and be bad?

Better Call Barb will show early next year.


HOLLYWOOD – The new ghostbusters franchise Young Ghostbusters got its first image today.

Following on from the all-female Ghostbusters reboot last year, Young Ghostbusters stars Stranger Things stars and looks set to capture a whole new audience.

A spokesperson for the studio had this to say:

We’ve always watched Ghostbusters as an adult comedy which appeals to kids because of the cartoon character and the music. But we’ve never fully played to a young audience either in the original films or the Paul Feig remake. This time round we’re doing just that. As the kids of the original Ghostbusters take on their mother’s and father’s jobs.

Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin star in the new movie which will be set in the late eighties, before everything went to shit.

Young Ghostbusters will be released in 2018.


HOLLYWOOD – Season 2 of Stranger Things will be penned by Stephen King, it was revealed today.

It was the hit of the Summer. A genuinely thrilling Netflix Original Series and everyone was crazy for it, with many commenting on how it was like vintage Stephen King filmed by vintage Steven Spielberg. Well now that comparison seems to have paid off as Stephen King, a declared fan of the show, has volunteered to script the entirety of Season 2 of the show. Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer announced the news EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec and had this to say about the collaboration.

Ross spoke first:

King is of course one of our idols so to actually have him approach us was an unbelievable moment. We jumped at the possibility.

Matt added:

Of course we’ll maintain some creative control as show-runners, but who are we to second guess the master? I foresee a great Season 2.

Both brothers however refused to comment on the rumors that Stephen Spielberg was going to guest direct an episode. ‘That would be too much like crossing the beams, if you know what I mean, but hell, if it could happen…’

Stephen King himself has remained coy about the second season, but did let on that it would have something to do with Pennywise knocking over Cujo with Christine while pulling out of the Overlook Hotel parking lot.

Stranger Things returns early next year.