Checking in on some lost projects
What happened to the new records from Dr. Dre and the Fugees? And is that ''Dallas'' movie ever getting made? The answers to these pop culture mysteries... and more!
They were announced with great fanfare. Anticipated breathlessly, blogged about furiously, and drooled over mightily. Then… nothing. Just a state of Geekus Interruptus. But never fear, dear readers: EW has put out an All Points Pop Culture Bulletin on projects ranging from Ben Stiller’s CBS comedy to the new Fugees CD. We’re not promising that the answers will thrill you — but hopefully they’ll at least provide sweet, sweet closure.
THE NEXT FUGEES CD
The Fugees killed softly in the mid-’90s, releasing two studio LPs and going six times platinum, only to split amid reports of tensions. But in 2004, band members Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras stunned fans by taking the stage together for the indie concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. From there, the reunion seemed like a done deal. They played a handful of extra dates, headed back into the studio, released a new single, ”Take It Easy,” in fall 2005, and their label, Sony BMG, claimed an album would follow in months. But that momentum ground to a halt after ”Easy” stalled on the charts, and Sony grew increasingly silent about the group’s future.
PROGNOSIS: Persistent rumors suggest the reunion may have unraveled. And based on all the tight lips, it’s looking like that Block of shows might have been their swan song. — Simon Vozick-Levinson
THE SEX AND THE CITY MOVIE
All hope seemed dashed back in 2004, when the show went off the air and any big-screen plans for the big-city girls were quashed due to conflicts involving costar Kim Cattrall. (She claimed the timing wasn’t right; other reports suggested she bailed because of salary issues.) But now it looks like the fab four will be reunited: ”The project has come back to life,” says Cattrall’s rep, who adds that her client is definitely down for the film. Meanwhile, Kristin Davis, according to her publicist, is also up for an SATC feature, which is slated to be written and directed by the show’s exec producer, Michael Patrick King. Says an HBO spokesperson: ”Talks are continuing, and there is nothing to report at this time.”
PROGNOSIS: Start shopping for new Manolos, but put them on layaway… for now. — Lindsay Soll
THE ATLAS SHRUGGED MOVIE
A big-screen adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1,200-page epic about the economic collapse of the U.S. sounds marvelously ambitious… until you realize Hollywood has been trying to make it for over 30 years. Everything from corporate mergers to clashes over the script with Rand — who passed away back in 1982 — have proved to be sticking points. There is hope, however. Producer Howard Baldwin (Ray) has lined up a star (Angelina Jolie), a studio (Lionsgate), and a screenwriter (Braveheart‘s Randall Wallace).
PROGNOSIS: The fate of Shrugged likely hangs on Wallace’s first draft. A home run could attract a quality director and entice Jolie — who, as you may have heard, has a lot going on right now — to sign on the dotted line. — Hannah Tucker
THE DALLAS MOVIE
We know Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Dallas is taking years. Five and counting, to be exact. Development on the long-gestating movie began in 2002 and revved up in early 2006 with director Robert Luketic (Monster-in-Law) and an A-list cast that included Jennifer Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Luke Wilson, and John Travolta. But by last fall, only Travolta — who is set to play oily tycoon J.R. Ewing — was left standing. And now? Luketic is out and new director Gurinder Chadha (The Namesake) is waiting on the ”funnier, broader” script rewrite from Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias).
PROGNOSIS: Production company New Regency insists that ”it could shoot next year,” but that might be a stretch, especially since Travolta has a full dance card and Chadha is due to deliver twins in June. — Tanner Stransky