'Miami Vice' Stakes Out July 28, 2006
by Brandon Gray
February 3, 2005
Universal Pictures has targeted July 28, 2006 to uncover Miami Vice, director Michael Mann's adaptation of his 1980's television show. Colin Farrell, no stranger to action TV remakes after S.W.A.T., and Jamie Foxx, who previously worked with Mann on Collateral and Ali, take over for Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as detectives Crockett and Tubbs, respectively.
Universal's move follows the trend of opening major action pictures in the late summer, which dates back to another TV adaptation, The Fugitive in 1993, and continued with last year's The Bourne Supremacy and Collateral and S.W.A.T. in 2003.
Elsewhere in the realm of TV adaptations, Warner Bros. shifts The Dukes of Hazzard from July 29 of this year to June 24, where it will go up against another remake, Buena Vista's Herbie: Fully Loaded. Warner Bros. also moves horror remake House of Wax from April 29 to May 6, which, if no movie flinches, will prove a crowded start to summer 2005—also scheduled are director Ridley Scott's Crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the comedy Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.
Warner Bros. also announced dates for its summer 2006 tent poles. The Poseidon Adventure remake kicks off the season opposite X-Men 3 on May 5, 2006 while the long brewing Superman revival lands on June 30—the same date Spider-Man 2 opened last year.
Fox Searchlight will open spelling bee drama Bee Season starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche in limited release on Sept. 30 and platform it out like such other Searchlight pictures as Sideways and Kinsey. The success of the 2003 documentary Spellbound may have inspired a minor trend as Lions Gate announced another spelling bee drama on its schedule, Akeelah and the Bee, with former What's Love Got to Do With It co-stars Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.
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