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Chris Farley documentary in the works, plus more movie news

Chris Farley.

Chris Farley. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

WHO Chris Farley

THE MOVIE "I Am Chris Farley"

THE DEAL A documentary on the high-energy comedian is scheduled for theatrical release this summer, according to Virgil Films, which has acquired the U.S. distribution rights. Directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, whose credits include "I Am Evel Knievel" and the upcoming "Johnny Cash -- American Rebel," the film traces Farley's rise from The Second City in Chicago to NBC's "Saturday Night Live" and features interviews with family members and colleagues including Adam Sandler, Mike Myers and Christina Applegate. Farley died of a drug overdose in December 1997 at the age of 33.


WHO John Rhys-Davies

THE MOVIE "Black Angel"

THE DEAL The short fantasy film that was commissioned by George Lucas to accompany 1980's "The Empire Strikes Back" could become a feature film. A 46-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which went live Tuesday, June 2, aims to raise $100,000 to complete the movie, which will star John Rhys-Davies ("The Lord of the Rings") and Rutger Hauer. The story of a medieval knight trying to rescue a mysterious maiden, "Black Angel" screened before "Empire" only in parts of the United Kingdom, Australia and Scandinavia, but resurfaced again recently on YouTube. Writer-director Roger Christian, who won an Oscar for art direction for 1977's "Star Wars," wrote on Indiegogo that he hopes his short film can become "a feature length fantasy epic."


WHO Dwayne Johnson

THE MOVIE "Big Trouble in Little China"

THE DEAL The star of "San Andreas" is in talks to lead a remake of John Carpenter's 1986 martial-arts fantasy comedy, according to TheWrap. Johnson would replace Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a trucker who stumbles into a mystical world beneath San Francisco's Chinatown (Kim Cattrall played his love interest). A flop upon its release, "Big Trouble" was so widely panned for its campy tone and racial stereotypes that Carpenter quit Hollywood and returned to independent filmmaking. The film became a home-video hit, however, and currently enjoys an 83 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.


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