×

Frakes blazes into Ember

Shingle working on remake of 'Forbidden Planet'

Randall Frakes has been appointed president of development and production of independently financed production entity Ember Entertainment.

Shingle is working with DreamWorks on the remake of the seminal sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet.” Ember Entertainment CEO Lindsay Dunlap will produce.

Ember held the option to “Planet” and has been doggedly trying to make pic for years. It was originally set up at New Line but was taken to DreamWorks by production prexy Mike De Luca when he joined the studio.

Family entertainment

At Ember, Frakes will look to re-create classic family entertainment as well as produce original material for the company. He also will be involved in “Planet” in some capacity.

Frakes will next pen the book “Beyond Reality,” the true story of famed British psychic healer Norman Ernest Cox, to be adapted as a feature and a spinoff TV series.

A former journalist turned novelist and screenwriter, Frakes partnered with James Cameron to co-write and co-direct the short “Xenogenesis.” Frakes and Cameron were then hired at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, where Frakes subsequently switched to sound effects work, working with Cameron on “Aliens.”

Popular on Variety

He co-authored the first “Terminator” novelization with William Wisher, then solo authored the sequel’s novelization for Bantam Books. He also has a long-running creative collaboration with Marvel Comics, most recently adapting several comics for the screen, including “Deathlok” for New World Pictures and “Namor, the Sub-Mariner” for Saban Entertainment.

He co-wrote and co-produced (with Donald S. Jackson) the cult sci-fi comedy “Hell Comes to Frogtown” for New World Pictures; he was also a story consultant on “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and later a creative consultant for Lightstorm Entertainment.

Dunlap, repped by Endeavor, also operates Stemwinder Pictures, an Ember spinoff company in the U.K. that specializes in British-American film and TV co-productions.

More Scene

  • 2018 Sundance Film Festival - Egyptian

    Sundance 2020: The Ultimate Party Guide

    Heading to Park City? From intimate dinners and cocktail parties to late night bashes (that end just in time to head to brunch), there’s plenty to keep this year’s film festival attendees out of the cold between screenings. Here is Variety’s ultimate party guide for Sundance 2020:  Thursday, Jan. 23 “Summertime” Premiere Party Lyft Lounge, 8-11 [...]

  • BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 21:

    Jenna Andrews Hosts Zhavia Ward, Lennon Stella at Jed Foundation Fundraiser

    Jenna Andrews, the Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and executive, hosted a pre-Grammy event in partnership with The Jed Foundation at Alice and Olivia in West Hollywood on Tuesday.  The non-profit Jed is dedicated to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide. The foundation has partnered with high schools and colleges in order to “strengthen mental health, [...]

  • Coldplay - Chris Martin

    Grammys 2020: The Ultimate Party Guide

    Let the music play, indeed. The Grammys are just days away and dozens of parties are happening every night this week leading up to the big day, Sunday, Jan. 26. And the partying continues with several bashes following the ceremony. (All events listed are by invitation only unless marked otherwise; this list is being updated [...]

  • Jared Harris arrives at the 26th

    No, Jared Harris is Not Playing Doctor Octopus in Marvel's 'Morbius'

    The first-ever trailer for Marvel and Sony’s next Spider-man spinoff “Morbius” left comic book fans reeling with theories. While the plight of the main character, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) – a scientist dying of a rare blood disease who accidentally turns himself into a vampire – seemed ripped right out of the comics, the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content