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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.”

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.

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