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‘Starman’ Remake in the Works at Sony; Shawn Levy Directing

Sony is developing a remake of 1984’s “Starman” with Shawn Levy on board to direct and produce with Michael Douglas returning to produce.

Douglas teamed with Larry J. Franco to produce the original, which was directed by John Carpenter with Jeff Bridges starring as an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the Voyager 2 space probe. Crashing in Wisconsin, he clones a new body for himself as the deceased husband of a widow, played by Karen Allen.

Bridges was nominated for the Academy Award for best actor for his role.

Dan Cohen and Robert Mitas will executive produce the new movie, dubbed a reimagining of the original. Arash Amel is attached to write.

Matt Milam and Adam North are overseeing for the studio.

Levy directed the “Night at the Museum” movies along with “This Is Where I Leave You,” “Real Steel” and “Date Night.” He’s produced New Line’s Ice Cube comedy “Fist Fight,” Fox Searchlight’s comedy “Table 19,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama “Story of Your Life” and the James Franco-Bryan Cranston comedy “Why Him?”

Amel wrote “Grace of Monaco” and “The Titan,” starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson.

Levy is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Amel is repped by CAA, Grandview Entertainment and Myman Greenspan. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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