In today’s roundup, Fox is remaking its 1988 coming-of-age comedy “License to Drive,” Val Kilmer is starring in a new comedy, and Spirit Award nominations have opened.

Film News Roundup: ‘License to Drive’ Gets Female-Driven Film Reboot

Fox is rebooting the 1988 teen comedy “License to Drive,” which starred Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Heather Graham.

The studio has set up the project with Fox-based producer John Davis, who produced the original. The writing team of Alisha Brophy and Scott Miles have been tapped to script the female-centric remake.

The original film centered on Haim’s 16-year-old character who sneaks out to party with his girlfriend, played by Graham, and damages his grandfather’s 1972 Cadillac, after failing his driver’s license tests. The original was directed by Gregory Beerman and grossed $22.4 million at the box office.

Michael Ireland is overseeing “License to Drive” for the studio. The writers are repped by Paradigm, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Lev Ginsburg. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Val Kilmer will star in the comedy “1st Born,” directed by Iranian director Ali Atshani in what’s touted as the first joint feature film co-production between Iran and Hollywood using both Middle Eastern and American cast and crew members.

Atshani’s credits include “Paradise,” which was an Iranian/German production along with the Iranian films “The President’s Cellphone,” “Wish Bone,” “Banana Peel,” “Mr. Alef,” and “Negar’s Role.” “1st Born” was written by Sam Khoze, Tarek Zohdy, and Mahdi Alimirzaee.

“1st Born,” which begins filming next month in Los Angeles, centers on a newlywed couple — Iranian-born Ben and American Kate — who are living the American dream in sunny California. When their first pregnancy has complications, it brings the whole family together. Ben’s father is an anti-American Iranian politician while Kate’s father, played by Kilmer, is an equally anti-Iranian U.S. politician.

Hollywood-based LA Independent Film and Entertainment is producing “1st Born” with Sam Khoze leading the team, which includes producer Edwin Avaness and associate producer Pourya Naserbakht.


Film Independent has opened entries for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The regular deadline is Sept. 19 and the final deadline is Oct. 10. Nominations will be announced on Nov. 21 and the awards show will be held on March 3, premiering exclusively on IFC. Nominees are limited to films with budgets of less than $20 million.

Film Independent Members comprise the exclusive voting body that determines the winners of the Spirit Awards. Members are filmmakers, film industry leaders, and film lovers. The deadline for joining to be eligible to vote for the winners of the 2018 Spirit Awards is Dec. 7.

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