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On The Lot: Yasiel Puig story optioned, Lucasfilm, musicals are back and more




In this special look at the Star Wars Expanded Universe, many of Lucasfilm's brightest talents and authors discuss the legacy and exciting future of the company's comics, books, and videogames.
In this special look at the Star Wars Expanded Universe, many of Lucasfilm's brightest talents and authors discuss the legacy and exciting future of the company's comics, books, and videogames.
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LA Times’ Rebecca Keegan joins us for her regular Monday Hollywood update.

Jesse Katz's LA Magazine piece about Dodger slugger Yasiel Puig just got optioned by Brett Ratner's production company. 

This is something Hollywood has been doing for years, mining magazine pieces and adapting them into movies, including "Saturday Night Fever," "Boogie Nights," "Top Gun," "Adaptation," and "Dog Day Afternoon."

Still, the chances of this — or any optioned property — actually ending up on the big screen pretty slim.

It's almost May, and the studios are primed to begin the big sweepstakes that is the summer movie season. 

Under the heading "nerds be raging," the reaction to an announcement by Lucasfilm that upcoming "Star Wars" films won't draw on something called "the expanded universe." Along with Star Wars, an interesting little footnote regarding the Steven Spielberg classic, "ET."

Last week we talked about how Hollywood was reviving the animated musical after the success of "Frozen" and "Rio 2." Now, there's talk of reviving another genre, the biblical epic, with the announcement that Paramount and MGM are teaming up to remake "Ben Hur." It won 11 Oscars, but that was back in 1959. What makes Paramount and MGM think it will appeal to today's movie goers?