George Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Disney, and Star Wars Episode 7 will be one of the first fruits of the deal...
Crikey. That's a good word to start with. In a move that's come as a major, major surprise, it's been revealed that Disney is to acquire LucasFilm. Furthermore, there's a new Star Wars film as part of the package. Probably many more.
The deal is worth some $4.05bn, and for that, Disney will get the production company, and the rights to make Star Wars Episode 7. In spite of earlier assertions that Revenge Of The Sith marked the closure of the cinematic Star Wars franchise, George Lucas has now been quoted in a Disney statement as saying:
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products".
For $4.05bn, Disney isn't likely to stop at just one Star Wars film. In fact, the statement also specifically says "Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future".
Disney also gets the assorted Lucasfilm technologies, including Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. Kathleen Kennedy is to head up Lucasfilm under the new deal.
This is a staggering move that puts Disney in a huge position of strength. It now owns Pixar and Marvel, as well as the Star Wars franchise. And we're left wondering just what Star Wars Episode 7 will look like in 2015. In the nicest sense, a Star Wars film with a new director may not be a bad thing.
We'll let you digest all of that, and will no doubt have much more on it in the days ahead.SOURCE
A key villain in Captain America's rogues gallery, character debuted in 1989 as Brock Rumlow, a leader of the Savage Crims gang in New York's lower East Side before joining a school for criminals and later becoming a henchman of the Red Skull under the code name Crossbones.
Grillo tweeted last week that he had tested for a role in the "Captain America" sequel, and hinted of the character with the hashtag "bones." Thesp most recently appeared in "End of Watch," "The Grey" and "Warrior," and will next have supporting roles in "Gangster Squad" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
Chris Evans returns as the star-spangled hero in "Captain America: Winter Soldier," along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes (who becomes assassin the Winter Soldier), Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson. Anthony Mackie will play Cap ally The Falcon.
Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are helming the actioner from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Pic is dated for an April 4, 2014 release.
Grillo is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Whoa, calm down there X-Men fans. Before you start throwing your shoes at your computer screen, let’s explain a couple of things to you. First is that Matthew Vaughn will not direct the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past but instead will be taking on the role of producer. Then who will be directing instead? The answer may surprise you. And no, it’s not Brett Ratner, thank God.
Since Matthew Vaughn will no longer take part in director duties for the highly anticipated X-Men sequel, word has it that Bryan Singer will step up to the plate. Yes, that Bryan Singer. The same wonderful soul who directed X-Men and X2, still arguably one of the best movies of the franchise. At the same time it’s not like he hasn’t been dipping his hand into the X-Men pool since the last movie he directed. He happened to write a draft for the surprise hit X-Men: First Class and served as producer. So if he happened to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past none of us X-Men fans will really be complaining.
Plus that and Singer, prior to leaping off the X-Men franchise from the directorial standpoint, knew how to handle the stories well. He did a fantastic job in X2 not only juggling Wolverine’s rediscovery of the Weapon X program but gradually bringing the beloved Dark Phoenix Saga to light. Imagine what he’ll do with Days of Future Past, between the retro version of the X-Men and the Sentinel-filled future.
If Bryan Singer is confirmed as director, might we suggest that he keeps Katherine ‘Kitty’ Pryde in the story line? After all she is the one character that ties the two worlds together. We’d hate to see her be replaced, especially since she’s already such an amazing character to read in the comics. We would’ve suggested Shailene Woodley to be our “sprite,” but since she’s locked into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 how about Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development fame? That’s just our suggestion.
Would you like Bryan Singer to direct Days of Future Past? Why or why not?
Source: The A.V. Club
There are two known facts about The Flickcast’s gaming division (a.k.a. the Bitcast):
1. WallE and I love video games.
2. WallE and I cannot wait until Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters.
So it only makes sense that we would be following the news on the Wreck-It Ralph tie-in video game. Now while we all know that movie tie-in games run a high risk of not living up to expectations for the film, or for games in general, there is a shed of hope for Wreck-It Ralph. After all, it is a game… based off a movie… that is based off of gaming. What could possibly go wrong? Well, don’t answer that as we have seen many a project that should have been a layup go wrong.
In the new teaser trailer, we take a quick look at Wreck-It Ralph but don’t get the opportunity to see his gameplay so that is what leads us to speculate. What is Wreck-It Ralph going to be like? Players have already been given the opportunity to play browser based versions of Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush on the Wreck-It Ralph movie site as well as a Fix-It Felix iOS game.
The Wii, DS and 3DS versions of Wreck-It Ralph will be side scrolling arcade style games that let players explore areas based on the different games featured in the film (including the above mentioned Hero’s Duty and Sugar Rush). It has also been announced that players will be able to play as Ralph and Felix, being able to destroy and repair various areas in the game’s levels.
What we are most wondering about though is the cameos. One of the things that got us most excited in the Wreck-It Ralph film trailers was spotting character cameos from throughout gaming history. From Bowser to Q-bert to Zangief, it wet our appetite for a video game movie (that wasn’t actually based off an existing video game) like no other had before. Considering Wreck-It Ralph will only be appearing on Nintendo consoles, it may be safe speculation that Nintendo owned characters might appear in the game as they do in the film. We’re looking at you Bowser.
Stay tuned for more on Wreck-It Ralph coming to the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS in November and the Wreck-It Ralph movie on October 30th and of course, check out the teaser trailer below.
Introduced by Director of Communications Arune Singh, Loeb took the stage to raucous applause. After a late start to the panel and a brief introduction testing the audience on their noisemaking abilities, Loeb reiterated that recording deceives are taboo, reinforced by the cadre of suited S.H.I.E.L.D. agents lining the doors. Loeb also gave a huge shout-out to his Marvel TV compatriots, who stood up and took a bow.
"It's crazy out there in Los Angeles," Loeb said. "We're so incredibly silly, we do this." Loeb played a clip of "Marvel Mash-Up," followed by the annoucnement that it's Spidey's birthday tomorrow and Marvel will be presenting a giant Birthday card for fans to sign.
Loeb segued to "Ultimate Spider-Man" and introduced Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg! The audience went crazy as Coulson took the stage.
"I have to thank Cobie Smulders because courtesy of the gag reel, everyone says, 'Coulson! Coulson! You will be avenged!" said Gregg, who is currently working on a film that he wrote and directed, "Trust Me."
Loeb also hyped "Much Ado About Nothing," Whedon's Shakespeare production that Gregg participated in.
"I don't know how you make a great movie of Shakespeare with the cast of Firefly in ten days at your house, but Joss is amazing," said Gregg, segueing to "The Avengers" (after an audience member shouted out "Cabin in the Woods.") Loeb said Marvel had something special for Gregg, something that's never been seen before. It featured a trailer of Coulson's moments starting with "Iron Man."
"This is not like Tinkerbell, you don't get to clap!" said Loeb.
And then, suddenly, Joss Whedon showed up onscreen amongst applause.
"We all love Clark Gregg, there's no doubt about that," Whedon said. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I'm really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality."
Warning: if any of you are in a public place and don't want to be seen with a tear in your eye, then save this for later.
Here's a storyboard scene, written by Chris Chibnall, that tells us what finally happened to the Ponds, and to Rory's dad, Brian after the Angels took Manhattan.
There's quite a bit of good news for fans of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."
Not only is The CW airing the superhero musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day on Tues., Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET, marking its TV debut, the co-creators of the 2008 Internet smash said the second edition of "Dr. Horrible" will very likely come out next year.
Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen co-created "Dr. Horrible" with "The Avengers"/"Buffy" honcho Joss Whedon -- Jed's brother and Tancharoeon's brother-in-law -- and are working with him on a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV spinoff. And when it comes to "Dr. Horrible" updates, they acknowledged in a recent interview that they're fully aware that fans have heard that particular song and dance before.
Of course, all the people involved in the original "Dr. Horrible" are very busy these days, and "now suddenly we've made ourselves more busy," Tancharoen noted.
Having said that, the indie spirit of the first "Dr. Horrible," which was made during the 2007-2008 writers' strike, was something that both say they were able to carry into other projects, including "Dollhouse," which they worked on as writer/producers.
"When I was a kid, we used to make home movies with Joss. He would direct our eight-year-old selves in these parody movies, and they later turned into original masterpieces with detectives and superheroes," Whedon said. "It was a reminder that all things should sort of be that. Regardless of how seriously other people are taking [things] you should never take yourself too seriously."
So what prompted The CW to air "Dr. Horrible" on its four-and-one-third-years anniversary? On that particular anniversary, does etiquette dictate a gift made of Wonderflonium?
There were obviously many Web series before "Dr. Horrible" premiered; as Whedon pointed out, Felicia Day's ongoing series "The Guild" "was a huge reason Joss came to the idea" for "Dr. Horrible," and Whedon and Tancharoen clearly didn't want to make a lot of special claims for their project's impact on the burgeoning genre. Still, they said they think the tale of the aspiring supervillain and the girl he loved might have inspired some online creators to be a bit bolder with their ideas.
"It was just bigger," Jed said. "Most people were making tiny little three-minute things. That's the one influence I think it did have."
Could there be a life for "Dr. Horrible" and his eeevil machinations beyond the sequel? Given that both Whedon and Tancharoen have many music- and dance-related entries on their resumes, Broadway seems like a natural fit, and both say they'd like to come up with a new theatrical incarnation of the story.
"We'll see what we're left with [after the sequel] and see what we can put on the stage," Whedon said. "We are now among millions of people with dreams of Broadway."
Fresh off winning two Emmys for writing and co-exec producing HBO's "Game Change," Danny Strong has been tapped to write the two-part "Hunger Games" finale "Mockingjay" for Lionsgate, sources tell Variety
First pic is skedded for release on Nov. 21, 2014, while the second will open on Nov. 20, 2015.
"The Hunger Games" has grossed $685 million worldwide since opening in March. The sequel "Catching Fire," which Francis Lawrence is directing from a script by Simon Beaufoy, is due out Nov. 22, 2013. Nina Jacobson's Color Force is producing with Jon Kilik.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones and Donald Sutherland will all return to reprise their roles in "Catching Fire," which has also added franchise newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer and Jeffrey Wright.
Strong was one of Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2007 who won a WGA Award for writing HBO's 2009 telepic "Recount."
"Mockingjay" isn't the first time Strong has been tapped to adapt a bestselling book finale, as he was also hired to rewrite "The Lost Symbol" for Sony, Imagine Entertainment and director Mark Romanek. Book is a sequel to Dan Brown's hit thrillers "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons." Scribe recently wrote "The Butler" for Lee Daniels, and he's also co-producing that historical drama. Additionally, Strong is writing a legal drama series inspired by a famous father-daughter lawyer duo for CBS, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Prods. and director David O. Russell. He started his career in front of the camera, with recurring roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Gilmore Girls" and most recently, AMC's "Mad Men."
Strong is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Jackoway Tyerman.
Coffee-table books, while entertaining to thumb through, tend to gather dust when they languish on said table. So to showcase the animated movie “Frankenweenie,” Disney Publishing Worldwide took an interactive approach, bypassing the traditional oversize tome and heading straight for the iPad.
On Monday, Disney Publishing, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, will release “Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book,” a making-of look at Tim Burton’s feature-length remake of the short film he made in 1984. The digital book, which is free on Apple’s iBookstore, contains original art and production photos, taking readers from sketch to screen. It also features music, videos and interviews with some of the movie’s creators, including Mr. Burton.
“ ‘Frankenweenie’ presented a great opportunity to give our readers an immersive, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film,” said Andrew Sugerman, an executive vice president at Disney Publishing. To demonstrate the creative process, animated storyboards, called animatics, were created to accompany concept drawings, he said.
The book also includes a foreword written by the actor Martin Landau, who has appeared in several of Mr. Burton’s movies, including “Frankenweenie,” which will be released in theaters on Oct. 5.
“I was happy to do it,” Mr. Landau said of the foreword. “Tim visualized this movie 30 years ago and never lost touch with the way he wanted to do it.”
In the movie, Mr. Landau plays the voice of Mr. Rzykruski, the science teacher of a grade-school Victor Frankenstein. “I love the movie,” he said. “It’s moving, it’s funny, it’s charming, and it’s scary, all the things that Tim wants it to be.”
To create the e-book, Disney Publishing decided to go for the first time with the iBooks Author software from Apple.
“Apple’s iBooks Author allows us to deliver great content through the use of galleries, video, interactive diagrams and 3-D objects,” Mr. Sugerman said, “to create a very robust interactive experience that will appeal to both young adults and Tim Burton’s active fan base.”
He added that the digital publishing team at Disney collaborated closely with Mr. Burton on the project, which took about two months to complete.
Chapter 4 of the book gives a look at a “Frankenweenie” exhibition now being shown around the world. Other chapters offer opportunities to explore related books in print, as well as listen to clips from the movie’s soundtrack and score, which can be bought in the book through iTunes. There’s even a feature that allows readers to search for theaters where the movie is being shown and buy tickets.
And unlike traditional coffee-table books, this one can become a never-ending story. Disney Publishing is exploring opportunities to update the e-book over time.
“One of the major advantages of digital publishing is that we are able to enhance and update our products as more content becomes available and as technology evolves,” Mr. Sugerman said.