James and the Giant Peach Remake

Director Sam Mendes may be done with James Bond, but now he’s in early talks to take on another familiar James from the pages of literature.

The Skyfall and Spectre director is currently negotiating with Disney to develop and direct a new live-action take on James and the Giant Peach, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, which was previously turned into a stop-motion animated film by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick in 1996. It’s just one more live-action remake from the animation vaults of Disney. Read More »

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Rovio Is Planning an ‘Angry Birds Movie’ Sequel

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Video game movies are still a dicey proposition, as we saw when Warcraft tanked in the U.S. earlier this year. But one that did quite well for itself was The Angry Birds Movie. Sure, its reviews were mixed, but its box office performance was solid. All in all, its worldwide gross came out to more than four times its budget. So of course the people behind it want to replicate that success.

An Angry Birds Movie sequel is in the works, as confirmed by Rovio, the Finnish company that puts out the Angry Birds video games.  Read More »

Kubo and the Two Strings Travis Knight interview

With Kubo and the Two Strings, the CEO & President of Laika, Travis Knight, makes his feature directorial debut. Knight’s 3D stop-motion / CG hybrid follows a brave young hero named Kubo (Art Parkinson), as he goes on an epic quest to retrieve what’s needed to defeat Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Along for the samurai’s emotional adventure are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).

The Japan-set film’s style was inspired by ink wash paintings, Noh theater, and period doll making. One of the biggest influences for Knight, besides the famous woodblock painter Kiyoshi Saito, was ukiyo-e (translation: pictures of the floating world). The director was most drawn to the work of Hokusai and Hiroshige, and the former’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa” clearly inspired the film’s opening sequence, which we talked about with Knight.

During our time with the filmmaker, we discussed the work Laika put into crafting some of Kubo and the Two Strings most visually stunning sequences, in addition to why they’ll never make sequels. Below, read our Travis Knight interview.

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Monster Trucks How to Train Your Dragon

Lucas Till was part of CBS’s MacGyver panel for the Television Critics Association. As the new lead, he was excited to talk about being Angus MacGyver. Before the series, Till filmed a role in the Monster Trucks movie and he was just as enthusiastic about that. Speaking with reporters after the MacGyver panel, Till described the film’s unique take on the title vehicles, which in real life refer to trucks that perform in stadium arenas.

“Basically it’s a creature that comes from somewhere and it gets into my truck,” Till said. “I’m a kid who wants to get away from my hometown that I’m in because it sucks, I hate my dad. It’s like How to Train Your Dragon but half live-action. How to Train Your Truck.”  Read More »

Deadpool Honest Trailer

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Deadpool 2 director Tim Miller and his studio both have different ideas for who should play Cable.
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter becomes a real family affair.
  • Transformers: The Last Knight reveals a returned Barricade.
  • Vin Diesel thinks xXx: Return of Xander Cage is too short.
  • Shane Black likes your Monster Squad sequel idea.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finds a composer.
  • The Croods 2 moves to 2018.
  • Every easter egg you missed in Star Trek Beyond.

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Moana TV Spot

Since all eyes are on the Olympics, you can expect plenty of new teasers for forthcoming movies to arrive on television so studios an reach the biggest possible audience. There’s a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming this week, and this weekend also brings a new glimpse of Walt Disney Animations Studios’ latest adventure, Moana.

Just a couple weeks ago, we met almost all of the key characters of Moana voiced by Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Alan Tudyk and Nicole Scherzinger. Now we get to meet a character we’ve only seen in concept art, and it’s fiery lava monster, who appears to be some kind of witch that gives our titular character and her new demigod friend Maui some trouble on the sea.

Watch the extended Moana TV spot after the jump. Read More »

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Storks trailer

If you’re not already excited for an animated adventure about a stork’s quest to deliver a baby, perhaps the promise of a new song by Jason Derulo can entice you. Warner Bros. has released the new trailer for Storks, featuring Derulo’s new song “Kiss the Sky.” Will it prove as ubiquitous as Despicable Me 2‘s “Happy” or as frustratingly catchy as Trolls‘ “Can’t Stop the Feeling”? Find out for yourself by clicking play on the Storks trailer below. Read More »

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Sequel Coming in 2018

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One of the few unqualified success stories to emerge from the barren wasteland that was this summer’s box office was The Secret Life of Pets. The animated adventure by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment has earned over $400 worldwide, with several big markets still to go, and was even warmly received by critics to boot. (Well, our own Ethan Anderton excepted.)

Naturally, that means the companies want to cuddle up to Duke and Max and Gidget again. As we’ve basically assumed all along, Universal and Illumination are planning a Secret Life of Pets sequel, and now they’ve even set a date.  Read More »

Pete's Dragon Trailer

It’s been a great year for Walt Disney Pictures with success in both live-action and animation. Zootopia is one of the most successful movies of the year, Finding Dory was a huge box office hit, and the live-action remake of The Jungle Book may be the best revision of their classic animated movies yet. But the studio isn’t done bringing magic to movie theaters just yet.

Pete’s Dragon is yet another remake of a classic Disney movie. However, as we’ve seen in the trailers so far, this new take on the 1977 live-action and animated hybrid could not be more different from the original. Basically, the only thing they share is a camaraderie between a young boy and a dragon in the woods. And the more we see from Pete’s Dragon, the more excited I am to see it, and you just might feel the same way after watching a new trailer from across the pond.

Watch the Pete’s Dragon trailer from the United Kingdom after the jump. Read More »