Lion King sequel series

The Lion King is giving birth to a new small-screen franchise, two decades after the original film hit theaters. Disney Junior announced today that it is planning an animated series titled The Lion Guard, which will first launch as a made-for-TV movie.

At the center of the story will be a young cub named Kion, son of Simba and Nala. As you can see in the photo above, he’s basically Simba plus a red mohawk and a pawprint tattoo. Kids these days. Hit the jump for more info, including another new photo and details on which familiar faces might drop by.

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The Mighty Ducks 4

It’s been 18 years since the release of D3: The Mighty Ducks, but in our sequel-happy age, it’s never too late to consider a follow-up. While D4 isn’t officially in development, producer Jordan Kerner has revealed that it’s not not in development, either. He just needs the “right story.”

Should he ever find it, he’ll have at least one star on board. Star Joshua Jackson admitted in the same interview that “of course” he’d come back for a Mighty Ducks 4. Read Kerner and Jackson’s comments after the jump, including Kerner’s explanations of some of the ideas he’s had.

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Beauty and the Beast 3D

Two days after Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent was a global smash hit, they’ve announced yet another live-action fairy tale. Bill Condon, the director of Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, has just signed to direct a live-action film version of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is the latest in a long string of well-known Disney films getting the live-action treatment. Besides Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella is coming out next year, Alice: Through the Looking Glass the year after that, The Jungle Book is in the works and a few others. Below, read more about the live action Beauty and the Beast. Read More »

Rhys Ifans Dr Connors

With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequelAlice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.

Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »

‘Earth to Echo’ Trailer: Helping E.T. Get Home

Earth to Echo

If E.T. and Chronicle had a baby, it might look a lot like Earth to Echo. Director Dave Green employs the found-footage format to tell the story of four kids who discover and befriend a cute, friendly alien. Which, in turn, kinda looks like what might happen if Wall-E and Eve ever found a way to procreate. Check out the new Earth to Echo trailer after the jump.

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

After Veronica Mars successfully Kickstarted its way to a movie sequel, it seemed like every dead TV series was talking up the potential for a crowdfunded revival. So far, most of that chatter hasn’t amounted to much.

But LeVar Burton has already gotten a step further than most of them by starting an actual Kickstarter campaign to bring back Reading Rainbow, the long-running educational kids’ series. Naturally, this means he’s got some special Star Trek prizes to offer his geekier supporters. Hit the jump for all the details on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign.

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The Book of Life images

Crimson Peak isn’t out until next fall, but we are getting another Guillermo del Toro treat in time for this Halloween. Fox Animation’s Book of Life, produced by del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez, is just getting started on its marketing campaign, and today we have our first look at images from the movie.

Diego Luna leads the voice cast as Manolo, a young romantic who wants to pursue his passion for music, much to his family’s dismay. Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana also star, as Manolo’s childhood friends. Check out the new Book of Life images after the jump.

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Edgar wright hand

With Edgar Wright no longer directing Ant-Man, the question becomes, “what’s next?” The Cornetto Trilogy is done, so Wright has a few options. One big one is an adaptation of the TV show, The Night Stalker, starring Johnny Depp. Wright was attached to the property a few years back but it seemed incredibly far away at the time, with both The World’s End and Ant-Man ahead of it in the queue. With one completed and the other gone, Deadline reports Wright could go back to work on the Disney adaptation which follows a tabloid crime reporter whose investigations edge into the supernatural. Read More »

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