Dance films have become big once more, and while the Cirque du Soleil troupe may not be a dance troupe, per se, there may be no single collection of more able and adventurous physical performers in the world today. Traditional Cirque performances are staggeringly popular, but now that Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) and producer James Cameron have trained 3D cameras on a group of Cirque performers, the resulting movie might be the ultimate dance film.

The trailer for Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away won’t give away much idea of what the film is about, as far as story goes, but it does show us what the movie really cares about. That is, capturing the highfalutin’ circus performers in as much detail as possible. Read More »

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James Cameron likes to work with the biggest possible canvas in whatever narrative mode he’s in, as evidenced by the expanding scope of his Terminator films, then movies like Titanic and Avatar. As far as physical performance goes, you don’t get much bigger than Cirque Du Soleil (as far as name recognition goes, at least) and so Cameron working with the company seems pretty natural.

You might remember that James Cameron was working as producer and 3D consultant on a filmed Cirque Du Soleil feature that Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) was writing and directing. We first heard about this way back in December of 2010, and news has been quiet on the project since then.

Now there is some new info, primarily that Paramount has picked up worldwide rights to the film. The studio press release is below. Read More »

The old indie comic nerd in me is pretty happy to see an Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson book being optioned and developed for a feature film. The source material is Beasts of Burden, and the plan is for Reel FX, a company  started by ex-ILM and Walden Media execs, to produce a CGI animated film, with Andrew Adamson producing. Read More »

Andrew Adamson, director of Shrek 2 and the first two Narnia movies, has set his sights on Lloyd Jones‘ novel Mister Pip. He has already written the script based on the book about ” the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, who reopens a school and reads his favorite novel, Great Expectations, to the students,” and will produce and direct the film. He’s got Hugh Laurie of House fame set to play the lead character. Read More »

Cirque du Soleil has made projects about The Beatles, Elvis and Michael Jackson. It’s only fitting that the next superstar they work with is James Cameron. The producer and director of the two biggest films of all time is teaming with the globally successful circus troupe to produce a 3D family film blending narrative with the incredible performances Cirque du Soleil is known for. And, get this, the film is already a third through production! Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia director Andrew Adamson came up with the story and is directing with Cameron producing and Cirque acting as the primary financier.

According to reports, Adamson has already worked with Cameron to film several of Cirque’s current Las Vegas performances which will serve as a back drop for “a magical world where the film’s lead character has been transported” and he’s currently in New Zealand shooting the narrative bits. Read more about this project after the jump. Read More »

Shrek Director Heads To Fountain City

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Lightstream Pictures has preemptively acquired and will co-finance Shrek franchise director-writer-producer Andrew Adamson‘s live-action fantasy adventure film Fountain City.

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DreamWorks Animation Announces 2009-2012 Releases

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DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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chronicles3long.jpgRumor has it that The Illusionist director Neil Burger has been approached to helm the third installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two films, won’t be able to return because of the shortened release schedule .

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was originally published in 1952. It’s the third book in the series but the fifth in chronological order. The book follows Lucy, Edmund, and their dreadful cousin Eustace on a magical sea journey aboard the Dawn Trader. The children are pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. On board is Caspian, King of Narnia and his companions, who are in search for seven lost lords of Narnia. The voyage will take them to the edge of the world (sound familiar? Yeah, Pirates stole this idea).

Dawn Treader is currently scheduled for release in 2009/2010.

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