Last year Disney began active development of a film tenuously connected to the Disneyland Matterhorn ride. Jason Dean Hall was hired to write a film that was called The Hill last summer, and then Brian Beletic became attached to direct the project. Now Ehren Kruger (The Ring, Scream 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) has been hired to rewrite the picture that has evolved to be about a group of adventurers who run into Yeti in the Alps. Read More »

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Brian Beletic to Direct Disney’s Matterhorn Movie

One of a few films Disney is making as big-screen exploitations of existing theme parks is a film based on the Matterhorn ride.

The film, originally referred to as The Hill, was announced last year, and is currently being referred to as Untitled Explorers Project. Now the movie has a director: commercial helmer Brian Beletic, who has made spots for Converse, Nike, and Ikea, as well as many music videos for the Black Eyed Peas (‘Karma,’ ‘Weekends,’ ‘B.E.P. Empire,’ more) and videos for Fatboy Slim (‘Don’t Let the Man Get You Down’) Cee-Lo (‘Closet Freak,’ ‘Gettin’ Grown’) and El-P (‘Deep Space 9mm’). Read More »

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We usually don’t feature a non-movie-related television commercial unless it is directed by a famous director, or a director who is signed to an upcoming project, but there are exceptions for every rule. Nike Sportswear’s Just Do It – “Human Chain” is a 60-second spot which took over two years to complete (from what I can tell, production began in October 2007). From Slamxhype:

“Nike’s new short film, Human Chain, celebrates the intensity, dynamism and determination that connects athletes in all sports and motivates them to inspiring performances. From Lance Armstrong on his bike, to a six-year-old studying martial arts, movement is the universal language that connects the athlete in everyone. It’s a language of beauty, drama, tragedy and triumph.”

The spot features South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, the Utah Jazz players Deron Williams, Maria Sharapova, the specialist BMX Mike Spinner, MMA Fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Lance Armstrong alongside lesser and unknown athletes. The soundtrack is“Ali In the Jungle” by the UK band The Hours.

Directed by Brian Beletic, a commercial and music video director who has worked with the Black Eyed Peas (Falling Up, Karma, Joints & Jam, What It Is, B.E.P. Empire, Weekends) and has made over 100 commercials over the last decade. And while he has yet to do any Hollywood feature films, he’s been working on a screenplay since 2002 which he once described as “complex,” “entertaining, funny, sophisticated and it is very personal”. Lets hope that one day he gets to make it. Watch the television spot, after the jump.
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