Briefly: DreamWorks Animations just gave release dates to four future animated films, three of which are sequels. First is the new one Captain Underpants. Directed by Rob Letterman, it already has a voice cast and has already started recording. It’ll be released January 13, 2017.
Then there’s The Croods 2, which will hit theaters November 3, 2017, Madagascar 4, out May 18, 2018 and Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves, out Nov. 2, 2018. They previously announced Kung Fu Panda 3 for December 23, 2015 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 17, 2016. [ERC Box Office]
The upcoming comedy Neighbors is odd in that the director, Nicholas Stoller (above, center), came on pretty late in the process. Writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien first pitched the idea to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They loved it and thought of Zac Efron as the lead frat boy in the conceit. Only then did Stoller get the call. Once he came on board, many things were already in place. That’s not to say he didn’t put his own stamp on it, however.
That stamp comes from Hollywood experience that’s been incredibly eclectic so far, and is only getting more weird. Stoller first directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, wrote and directed Get Him To The Greek, wrote The Muppets, wrote and directed The Five Year Engagement, wrote Muppets Most Wanted and, after Neighbors, he’s going into the world of animation with Captain Underpants and Storks.
In this interview, we talk about all of that. We also discuss the issues marketing a comedy where you want to sell the movie but also not ruin the jokes, PG-13 vs R in the eye of an executive, the latest on some upcoming projects, being part of the Warner Bros. Animation brain trust and how Enter the Void played a part in the production.
We also discussed lots of behind the scenes Neighbors stuff, dissecting some of the film’s best jokes, but we’ll save that for next week so you can see the hilarious movie this weekend and not be spoiled. Read the non-spoiler Nicholas Stoller Neighbors interview below. Read More »
DreamWorks Animation is finally moving forward with an adaptation of the popular children’s book series, Captain Underpants. They won a heated bidding war for the property back in 2011 and Tuesday they announced the principal members of the voice cast. They include Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. The film will be directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens) and is being adapted by Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets). Read More »
Another popular series of children’s books has just been purchased for adaptation and this one features an old man walking around in his underwear. On Wednesday, DreamWorks Animation won a bidding war for the rights to the Scholastic book series Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. The eight book series is about two fourth graders who hypnotize their evil principal into becoming a superhero named Captain Underpants however, being as he has no superpowers, the boys have to stealthy follow him around to make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. The series is critically acclaimed, a best-seller, and has been on Hollywood wishlists for over a decade but Pilkey didn’t want to sell the rights until now. There’s more after the break. Read More »