Back in May, we heard that Brendan Fraser would play William Tell in a 3D film to be directed by Doctor Who veteran Nick Hurran. The movie is still moving forward, but one thing has changed: Hurran will no longer direct. Instead, Eric Brevig, who directed Fraser in Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, will helm William Tell 3D, the film that is planned to shoot in the styles of — what else? — Pirates of the Caribbean and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Read More »
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Warner Bros has released a new movie trailer for the hybrid live-action/computer animated feature adaptation Yogi Bear on IGN.The first teaser trailer went online in July — if you missed it, click here (or maybe don’t). Hit the jump to watch the new trailer now.
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I don’t imagine there’s going to be much fan loyalty to either Louis Letterier or Eric Brevig for their first films in the Clash of the Titans and Journey to the Centre of the Earth franchises, and it looks like there’s going to be no studio loyalty either. As sequels to both films start to gear up in the Warner Bros. back office, it has become clear that new helmsmen are being sought, with pace of turnaround being the real priority.
As far as Journey goes, there’s one name being touted already: Brad Peyton. He’s got Cats and Dogs sequel The Revenge of Kitty Galore coming up this summer, and I’m doubtful it will make for much of an auspicious feature debut. On the other hand, his “cartoon gothic” shorts Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl and A Tale of Bad Luck were very well received and seemed to suggest he was at least going to become a director who could pack out signing sessions down at Hot Topic. Rather than Journey, I’d far rather hear about him going off to shoot Billy Grimm, the film he’s been developing with Ginger Snaps‘ superb screenwriter Karen Walton.
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The main wealth of Eric Brevig‘s moviemaking experience has been as an FX guy, though he has now segued through second unit directing to overseeing his own movies. His first feature was the Journey to the Centre of the Earth remake-sequel with Brendan Fraser, which was an early example of live action 3D in the current digital wave, and he’s now at work on the barmy-sounding Yogi Bear movie.
And what’s next? Well, there’s a possible sequel to Journey with Richard Outten, author of the abandoned Goonies sequel screenplay, supposedly updating his spec script Mysterious Travels to fit the Journey characters and situation; and there’s also the rather unexpected prospect of a 3D epic set during the Korean War. Wow – there’s a sharp turn after his pick-er-nick in Jellystone Park.
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Entertainment Weekly has learned that Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, and Justin Timberlake are in talks to star in the hybrid live-action/computer animated feature based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear. The big screen 3D movie is being directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth), from a screenplay by Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs). What characters will Faris, Aykroyd and Timberlake play? Details after the jump.
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Giving heightened meaning to the name Boo Boo, the previously announced Yogi Bear movie—another CG/live-action why-brid—has landed a director, a 3D director at that. Eric Brevig, who was responsible for Brendan Fraser’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D and specializes in visual effects, has replaced Ash Brannon, the co-director of Toy Story 2 and HDIC on Surf’s Up. The “modern update” of the Hanna-Barbera character/thief will be scribed by writing team Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin (That ’70s Show, Duckman). The project is being compared—favorably—to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the widely-successful family movie better known as an inevitable highlight in David Cross’s suicide note.
Much of the charm in watching Yogi Bear was due to his antics being as predictable and witty as Jason Voorhees’s. With a smaller facsimile, Boo Boo, at his waist, Yogi stole countless picnic baskets from human campers in the fictional Jellystone Park, to the frustration of the anal-retentive, overworked-father-like Ranger Smith. Set within the stoney confines of Hanna-Barbera’s econo-animation, a viewer could investigate the marshmellows in a bowl of cereal for a few minutes, look back up, and still be on the same page. Something about being forced to pay attention to Yogi Bear running from real humans, and probably having to endure a 3D break dance/farting sesh, is torturous to me. You?
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