Last year, Disney really got their whole reimagining game down. While Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent were box office hits, neither quite captured the spirit or the appeal of the original animated films. Kenneth Branagh, however, accomplished just that recently with his lovely Cinderella remake. Next at bat to reimagine another Disney classic is director Jon Favreau.
Following up his charming drama Chef, Favreau returns to big studio filmmaking with The Jungle Book. Watch a clip from the film below.
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Walt Disney Pictures has released a series of images featuring the cast of Jon Favreau‘s “live-action” adaptation of The Jungle Book posing next to their computer animated counterparts. Hit the jump to check out the photos, which I guess serve as a classier/better version of when companies like DreamWorks Animation would do a split screen showing an actor voicing his role during the trailer. Hit the jump to see the new Jungle Book photos.
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It’s happening. After years of false starts and rumors and tales from development hell and being juggled between movie studios like a hot shell casing, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower is finally and officially about to go before cameras. For real. Here’s how official it is: King and director Nikolaj Arcel actually did the thing where they sit down with Entertainment Weekly and discuss the project at length. You don’t do that if the film is still a pipe dream. Coffee is for closers and EW profiles are for movies that are actually getting made.
Although they obviously can’t say too much, King and Arcel did discuss the film’s timeline, its leading men, the possibility of a companion television series, and whether or not the most famous line of all King’s canon would make it into the adaptation. It’s an oasis of information.
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UPDATE: Stephen King has confirmed McConaughey and Elba’s casting on Twitter, as you can see below. Original story from December 10, 2015 follows.
“Matthew McConaughey fled across the desert and Idris Elba followed.”
It’s the kind of left-field casting that is almost disgustingly perfect – why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? Idris Elba, the star of Luther, Pacific Rim, and Beasts of No Nation is the current frontrunner to play Roland Deschain in director Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of The Gunslinger, the first novel in Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series. If he does sign on the dotted line, he’ll be joining a cast that already includes Matthew McConaughey, who is set to play the mysterious “man in black,” the chief villain of the series and the Big Bad of the entire Stephen King universe.
Read more on the Idris Elba The Dark Tower casting after the jump.
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When Super Bowl 50 unrolled a bunch of new TV spots for some of this year’s biggest movies, The Jungle Book got an impressive new full-length trailer that finally showed the incredibly realistic computer generated animals talking. Even though it’s a little strange to see such incredibly detailed animals speaking like humans, it works surprisingly well.
Now a new TV spot gives us a little more from the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic book about a boy (newcomer Neel Sethi) raised in the jungle who finds his life threatened by Shere Khan (Idris Elba), a tiger hellbent on keeping any trace of men out of the wild. In a new The Jungle Book TV spot, the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) decides he’ll take Mowgli back where he belongs. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
After many, many years of on-again, off-again development, Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks closer than ever to the big screen. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are set to lead the Western fantasy epic being directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and now the heavyweight duo are being joined by an up-and-comer: Abbey Lee, who made her big-screen debut last year in Mad Max: Fury Road. Which is all fine and dandy, except her casting has some readers scratching their heads. Which character, exactly, is she playing? Read More »
This year’s Academy Awards nominations ignited a bit of a firestorm. All 20 acting nominees are white, which is odd considering the amount of powerful performances that were overlooked. A major criticism comes from the fact that most of the voters at the Oscars are older white males. To the Academy’s credit, they’re working on the problem, which director Steven Spielberg has weighed in on.
Below Spielberg discusses the Oscars and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yes, it’s got “Day” in the title, but no, it’s not another one of Garry Marshall’s middling ensemble romcoms. Bastille Day stars Idris Elba as a CIA agent looking into a bombing attack in Paris. He teams up with an American pickpocket (Richard Madden from Game of Thrones), who’s unwittingly gotten mixed up in the whole affair. Together, they start to unravel a large-scale conspiracy within the police force. Watch the first Bastille Day trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Talking animals are nothing new in the world of Disney animated features, but Zootopia takes them to a whole new level by presenting an entire city built, populated, and run by mammals. There are hamster businessmen, shrew mobsters, and a lion mayor. Our protagonists are a fox con artist (voiced by Jason Bateman) and a rabbit police officer (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin). And they all have one thing in common: they really, really love making animal puns.
A new Zootopia clip addresses the very literal “elephant in the room,” while another offers a peek at “Zoogle,” the animal version of Google. There’s also one more Zootopia trailer that offers a better look at Nick’s (Bateman) scamming ways. Check it all out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released the third and final piece of this triptych Jungle Book poster. The full triptych can be seen above, and see the final poster up close after the jump.
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