Posted on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
The big news this week is Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as you may have noticed from our extensive coverage. But the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts family has plenty to report as well. After the jump:
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shutting down The American Idol Experience
- No, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not closing
- The Lion King is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort — in Mandarin
- Go behind the scenes of the new Lion King show at Disney World
- Check out Disneyland’s Frozen pre-parade featuring Anna and Elsa
- Watch the first ad for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction
- See the special annual passholder Q&A for Universal’s WaterWorld
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Update: We’ve contacted a high-placing source who tells /Film the below story is not true. Also, producer Frank Marshall tweeted on the manner. The original text follows.
Update #2: Frank Darabont has also spoken up to say that there is no truth to the aspect of the story saying he pitched a new Indy story. Read that below.
There are rumors, there are big rumors, and then there are stories like this. A new report says Disney, which recently acquired the rights to release more Indiana Jones films, is looking to go the James Bond route with the character. That is, the company could recast him for years to come. Who would don the fedora after Harrison Ford? Rumor has it Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list. Read More »
Well before Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the two companies had a great relationship. Disney Parks were full of Lucasfilm properties, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and that’s only become more prominent under the recent deal. The latest Disney/Lucasfilm collaboration is a brand new set of Indiana Jones Vinylmations.
Vinylmations are an exclusive Disney collectible featuring various characters on 3 inch bodies shaped like Mickey Mouse. They started with Disney characters, but have since gone all over the map, to The Avengers, Star Wars, artistic designs and more. The Indy ones were released Friday at the Disney Store and park locations. They are just beyond cool. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Mouse House hasn’t officially announced a new Indiana Jones movie since it acquired Lucasfilm last fall, but it may have just gotten one step closer. Disney and Paramount announced today that they have reached a distribution and marketing agreement for the franchise, which gives the former rights to any future Indy films. Hit the jump for more details, including what this means for Paramount.
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Paramount Home Video and Lucasfilm have officially announced the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade individually for the first time ever in High Definition. As you may recall, the original Indiana Jones trilogy films were previously only released as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, forcing fans to own the much despised fourth installment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
(A side rant: the box set didn’t feature the television series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, yet still claimed to be the “Complete Adventures.”)
Now the first three films will be released on bare-bones Blu-ray discs (with a digital copies available through iTunes) on December 17th, 2013. Digital HD versions via streaming and download services will be available earlier on November 19th, 2013. Read the full press release with full special feature details after the jump, and see all the new cover art.
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Though you may not know their names, odds are you’ve heard the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. They’re the two long-time friends who, at the age of 11, set out to make a shot by shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And they did! It took them seven years, but their homemade version of Steven Spielberg‘s 1981 masterpiece has since become a cult classic, screening at small festivals and repertory houses before being documented in the book Raiders by Alan Eisenstock. Now, in a beautiful twist of fate, Hollywood has bought the rights to that book and plan to make Strompolos and Zala’s filmmaking adventure into an adventure film of its own.
Jeremy Coon, who produced Napoleon Dynamite, has just optioned the rights to Eisenstock’s book. He plans to first direct a documentary about the story, then turn that into a narrative feature. Strompolos and Zala are attached as producers and their life rights are part of the deal. Read More »
What do you do after you make awesome posters for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi? Move onto that other incredible Lucasfilm franchise: Indiana Jones. We’re proud to debut artist Dave Perillo‘s new poster for Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark from Acme Archives. This fantastic representation of the best adventure film of all time be on sale Thursday September 26. Check it out below. Read More »
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For years Steven Spielberg didn’t embrace DVD and all of his classic films stayed on VHS only. Eventually, he had a change of heart. The same can be said for the DVD to Blu-ray conversion. Spielberg was originally tentative to allow his films onto the new high definition format but has since changed his mind. Jurassic Park is already out. Jaws is on the way, as is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and, most likely, others are too. The most exciting release, though, may be the set of Indiana Jones films which will be released on Blu-ray September 18.
A new trailer for the release has come online showing a bunch of fantastic behind the scenes footage, some of which was reportedly not on the DVD box set released several years back. Check out the trailer below. Read More »