Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
One of the unfortunate side effects of Jon Favreau‘s recent decision to direct a big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys was the delay of Magic Kingdom, the theme park fantasy he’s been attached to for the past couple of years. But according to Favreau, that longer wait is actually a blessing.
In a new interview, the filmmaker assures fans that he’s still working on Magic Kingdom, and in fact has been collaborating with Pixar to develop the story. He also very reasonably points out that his last three movies were all done under pressure from deadlines — and as we know, that rushed timetable wasn’t always to the films’ benefit. Read his comments after the jump.
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Jon Favreau will soon be delving deep into east coast Italian subculture when he directs the musical Jersey Boys, but first he’ll work with the man who helped put that subculture on the map. Favreau is set to join the cast of director Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street, playing a securities lawyer opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on Jordan Belfort‘s memoir of ’80s excess in New York City, the film also features Jean Dujardin, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. It was adapted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire). Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.
Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.
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After Cowboys & Aliens, Jon Favreau went back to acting for a bit and produced a tiny film called The Avengers, all while developing a movie we’ve been excited about since its announcement: Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It seems as if that film might be on hold, though, as Favreau has now emerged as the front runner to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The musical turned film tells the rags to riches story of the music legends responsible for classic songs Oh What A Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Sherry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.
John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall, Lincoln) has been working on the script. Read more after the jump. Read More »
After doing double duty as an actor and director with the first two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau is coming back for Iron Man 3. He’ll just remain in front of the camera this time. Favreau will return as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark’s trusty driver who, in the comic books, eventually gets mutated into the Freak. That’s not likely to happen in this film, but his return shows a vote of confidence in new writer/director Shane Black and leaves the possiblity open in the future. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
In March, I posted an Wes Ball‘s awesome computer animated post-apocalyptic short film Ruin. I’ve heard that the short got many in Hollywood talking. Since the release, I’ve been waiting and expecting to see Ball’s name in a headline of a Hollywood trade news break.
That has yet to happen, so I was surprised when watching the trailer for J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau‘s new NBC television series Revolution to see a shot from Ball’s short film. How did a shot from an animated short film end up in a trailer for Bad Robot’s latest? Did JJ and crew pay Ball for the clip or was it completely ripped-off? Answers after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s Sequel Bits features all kinds, from Depression-era gangsters to noirish femme fatales to drunken school bus drivers. After the jump:
- Nick Swardson and Cheri Oteri board Grown-Ups 2
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets its first teaser poster
- A new G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows Cobra Commander
- Seth Grahame-Smith is a little intimidated by Beetlejuice 2
- Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk Tron: Uprising
- Paramount is letting a Godfather (book) prequel go forward
- Jon Favreau likes where Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 is headed
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In Lost, producer J.J. Abrams helped create a story set outside many modern technological bounds by enabling a tale stranding characters on a remote island. His new show, Revolution, goes a lot father, by positing a world in which all technology and electrical power dies. Anything that uses power simply dies one night, plunging the world into a state that is part dark age, part wild west.
Jon Favreau directed the pilot with Abrams producing and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) writing. We’ve now got a few views of the show, through an extended trailer, and a handful of clip from the show. It certainly isn’t short on scale, as you’ll see below. Read More »