THE JUNGLE BOOK

Between Sean Parker’s Screening Room and AMC’s tentatively proposed (and quickly discarded) texting-allowed policy, we’ve seen a lot of debate in recent weeks about the sanctity (or lack thereof) of the theatrical experience. Cinephiles will swear up and down that a pristine movie theater is the only proper way to enjoy a movie — and I tend to agree — but the truth is that for a lot of moviegoers, the drawbacks outweigh the benefits. Why fork over $100 for tickets and popcorn and a babysitter, put up with screaming kids and sticky floors, when you can just rent something from the comfort of your own couch? So what if you’re missing out on 3D and giant screens and surround sound?

Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book is the answer to that “so what.” It’s a technical achievement on par with Avatar and Life of Pi, the kind of cutting-edge stunner that actually justifies all the extra premiums and hassles associated with 3D and the theater experience in general. If you’re planning to see this movie at all, see it in 3D while it’s still in theaters. The film’s heart and humor will still be intact when it reaches home video, and thank goodness for that, but the magic of its special effects is on another level altogether.  Read More »

The Jungle Book trailer

It seems like every week we hear of yet another live-action remake of an animated fairy tale in the works at Disney, and there’s a good reason for that: these movies are doing really, really well for the studio. Alice in WonderlandMaleficent, and Cinderella have all been giant smash hits. And The Jungle Book is already off to a strong start overseas, ahead of its domestic debut this weekend.

And, well, you can guess what that means. Disney is reportedly getting the ball rolling on a Jungle Book sequel, days before the film even opens in the U.S. The studio is looking to bring back director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Marks, because why fix what isn’t broken?  Read More »

Top Gun 2

Top Gun, released in 1986, is one of the films that cemented Tom Cruise as a superstar. (It’s also one that features more subtle acting than many people give it credit for, as argued here.) In 2010, we learned that Paramount was kicking around ideas for a Top Gun 2. At the time Paramount hoped to land Cruise for a small appearance. Then original director Tony Scott decided to direct, and Cruise’s role was said to have grown to lead status. But the 2012 death of Scott stalled Top Gun 2 for years. Even now, it is still in the development stage.

When Peter Sciretta spoke to Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison last week, he talked to the producer/financier about Top Gun 2. The script is coming together, and Ellison promises that “there is no Top Gun without Maverick.” Read More »

Suicide Squad

 

Update: Since the original publication of this article, David Ayer has been confirmed to direct Suicide Squad. Since we have no other official info right now, the original article follows.

Warner Bros. is rounding up some of DC Comics’ biggest names for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but don’t think that means they’re neglecting their lesser known characters. The studio is reportedly closing in on David Ayer to direct Suicide Squad, which teams up a bunch of supervillains.

Hit the jump for all the latest details on the possible David Ayer Suicide Squad movie.

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Top Gun 2 Justin marks

Top Gun 2 was getting ready to take flight when the 2012 death of Tony Scott left the project grounded. But now it’s preparing to try and launch again.

Justin Marks, the writer of Disney’s upcoming The Jungle Book, has been entered talks for the sequel. Tom Cruise remains attached to reprise his role as Maverick. Hit the jump for more details.

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federal bureau of physics film

While the reports of new indie comics being developed as feature films seem to have slowed a bit, two not-quite-indie titles are being set for the big screen. Vertigo and Epic Comics are (or were, in Epic’s case) the arms of DC and Marvel Comics that blur the lines between indie and major publishers. One of each of their titles have recently gone into development. Vertigo’s Federal Bureau of Physics has a new push from producer David Goyer at Warner Bros., while Epic’s first major title, Dreadstar, is being developed by Benderspink and Illuminati Entertainment. Read More »

Jon Favreau Jungle Book

Jon Favreau is in talks to finally make that big budget Disney family movie we’re been waiting for. No, not Magic Kingdom. Instead, the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2 is in negotiations to direct a new version of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tale The Jungle Book. Read More »

Jungle Book

Alice in Wonderland‘s $1 billion box office take got Disney wondering which of their other animated features they could do over as live-action films. Not surprisingly, the answer has been “a lot of them.” There’s the Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent coming next year, and the Kenneth Branagh-directed Cinderella due out the year after that. The studio also has reinterpretations of Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast in the works, though those aren’t quite as far along yet.

Now the next property in line for the reboot treatment is Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book, which Disney made into a movie back in 1967. Justin Marks has just been set to pen the screenplay. Hit the jump for more details.

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Josh Trank will probably be spending most of the next few years on the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, but even as he gets that figured out another of his projects has taken a step forward. The trades are reporting that writer Seth Lochhead has just been tapped to pen Shadow of the Colossus, a video game adaptation that Trank attached himself to last spring. Lochhead is best known for scripting 2011’s Hanna, the offbeat fairy tale actioner directed by Joe Wright. Read more after the jump.

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Some movies are born easily: they represent a whole bunch of factors like script, talent and money that happen to be in the same place at the same time. Others aren’t born so easily, and lurch towards screens in fits and starts. Case in point: Disney’s animated adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story, King of the Elves, and Sony’s attempt to make a new movie out of the ’80s toy line and cartoon Masters of the Universe.

Both films might be picking up steam again, however, after falling off the radar for a while. Read More »