Over the summer we learned that Thor and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit director Kenneth Branagh would be at the helm of the Murder on the Orient Express remake, based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel of the same name. In addition to also producing the film, he’s taking on another job on the production by also snagging the lead role as detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American business tycoon on a train. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
The long-gestating Artemis Fowl adaptation has finally taken a big step forward. Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the sci-fi fantasy YA property, and is additionally attached to direct. Get all the details on the Kenneth Branagh Artemis Fowl news after the jump. Read More »
Marvel brought the God of Thunder into their cinematic universe back in 2011 with Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth as the son of Odin. At the helm of the film was Shakespearean filmmaker and actor Kenneth Branagh, and if a new Thor 3 director rumor is to be believed, it sounds like Marvel Studios might want him back to direct Thor: Ragnarok.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake is slowly but surely chugging along, now with a new director. Kenneth Branagh is in talks to helm the new adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic, which is being produced by Ridley Scott. More details about the Kenneth Branagh Murder on the Orient Express news after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Martin Scorsese is tackling William Shakespeare by way of Kenneth Branagh. Earlier this year, word begin to spread that Scorsese was looking to direct a film adaptation of Branagh’s Macbeth stage production. Now some interesting new details have emerged as the project moves forward. Get the latest on the Martin Scorsese Macbeth movie after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Kenneth Branagh may have just added one more item to Martin Scorsese‘s very long to-do list. According to the actor, Scorsese is looking to direct a feature film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth, based on the recent stage production mounted by Branagh.
And though Branagh acknowledges that scheduling could be tricky, he maintains they’re “practically there” and he’s feeing “very very hopeful.” More on the potential Martin Scorsese Macbeth project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
On paper, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella sounds like Disney’s laziest live-action fairy tale adaptation yet. Unlike Maleficent or Oz the Great and Powerful, it doesn’t claim to reveal some untold story; it doesn’t even offer a new ending, like Alice in Wonderland did. It’s simply a new telling of the same old story.
But that, it turns out, is exactly why it succeeds. By reminding us why we love this story so much in the first place, Disney manages to make the old feel fresh again. Read More »
“Write Cinderella.” On the surface it sounds like a pretty easy task. It’s a well-known story, all the characters are pre-packaged and every major story beat is already locked in. But then you break it down. The original Disney film is about 75 minutes long, the Prince hardly speaks, the mice talk, and we learn very little about the the characters themselves. In fact, writing Cinderella, especially in live-action for for a whole new generation, is much more difficult than you’d think.
For the new Cinderella, which hits theaters March 13, writing duties were entrusted to Chris Weitz. Weitz first hit the big time when he and his brother Paul made American Pie. He’s since gone on to direct The Golden Compass, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, About a Boy and most recently A Better Life. Currently, he’s writing the 2016 Star Wars standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards. But before that could happen, Weitz was tasked with simultaneously modernizing and keeping the heart of one of the most famous fairy tales of all time.
We spoke with Weitz about the difficulties in adapting such a well-known story, keeping it fresh, the fact he started the project with Mark Romanek and ended with Kenneth Branagh, as well as making changes to that beloved 1950s Disney cartoon. Then, of course, the conversation turned to Star Wars (which we published a few days back). Read our full Chris Weitz Cinderella interview below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Say what you will about Maleficent and Oz the Great and Powerful, but at least they were trying to put a fresh spin on familiar tales. That’s not the case with Cinderella, Disney’s new live-action fairy tale directed by Kenneth Branagh. The new Cinderella trailer does try to make a case for itself by giving its heroine (Lily James) a bit more backbone, but for the most part it’s the same story we already know.
At least it gives us an excuse to watch Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter swan around in pretty costumes. And maybe Game of Thrones fans will be happy to see Richard Madden and Nonso Anozie looking happy and healthy. Watch the Cinderella trailer after the jump.
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