Briefly: Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick, wasn’t a runaway hit when it originally opened. But in the years since, the picture has become a perennial cash cow for Disney, with a massive merchandising component and a semi-regular theatrical re-release pattern that is unusual in today’s film climate. So it is surprising that a theatrical sequel has never materialized.
Rumors have flown for years that we might see another film featuring Jack Skellington (a CGI sequel was once on the boards) and now Dread Central says that Paul Reubens mentioned that tim Burton is developing a sequel. At this point this is essentially hearsay from someone not involved in the production (Mr. Reubens mentioned the project as one that is part of Tim Burton’s busy slate by way of explaining why the two won’t work together any time soon) and we don’t have a direct link to the interview source. So don’t take this as any source of gospel just yet, but it’s something for which we’ll try to dig up more reliable info. In the meantime we’ll wonder if Reubens was mistakenly referring to the Frankenweenie feature revamp.
UPDATE: Derek Frey of Tim Burton Productions told The Playlist that “there is no truth to the rumor.”
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Unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, chances are you weren’t able to see Pee-wee Herman return to the theater. No, not THAT theater. “The theater” as in Broadway. Paul Reubens brought back his famous Pee-wee character in 2010 for The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway, which premiered last January in Los Angeles and will conclude its New York Broadway run on January 2. HBO announced Tuesday that, immediately following the end of the run, they’ll shoot the production to air sometime in 2011. So if you weren’t able to go out and see Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Chairy, Jambi and the rest, you’ll soon get your chance. Check out a montage from the show, read the press release and more after the break. Read More »
When news broke last night that Judd Apatow is producing a new Pee-wee Herman film to be written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust, I speculated that this might be one of the two Pee-wee scripts Reubens has talked up over the past few years.
But comments from someone who saw a recent Reubens Q&A suggested that this is an all-new, third script. And now comments from Reubens confirm that the Apatow-produced movie is indeed different from the other Pee-wee projects we’ve previously known about. Read More »
Since Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman started to work his way back to the spotlight, he’s been talking about making two movies. One would be for adults, and one for kids. And now there’s word that one of these two films is being developed for Universal by Judd Apatow, with Reubens and Paul Rust writing. The question is: which film is it? (I’m assuming this won’t be called The 50-Year Old Virgin.) Read More »
I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and direct Rampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.
The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]
After the break, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Viola Davis in The Help and Paul Reubens gets blue. Read More »
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I’m not sure how Todd Solondz managed to shrink Tilda Swinton into the form of a young boy, but he appears to have done so; the figure graces the overseas poster, seen below, for his new film Life During Wartime. (It’s actually the young actor Dylan Riley Snyder. But still.)
Much more important, we’ve now got a UK trailer for the film, which shows off a brief glimpse of the way in which Solondz has taken characters from Happiness and Welcome to the Dollhouse and brought them forward into a new portrait of family disquiet and the spirit of forgiveness. Read More »
We’ve known for a while that Pee-Wee Herman wants to star in new films. (When Paul Reubens is in this particular character, it’s difficult not to refer to him as Pee-Wee, and I’m not going to fight it.) He’s talked about a couple of different scripts in vague terms — one for adults, one for kids — and his plans to bring Pee-Wee’s Playhouse to the stage were implication enough that keeping the Playhouse alive was still part of his movie plan. (It’s the one for kids.) Now Reubens/Herman has talked about his new script for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie, which he says is written and ready to go.
Wait, didn’t he say that years ago? Read More »
Last night, to the surprise of many, “Pee-wee Herman” began trending on Twitter only a few hours after new account for the character launched on the social network: @peeweeherman (it has just been verified as legit). Earlier this year, Peter posted about a limited engagement at Hollywood’s The Music Box in November marking the official return of Pee-wee Herman (actor Paul Reubens) to his subversive stage roots with The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Tickets have long since sold out. But the first real test regarding relevance, nostalgia, and the bottling of curious man-child magic arrived last night. And what worse place for Pee-wee to giggle coyly and crack abstinence jokes than on The Jay Leno Show? His awkward interview with The Prolonged Chin and a few thoughts after the jump…
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Update: Buzz continues to build as the film just won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.
I like how Todd Solondz talks. In the below featurette—ideal for a Saturday afternoon in both length and Puerto Rico palm casualness—the writer/director of Welcome to the Dollhouse discusses his new film, Life During Wartime. Yep, titled after the Talking Heads’ classic. You may or may not know that Wartime is being cited in early reviews as a return to form for Solondz, the rare American director who is unwaveringly committed to exploring the fringes and norms of society.
There was a time in the mid ’90s when I actually confused Solondz and Wes Anderson, due to their media-buzz indie predilection and similar disheveled nerd-artist appearances. Funny that in 2009, that seems like such an odd and off mix-up. Perhaps tellingly so. Wartime stars Paul Reubens, in sickly make-up, the swell Allison Janney, a dour-looking Ally Sheedy, and Little Boston’s Paul Dano, and finds Solondz revisiting and reimagining several characters from his controversial pedophile study Happiness, in addition to ones from Dollhouse. Variety has called it Solondz’s best.
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