If you haven’t already, please read my interview with Zootopia directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore where they talk about how the latest Disney Animation Studios film evolved from an idea about a James Bond spoof with talking animals.
Today I bring you the other interview that I conducted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Zootopia producer Clark Spencer, co-writer and co-director Jared Bush and co-writer Phil Johnston. I touch some of the same ground in this interview, talking about the evolution of this story over the development, but we get a lot of new details about some of the material that didn’t make the final film. I also talk to them about some of the clever gags and Easter eggs in the movie, and much more.
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Though much of it has been spent under the radar, director Louis Leterrier has so far crafted himself a pretty eclectic career. He’s done the action thing, the superhero thing, the fantasy thing, the mystery thing and now he’s moving onto the comedy thing.The director of The Transporter, Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me has just signed on to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Read More »
A set of ’70s sitcoms produced or developed by Norman Lear managed to change the tone of American television. All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude all addressed social and political issues to varying degrees through the basic structure of the sitcom.
Originally developed as a way to use the sitcom to show the lives of a hard-working, poor black family in a Chicago housing project, Good Times turned into a more broad, typical comedy thanks to the unexpected success of actor Jimmie Walker, whose popular catchprase “Dy-no-MITE!” gave the show’s writers an easy road to audience approval.
Now Good Times is being revived as a movie. Producer Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men) and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) are working with Sony to bring the show to the big screen. Read More »
Briefly: Sacha Baron Cohen‘s next project with Paramount may be a slightly more traditional type of comedy than his Da Ali G Show spin-off satires have been. The writer/actor just sold a pitch to the studio that “follows a James Bond-like spy forced to go on the run with his long-lost brother, a moronic soccer hooligan.” Sounds like a reasonable plan, and the hooligan brother could be a way to get some of Cohen’s signature comedy style into a film that relies more heavily on scripted setpieces than we’re used to seeing from him.
Cohen will script with Phil Johnston, with whom he delivered the pitch to Paramount. Johnston scripted last year’s comedy Cedar Rapids, as well as the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph, and Alexander Payne’s next film, Nebraska. [Variety]
Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
There are long-simmering projects, and then there’s A Confederacy of Dunces. A cinematic adaptation of John Kennedy Toole‘s canonical novel has been in development since the early ’80s, and has gone through many hands in the decades since with no success. But Hollywood keeps trying, and now the latest big names to try and crack it could be Zach Galifianakis and The Muppets helmer James Bobin. More details after the jump.
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After a few years of relative inactivity (public inactivity, at least) director Alexander Payne is really getting back to work. He’s wrapped a feature adaptation of The Descendants, which we could see late this fall during the Sept festival circuit, and now has revived a script that he started considering back in 2004 when Sideways was a hot indie commodity.
Nebraska is a script by Robert Nelson that depicts a father/son roadtrip. (So, no, it isn’t an adaptation of the Bruce Springsteen album, which would perhaps also be great subject matter for Mr. Payne.) And after taking a few years off of roadtrip movies, it looks like the director is ready to get back in the car. Read More »