Alice in Wonderland

Briefly: Wow, that was fast. Mere weeks after first hearing about Jon Favreau‘s live-action 3D remake of The Jungle Book, Disney has given the film a release date. It’ll open October 9, 2015, making it the first film to claim a date in that month. But that’s not all. Disney also announced the follow up to the billion dollar hit Alice in Wonderland will come out a year later. Alice in Wonderland 2, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, opens May 27, 2016. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct.

Also, Ron Howard‘s sea-bound film, Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, will be released March 13, 2015. [ERC]

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One of the unwritten rules of filmmaking is shooting on water is a death sentence. The stories of troubled water-based productions are legendary: Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Kevin Reynolds’s Waterworld, James Cameron’s Titanic. It seems, though, in recent years production crews have more or less figured out how to do it. For example, Ron Howard tweeted some very cool images from the set of his upcoming film, Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. In them we see the evolution of a water tank shot that leaves everyone drenched. Read More »

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Ron Howard‘s latest film, Rush, isn’t even yet in theaters across most of the world, but the filmmaker is already making his next movie.

That movie is Heart of the Sea, a period adventure film based on a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick. It tells the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw. Working from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Avatar sequels) and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Warcraft), production started two weeks ago in the UK but Warner Bros. just officially announced the shoot. Below, read the press release which has a ton of other information on the film. Read More »

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For the past couple years, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Akiva Goldsman have been working on a truly ambitious adaptation of Stephen King‘s novel series The Dark Tower. Originally set as a possible project at Howard and Grazer’s frequent partner Universal, the project almost went to Warner Bros., and finally got a financing offer from Media Rights Capital.

Why all the difficulty? Well, this isn’t just one or two films; it’s envisioned as a three-film series linked by two short television series. That MRC offer was just for one film, but there was another mysterious offer that came up, which would have allowed for the original ambitious plan to take place. Now, after months of delays and public uncertainty about the project, Howard says The Dark Tower is still kicking. It’s just taking some time, and we’re not likely to hear much more about it until it is really gaining true momentum. Read More »

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Ron Howard is by no means critically reviled, but as a director he hasn’t had the sort of career that gets hardcore cinephiles all hot and bothered, either. So while we’ve been curious about Rush, his Formula 1 racing drama, it’d be a stretch to say it was one of our most anticipated releases of the year.

In the wake of its Toronto Film Festival debut, however, we may have to reconsider. Early reactions have ranged from solid to positively glowing, with plenty of reviewers noting that Howard has managed to avoid his usual sentimentality. As a matter of fact, praise was lavished on just about everyone involved, including stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, screenwriter Peter Morgan, and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Hit the jump to read the reviews.

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Last summer two of the most powerful men in show business teamed up to make a movie. That unlikely duo was Shawn Carter, better known to most as rap mogul Jay-Z, and Opie, better known to most as legendary director Ron Howard. The result is called Made in America, and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month before airing on Showtime October 11. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Here’s the latest trailer for Ron Howard‘s new film Rush. Before Howard goes back to work with Tom Hanks and Dan Brown, he’ll oversee the release of this racing drama based on the real lives and careers of James Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, respectively) as they compete in a series of races that prove to be personally dangerous and professionally unique.

I’m on a plane en route to San Diego, and the slow connection makes watching the trailer difficult. So I can’t tell you much about it from here, but I can provide an embed so you can see it for yourself. Read More »

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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to the world of Dan Brown, but not in the way you’d think. Sony has decided to skip The Lost Symbol, Brown’s third novel about Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and move ahead with adapting his current best-seller, Inferno.

A film based on the latest novel, which was released in May, has been given a December 18, 2015 release date. Both the star and director of the first two films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, are expected to return. David Koepp, who adapted the last film, will write the screenplay.  Read More »

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