The Wiz

Ratings for last year’s Peter Pan Live! were disappointing enough that NBC felt the need to publicly blame stars Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. Nevertheless, the network is pressing onward with its now annual tradition of staging live televised musicals, with The Wiz as their next target.

Naturally, The Wiz live show will involve some high-profile stunt-casting. But at least this one feels genuinely intriguing: Cirque du Soleil is teaming with NBC for The Wiz live show, setting up Broadway run. Get all the details on The Wiz live show after the jump.  Read More »


Five years have passed since audiences were first transported to Pandora in James Cameron‘s Avatar. Since then, hype surrounding the highest-grossing film of all time has subsided a bit. But, with three sequels coming between 2016 and 2018, the writer/director is preparing to bombard the world with his vision once again.

We know an Avatar Land is in the works for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and now Cameron is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to create a live-action, touring show based on the film. It will be Cirque’s first movie-themed show ever. Read More »

James Cameron likes to work with the biggest possible canvas in whatever narrative mode he’s in, as evidenced by the expanding scope of his Terminator films, then movies like Titanic and Avatar. As far as physical performance goes, you don’t get much bigger than Cirque Du Soleil (as far as name recognition goes, at least) and so Cameron working with the company seems pretty natural.

You might remember that James Cameron was working as producer and 3D consultant on a filmed Cirque Du Soleil feature that Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) was writing and directing. We first heard about this way back in December of 2010, and news has been quiet on the project since then.

Now there is some new info, primarily that Paramount has picked up worldwide rights to the film. The studio press release is below. Read More »

Cirque du Soleil has made projects about The Beatles, Elvis and Michael Jackson. It’s only fitting that the next superstar they work with is James Cameron. The producer and director of the two biggest films of all time is teaming with the globally successful circus troupe to produce a 3D family film blending narrative with the incredible performances Cirque du Soleil is known for. And, get this, the film is already a third through production! Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia director Andrew Adamson came up with the story and is directing with Cameron producing and Cirque acting as the primary financier.

According to reports, Adamson has already worked with Cameron to film several of Cirque’s current Las Vegas performances which will serve as a back drop for “a magical world where the film’s lead character has been transported” and he’s currently in New Zealand shooting the narrative bits. Read more about this project after the jump. Read More »