Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Two films we’ve been looking forward to will be making an even bigger splash than we had anticipated. The IMAX Corporation has announced that Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus will each be getting IMAX 3D releases, starting on the same day as their regular theatrical runs. Though neither film was shot in IMAX, they’re both being digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format. More details after the jump.
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Fitting for a film that finds Tim Burton returning to where his career first began, the Hot Topic-favorite director has a voice cast in place for Frankenweenie 3D that will reunite him with some familiar faces. To recap: the film is a stop-motion Disney animated feature, based on his ’80s black-and-white short about a boy named Victor who reanimates his dog after its hit by a car.
So who has Burton lined up for the film? Well, in case you can’t put the names to the faces in the pic above: Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. More details on the casting after the break. Read More »
Last week there was some confusion when a Deadline report suggested that Tim Burton would shortly begin work on a stop-motion animated film based on The Addams Family. That report was quickly denied by Burton’s publicist (in a way that still leaves us wondering if it is a film that will happen) but there’s another animated movie that Burton has been gearing up to make: an update of his early short Frankenweenie. Now, word from SXSW is that Burton is ready to go with that update. Read More »
Last month we reported a rumor that Tim Burton would be making a stop motion animated feature length remake of his infamous short Frankenweenie. Well the news is now official, and it gets even better – it will be in 3D! And there is even better news, before he begins production on Frankenweenie, Burton will directing a re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland which will also be in 3D!
Alice will combine performance-capture technology, which can currently be seen in Beowulf, with live-action footage. Lion King/Beauty and the Beast scribe Linda Woolverton penned the adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. No word on if the movie will be darker than the original, but with Burton at the helm, I would expect a more unique take. However, this is still Disney, and Alice is a classic franchise for the mouse house, so I wouldn’t expect it to be too dark. Hopefully Disney let’s Burton use his visual talents to add a new depth to this classic story.
Burton made Frankenweenie as a short black and white film in 1984. It is rumored that Disney decided to shelve the project because the content was too “questionable” for children. However, after the mainstream success of such Burton films as Beetlejuice, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and Batman, the film was given a home video release on the Nightmare Before Christmas DVD.
Frankenweenie is a parody of the 1931 Frankenstein film. When young Victor’s pet dog Sparky is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them and his parents, that despite his appearance, Sparky’s still the good loyal friend he’s always been. The film starred Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Barret Oliver, Sofia Coppola and Jason Hervey.