Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you were to corner me in a darkened alley and place a gun against my head and demand to know my favorite comic book of all time, I’d say Jeff Smith’s Bone. And you wouldn’t even have to go through with the theatrics. Ask me about favorite comic book series of all time in a public space on a sunny day and I’d still tell you all about how Bone is one of the finest achievements in all of sequential art, an adventure story that is funny, adorable, ambitious, filled with unforgettable characters, and never afraid to take its audience down a dark path when necessary. It’s a 55-issue masterpiece.
And they’ve been trying to make it into an animated movie since 2008, with director P.J. Hogan signing on to the project in 2012. Now, it looks like Warner Bros. is starting over from scratch, recruiting Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) to direct and Adam Kline to write the screenplay.
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Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Had everything gone according to plan, we’d be taking breaks from our Daredevil binges this weekend to bask in the radiant loveliness of The Little Prince, Mark Osbourne‘s animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic. But with just days to go before the March 18 theatrical release date, Paramount Pictures dropped The Little Prince from its slate for still-mysterious reasons.
Fortunately, in what’s become a familiar pattern for cast-off shows and movies, Netflix has come charging in on its white horse to save the day. The company has scooped up domestic distribution rights for the animated fantasy, which first premiered at Cannes last year. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Monster Trucks keeps speeding further and further into the future. The live-action / CG film, originally slated to open in May of this year, has been delayed yet again, this time from 2016 all the way to 2017. Taking its old 2016 slot will be The Little Prince, an animated adaptation of the classic children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
While they were at it, Paramount also set new dates for SpongeBob SquarePants 3 and Amusement Park. Get all the Paramount Animation release dates after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Forget trying to live up to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original source material. Can Mark Bridges‘ The Little Prince possibly live up to its enchanting trailers? If it can — if it’s even half as good — we could be looking at an instant classic.
What makes the latest The Little Prince trailer even more appealing to us is that it features the English-language voice cast. That includes Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, and James Franco, with Riley Osborne as the little prince himself. Watch the Little Prince trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Adapting a popular property is always a dicey prospect, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s The Little Prince is one of the most beloved children’s classics of all time. Director Mark Osborne has a lot to live up to with his new film adaptation, and whatever he’s come up with is bound to come under intense scrutiny from fans of all ages.
So it’s with a great sigh of relief and (not gonna lie) a few nostalgic tears stinging our eyes that we can tell you the first The Little Prince trailer looks freaking fantastic — sweet, inventive, and almost as lyrical as the book itself. But don’t take our word for it. Hit the jump to watch The Little Prince trailer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seventy years after its initial publication, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic The Little Prince remains a favorite of readers both young and old. It was inevitable, then, that it’d be headed back to the big screen eventually. Fortunately for those who hold it dear, it sounds like there’ll be some serious talent on board to get it right.
Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) has been set to direct a new animated adaptation of the story, and it appears he’s starting to line up quite a voice cast. Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, and Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn) are among the names attached. Get all the details after the jump.
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Before Kung Fu Panda and SpongeBob SquarePants, Mark Osborne wrote and directed a stop-animated shot film titled More. The Academy Award-nominated short tells the story of a lonely inventor, whose colorless existence is brightened only by dreams of the carefree bliss of his youth.
By day, he is trapped in a dehumanizing job in a joyless world. But by night, he tinkers away on a visionary invention, desperate to translate his inspiration into something meaningful. When his invention is complete, it will change the way people see the world. But he will find that success comes at a high price, as it changes himself, as well.
The movie was the first short film to be shot in the IMAX format, and took nine months to complete. The 6-minute short also won the special jury prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, Best Animated short at the 1999 South by Southwest Film Festival, and ranks #10 on IMDB’s top 50 user ranked best short films of all time list. Watch the short embedded after the jump.
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Last we heard, Kevin Eastman‘s new big screen Heavy Metal movie had a list of impressive directors a mile long: Zack Snyder, David Fincher, Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy). Eastman has said that three more directors would also direct segments on the animated anthology film. Since that time we’ve learned that Rob Zombie (Halloween) is in talks to join the mix.
But now our good friends at Film School Rejects have learned directly from Eastman that James Cameron has now come on board as Co-Executive producer, and will direct a segment. Cameron’s involvement is also notable because it pretty much guarantees that the film will be 3D. It was also revealed that Jack Black would be part of Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne’s comedy segment, although it was elaborated on if he would provide a voice, write, or even co-direct. Eastman says that the three other directors (one of which we assume is the previously mentioned Zombie), who have agreed but haven’t officially signed on, “are equally as jaw-dropping.” I do remember that Guillermo Del Toro‘s name was initially on the list, but the filmmaker became too busy.
Discuss: Who else would you like to see involved in a new Heavy Metal movie?