Disney might have wished upon a star to land the cast it got for the live-action Pinocchio remake. Joining a cast led by Tom Hanks as the toy maker Gepetto are Cynthia Erivo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who are adding their star power to the Robert Zemeckis-directed live-action/CGI hybrid film.
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Remember The Coachman from 1940’s Pinocchio? Forgive me, of course you do – it’s a silly question, because no one could possibly forget him. Well, according to a new report, Luke Evans, who embodied the blustery Gaston in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and is reprising that role in a Disney+ spin-off, is now set to play a hot new version of The Coachman in Robert Zemeckis‘ remake of Pinocchio. And though you surely don’t need a reminder about who that character is or how he’s involved with the story, I’ll give you one anyway below. Read More »
In case you spent all day yesterday on the Moon, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, Disney hosted a massive Investor Day presentation where they laid out plans for all sorts of future films and TV shows. It was kind of like Comic-Con, but all Disney, all the time, and with a lot more talk about stock options. We here at /Film covered the biggest of the big news yesterday, but there were still plenty of odds and ends left to round-up.
So gather round, children, and allow me to tell you the tale of the future Disney has in store for all of us. As a wise man once said, we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.
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Update: During today’s Disney investor presentation, the company confirmed that everything in this early report was indeed true – each of these projects will indeed debut directly on Disney+. Our original article continues below.
Disney+ may start becoming the go-to hub for Disney’s future theatrical tentpoles, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on. The House of Mouse is reportedly considering pushing the premieres of its upcoming live-action remakes Pinocchio, Peter Pan and Wendy, and Cruella to Disney+, foregoing a theatrical release completely.
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Roberto Benigni became an international star after he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Life is Beautiful, a film Benigni also directed and co-wrote. But Benigni’s star plummeted a bit in the years to come, worsened by his directorial follow-up, 2002’s Pinocchio. The live-action take on the classic tale was critically panned, most notably for the fact that the middle-aged Benigni cast himself as the puppet boy. You might think that experience would keep Benigni away from all-things Pinocchio-related, but no. He’s starring in yet another take on the tale – this time as Geppetto, the woodcarver who crafts the puppet.
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Artists Cliff Cramp and Mark Chilcott have delivered some stunning pop culture for our consumption in the past. Not too long ago, Cramp crafted a series of The Lord of the Rings pieces that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth to life beautifully, and Chilcott provided several different versions of Batman in Gotham City. Now both artists are back taking in different pop culture iconography in their signature styles.
This time, Cliff Cramp has honed in on some astounding landscapes of Disney’s animated classics such as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Bambi, Mulan, and more. Meanwhile, Mark Chilcott has shifted to the superheroes of New York with some masterful interpretations of Spider-Man and Daredevil. Check out all of their latest pieces below. Read More »
Like many events this year, New York Comic-Con is going virtual for the 2020 edition of the convention taking place from October 8 – October 11. Though there’s no in-person event happening, some of the exclusives that were meant for NYCC will be getting released online.
Following in the footsteps of exclusive releases for San Diego Comic-Con and Star Wars Celebration, the NYCC 2020 Funko POPs exclusives will be available for purchase online to everybody. Funko has unveiled new releases from Star Wars, The Mandalorian, Pixar’s Up, Harry Potter, some beloved animated Disney movies, and more. See what you’ll have to clamor for online next month below. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro fans have long known to temper their excitement for the filmmaker’s developing projects, as the filmmaker’s most ambitious films frequently fall apart before they reach the screen. But with streaming giant Netflix behind him, del Toro has been able to resurrect his long-gestating Pinocchio movie and turn it into a sure thing. Which is why it’s no surprise that del Toro has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix on the same day that it was announced that A-list stars like Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, and Finn Wolfhard will be joining the cast of del Toro’s stop-motion animated musical.
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When it come to the classic animated Disney movies, finding quality collectibles paying tribute to them can be rather difficult unless you want to spend a hefty amount of money. That’s especially true when it comes to action figures inspired by the Disney movies of decades ago. But the toy makers at Super7 are about to change that.
Today, Super7 announced a new partnership with Disney that will have them created a line of Ultimate Figures inspired by the many characters of Disney’s long history of animated movies. We’re talking quality action figures that bring the classic Disney animation style to life in 3D, complete with an outstanding array of accessories. And they’re starting with Mickey Mouse from the Fantasia short The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Pinocchio, and Prince John from Robin Hood. Read More »
Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake might be a reunion for Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks. Zemeckis is attached to helm the film and now a report states that Hanks is being courted to play old Italian puppet-maker Geppetto. This isn’t the first time Hanks’ name has been floated for the part – when the project was first announced, Paddington director Paul King was set to helm and Hanks was being considered for the Geppetto role then as well.
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