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Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie finds director in Bob Persichetti

21 June 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With most of the Spider-Man-related focus is on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which just began shooting, it’s easy to forget that Sony Pictures Animation is developing a 2018 animated film built around the character that sounds just as promising as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s effort. In fact, Sony has just announced their latest major step forward with the project, as they have found a director in Bob Persichetti.

Although the untitled Spider-Man movie is set to be Persichetti’s directorial debut, he has a ton of experience in animation, having worked on Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Puss in Boots. Additionally, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Little Prince, a well-reviewed film coming to Netflix in August. 

21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are on a hot streak right now, are signed on to produce the project, alongside Avi Arad »

- Justin Cook

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Emoji Movie and Spider-Man Headline Sony's 2017-2018 Animation Slate

20 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. These projects include the previously-announced Spider-Man Animated Movie and the new Emoji movie, which is now entitled EmojiMovie: Express Yourself. Here's what Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, had to say in her statement.

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, underscoring the Studio's pledge to develop projects aimed »

- MovieWeb

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Sony Finally Finds A Director For Their Animated Spider-Man Movie

20 June 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally expected to direct Sony’s animated Spider-Man film, but after attempting to balance that, The Flash, a Lego sequel and the Han Solo spinoff, it was ultimately the latter that they decided to devote their time to. However, this CGI adventure for the wall-crawler finally has someone at the helm.

That will be first time director Bob Persichetti. He’s worked on countless animated features for studios like Disney and Dreamworks in various capacities and served as head of story for Puss in Boots and The Little Prince. It’s hard to predict what he’ll bring to the table, but it’s hard to complain when he has so much experience in this realm.

Interestingly, Lord actually wrote the script alone, but will produce alongside Miller, Amy Pascal and Avi Arad (the latter is someone most fans would »

- Josh Wilding

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' loom large in the plans of Sony Pictures Animation

20 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Animation has always been the red-headed stepchild of studio animation arms. They’ve had a few big hits, a few mid-sized hits, and they’ve done a very good job of squeezing every possible penny out of the direct-to-video market with sequels to some of their titles. In the press release they sent out today, Sony made it clear that they’re doubling down on animation. Kristine Belson is the president of Sony Animation, answering directly to Tom Rothman, and she talked about letting artists drive the films they’re planning to make. It’s a pretty safe list overall, with an emphasis on pre-existing properties, and I have a hard time getting my head around how anyone is even remotely artistically moved by the idea of an Emoji movie. Some of the titles had already been announced, but there are new details on those, and some of the announcements were brand-new. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Gets Director

20 June 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

As shooting gets underway on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony is taking a big step forward with its other upcoming feature about the webslinger. Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Bob Persichetti will direct the Spider-Man animated movie first announced last year. The project has been developing with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller; Lord also wrote the screenplay.  Avi Arad and Amy […]

The post ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Gets Director appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Sony's Animated Spider-man Movie Finally Has A Director; Will It Revolve Around Miles Morales?

20 June 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Shooting may have only just started on Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Sony is already making plans for another big screen outing for the wall-crawler (or at least a version of him). Set for release in December 21st, 2018, the animated movie now has a director in the form of Bob Persichetti. He's never directed a feature, but has worked on almost countless releases, serving as head of story for Puss in Boots and The Little Prince. In a random bit of trivia, he also voiced the "Ohhh Cat" in the former.  Interestingly, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Lego Movie's Phil Lord penned this Spider-Man movie alone, but he will produce alongside partner Chris Miller. Also serving in that capacity is Amy Pascal and Avi Arad. Despite rumours that Miles Morales will be the focus of this animated spinoff, Sony reportedly refused to comment on that, so it looks like that's »

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate, Plus Animated 'Spider-man' Finds A Director

20 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says:

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, adds:

"I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Sony Animation lines up 'Spider-Man', 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

20 June 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation on Monday afternoon unveiled a blockbuster film and television slate through 2018 that made no secret of the properties the studio values most highly.

The multi-platform roster includes features of Spider-Man,  Emojimovie and new instalments in the Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs franchises, as well as a TV outing for Ghostbusters.

Emojimovie: Express Yourself will open in August 2017 and explores the world of the characters beloved by cell phone users. Anthony Leondis directs from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Siegel. Michelle Raimo Kouyate produces.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is earmarked for April 7, 2017. Kelly Asbury directs from a screenplay by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon based on the characters and works of Peyo. Jordan Kerner produces and the voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin.

Christmas story The Star (working title) is being made in association with The Jim Henson Company and set for December 8, 2017. Timothy Reckart directs »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kong: King of the Apes: Season Two Renewal for Netflix Kids Series

16 June 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Refusing to monkey around with its children's programming slate, Netflix has renewed the animated Kong: King of the Apes  TV show for a second season. Will Kong, Lukas and their team save Earth from Botila's plans to replace nature with technology? Find out in 2017, when season two drops to Netflix. The first season premiered in April 2016.

From Executive Producer Avi Arad, the Kong: King of the Apes TV series is set in 2050. Netflix says Kong is still the strongest creature ever born with human traits that make him the ultimate iconic hero. The Kong: King of the Apes voice cast includes: Lee Tockar, Shannon Chan-Kent, Sam Vincent, Kathleen Barr, Alessandro Juliani, Viv Leacock, Tabith St. Germain, and Vincent Trong.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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WWE Superstar And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Actor Sheamus Hopes To Play Venom

3 June 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The last update we had on the long rumoured Venom movie is that it’s still in development, but is being produced solely by Sony Pictures and not Marvel Studios. That means it won’t be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or feature Spider-Man, but its biggest issue is the fact that Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad are going to be involved. They’re essentially the ones responsible for everything that went wrong with Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man movies, so there’s definitely cause for concern there.

It looks like Venom is still happening though, and someone very keen on playing the iconic villain is WWE Superstar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows actor Sheamus. He stars as Rocksteady in that movie, and as a genuine fan of the Spider-Man bad villain, he revealed his interest in playing the character in a recent interview. »

- Josh Wilding

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Marvel Studios Secret Origins Revealed by Founder

8 May 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The history behind Marvel Studios is a fairly interesting one, but there's one key ingredient to getting this movie powerhouse off the ground we haven't really heard about. And he is David Maisel. Promoting his work as a producer on this month's Angry Birds, the man finally revealed his role in helping to establish Marvel Studios as one of the biggest players in the industry today. Maisel credits himself for the sequel strategy at play within the McU, and he's the one who engineered the sale to Disney.

It's suspected that even most hardcore Marvel fans have never heard of David Maisel, but without his hard work and ingenuity, Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow might not be household names. One reason Maisel's name isn't often mentioned is that the act of giving proper credit to those who worked for Marvel's ultimate success is a contentious one. But this »

- MovieWeb

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Marvel Studios Very Nearly Sold The Film Rights To 'Captain America' And 'Thor' To Warner Bros. And Sony

5 May 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The Hollywood Reporter has published a very interesting and in-depth interview with David Maisel, the former boss of Marvel Studios who claims that after working with them from 2003 to 2009 (and becoming the founding Chariman in 2007), his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are now being overlooked. In fact, he's pretty much taking credit for the idea of Marvel making their own movies, describing Kevin Feige as a "a relatively junior executive giving script notes to studios" when he was brokering a half billion dollar deal to make this world a reality. Of course, Feige has never claimed to be the one responsible for founding Marvel Studios, but it's his vision which has given us the McU we have today regardless of where he was when people like Maisel and Avi Arad were around and talking about giving Iron Man armour which disguised itself as a toaster!  Regardless, there are lots »

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The First Nick Fury Film

1 May 2016 4:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks at the time when David Hasselhoff played Nick Fury

With the release of Captain America: Civil War, Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in all the McU films, as well as making a cameo as the character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has made the role his own and it’s now hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but Nick Fury has appeared in a live action feature length TV movie in 1998 titled Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, where he was played by David Hasselhoff.

Now he’s seen as an ironic punchline, it’s hard to Hasselhoff playing the role, but then you remember he’d been an action star in Knight Rider, he played the lead in the biggest TV show in the world – Baywatch – in the 1990s; he was perfect for this schlocky throwaway TV movie. In retrospect it’s hard »

- Neil Calloway

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Borderlands: videogame movie moves forward

26 April 2016 1:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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One of the many movies based on videogames heading our way is a film based on the Borderlands titles. Gearbox’s action RPG series began life in 2009, and the film version is being produced by Avi Arad (Spider-Man) and his son, Ari Arad.

The plan is to make an R-rated movie based on Borderlands, one that aims for a ‘Mad Max in space’ kind of feel.

A new writer has been hired too, with Aaron Berg set to pen the Borderlands movie. Berg previously took a pass at penning G.I. Joe 3.

No director has been hired for Borderlands as of yet, but we do know that Lionsgate is the studio behind the movie. More as we hear it…

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Writers Set For "Borderlands" Film Adaptation

26 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Section 6" and "G.I. Joe 3" writer Aaron Berg has been brought onboard to pen the script for the film version of the video game series "Borderlands" at Lionsgate.

Based on Gearbox Software's popular first-person role-playing shooter game which launched in 2009, the story is set on a frontier planet that was being mined by convicts for the Dahl Corporation.

The company abandoned them there to scavenge amongst the isolated settlements in the barren wastelands filled with dangerous wildlife. People still come to the planet though in search of a mythical vault of powerful alien technology.

The "Borderlands" franchise has sold over 26 million game copies since its launch. Avi Arad and Ari Arad will produce the film which is said to be an "edgy, R-rated" version of the material.

Arad Productions, run by Avi Arad and Ari Arad, is producing the film, which some describe as Mad Max in space. Sources »

- Garth Franklin

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Borderlands Movie Picks Up Steam At Lionsgate, Section 6 Writer Tapped To Pen Script

25 April 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Aaron Berg, writer behind G.I. Joe 3 and the spy thriller Section 6, has been drafted in to pen the script for Lionsgate’s live-action Borderlands movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

First announced in August of last year, the studio’s vision for a “no-holds-barred” feature film based on Gearbox’s sci-fi franchise reportedly leans closer to an edgy, R-rated rendition of the studio’s space western. Taking place on the planet Pandora, the original video game franchise is celebrated for its wonderfully over-the-top humor and sense of style, and has since sold upwards of 26 million copies since the first game arrived in 2009.

Avi Arad’s banner, Arad Productions will lend support to the Borderlands movie, who released the following statement when the feature film was confirmed a little less than a year ago:

Borderlands has a unique story-driven narrative energy and rich multi-dimensional characters that position it to »

- Michael Briers

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'Ghost in the Shell' First Look at Scarlett Johansson

14 April 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's official, the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation has officially begun shooting. Today, Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures released a first look photo of Scarlett Johansson in character. She plays Kusanagi, a special ops cyborg who leads a counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics.

Rupert Sanders is directing Ghost in the Shell. The story follows Kusanagi along with her unit as they set out to stop some of the most dangerous criminals in the world, led by the extremist The Laughing Man. Sam Riley plays the primary villain. He will stop at nothing to destroy the Hanka organization and the man's advancements in cyber technology.

Ghost in the Shell teams Scarlett Johansson back up with her Lucy co-star Pilou Asbaek, who is playing Batou. Ghost in the Shell is based on the iconic Kodansha Comics manga. Jonathan Herman is writing the script. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are the producers. »

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Production Begins on Live Action Ghost In The Shell Movie, First Photo Features Scarlett Johansson

14 April 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Production has begun in New Zealand on Ghost in the Shell—the live action film adaptation of the groundbreaking manga series of the same name—and the first photo of Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg Major has been revealed ahead of the film’s March 31st, 2017 release.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif.– Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on “Ghost In The Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Lucy”) and directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White And The Huntsman”). The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.

Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“The Amazing Spider-man 1 & 2,” “Iron Man”), Ari Arad (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”), and Steven Paul (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance »

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This is Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell

14 April 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Rupert Sanders (Snow White And the Huntsman) directs the hotly anticipated anime adaption, Ghost in the Shell, which is shooting in home of the Hobbits, New Zealand.

The first image has appeared courtesy of a Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures press release announcing that production has started on the film.

The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“The Amazing Spider-man 1 & 2,” “Iron Man”), Ari Arad (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”), and Steven Paul (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”). Michael Costigan (“Prometheus”), Tetsu Fujimura (“Tekken”), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, who [Continued ...] »

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Ghost in the Shell Movie Starts Filming, First image Released

14 April 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The long gestating live-action adaptation of the popular anime, Ghost in the Shell, is finally in production with cameras rolling on the Paramount/Dreamworks production.  Along with today's announcement comes our first image of Scarlett Johansson as the lead character.  Come inside to take a look!

To be honest, considering how many years studios have been discussing adapting Ghost in the Shell, this is a headline I never expected to write.  Yet, here we are!  Ghost in the Shell has started filming in anticipation of its March 31, 2017 release date and with the announcement comes our first look at ScarJo in the role of The Major.  Check it out along with the full cast list below:

Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on “Ghost In The Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Lucy”) and directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White And The Huntsman”). The film is shooting in Wellington, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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