12 items from 2015
One of the best rides at Disney World in Orlando is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror over at MGM Studios. The ride, opened in 1994, sees you go through a hotel (with lots of Twilight Zone knick-knacks) before going into an elevator that plummets and shoots up and high speeds.
Well, it looks like Disney are looking to repeat their Pirates of the Caribbean success and make a movie based on that ride. The Tracking Board are reporting Jim Whitaker will be producing the movie, which is based off a treatment by Tim Burton collaborator John August.
Plot details are kept hush, but I’m hearing that the new take is very much in the vein of Burton’s style, presenting a more fun than scary family adventure a la The Goonies or Et, though retaining the inherent spookiness of the premise and injecting Burton-esque creepiness. The subject matter is »
- Luke Owen
Because why Not make Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie, they're making Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie. Or at least, they're trying (allegedly). Ever since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies made 9 billion gajillion dollars at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has been searching desperately for their next amusement park ride-turned-blockbuster movie franchise, and the results have been...bad. They've been bad, you guys. I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Cases in point: "The Haunted Mansion." (Bad.) "The Country Bears." (Bad.) "Tomorrowland." (Bad.) But they're not giving up! Those intrepid Disney executives are going to find the next mega-hit franchise if it kills them. They are literally sweating over this. Pools of sweat, everywhere. They are drowning in it, people. Help Them. A few other things you need to know: 1. The project was first rumored in 2009. 2. Tim Burton's frequent screenwriter John August ("Big Fish, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Tower Of Terror theme park ride, based loosely on The Twilight Zone, is to be turned into a Disney movie...
One of Disney's biggest live action franchises came about as the result of one of its theme park rides. In fact, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies is currently filming, the fifth movie in the series, that's due to land in 2017.
Less successful was the film based on The Haunted Mansion, but let's not talk about that one.
Anyway, Disney executives have clearly been having a gander around the firm's theme parks, as they've resurrected plans for a film based on the Tower Of Terror ride. This is the one based in a rickety Hollywood Tower hotel in the 1930s, that in turn is based on The Twilight Zone. You're basically strapped in, sent on a lift up many floors, which them plummets. There's a good »
A couple years ago, my friend and I came up with the germ of an idea for a movie plot, centered on a man who -- after a near-fatal accident -- began to see life as one big giant musical and corresponded to this discovery accordingly, even when his perplexed local citizens couldn't understand his actions or point-of-view. Little did we know, though, a similar-minded movie was already in the works at Disney called Bob: The Musical. The in-the-works production focuses on an everyman who -- upon getting a nasty blow to the noggin -- starts to instantly hear the songs inside everyone's hearts as his life is turned into a musical. Mild jealously aside, I'm very curious to see what is cooked up here if it actually comes into fruition, which is looking more-and-more likely. Earlier this year, Tom Cruise joined the film to play the titular character, with »
- Will Ashton
Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.
Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »
- Dave McNary
Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.
Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »
- Derek Anderson
One of my current favorite comic book writers is Matt Fraction, and his Sex Criminals is one of my favorite on-going comic book series of the moment. I once half seriously joked on Twitter that David Fincher should direct the live action adaptation based on a screenplay adaptation from Chuck Palahniuk and John August. Now […]
The post Sex Criminals TV Series: Matt Fraction Adapting Comic For Universal appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch! Here's the latest Creative Spark featuring John August from Academy Originals: For more insight into screenwriting, working in Hollywood and more, check out JohnAugust.com. If you want more insight into the screenwriting process, Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black »
- Ethan Anderton
Academy Originals’s Creative Spark series profiles screenwriter John August‘s creative process. August’s list of credits include Go, Charlie’s Angeles, Big Fish, Frankenweenie and many other films. He’s probably best known for his adaptations and his collaborations with director Tim Burton. We have often featured August on the site because we’re fans of his work (Go is […]
The post Votd: How To Write Movies By Hollywood Screenwriter John August appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Many stories start at the beginning, but Goners, a new comic book series from Image Comics, begins at the end… the end of a family tragedy that leaves two people dead and two others hunted by supernatural forces ranging from ferocious phantoms to sharp-beaked Ekeks and many more malevolent monsters.
With issue #4 of this ambitious horror story hitting shelves today, I caught up with Goners co-creator/writer Jacob Semahn in a Q&A feature to discuss the wide-ranging influences (including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Stephen King’s works) of his series, the often overlooked creatures lurking within the panels of Goners, what lies ahead for characters and readers alike, and much more. We also have a set of preview pages from Goners #4, teasing the carnage brought upon the Massachusetts town of King’s Bluff by a Skin-Walker and his furry friends.
I understand the assassination of John F. Kennedy »
- Derek Anderson
Heroes and Villains Entertainment is expanding its TV business by bringing on manager Henry Huang and promoting coordinator Robert Watts to manager of unscripted television.
Huang will be working with clients on both the scripted and unscripted side. He began his career at ICM before moving into management at Industry Entertainment. Huang most recently worked for Global Creative/Station 3 as a manager, and brings with him a diverse client list including writers Matthew Newman (“How To Make Love Like An Englishman”), Chris Pena (“Jane the Virgin”), Carla Ching (“Graceland”), TV director Marisol Adler and on-air personalities like Kat Odell (“Eat »
- Jeff Sneider
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