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If you were a teenager or adjacent to a teenager anytime since 1999, you are likely familiar with writer Stephen Chbosky and his tear-stained book found in the back of many a geometry classroom, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It’s the epitome of teen angst, the coming-of-age story about an introverted boy named Charlie and the events that he goes through — some normally adolescent, some traumatic — during his freshman year of high school. You know, just a great time. The book was adapted into a film by Chbosky in 2012, so if you heard any wailing in the theater next door or saw some disheveled 15 year olds grasping each other by the concession stand, you know what’s up. Now Chbosky (who also wrote Rent) is heading to Disney, where he’ll pen Bill Condon‘s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it’s a tale as old as time, but »
- Samantha Wilson
Twilight Saga will live on with five short films produced by Lions Gate in partnership with Facebook, each of which will be created by a female director.
Twilight Saga Short Films On Facebook
Each short film will be based on the characters originated in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series and embodied onscreen in The Twilight Saga that launched the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. None of the films will star members of the original cast, and it is unclear who will pen the scripts or which stories will be explored.
The short films will be released exclusively on Facebook, creating a partnership that Lions Gate hopes to continue in the future. “We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of Twilight to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” said Lions Gate Vice Chariman Michael Burns.
Each short will be directed by »
If I had to pick my favorite animated film of all time, I would probably end up going with Disney's Beauty And The Beast. It was not one I watched much as a kid. The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are where my Disney nostalgia attachments lie. However, when I was about fifteen or sixteen, I revisited the movie and took on a whole new appreciation for it, particularly considering that I learned so much about how musicals should operate. The music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman is lush and filled with character. It drives conflict and story in a way that makes its pace never let up. The film never sits back and spins its wheels in a redundant song, which is why the extended edition of the movie that came out including the song "Human Again" does not work as well. Upon first hearing »
- Mike Shutt
Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast is getting a polish from a guy who should know a thing or two about bookish, attractive outsiders. Stephen Chbosky, the author/screenwriter/director behind Ya classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has just come aboard to rewrite the live-action adaptation. Bill Condon is directing. Interestingly, the hire pits Chbosky […]
The post Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Getting Rewrite From ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Writer appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
After bringing his own iconic coming-of-age book The Perks of Being a Wallflower to the big screen, Stephen Chbosky is tackling another big screen adaptation. EW has learned that the author turned screenwriter and director has come on board Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, adapted from the studio's 1991 animated musical. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is still getting behind the camera for the film, but Chbosky will write a new draft of the script. Previously we heard the film would be a "straight-forward, live-action, large-budget movie musical," but could that change with Chbosky on board? It's unlikely that the musical elements of the film will go away, especially since they plan to use most of the songs written by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman from the stage play and the animated Disney film. But maybe the young adult angle will be played up more than it »
- Ethan Anderton
Beauty and the Beast is among the centuries-old fairy tales that Walt Disney Pictures previously adapted into an animated feature – and now, the studio is re-inventing the story as a modern live-action movie. The project has a director in Oscar-winner Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2), along with an initial script draft put together by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules); according to the latest update, though, the screenplay is getting a rewrite.
EW is reporting that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast retelling is going to get a fresh script draft penned by Stephen Chbosky, the author/filmmaker whose past work includes the critically-acclaimed movie adaptation of his own teen coming of age novel, ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Bill Condon helms the new version which includes music from both the iconic animated feature and Disney's long-running Broadway musical. Evan Spiliotopoulos ("Hercules," "Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure") penned the original draft.
Meanwhile, Kristina Lauren Anderson has been set to pen the adaptation of the Warner Bros. Pictures feature "Invisibility" based on the young adult supernatural romance novel by David Levithan and Andrea Creme.
The story is described as a romance between a boy cursed with invisibility and the one girl who can see him.
Sources: EW & Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After Maleficent and Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast is getting the live action treatment from Disney...
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that one of the live action tellings of a classic tale that Disney is working on is Beauty And The Beast. This follows the studio's success with Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent, with live action takes on The Jungle Book and Cinderella already on the way.
Beauty And The Beast is to be directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, the last two Twilight films), and we learn now that it's going to be written by Stephen Chbosky. Chboskey previously penned The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (directing the movie too), and EW reports that his screenplay will be based largely on Disney's superb 1991 animated telling of the Beauty And The Beast story.
There's no word yet as to when to expect the film. We'll keep you posted, »
Disney is continuing the trend of turning it's most iconic animated fairy tales into live-action adventures, and after adapting a number of original classics it goes after one of it's more recent movies. Though more than 20 years old, 1991's Beauty and the Beast help redefine what Disney animation could be, and it is now getting retold with human actors, courtesy of a screenplay by Stephen Chbosky.
Stephen Chbosky is best know for penning The Perks of Being a Wallflower screenplay, adapted from his own novel of the same name. It's because of him that Emma Watson may actually sign on for the lead in this take on the tale to be directed by The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 director Bill Condon.
At this time, Emma Watson is not officially signed on. She is still loosely attached to Warner Bros. »
According to Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Chbosky will write the adaptation of the 1991 animated classic.
The news comes after it was confirmed that Twilight's Bill Condon would bring the live-action movie to the big screen as director.
The next live-action project planned by the studio is Cinderella, which will focus on the tale's famous lost slipper.
The traditional Beauty and the Beast fairytale was »
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »
- Zac Gille
Are Disney trying to jump aboard the young adult bandwagon with the latest piece of news? Or is this just another attempt at rejuvenating properties that are guaranteed to rake it in at the box office? You decide. According to EW, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower author-screenwriter-director-teenage saviour, Stephen Chbosky, has signed on to redraft a new version of the script for the studio’s upcoming Beauty And The Beast remake.
After the success of Wallflower, the move to enlist Chbosky might see a shift from the source material and into more adolescent waters. His take on growing up was one of those rare indie gems that truly captures what it means to have your younger years defined by music, friends and heavy, heavy introspection. He’s an author who’s got a grasp of what it means to be a kid, making him an ideal candidate to imbue »
- Gem Seddon
Disney is taking its live-action Beauty and the Beast into full Ya territory.
Two sources confirm to EW that the author/screenwriter/director of indie teen bible Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky will step aboard to script a new draft of Beauty, adapted from its 1991 animated form to an updated live-action version. The news follows the June announcement that Bill Condon, who most recently directed Twilight’s final two chapters, would helm the new version that will include music from the iconic animated feature as well as Disney’s long-running Broadway musical. The original draft was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, »
- Nicole Sperling
If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were alive, I.ve no doubt he.d be thrilled with all the attention his iconic detective Sherlock Holmes is getting these days. Holmes has been the recent subject of hit movies with Robert Downey Jr., a popular BBC dramatic series, and the CBS show Elementary, which finds Watson gender-flipped into Lucy Liu. However, there.s even more Holmes-ian goodness on the horizon with the recent announcement that Miramax has acquired domestic distribution rights to Bill Condon.s Mr. Holmes. The new feature reunites Oscar-winning director Condon with Gods and Monsters collaborator Ian McKellen to tell a tale of an older Holmes who wants to take one last crack at solving a case that confounded even him. Laura Linney co-stars. The script is based on Mitch Cullin's award-winning novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind. Plot details reveal that an elderly Holmes spends the »
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Remember Miramax? That was Harvey and Bob Weinstein's storied company named after their parents. Disney made the brothers leave it behind when they started The Weinstein Co. Since Qatar Holding purchased Miramax in 2010 (with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital) Miramax has largely been a library and more recently a television and co-production play. Well, Hollywood veteran Zanne Devine, Miramax's Executive Vice President, Production and Development, is waking up the little studio, partnering with indie distributor Roadside Attractions on acquiring U.S. rights to Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, which is in post-production. The "Gods and Monsters" team of Condon and McKellen have reunited to bring us yet another take on Sherlock Holmes-- the elder, as opposed to Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey, Jr.'s recent younger »
- Anne Thompson
Better quality photos have emerged of Henry Cavill in Clark Kent mode on the set of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The pics sees him sporting his signature glasses as the character. [Source: Twitter]
Currently in post-production following a seven-week shoot in England, the project stars Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes who revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement. [Source: Variety]
Stevens himself has been asked about the report, the actor dismissing them with a laugh saying: "I just heard [the rumours] this morning. It's »
- Garth Franklin
Miramax has acquired all Us distribution rights to Mr Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film.
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., chairman of Miramax, described the feature as “a smart, exciting film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" films) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages). »
Sherlock Holmes is enjoying quite a resurgence, and not just the younger version of the deliberative detective: Miramax has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to “Mr. Holmes,” which imagines him in his later years. It will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy-Award winner Bill Condon and starring Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, the film, currently in post-production, is based on the award-winning Mitch Cullin novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind.” The screenplay was written by Jeffrey Hatcher. “‘Mr. Holmes’ is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest-caliber director, »
- Gina Hall
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