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Sierra/Affinity to handle sales at Afm on Craig Gillespie drama-biopic I, Tonya.
Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) is in negotiations to star as American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce the edgy comedy, with Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games) for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to produce.
Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are executive producing. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing Us domestic rights.
I,Tonya focuses on Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, which became an infamous tabloid scandal.
Aviv Giladi, chairman of AI Film, said of the announcement: “AI Film is thrilled to be collaborating »
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Robbie (“Suicide Squad”) is in negotiations to star as American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce with Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to produce. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are executive producing.
UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing Us domestic rights.
The film follows the story of Harding’s involvement in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival, prior to the Olympic Games. Variety reported in June that Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) would direct a script by Steven Rogers.
- Dave McNary
The award will be presented at the 53rd annual Cas Awards on Feb. 18.
“Jon has been a steadfast presence humanizing his storytelling with intelligence and skill,” said Cas President Mark Ulano, who previously worked with Favreau on “Cowboys & Aliens” and the “Iron Man” films. “His light touch continues to produce engaging classics, from ‘Elf’ to ‘The Jungle Book.’ As a director, actor, producer, his ubiquitous creativity continues to entertain millions and makes him a wonderful choice for the Cas Filmmaker Award.”
Favreau’s “Iron Man” received a Cinema Audio Society nomination in 2009.
Previous recipients of the Cas filmmaker award include Jay Roach, Richard Linklater, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Demme, Rob Marshall, Taylor Hackford, Henry Selick, Paul Mazursky, Bill Condon, Gil Cates, and Quentin Tarantino.
Favreau’s latest film, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Lion King and Mulan aren’t the only high-profile reboots to gather pace at Disney; The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Guy Ritchie, director of Sherlock Holmes and Snatch, is in line to helm the live-action rendition of Aladdin for the House of Mouse.
First unearthed in the summer of last year, it’s understood that the studio’s latest modern redo boasts a script from Big Fish scribe John August while Dan Lin, best known for his work on The Lego Movie at Warner Bros., is attached to produce. Ritchie, on the other hand, is coming off fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.
Dubbed an “ambitious and non-traditional take” on the beloved 1992 classic, THR notes that Disney’s overhaul of Aladdin will still retain many of the musical elements from the original, dancing to the same tune – no pun intended – as Jon Favreau’s wildly successful reboot of The Jungle Book. »
- Michael Briers
Luke Owen looks to the future of Disney’s live-action output…
Following the announcement of a live-action version of The Lion King [read my thoughts on that here], I thought we should collate together all the information we have on Disney’s other upcoming live-action adaptations. To date, there are a whopping seventeen of these in development, but all are at very different stages.
We’ll try and keep this page as updated as possible.
Beauty and the Beast (release date: March 2017)
Based on the Award-winning 1991 classic, Beauty and the Beast features an impressive all-star cast and is directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2). Emma Watson will play Belle against Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston with Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor Ian McKellen, Josh Gad Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw providing supporting roles. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago [watch it here] and we got our first »
- Luke Owen
Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said: Lee Daniels (The Butler, TV's Empire) dropped out of directing a Richard Pryor biopic earlier this year, citing his increasingly packed schedule. Now his availability issues have been resolved and Daniels has returned to the director's chair for Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said, with production expected to begin early next year. Mike Epps will star as the famed and troubled Pryor, alongside Opray Winfrey as his grandmother and Kate Hudson as his widow. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) wrote the script. [Variety] Mary Poppins Returns: Emily Mortimer has joined the star-filled cast of Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda are the headliners for the sequel, which takes place 25 years after the events in the...
- Peter Martin
Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said: Lee Daniels (The Butler, TV's Empire) dropped out of directing a Richard Pryor biopic earlier this year, citing his increasingly packed schedule. Now his availability issues have been resolved and Daniels has returned to the director's chair, with production expected to begin early next year. Mike Epps will star as the famed and troubled comedian, alongside Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother and Kate Hudson as his widow. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) wrote...
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Way back in May, we reported that Lee Daniels was forced to drop out of The Weinstein Company’s oft-delayed Richard Pryor biopic over—what else—“scheduling conflicts.” Daniels is a big deal in the TV world these days, and it turns out that his schedule was simply too hectic for the movie studio, which chose to give him the boot rather than keep putting off the project. Now, though, it looks like those conflicts have cleared up, as Variety is reporting that Daniels is back on board to direct the film.
Titled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said (which will probably be trimmed down because it’s very unwieldy), the film will star Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Jennifer Lee Pryor. The script was written by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Mr. Holmes, and a few Twilight movies for good measure »
- Sam Barsanti
Lee Daniels will return as director of the upcoming Jay Z-produced Richard Pryor biopic, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?. Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein announced the news at a press conference Thursday.
Jay Z and Weinstein were on hand to discuss their upcoming Spike TV docuseries about Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was imprisoned on Rikers Island for three years without conviction and later took his own life after his release. Later in the press conference, Weinstein touched on Is It Something I Said?, which Daniels left in May. »
The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017.
Harvey Weinstein announced Thursday that the project was back on track. He unveiled the news at a press conference for the upcoming docuseries on Kalief Browder. TWC and Jay Z are teaming up to produce a TV series about the Bronx high school student who killed himself in 2015 after spending three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack.
- Dave McNary
Mulan is getting the remake treatment over at Disney and the Mouse House have already set a release date for it. The film will hit cinemas sometime in 2018 following next year’s Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Mulan will, of course, be based on Disney’s 1998 movie of the same name. Here’s the plot.
Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
The studio is launching a global casting search for a Chinese »
- Paul Heath
Most eyes were on big prestige plays like Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and Bill Condon’s “Dreamgirls” to potentially take the lead in the Oscar race. Maybe a remake of a 57-year-old Oscar champ from Steven Zaillian (“All the King’s Men”) would register, or Stephen Frears’ ultimate BAFTA favorite “The Queen.” Perhaps the ensemble Emilio Estevez had assembled for his historical drama “Bobby” would catch fire, or Sundance delight “Little Miss Sunshine” would charm its way all the way through.
But Scorsese, while widely perceived as overdue for his first statue, was going back to his roots in the crime/gangster genre that made him, a genre that didn’t necessarily scream Oscar. And the circuit must have »
- Kristopher Tapley
Just last week we reported that Walt Disney Studios was moving forward with a new reimagining of The Lion King and hired Jon Favreau to direct it. Well, now their are adding another classic animated lineup into live-action adventures on the big screen.
THR is reporting that Disney will be retelling the classic animated hit Mulan, with a November 2, 2018 release date. Studio is is launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan.
Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, who is Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, instead she takes his spot, though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Have a look the photos below and let us know what you think.
At The Request Of Disney, The Leaked Images Have Been Removed...
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns »
- Kellvin Chavez
We’ve already has a teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast [watch it here], although it kept the two title characters tightly under wraps. We’ve since had a behind-the-scenes look at Dan Stevens as The Prince [see here], and now thanks to Stitch Kingdom, we now have two first-look images featuring Emma Watson’s Belle alongside Stevens’ Beast; take a look below…
See Also: Disney releases Beauty and the Beast live-action sneak peek
Update: The images have been removed at Disney’s request. Apologies. You can still find them on Twitter here.
See Also: First look at Lumiere and Cogsworth from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. »
- Amie Cranswick
Welcome to “Playback,” a weekly Variety podcast.
On today’s show, I’m talking to Variety Deputy Awards and Features editor Jenelle Riley once again, about the on-going Toronto Film Festival. There have been a number of big stories out of the festival, from Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” to the resurgence of “La La Land” and “Moonlight” to the recently acquired “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman. We talk through the landscape and ponder what could win the fest’s coveted People’s Choice Award this weekend.
Later on Ewan McGregor (21: 15) drops by the Variety offices for a chat about his directorial debut, “American Pastoral,” which premiered at the festival. It’s a project that has been important to McGregor for a number of years, even before he was set to helm it himself: He was attached to play the film’s central character, Seymour “Swede” Levov, for three years before »
- Kristopher Tapley
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »
- Edward Douglas
You wait for a live-action rendition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and suddenly two come along at once – only this time, there’s a twist.
Whereas before we’ve clocked eyes on Hollywood’s long-standing case of double vision – Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman spring to a mind as a recent example – this alternate take on the fairytale classic hails from French filmmaker Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill).
Finding Vincent Cassel and Spectre alum Léa Seydoux as the Beast and Belle, respectively, it appears that Gans is cooking up a darker interpretation of the famed legend. That’s judging by this most recent, haunting clip for Beauty and the Beast, which comes to us via The Film Stage and sees Cassel’s rampaging Beast deliver a chilling promise. Amélie star André Dussollier is also among the ensemble.
Beauty and the Beast is »
- Michael Briers
Next week, Disney will bring their iconic animated classic Beauty and the Beast back on Digital HD to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, which will also include a sneak peek at the studio's live-action adaptation. Fans got a look at the first trailer in May, but this new look at the live action movie will go behind-the-scenes. Today we have a brief glimpse at this preview, which reveals footage from the table read, featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, with director Bill Condon revealing why he took on the project in the first place.
This new sneak peek of Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is just a small part of the preview that will be included in the bonus features of the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition, following the concept art that surfaced last week. Relive the magic and the music of »
As anticipation builds for the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney is taking advantage by teasing the film bit by bit. This time, with some concept art and a behind-the-scenes look at the table read.
The video — which is really just a sneak peek for another clip that will be released Sept. 6 — is scored by a familiar, magical bells and strings from the soundtrack. Images of the castle, the rose and the great ballroom flash across the screen.
“What are you reading?” Watson asks innocently.
“Nothing.” Stevens replies in a deep growl.
- Seth Kelley
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