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Whatever they’re putting in the water at Disney Feature Animation these days, it seems to be working, with the team successfully launching Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and a little film called Frozen, plus Big Hero 6, which arrives in the UK in January. But while we don’t yet know what the Mouse House has in store for 2015 (besides a Frozen short), the company’s 2016 film has just been announced, and it’s called Moana.No, it’s not a misspelt title adapted from the 1990 Craig McLachlan cover of ‘Mona’, but will instead tell the story of adventurous teenager Moana, who sets out on a seemingly impossible mission to fulfil her ancestors’ quest. Born in the ancient South Pacific locale of Oceania, the natural navigator is making it her mission to find a fabled island. On her journey, she’ll join forces with her hero, demi-god Maui and must brave »
Head of ABC TV comedy Rick Kalowski has commissioned a stand-alone pilot, a prototype he intends to test for further pilots, and he.s developing a sitcom to be filmed in front of a studio audience.
In a further break from the traditional approach to comedy, Kalowski is developing several shows that are each built around an established performer-writer. All that is in addition to eight series which are either in production or post.
The stand-alone pilot deals with an unusual subject- mental illness. Details of that sitcom are under wraps but Kowalski tells If he.s looking for other projects that are suitable material for pilots.
The studio-based comedy could be the ABC.s first since Mother and Son, the Geoffrey Atherden-created classic which ran until 1994. The show is being developed with writer . producer Marieke Hardy and would »
- Don Groves
The cast of The Doctor Blake Mysteries..
The ABC has committed to more mystery in Ballarat with the announcement it has renewed The Doctor Blake Mysteries for a third season.
Shown on ABC1, The Doctor Blake Mysteries stars Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake, a man with a dark past and a penchant for solving mysteries who has returned to his hometown after a 30 year absence.
Produced by December Media, the show first premiered on February 1, 2013 and was renewed for a second series later that same month. The production process was fast-tracked to enable the popular series to screen again in February 2014. Producer George Adams says it is a timeframe they hope to repeat with the new season.
.In an ideal world going into production in the next four or five months,. he tells If. .Scripting has started. Scripting is underway, and we.re keen to try and get back »
- Emily Blatchford
The title, Passing Winds, epitomises the irreverent approach. That's the name of a cattle property owned by Jarratt.s character. Craig McLachlan has agreed to play the bad guy who aims to gain control of the land which is rich in untapped gold. Steve Bisley will play a bounty hunter.
Jarratt describes the tone as a cross between Blazing Saddles and Crocodile Dundee. He will produce the film with Kris Maric and Craig Kocinski, his partners in production company Ozpix Entertainment.
No director has yet been signed but Jarratt would love to hire someone of the calibre of Mel Gibson, having admired his work in the Richard Donner-directed Maverick opposite Jodie Foster-- although he doubts Mel would be willing to spend six months in Oz working on the film. »
- Don Groves
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