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18 items from 2015


Disney’s The Sword In The Stone Getting Live-Action Redo

20 July 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.

Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.

The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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139 movie sequels currently in the works

18 June 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »

- simonbrew

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Maleficent Sequel In The Works; Angelina Jolie Expected To Return

16 June 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.

Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.

Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Maleficent 2 is Moving Forward

16 June 2015 5:03 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" was a big win for Disney, earning $754 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. A sequel was inevitable. And now comes word that the studio has started making moves toward "Maleficent 2." Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) has been hired to write the script. While it has yet to be confirmed that Jolie will reprise her role, the script is being written with the actress in mind. It's also being reported that Jolie is keeping track of the development process, which may hint that she's interested in returning. While Joe Roth will be back to produce, it's unclear whether Robert Stromberg will be back to direct. Stay tuned. »

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Maleficent 2 is in development at Disney

15 June 2015 10:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Maleficent 2: Walt Disney Studios to produce sequel to the 2014 Angelina Jolie starrer, which grossed a massive $758 million around the world. Maleficent 2 is in the works at Disney.

Maleficent 2 will be realised by The Walt Disney Company following a hugely successful retelling of the story in the first film, which was released last year. Word is coming in via TheWrap that the Mouse House are looking to develop a sequel with Joe Roth returning to produce and screenwriter Linda Woolverton penning a new script. Director Robert Stromberg is not expected to return.

While it is not known as to whether Angelina Jolie is to come back to play the title character in Maleficent 2, Disney will be very, very keen that she does. The first film grossed a whopping $758 million around the world including $241 million in its home territory – a huge success for Disney. The budget was said to be around $180 million. »

- Paul Heath

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Maleficent 2 pressing ahead at Disney

15 June 2015 10:31 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Angelina Jolie may well be back as Maleficent, as Disney gets to work on Maleficent 2...

One of the most successful transitions of animated film to live action movie that Disney has enjoyed thus far was last year's Maleficent. The movie, which told the backstory of Sleeping Beauty's villain, grossed over $750m at the worldwide box office, and proved to be one of 2014's biggest hits.

Around the time of the movie's release, there was chatter of a potential sequel. And now it seems as though Maleficent 2 is happening.

Deadline is reporting that the studio has hired Linda Woolverton, who penned the first movie, to put together a script for a Maleficent sequel. Angelina Jolie hasn't been confirmed to return, but it's hard to imagine a follow-up working without her. Robert Stromberg, who helmed the original, is not confirmed to return either.

But it's Jolie who's likely to be pivotal here. »

- simonbrew

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Disney wants Angelina Jolie back for a Maleficent sequel

15 June 2015 9:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It seems that Maleficent's backstory is not completely finished, as Disney has set its sights on a sequel to 2014's live-action movie.

According to The Wrap, Disney wants Angelina Jolie back as the titular character, although no deal has been done yet.

Likewise, the writer behind last year's retelling Linda Woolverton has also been approached about making the follow-up's screenplay.

Producer Joe Roth is also slated to return, while Robert Stromberg is not set to direct this time round.

There's no word on whether Elle Fanning would be back in the role of Aurora either.

Maleficent was a box office hit for Disney, after grossing $760 million worldwide. Watch a trailer below: »

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'Maleficent 2' in the Works, Angelina Jolie Expected to Return

15 June 2015 8:34 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I doubt anyone is surprised to hear Disney is moving forward with a sequel to the Angelina Jolie starrer Maleficent, which may have looked like a bit of a risk before its May 2014 release as it carried a budget of $180 million, but after $758+ million worldwide it became quite clear Disney's live action fairy tales were gold mines. Alice in Wonderland brought in $1+ billion in 2010 and Cinderella tallied $532+ million earlier this year on only a $95 million budget. In all likelihood I would expect Maleficent 2 to come in under that original $180 million price tag, though I bet Jolie doesn't come cheap and in order to make a Maleficent sequel you sorta want the star of the original film... rightc Linda Woolverton, who penned the original along with Alice in Wonderland as well as the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass, will write the sequel with the intention of keeping Jolie in the loop, »

- Brad Brevet

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Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Sequel Finds Screenwriter

15 June 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney has signed its go-to screenwriter Linda Woolverton to write the sequel to Angelina Jolie’s live-action fairy tale “Maleficent.”

There is no deal in place yet for Jolie to return to the title role or for Robert Stromberg to return to direct. Joe Roth will return to produce the sequel.

Woolverton wrote the script for “Maleficent,” a reimagining of Disney’s animated film “Sleeping Beauty” told from the point of view of the villain Maleficent. It was a surprise hit for the studio, with worldwide grosses topping $750 million.

Woolverton’s Disney credits include “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,”  “Alice in Wonderland” and its upcoming sequel “Through the Looking-Glass.” She is repped by Wme.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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- Dave McNary

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‘Maleficent 2′ Developing at Disney

15 June 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Angelina Jolie will likely go for a second round of intense cheekbone enhancement as Maleficent 2 is in development at Disney. Details on the sequel project are thin, but Linda Woolverton, who scripted the first film, is in talks to write the first draft.  The Wrap reports that Robert Stromberg, director of the first movie, […]

The post ‘Maleficent 2′ Developing at Disney appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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‘Maleficent’ Sequel in the Works at Disney With Angelina Jolie Expected to Return

15 June 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Disney is ramping up development of a “Maleficent” sequel, as Linda Woolverton is in talks to return to write the screenplay, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Woolverton will write the script with the expectation that Angelina Jolie will reprise the title role in the live-action fairy tale, though she does not have a deal in place. Joe Roth will return to produce the “Maleficent” sequel, though director Robert Stromberg is not expected to return. Also Read: 'Maleficent,' Groot Top List of Hottest Movie-Inspired Halloween Costumes Jolie is notoriously fickle when it comes to live-action sequels, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Disney Announces A "Maleficent" Sequel

15 June 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney has begun work on a sequel to last year's fantasy blockbuster "Maleficent," their live-action reinvention of the "Sleeping Beauty" story.

Linda Woolverton, who penned the first film, will write the sequel. Jolie is reportedly being kept in the loop on the film's development, with the actress being sought to reprise her role.

Joe Roth is back as producer, but it's uncertain if Robert Stromberg will be back to direct. The first film cost a whopping $180 million but ended up grossing nearly $760 million worldwide.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Makes $69.2 Million After Final Box Office Numbers Released

18 May 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pitch Perfect 2″ made beautiful music at the box office last weekend.

Final results have the Universal release opening to a superb $69.2 million, which is slightly less than the $70.3 million that the studio projected the film would bring in when it reported estimates on Sunday. That means, however, that “Pitch Perfect 2,” which marks Elizabeth Banks’ feature film directorial debut, is the the third biggest opening for a female director, not the second. It now falls behind Catherine Hardwick’s “Twilight” ($69.6 million) and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “50 Shades of Grey” ($85.2 million).

The a cappella sequel also has to surrender its status as the highest-grossing feature film debut. That distinction now belongs to Robert Stromberg’s debut, “Maleficent,” which earned $69.4 million in its initial weekend.

Some numbers were revised upwards. Overseas, “Pitch Perfect 2″ did $27.1 million instead of $26.9 million. Its global total now stands at $107.5 million. That’s an outstanding result for »

- Brent Lang

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Watch: Trailer & Featurettes For Dell/Intel/Hulu Series 'What Lives Inside' With J.K. Simmons & Colin Hanks

17 March 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Well, it’s a new era in product placement. I’d ask you to imagine an entire film dedicated to propelling a single product or brand forward, but then you’d likely respond with mentions of “Battleship” and “Ouija” and “The Lego Movie” (which was awesome nonetheless). And those are just the tip of the iceberg. You can easily cite films that, even without a product in the title, cater to products, angling shots perfectly to capture some logo or label or product. A collaboration between Dell and Intel, the ”Inside” series is branded content to the extreme, and the fourth entry in the series premieres at the end of this month. Directed by Robert Stromberg (“Maleficent”), “What Lives Inside” stars Colin Hanks as Taylor, a man who stumbles upon a mysterious and magical world his late father (J.K. Simmons), a renowned puppeteer, created. The series also stars Catherine O »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Watch: Trailer & Featurettes For Dell/Intel/Hulu Series 'What Lives Inside' With J.K. Simmons & Colin Hanks

17 March 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, it’s a new era in product placement. I’d ask you to imagine an entire film dedicated to propelling a single product or brand forward, but then you’d likely respond with mentions of “Battleship” and “Ouija” and “The Lego Movie” (which was awesome nonetheless). And those are just the tip of the iceberg. You can easily cite films that, even without a product in the title, cater to products, angling shots perfectly to capture some logo or label or product. A collaboration between Dell and Intel, the ”Inside” series is branded content to the extreme, and the fourth entry in the series premieres at the end of this month. Directed by Robert Stromberg (“Maleficent”), “What Lives Inside” stars Colin Hanks as Taylor, a man who stumbles upon a mysterious and magical world his late father (J.K. Simmons), a renowned puppeteer, created. The series also stars Catherine O »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Jeff Bridges makes a soundtrack for dreams in new Super Bowl ad

30 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While re-watching one of his latest movies, R.I.P.D., could probably do the trick also, it seems like Squarespace and Jeff Bridges are teaming up to help others get to sleep easier (and sell some websites while they’re at it).

Bridges stars in the website creator’s Super Bowl advertisement where he shows off his new album of sleepy tones called “Jeff Bridges Sleeping Tapes.” The album is fully available on dreamingwithjeff.com.

The spot joins a group of Super Bowl advertisements that include movie stars including a recent Snickers spot that includes Machete star Danny Trejo and Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buschemi as members of the Brady Bunch, as well as this one by Director Robert Stromberg.

For now, let The Dude put you all to sleep…

The post Jeff Bridges makes a soundtrack for dreams in new Super Bowl ad appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Zach Dennis

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Watch a Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl ad directed by Robert Stromberg

28 January 2015 10:12 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“Slow and steady my [bleep]!” Robert Stromberg didn’t just reimagine the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty with 2014′s Maleficent. He’s now directed a Super Bowl ad for Mercedes-Benz in which the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is decided by…well, maybe you can guess. Deadline says this is Stromberg’s first advertising directorial debut. Watch it below, and check out another Super Bowl ad featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel:

The post Watch a Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl ad directed by Robert Stromberg appeared first on Sound On Sight. »

- Brian Welk

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Mercedes-Benz’s Super Bowl Ad Directed By Robert Stromberg – Video

28 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Mercedes-Benz USA collaborated with Robert Stromberg –  Maleficent director and a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction for Alice In Wonderland and Avatar –  for its Super Bowl ad this year. It’s Stromberg’s advertising directorial debut. "We tend to think of fables as things of the past," Stromberg said, in re the ad, which is based on the Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare. "It's fascinating for me to render a classic tale with modern tools, yet… »

- Lisa de Moraes

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