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While the D23 Expo has several panels and events throughout the weekend, the one event most fans were looking forward to was the Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios panel. The studio's highly-anticipated Alice Through the Looking Glass was a part of this massive two-hour panel, along with The Finest Hours, Pete's Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Marvel's Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today we have a video featuring highlights from the panel presentation itself, along with a video interview with star Mia Wasikowska, who reprises her title role from 2010's blockbuster Alice in Wonderland.
Disney’s 2010 live-action take on Alice In Wonderland might not have generated the same level of joy as other properties, but it certainly brought in the coins, passing a billion dollars at the box office. Disney showed off some of the sequel (Alice Through The Looking Glass) at D23 this weekend, including a first look at Sacha Baron Cohen as a new character, a creature of shifting morality called Time. In a somewhat muted presentation that only included Alice herself, Mia Wasikowska, the sequel’s secrets were peeled back slightly with the revelation that Linda Woolverton’s script finds the leaping through different time periods and meeting the various “Underland” characters at younger stages in their lives, including the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Baron Cohen’s Time is depicted as an Ott sort (from Sacha? Surely not!) with a heavy accent and a »
From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.
“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”
- Michelle McCue
Disney is giving us our first glimpse at Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in "Alice Through The Looking Glass" via two appropriately whimsical teaser posters. "Alice Through The Looking" Glass revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in Time. Wasikowska told about the sequel in a recent interview : We had a lot more sets on this one so that was really fun to have more interactive sets. The first ‘Alice' was 90% green screen so it was quite fun to be part of a world. Directed by James Bobin from a script by Linda Woolverton, the May 27, 2016 release also stars Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Sacha Baron Cohen, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, »
During the D23 Expo, Disney unveiled the first two posters for its upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Alice Through the Looking Glass," giving us a look at Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. Check everything out below. The new movie is directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) from a script by Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent). The story "revisits Lewis Carroll's belowed stories with an all-new tale that travels back to Underland and back in Time. New cast members include Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter's father Zanik Hightopp. The film is set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. Posters: (click to enlarge) »
Alice Through the Looking Glass acts as both sequel and prequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film, with James Bobin jumping in as director from a script written by Linda Woolverton. (Burton is still on as producer.) While story details have been thin so far, today’s D23 live-action panel revealed that the big tipping point is a problem with the […]
The post ‘Alice: Through the Looking Glass’ Is a Time-Traveling Semi-Prequel [D23 Expo 2015] appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
It was only last July, but it seems like thousands of years ago that we first heard about this "Clan of the Cave Bear" TV series -- and now we're finally getting updates on its progress.
Last year, Lifetime gave a pilot order to an adaptation of Jean M. Auel's six-book series, which features "The Clan of the Cave Bear" as the first title. The story follows a girl's struggle to survive in a prehistoric time when modern Cro-Magnons interacted with Neanderthals. There was a movie made in 1986 starring Daryl Hannah, but this series is probably trying to erase that from our memories.
"I've always admired Jean M. Auel's timeless work," Rob Sharenow, Lifetime's exec VP and general manager, told Variety at the time. "With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project »
- Gina Carbone
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, »
The production of a Maleficent (2014) sequel is in the works and Disney has hired famed screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) to work on the next blockbuster. Linda Woolverton Writes ‘Maleficent’ Sequel, Angelina Jolie Still In Talks The 2014 Disney film Maleficent is a dark action re-imagined fantasy of the 1950s animated Disney movie […]
- Shantel Whitaker
Maleficent 2: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year, and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One. If all goes well, he will join a cast led by Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn; Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is set to direct. Described as a heist movie, the story will follow rebel soldiers who attempt to steal the plans for the Death...
- Peter Martin
Sharpen your cheekbones, "Maleficent" fans! The mistress of all evil is back. Disney is prepping a sequel to their big-budget origin story, Access Hollywood confirmed on Tuesday. The studio has secured a deal with screenwriter Linda Woolverton to pen a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster, which grossed nearly $760 million worldwide. Star Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, is being reportedly kept "in the loop" throughout the early development phase. Although there's no definite word on whether the actress will reprise her role as the cunning sorceress, the project is being crafted with her in mind. Angelina is known for being selective when ...
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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
Deadline reports that Disney's sequel to 2014's Maleficent is starting to take shape. Linda Woolverton will return to write the script, while Angelina Jolie has reportedly been kept "in the loop" to reprise her role of the fairy turned villain turned awesome foster mom. No word yet on whether or not Elle Fanning will also be brought back onboard, but we'd totally watch a spinoff of a spinoff with just Angelina and her raven (played in the first film by Sam Riley) meddling in other people's business. Maybe it'll end up on Netflix, too. »
- Dee Lockett
It's hard to know what audiences will go for. This spring, Disney learned the hard way that a theme park ride inspired movie starring George Clooney wasn't what ticket buyers wanted. On the other hand, last summer moviegoers worldwide forked over $758 million dollars to watch Angelina Jolie wave her witchy wand in "Maleficent." Who knew? And naturally, the studio wants more of the latter. Deadline reports that the mouse house is conjuring a sequel to "Maleficent." Linda Woolverton, who wrote the first movie is being assigned the followup gig. She's a veteran at the studio having penned "The Lion King" and "Alice In Wonderland," and has upcoming live action efforts "Alice Through The Looking Glass" and "Beauty And The Beast" on her slate as well. Of course, the big question mark will be Jolie, who isn't signed for a second movie. And while the actress isn't exactly known for sequels »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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. »
Disney hopes that one fairy tale sequel will come true.
Deadline reports that things are moving ahead for a follow-up to 2014's blockbuster "Maleficent," which starred Angelina Jolie as the titular enchantress. Disney has hired Linda Woolverton to write the script, and is "keeping Jolie in the loop and that the sequel will be written for her to reprise."
"Maleficent" was a massive success, raking in over $758 million at the box office, and it set off a flurry of live-action reboots of Disney's animated classics. "Cinderella" was a hit this spring, and the studio is working on "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson.
The biggest question mark, of course, is whether Jolie would reprise her role. As Deadline notes, Jolie isn't high on making sequels; she turned down follow-ups to "Salt" and "Wanted." And as she USA Today of making a possible sequel, "I just feel like we did »
- Kelly Woo
Maleficent: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations...
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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
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.
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. »
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.
Maleficent was a box office hit for Disney, after grossing $760 million worldwide. Watch a trailer below: »
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