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Warner Bros. has acquired the intellectual property rights to the beloved Willy Wonka franchise from the Roald Dahl estate, as the studio plans a new standalone movie. Harry Potter producer David Heyman is returning to the studio to produce alongside Michael Siegel, the manager of the Dahl Estate. The studio was reportedly trying to secure the franchise rights since the beginning of this year, with the deal finally closing this fall.
Variety reports that Simon Rich (The Secret Life of Pets) has come aboard to write the script. Sources claim this project will not be an origin story, but rather a standalone tale focusing on Willy Wonka and his "early adventures." There is no word if the studio plans on utilizing other characters from Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka novels, but there is speculation that if this first project is a hit, characters like Charlie and others could surface in future projects. »
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to “Willy Wonka” from the Roald Dahl estate and is teaming up with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman on a new movie based on the colorful chocolate purveyor, TheWrap has learned. Heyman, who produced the “Harry Potter” film series for Warner Bros., will produce the movie alongside Michael Siegel, the manager of the Dahl Estate. Kevin McCormick will executive produce. Simon Rich, who wrote “The Secret Life of Pets,” is handling the screenplay, and Courtenay Valenti and Jon Gonda are overseeing the project for Warner Bros. Also Read: Gene Wilder Called Tim Burton's »
- Matt Pressberg
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights from Roald Dahl and they're now ready to get the ball rolling on a new, original tale centered around our favorite eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka. More information after the drop!
Willy Wonka is coming back to the big screen, thanks to 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple! However, this won't be a reimagining of the classic novel and film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In fact, it's going to be an entirely original tale.
According to sources speaking to Variety, Warner Bros. is attempting to revive the Roald Dahl character, not as an origin story, but as a prequel that follows Willy Wonka's adventures. They even have a team of big name players developing the film in Producer David Heyman (Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Executive Producer Kevin McCormick, Writer Simon Rich (Secret Life of Pets), and the manager of the Dahl Estate, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
First reported by Variety, it’s understood Warner has acquired rights to the property from the Roald Dahl estate, recruiting The Secret Life Of Pets scribe Simon Rich to hash out a screenplay. Rather than setting out to create another big-screen rendition of Dahl’s cherished story, WB has reportedly mapped out preliminary plans for a standalone story, one which circles back to focus on the early adventures of Wonka himself. There’s even chatter that this could spawn a franchise of films, allowing characters like Charlie to enter the fray further down the line, though Variety’s report does stress that it isn’t an origin story.
- Michael Briers
After helping build the “Harry Potter” franchise and rebooting it with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are re-teaming to revive another classic character.
Heyman will produce with Michael Siegel, who is the manager of the Dahl Estate. Kevin McCormick is exec producing. “The Secret Life of Pets” scribe Simon Rich is penning the script. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing the project for the studio.
Sources reveal that the film will not be an origin tale, but a standalone movie focused on Wonka and his early adventures. It’s unknown who from the original book series, other than Wonka, will be involved in the project. If the reboot is a hit, it seems »
- Justin Kroll
This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The Bfg,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
As dreamers around the globe gear up for World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The Bfg,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Burbank, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda and Dahl’s personal favorite, The Bfg, as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of The Bfg, Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. »
- ComicMix Staff
The 4th of July holiday weekend is typically a big one at the box office, with fans flocking to their local theaters to beat the heat. This year, three new movies opened, The Bfg, The Legend of Tarzan and The Purge: Election Year, going up against the winner for the past two weekends, Finding Dory. Unfortunately, none of these newcomers could defeat the champ, with Finding Dory winning for a third week in a row with $41.9 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Finding Dory dropped just 42.6% this weekend. The Legend of Tarzan opened in 3,561 theaters, followed by The Bfg in 3,357 theaters and The Purge: Election Year in 2,796 theaters. The Bfg is the only new release to have a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating, with a solid 71% Fresh, with The Legend of Tarzan scoring just 35% and The Purge: Election Year getting 54%. The Legend of Tarzan debuted in second place with $38.1 million, followed »
Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.
Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Pixar's Finding Dory helped resuscitate a sagging summer box office earlier this month, with a record-breaking $135 million, the highest debut ever for an animated movie. The sequel easily took down Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows and Free State of Jones in its second weekend, but it faces some much stiffer competition heading into the extended holiday. Disney's The Bfg, Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan and Universal's The Purge: Election Year all debut this Friday. While it will likely be fairly close, Finding Dory is expected to hold onto its crown for a third weekend in a row, with $38.7 million.
If this prediction holds true, it will represent a 53.5% drop for Finding Dory in its third weekend, and push it past $300 million domestic. While $38.7 million isn't a terribly high figure for a winning summer weekend, none of the three new releases have been tracking very high with box office pundits. »
This weekend, one of the biggest adventures of the summer will hit theaters when The Bfg arrives July 1. To get fans ready for this release, we have five new clips that give us some new insight into Giant Country in this highly-anticipated adaptation. This long-awaited movie will go up against Universal's The Purge: Anarchy and Warner Bros.' The Legend of Tarzan this weekend.
The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers - Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg - finally come together to bring The Bfg to life. Directed by the three-time Academy Award winner from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison based on the best-selling book by Dahl, The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and stars three-time Tony Award, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar winner Mark Rylance, newcomer Ruby Barnhill, »
The Bfg hit Cannes with a rousing and extensive standing ovation. Director Steven Spielberg and stars Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall and filmmakers Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel celebrated at the Carlton Beach afterwards.
Cannes Film Festival May 14, 2016. Cast and filmmakers at the press conference for The Bfg
- Michelle McCue
The talents of three of the world's greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg, finally unite to bring Roald Dahl's beloved classic The Bfg to life. Walt Disney Studios is thrilled to share the latest trailer for "The Bfg, which includes new, never-before-seen footage of the Bfg (Big Friendly Giant) in action. The film hits theaters nationwide on July 1. And be on the lookout for the next trailer, which will have even more of the The Bfg as well as the other giants from Giant Country!
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Disney's The Bfg tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, »
The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.
The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »
- Michelle McCue
14 items from 2016
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