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Suspiria: Chloe Grace Moretz will star opposite Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Suspiria, a remake of the classic horror movie directed by Dario Argento. Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) will helm the new version. The original followed a ballet dancer who begins training at a prestigious academy in Europe before learning that it is only a front for sinister and supernatural elements. [Variety] Gigantic: Meg LeFauve, whose writing credits include Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming Captain Marvel, will make her directorial debut on Disney's Gigantic (above). She will join Nathan Greno as director on the animated project, which aims to be "the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk … with comedy and deep emotion," according to...
- Peter Martin
Meg LeFauve was one of the writers responsible for breaking America’s hearts into tiny little Bing Bong-shaped bits as a contributor to the Inside Out screenplay. Now Disney has enlisted her to presumably wrench some tears out of you as one of the directors of Gigantic, their upcoming reimagining of the Jack And The Beanstalk story. She’ll share duties with Nathan Greno, who co-helmed Tangled. The story will follow Jack and Inma, an 11-year-old female giant. Like the similarly succinctly-titled Frozen and Tangled, Gigantic will indeed be a musical with songs from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-wife team that brought “Let It Go” into the lexicon. It’s scheduled for 2018.
While it’s all contained within the greater Mouse empire, this marks a leap for LeFauve from Pixar to Walt Disney Animation Studios. She also, however, happens to be involved with the company’s Marvel ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Meg LeFauve, the prolific screenwriter whose credits include Inside Out and Captain Marvel – to name but two – has been elected director of Disney’s Gigantic following her extensive work during the development process.
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that LeFauve will now co-direct the 2018 animation in tandem with Nathan Greno in a move that evokes memories of Jennifer Lee’s promotion to co-director on Frozen after she too helped whip the project into shape during its formative years. Speaking of which, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have enlisted for the movie gunning to be the “definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk” following their contribution to Frozen, with Dorothy McKim on board to produce.
First unveiled at last year’s D23 expo, Gigantic will take place during the Spanish Age of Exploration, a fruitful period for European countries that involved countless journeys overseas in search of foreign lands. »
- Michael Briers
Disney has made an entire industry off of re-telling classic fairy tales. They made a habit of doing in in their heyday, and have been returning to some of these stories in both live-action and animated form. The most recent animated re-telling came in the form of Frozen, a reinterpreted version of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.
Of course, there's no way Disney was going to abandon that strategy any time soon, and on the animated front, the next film to do that will be one entitled Gigantic, which is set to hit theaters on November 21, 2018. Up until now, all we've really known about the film was its release date, its producer, and the writers of the film's music (Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will be returning from their gig on the successful Frozen).
- Joseph Medina
Disney’s Jack and the Beanstalk retelling has a new director: Meg LeFauve — already very much part of the Disney family with screenwriting credits on Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and Captain Marvel — will co-helm Gigantic alongside Nathan Greno (Tangled). The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. It marks the second time a Walt Disney Animation Studios theatrical feature has been directed by a woman. Jennifer Lee was the first when she was promoted from screenwriter to co-direct Frozen alongside Chris Buck. LeFauve, similarly, comes to the director’s chair with a writer’s background, rather than the more common path of an animator or storyboard artist to director. Gigantic takes place in Spain during the Age of Exploration and has Jack meeting Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and he agrees to help her find her way home. The film is set for a November 21, 2018 release. »
- Emily Rome
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve is about to make the jump to directing. After writing the Academy Award-winning Pixar movie Inside Out, Disney has tapped her to co-direct the upcoming Disney Animation movie Gigantic. She will be directing the movie alongside Tangled's Nathan Greno.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Meg LeFauve would be making her directorial debut on Gigantic. The movie is said to be an updated take on the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, a story that has been told quite a few times over the years. The big twist will be that Jack winds up befriending a female giant, instead of just cutting down the beanstalk and killing the giant for the golden goose. Here is the synopsis for the movie.
"Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Gigantic follows a teenage adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds, »
“Gigantic” was first unveiled in August, 2015, as an adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter announced the project at the studio’s D23 Expo.
“Gigantic” is set for release on Nov. 21, 2018.
The movie is being produced by Dorothy McKim (“Get a Horse!”) and “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write the music for the film. “We hope this will be the definitive version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ … with comedy and deep emotion,” Greno said at the presentation.
The story is set in Spain during the Age of Exploration and the film follows Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within clouds. Jack befriends the female giant Inma, who’s “11 years old, 60 feet tall, fiery, feisty and a lot »
- Dave McNary
Disney favorite Meg LeFauve is adding another high-profile project to the to-do list. The Captain Marvel and Inside Out screenwriter has been set to co-direct Gigantic, Disney Animation’s upcoming take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. She joins previously announced director Nathan Greno (Tangled). Gigantic will be LeFauve’s first directing credit. It also extends her fruitful relationship with Disney. […]
- Angie Han
In the wake of today's announcement by Disney Animation that the "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel has scored a March 9th 2018 release date, Disney Pictures have now moved up the Jack and the Beanstalk animated feature "Gigantic".
Originally slated for that date, the film will now be pushed to a Thanksgiving launch on Wednesday, November 21st 2018. The project was first announced at D23 last summer with Nathan Greno ("Tangled") set to direct.
In "Gigantic," Jack goes up the tall plant and teams with a 60-foot tall, eleven-year-old girl giant named Inma. He agrees to help her find her way home. On top of the beanstalk, Jack encounters an entire world of giants from lots of different cultures.
- Garth Franklin
Zootropolis finally makes its bow in UK cinemas this weekend, and it’s been well worth the wait. It continues an astonishing run from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with its directors, Rich Moore (Rm) and Byron Howard (Bh), to chat about the film.
Here’s how it went…
Bh: He’s not as brutal as you might think!
Rm: John’s mom was an art teacher. So John really has that talent of picking out something nice about everything that someone does. »
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