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Best of the Week: 'Justice League' Buzz, 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Details and More

24 June 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News DC Delirium: Justice League set reports revealed the new Batmobile, a full synopsis, villain info, and more. Marvel Madness: Hannibal Buress joined Spider-Man: Homecoming. Bob Persichetti is directing the animated Spider-Man movie. Star Wars Mania: Darth Vader was confirmed to be in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And James Earl Jones was confirmed to voice him again. Details on the main characters from Rogue One were revealed. And more Rogue One photos were released. Sequelitis: Multiple Paddington sequels are in the works. Noomi Rapace is returning for Alien: Covenant. Miranda Otto and Stephanie Sigman will star in Annabelle 2. Franchise Fever: Disney has...

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Phil Lord & Chris Miller promise "unique" animated Spider-Man movie

24 June 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Not much is known about Sony and director Bob Persichetti's animated Spider-man flick, but the rumor is Miles Morales may be the focus of the movie instead of Peter Parker. Although producers/writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller didn't reveal which version of the web-slinger will be featured in the project during their conversation with IGN, the duo (who are out promoting their new Fox series... Read More »

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller say Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie will be unique

24 June 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will return to the big screen next year in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Sony also has a second Spidey movie in the works, with 2018 set to see the arrival of an animated theatrical feature.

Speaking to IGN to promote their new sitcom Son of Zorn, writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller – whose previous credits include the rather splendid The Lego Movie – have spoken briefly about the animated Spider-Man film, describing it as “unique”.

“It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you’ve seen. It will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience,” said Miller, with Lord adding that: “It’s wonderful and the people that are working on it are geniuses. It is unique. … People will love it.”

See Also: Sony to build “a whole Spider-Man universe” with Marvel

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- Gary Collinson

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Phil Lord And Chris Miller Tease “Unique” Spider-Man Animated Movie

23 June 2016 6:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Very little is known about Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, and while rumours point to it revolving around Miles Morales, that’s far from confirmed at this stage. What we do know is that first time director Bob Persichetti will be at the helm, while The Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord penned the screenplay.

He’ll produce alongside partner Chris Miller, and in a recent interview to promote their new Fox series Son of Zorn, the duo had this to say about what we should expect.

“It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you’ve seen. It will stand on its own as a unique film-going experience. It’s wonderful and the people that are working on it are geniuses. It is unique. People will love it.”

It remains to be seen what the directors mean when they describe this animated Spider-Man movie as “unique,” but »

- Josh Wilding

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Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie finds director in Bob Persichetti

21 June 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With most of the Spider-Man-related focus is on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which just began shooting, it’s easy to forget that Sony Pictures Animation is developing a 2018 animated film built around the character that sounds just as promising as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s effort. In fact, Sony has just announced their latest major step forward with the project, as they have found a director in Bob Persichetti.

Although the untitled Spider-Man movie is set to be Persichetti’s directorial debut, he has a ton of experience in animation, having worked on Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Puss in Boots. Additionally, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Little Prince, a well-reviewed film coming to Netflix in August. 

21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are on a hot streak right now, are signed on to produce the project, alongside Avi Arad »

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Spider-Man: animated movie has its director

20 June 2016 10:18 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Bob Persichetti is to direct the animated movie of Spider-Man, that's heading to cinemas in late 2018...

Sony has officially confirmed (again) its plans for an animated Spider-Man movie, and more to the point, it's announced the personnel behind it.

It had previously revealed that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller would be overseeing the project, but then the pair landed the job of directing the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie. Inevitably, that's where their attention is right now.

That said, they’ve still worked on the screenplay for the animated Spider-Man movie, which is going to be credited to Phil Lord. The pair remain involved as producers.

The new director for the thus-far unnamed Spider-Man film is Bob Persichetti. He’s making his feature directorial debut on the movie (although he had been set to make the Playmobil movie, before departing that project »

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Emoji Movie and Spider-Man Headline Sony's 2017-2018 Animation Slate

20 June 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. These projects include the previously-announced Spider-Man Animated Movie and the new Emoji movie, which is now entitled EmojiMovie: Express Yourself. Here's what Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, had to say in her statement.

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, underscoring the Studio's pledge to develop projects aimed »

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Sony Finally Finds A Director For Their Animated Spider-Man Movie

20 June 2016 4:56 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller were originally expected to direct Sony’s animated Spider-Man film, but after attempting to balance that, The Flash, a Lego sequel and the Han Solo spinoff, it was ultimately the latter that they decided to devote their time to. However, this CGI adventure for the wall-crawler finally has someone at the helm.

That will be first time director Bob Persichetti. He’s worked on countless animated features for studios like Disney and Dreamworks in various capacities and served as head of story for Puss in Boots and The Little Prince. It’s hard to predict what he’ll bring to the table, but it’s hard to complain when he has so much experience in this realm.

Interestingly, Lord actually wrote the script alone, but will produce alongside Miller, Amy Pascal and Avi Arad (the latter is someone most fans would »

- Josh Wilding

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'Spider-Man' and 'Ghostbusters' loom large in the plans of Sony Pictures Animation

20 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Animation has always been the red-headed stepchild of studio animation arms. They’ve had a few big hits, a few mid-sized hits, and they’ve done a very good job of squeezing every possible penny out of the direct-to-video market with sequels to some of their titles. In the press release they sent out today, Sony made it clear that they’re doubling down on animation. Kristine Belson is the president of Sony Animation, answering directly to Tom Rothman, and she talked about letting artists drive the films they’re planning to make. It’s a pretty safe list overall, with an emphasis on pre-existing properties, and I have a hard time getting my head around how anyone is even remotely artistically moved by the idea of an Emoji movie. Some of the titles had already been announced, but there are new details on those, and some of the announcements were brand-new. »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Gets Director

20 June 2016 3:05 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

As shooting gets underway on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony is taking a big step forward with its other upcoming feature about the webslinger. Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Bob Persichetti will direct the Spider-Man animated movie first announced last year. The project has been developing with producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller; Lord also wrote the screenplay.  Avi Arad and Amy […]

The post ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Gets Director appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Sony's Animated Spider-man Movie Finally Has A Director; Will It Revolve Around Miles Morales?

20 June 2016 2:36 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Shooting may have only just started on Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Sony is already making plans for another big screen outing for the wall-crawler (or at least a version of him). Set for release in December 21st, 2018, the animated movie now has a director in the form of Bob Persichetti. He's never directed a feature, but has worked on almost countless releases, serving as head of story for Puss in Boots and The Little Prince. In a random bit of trivia, he also voiced the "Ohhh Cat" in the former.  Interestingly, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Lego Movie's Phil Lord penned this Spider-Man movie alone, but he will produce alongside partner Chris Miller. Also serving in that capacity is Amy Pascal and Avi Arad. Despite rumours that Miles Morales will be the focus of this animated spinoff, Sony reportedly refused to comment on that, so it looks like that's »

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate, Plus Animated 'Spider-man' Finds A Director

20 June 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie.

Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation, says:

"We are meaningfully stepping up our level of production, while creating an environment that fosters the best talent. Our goal is to enlarge our presence in the animation landscape with a uniquely diverse slate, and our strategy to get there is to let artists drive the movies creatively."

Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, adds:

"I could not be more proud of the way Kristine Belson has rebuilt Sony Pictures Animation into the boldest home for animation in the industry."

Sony Pictures Animation's slate includes a diverse mix of originals and franchises, some previously announced, each with its own unique style and tone, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Sony Plans Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ TV Show

20 June 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A rebooted version of “Ghostbusters” doesn’t hit theaters until next month, but Sony Pictures is already plunging ahead with other ways to keep the paranormal investigators busy.

The studio’s animation division is planning a television series entitled “Ghostbuster: Ecto Force.” The show is being spearheaded by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 blockbuster, and will focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters. It will be set in the year 2050. The show is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

This isn’t the first time the Ghostbusters have gotten the animated treatment. In the mid-1980’s, there was an animated spin-off, “The Real Ghostbusters,” which featured big screen characters such as  Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, as well as tie-ins to the movies thanks to appearances by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

In addition, Sony Animation announced that Bob Persichetti will direct an animated Spider-Man film. Persichetti previously oversaw the story on “Puss in Boots” and “The Little Prince »

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Sony Plans Animated ‘Ghostbusters’ TV Show

20 June 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A rebooted version of “Ghostbusters” doesn’t hit theaters until next month, but Sony Pictures is already plunging ahead with other ways to keep the paranormal investigators busy.

The studio’s animation division is planning a television series entitled “Ghostbuster: Ecto Force.” The show is being spearheaded by Ivan Reitman, the director of the original 1984 blockbuster, and will focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters. It will be set in the year 2050. The show is eyeing an early 2018 debut.

This isn’t the first time the Ghostbusters have gotten the animated treatment. In the mid-1980’s, there was an animated spin-off, “The Real Ghostbusters,” which featured big screen characters such as  Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler, as well as tie-ins to the movies thanks to appearances by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

In addition, Sony Animation announced that Bob Persichetti will direct an animated Spider-Man film. Persichetti previously oversaw the »

- Brent Lang

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First "Spiderman: Homecoming" Set Pics

20 June 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filming officially kicked off today on Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and the first images from the set have made their way online. Just Jared premiered the pics which offer a first look at Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Zendaya as Michelle & Tony Revolori as Manuel. The film opens July 7th 2017.

Sony has also confirmed to Deadline that Bob Persichetti will direct the animated "Spider-Man" film currently in the works which boasts a script by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street"). That film is targeting a December 21st 2018 release.

Tom Holland & @Zendaya get to work in these first #SpiderManHomecoming set photos! https://t.co/tKtUASaJAG pic.twitter.com/sljXqMz61e

— JustJared.com (@JustJared) June 20, 2016 »

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Sony Animation lines up 'Spider-Man', 'Hotel Transylvania 3'

20 June 2016 7:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony Pictures Animation on Monday afternoon unveiled a blockbuster film and television slate through 2018 that made no secret of the properties the studio values most highly.

The multi-platform roster includes features of Spider-Man,  Emojimovie and new instalments in the Hotel Transylvania and Smurfs franchises, as well as a TV outing for Ghostbusters.

Emojimovie: Express Yourself will open in August 2017 and explores the world of the characters beloved by cell phone users. Anthony Leondis directs from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Siegel. Michelle Raimo Kouyate produces.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is earmarked for April 7, 2017. Kelly Asbury directs from a screenplay by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon based on the characters and works of Peyo. Jordan Kerner produces and the voice cast includes Demi Lovato, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson and Mandy Patinkin.

Christmas story The Star (working title) is being made in association with The Jim Henson Company and set for December 8, 2017. Timothy Reckart directs »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Aton Soumache talks 'The Little Prince', new films and building a European animation mini-major

20 January 2016 4:17 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Aton Soumache, producer of Mark Osborne’s global hit The Little Prince, talks about bringing the French classic to the big screen and his ambitions for Paris-based mini-major On Entertainment.

Producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam of On Entertainment received Unifrance’s French Cinema Award at its annual Rendez-vous in Paris over the weekend in recognition of the global success of their recent production, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince.

The $57m production has drawn more than 15 million spectators worldwide since its release last July, making it the most successful French-produced feature-length animation of all time, and has still to hit screens in the Us, where Paramount Pictures has set a March 18 launch. UK and Canada releases are due around the same time.

When Soumache and Rassam first approached Osborne about directing an animation adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella, the Kung Fu Panda director turned them down. The pair had »

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Santa Barbara Film Festival to Host U.S. Premiere of ‘The Little Prince’

4 January 2016 3:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “The Little Prince.”

Based on the classic tale by French novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the star-studded, Mark Osborne-directed animated film features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James FrancoBenicio Del Toro and Marion Cotillard, among many others.  The screenplay was written by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti.

The Little Prince,” which was well received by the Japanense box office, follows the story of a little girl who escapes the pressures of her overbearing mother by befriending an elderly aviator who introduces her to the extraordinary, magical world of the Little Prince.

“Saint-Exupéry’s novel is one of the most beloved works of the 20th century,” said Sbiff executive director Roger Durling. “What Mark has done with this story is extraordinary and moving, and we think »

- Alyssa Sage

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‘The Little Prince’ to Open Santa Barbara Film Festival

4 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The new animated version of the classic story “The Little Prince” will be the opening-night film at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, organizers announced on Monday. Directed by Mark Osborne and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco and Benicio Del Toro, the animated film premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released by Paramount Pictures in March. “The Little Prince” takes elements from the original book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and uses them in an original narrative by Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti about a little girl who develops. »

- Steve Pond

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'The Little Prince,' with All-Star Voice Cast, to Open 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Trailer)

4 January 2016 2:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The U.S. premiere of Paramount's animated feature "The Little Prince," with voice work from an all-star cast including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, and Benicio Del Toro, will open the 31st edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 3.  Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "Le Petit Prince," first published in 1943, the animated film combines elements of the source material with an original screenplay from Irena Brignull ("The Boxtrolls") and Bob Persichetti ("Puss in Boots"). Directed by Mark Osborne ("Kung Fu Panda"), "The Little Prince" arrives in theaters March 18. Read the full synopsis below. To ensure that her daughter is enrolled in a prestigious academy, The Mother (McAdams) forces The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy) into a rigorous study schedule that leaves »

- Matt Brennan

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