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There are two ways to look at the news that Paul Thomas Anderson will write and possibly direct a live-action Pinocchio starring Robert Downey Jr. The first way to take this report from THR is to feel morose that not even an auteur like Anderson can escape the black hole of live-action adaptations of children’s tales that were previously adapted into Disney movies. Anderson will be creating something that will have to compete with the likes of Tinkerbell, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinnocchio, and a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk all in the pipeline. [caption id="attachment_480487" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Disney[/caption] However, this one isn’t from Disney, and PTA might get a bit more freedom since this is coming from Warner Bros., which, judging by the trailers, let Joe Wright go wild with the Peter Pan prequel, Pan. Furthermore, Downey could be »
- Matt Goldberg
The Disney animation-to-live-action craze continues. Not only is there the Tinker Bell movie with Reese Witherspoon, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio and a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk in the works, but now the studio also has a live-action project based on the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia in early development too. As reported by THR, Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter scribes, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, are locked to pen the script and will produce the film as well. According to the outlet’s sources, the live-action rendition of Night on Bald Mountain will be similar to what the studio did with Maleficent. If you’ve seen the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia, you know that the possibilities are endless as far as a feature narrative goes, although the fact that THR’s sources »
- Perri Nemiroff
Disney’s been on a heavy trend of revisiting its animated classics in the form of live-action remakes, but the most recent addition is actually the resurrection of a project that’s been in development for years. In 2010, Elizabeth Banks became attached to star in Tink, a live-action movie that would follow Peter Pan character Tinkerbell and aimed to “play with the mischievous nature” of the fairy. The project obviously has yet to come to fruition, but in 2012 Banks still sounded optimistic, saying they had a great script and were continuing development. Since that time, Disney has put into development/production/release the live-action films Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinnocchio, and a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk. Now, it appears, there’s new life in Tink, although Banks doesn’t appear to be involved anymore. THR reports that Reese Witherspoon »
- Adam Chitwood
Please, I've had enough; can these live-action takes on Disney's classic characters just end already? There are already so many of them in various stages of development, including Beauty And The Beast, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Mulan, Pinocchio, Winnie The Pooh, and Jack And The Beanstalk. The newest character to receive the live-action remake treatment will be none other than that feisty little fairy, Tinker Bell. THR reports that Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in and »
- Kevin Fraser
Into The Woods follows our favourite fairy tales – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood – in a twist on the usual ‘happily ever after’ as a witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
What drew you to adapting the musical into something as big as a Disney movie?
Uh… money? [laughs] No. The thing that was great about it was there were no constraints as there are when you do things on the stage. The fun part was taking something that we had dreamed up that had the limitations of having to be on the stage, and reimagining it visually to be able to do pretty much anything we wanted. »
- Hannah Ross
To celebrate the release of Disney’s enchanting Into The Woods on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve got a poster signed by the cast and 3 DVD’s to giveaway to some lucky souls! Expect a twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew as Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in this adventure directed by Rob Marshall.
Into The Woods follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Streep), who has put a curse on them. Plots intertwine in a spellbinding mix of song and action as we explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
Based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, »
- Dan Bullock
Even though Jack the Giant Slayer didn't fare too well at the box office, Disney wants another crack at the classic fable. Deadline reports the House of Mouse has picked up Beanstalk, yet another revisionist take on the familiar tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. However, this one just might get your attention, because the detailed outline that inspired Disney to pick u pthe project comes from "Breaking Bad" and its spin-off series "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan. And if you're a fan of those shows, you'll also be glad to hear the script will come from of the Emmy-winning writers, Thomas Schauz. Sounds like a sweet deal. As of now, there aren't any details on how this new take on the classic tale will go, but we'll trust in Gilligan that he's crafted something original. And since Disney is the one who picked it up, that certainly gives it some weight as well. »
- Ethan Anderton
Spider-Man: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) will write a treatment for and produce an animated Spider-Man movie. The much-in-demand creative duo will lay out the story for the project, which will exist independently of live-action plans for the lead character. Spider-Man first appeared in an animated series in 1967 (above); the next live-action Spider-Man movie is set for July 28, 2017, with the animated film hitting theaters on July 20, 2018. [EW.com] Beanstalk: Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) has written a detailed outline for Beanstalk, a "revisionist take" on Jack and the Beanstalk, and sold it to Disney. Gilligan will serve as a producer on the live-action project and may possibly direct; Thomas Schnauz (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul...
- Peter Martin
Gilligan has developed the concept for a reinvention of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk for Disney, and could be in line to direct the project.
The studio is working on new adaptations of The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, »
Gilligan penned the treatment for Beanstalk, described as a "revisionist take" on the familiar story of the young man, magic beans and a greedy giant. Gilligan will continue to serve as a producer on the film, while Thomas Schnauz — a co-executive producer on both Breaking Bad and its new spinoff Better Call Saul — will write the script.
While Gilligan and »
Disney’s passion for live-action versions of classic fairy tale and animated stories continues unabated. Now Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, has sold Disney a “detailed outline” for Beanstalk, a film that will rework the old Jack and the Beanstalk story. While he won’t script, Gilligan may end up directing. […]
- Russ Fischer
Well, here's an odd pairing: Deadline has learned Disney has picked up a revisionist take on Jack and the Beanstalk from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Titled Beanstalk, the planned film is based on an outline by Gilligan, and his Bb and Better Call Saul screenwriter Thomas Schnauz will write the script. The site says Gilligan may also helm the movie, however "it’s very early days on the project." The most recent big screen adaptation of the Jack »
- Jesse Giroux
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Vince Gilligan has given us a different look at meth cooks with Breaking Bad, and a new perspective on sketchy lawyers with Better Call Saul. Now he.s doing something very different, with a revamping of Jack and the Beanstalk, because of course. Deadline reports that Disney has acquired Gilligan.s Beanstalk, which is being described as a "revisionist take" on the classic legend that involves magic beans and a goose that lays golden eggs. It.s certainly a departure subject matter wise for Gilligan, whose current projects include Saul on AMC and the cop comedy/drama Battle Creek on CBS, but it.s one of those pairings that sounds so crazy and off-the-wall that it just might work. The studio picked up Beanstalk based on a detailed outline from Gilligan, who also reportedly has his eye on the director.s chair, even though it.s still very early in »
While it continues to mine its animated archives for films to convert into live-action adventures, Disney is turning its eye to other classic tales as source material. The latest target for the Mouse House is Jack And The Beanstalk, for which the studio has hired the services of Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to develop and one of his regular collaborators, writer Tom Schnauz, for script duty.Jack And The Beanstalk, for the three people who might not know the story, finds a farm boy sent to sell a cow at market who instead swaps the animal for magic beans. They then grow into a massive beanstalk that leads Jack to an adventure in a land of giants, where he encounters a golden goose and its very angry, very big owner. While Deadline reports that Gilligan – who has written a detailed outline – has cooked up a revisionist take on the traditional story, »
Disney and Vince Gilligan, the creator of the acclaimed and very gritty AMC drama Breaking Bad, are teaming up to adapt the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The studio is in negotiations to pick up Beanstalk, described as a revisionist take on the tale involving a young boy, magic beans and a giant, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Gilligan has written a treatment for the project which will be written by Thomas Schnauz. Gilligan knows Schnauz pretty well: The man was a writer and co-executive producer on Gilligan's Breaking Bad and is working on the spinoff show Better Call
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Disney is acquiring Beanstalk, a revisionist take on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale that is based on a detailed outline by Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan. Gilligan has tapped Thomas Schnauz–who has won two Emmys writing for both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul–to write the script. Gilligan will eye it as a possible directing vehicle, but it’s very early days on the project. Gilligan and Mark Johnson will produce. The most recent… »
Who wants an early Easter bonus feature from the upcoming Home Entertainment release of Disney’s Into The Woods? Well, join us as we head into this entertaining exclusive behind-the-scenes clip before it’s released on May 18th on Blu-ray and DVD.
For those who only know a little, Into The Woods is a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, entwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The humourous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall directs »
- Dan Bullock
“I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”
When Michael Haffner reviewed Disney’s Into The Woods here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote “.….Into The Woods soars when it focuses on the music and character development. The multiple stories occasionally slow down the film, and the fact that some aren’t entirely given a clear resolution speak to how overstuffed it often feels.” (read all of Michael’s review Here).
Unfamiliar with the stage version, I recognized Into The Woods’ flaws but enjoyed it for the most part. It performed well at the Bo but wasn’t well-received by critics last Christmas. Perhaps most disappointed were people waiting for a more typical Disney story with perfect adorable characters expressing themselves through singing. It’s not a movie for the whole family like we all are used to from the studio. I was looking for more from Johnny Depp, »
- Tom Stockman
Disney's Into the Woods adds a musical twist to the well-traveled universe of classic fairy tales. Chicago director Rob Marshall helms this tale of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel discovering their fates will all cross paths with a baker and his wife.
Into the Woods stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp, and is set to make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital debut on March 24. Thanks to the awesome folks at Disney we are going to award one lucky reader a Disney Movies Anywhere code for Into the Woods that will grant access to watch the film online on either a computer or mobile device.
For a chance to win the Into the Woods Disney Movies Anywhere digital code, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning »
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