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After spending the past seven years launching film franchises based on its toys and games like Transformers and G.I. Joe, and setting up other movies like “Monopoly,” “Candy Land” and “Risk,” Hasbro Studios is poised to take the next logical step: financing its own features.
The toymaker has launched Allspark Pictures — a clever nod to “Transformers” — through which it will fully fund and co-finance a slate of films. The projects that will inaugurate the banner are an animated “My Little Pony” movie, the first planned to play theatrically in 2017, and a live-action adaptation of animated series “Jem and the Holograms,” which will sing into theaters on Oct. 23, 2015. Universal will split “Jem’s” budget with Hasbro.
“We have a long history in film, and it’s become a very important part of our content strategy,” says Stephen Davis, president of Burbank-based Hasbro Studios. “We want to use great stories to activate our brands, »
- Marc Graser
Last week we took a trip back in time to the 1980s to test your knowledge of 80s cartoon villains, and we thought we’d jump forward a decade for this week’s quiz as we ask ‘Do You Know Your 90s Cartoons?’. Take the quiz below to see if you can name all fifteen 90s cartoons, and don’t forget to share your results and challenge your friends to best your score…
Question 1 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Gargoyles Freakazoid!
Question 4 Freakazoid! The Tick Earthworm Jim
Question 8 2 Stupid Dogs CatDog Dog City
Question 10 Hey Arnold! Arthur »
- Gary Collinson
Avatar 2, 3, 4
"Avatar 2" was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, "Avatar 3" was written by Josh Friedman, "Avatar 4" was written by Shane Salerno. James Cameron will score a co-writing credit on all three. Writer Steven Gould has also been involved with the process and has been tasked with writing the novelizations for each movie. [Source: The New York Times]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Fox Animation is moving again on animated adaptation Cardboard. I’m hearing Dance of the Dead‘s Joe Ballarini has been tapped to adapt the graphic novel written by Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, which the studio optioned in 2012 with Epic‘s Chris Wedge attached to direct. Story tracks a young boy and his father who must battle cardboard monsters that magically come to life. Gotham Group and Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures are producing. Ballarini previously scripted Atlantis 7 for Walden Media, Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, and Gotham Group. He also sold spec Lockdown at Franklin High to Sony with Michael […] »
Actor-turned-filmmaker Tom McCarthy had one of the greatest directorial debuts of the modern age with 2003.s solid comedic drama The Station Agent, and though he only has two other films under his belt since (with one on the way), he.s a storyteller whose work is impossible to get enough of. His next project looks like it will take all the heart and emotion of his earlier works and will scale it up a bit by adding a huge dinosaur. McCarthy has signed on to write Universal.s long-gestating big screen adaptation of Tommysaurus Rex, the 2004 graphic novel from Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel. McCarthy is crafting this story with John Bland while also considering taking over directorial duties, which would make this movie about as credible as it could get. Published by Image Comics, Tommysaurus Rex follows Ely, a young boy who goes to his grandfather.s house for »
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