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Trying to guess what film Kenneth Branagh is going to plump for next is no easy task. His last three movies as director have been his three biggest blockbuster projects to date, namely Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Cinderella. The latter has grossed over $500m for Disney thus far, and arrives on disc in August.
20th Century Fox is putting the project together, with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon set to produce. Michael Green, who has penned the script for Blade Runner 2, is working on the screenplay for this one.
It's early days, »
With an opening weekend that topped $70m in the Us, Kenneth Branagh may have the hit of his movie directing career on his hands with his live action Cinderella take. It's a strong film too, that finally makes it to the UK this week. And ahead of its release, he spared us some time for a natter about it...
I think I've worked out what you're up to. I've worked out your ruse. You do Thor, Cinderella and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Three different juggernauts, aimed at three different segments of the market, opening your work up to an audience that may otherwise not be familiar with it.
This is all about selling DVDs of Peter's Friends, isn't it?
[Laughs] That would be a lovely by-product.
Were you consciously looking for different audience subsets, »
I've always found Kenneth Branagh's directorial career to be one of the most wildly unpredictable and diverse of any filmmaker around. Each project he takes on yields impressive and fascinating results. Who else could successfully pull off the Shakespearean power of Henry V (1989), the heart and terror of Frankenstein (1994), the comedic charm of A Midwinter's Tale (1995) ... and the operatic comic-book action of Thor (2011)?
This week, Branagh adds yet another footnote to an already remarkable directing career with his live-action feature adaptation of the classic fairytale Cinderella (2015), starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. Knowing Branagh's respectful approach to well-known material, not to mention a collection of positive reviews and solid audience interest, Cinderella will no doubt turn into another cinematic victory for the actor/director.
- Frank Calvillo
Kenneth Branagh's latest film as director is the incoming live action take on Cinderella, that Disney is releasing later this month. That's likely to become his biggest hit to date, a title that is currently held by his sole contribution to the Marvel cinematic universe, Thor.
His Thor film introduced Chris Hemsworth into the role (as well as Tom Hiddleston as Loki), and was a success for Marvel. However, when it came time to shoot Thor: The Dark World, Branagh's name wasn't on the credits. Instead, Alan Taylor - now finishing up Terminator: Genisys - directed the film.
Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter, Branagh didn't rule out returning to do another Marvel movie. "What I found was that I enjoyed the process of working with those people and I loved the boys and the girl. »
We're just over a month out now from the release of Disney's latest live action retelling of a classic fairytale. This time it's Cinderella, which sees Lily James taking on the title role, although early signs suggest that Cate Blanchett's turn as the wicked stepmother looks to be one of the film's highlights.
5 items from 2015
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