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Just one week after Robert Downey Jr. came aboard to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Universal Pictures has already found a spot for this highly-anticipated project on its release calendar. The studio has set a May 24, 2019 release date for this live-action adaptation, although Universal wasn't the only studio shifting its upcoming slate. Sony Pictures also announced today that it will be pushing its upcoming Baby Driver to Wednesday, June 28, up nearly two months from its original date of August 11.
Sony Pictures made their release date announcement at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas today, and while it doesn't have any direct competition on this Wednesday date, it stilll puts this action-packed crime thriller from director Edgar Wright in the midst of some stiff box office competition. Five days before this release, Paramount will debut their highly-anticipated Transformers: The Last Knight on June 23, and two days after the release, »
Peter Parker gets some tough love from Tony Stark in the new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” released Tuesday morning.
“Do me a favor — can’t you just be a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man? Just stay close to the ground,” he responds.
But Spider-Man does no such thing. When the Staten Island Ferry is attacked, the young hero, who is just coming into his powers, tries to save the sinking vessel. But Stark in his Iron Man suit swoops in at the last moment to save the day.
“What if somebody had died?” Stark later asks Parker. “I was just trying to be like you,” the high-school hero responds.
The footage, first teased at CinemaCon on Monday, »
- Seth Kelley
27 March 2017 8:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Announced last week, the project is a whimsical retelling of Hugh Lofting's tale of a man with the singular ability to speak to animals. The project is being directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and is based on a screenplay by Gaghan and Tom Shepherd.
The film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent), alongside Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey.
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- Abid Rahman
Stephen Gaghan directs the new take on Dolittle, which will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), along with Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” films, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
The project is based on the 1920s tales by Hugh Lofting, following a peculiar doctor who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters. The release date news comes two days before Universal’s CinemaCon presentation, where the studio will tout its upcoming release slate to exhibition industry professionals in Las Vegas.
Universal acquired the rights to the beloved character after a heated bidding war, and announced Downey’s casting earlier this month. »
- Alex Stedman
Universal has landed a prime summer 2019 release date for its untitled “Doctor Dolittle” reboot starring Robert Downey Jr. The studio announced on Monday that it will release the new child-friendly adventure film, directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, on May 24, 2019. Based on the enduring tales imagined by Hugh Lofting about a physician who is able to talk to animals, the new film will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent”), alongside Susan Downey (“Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “The Judge”) for Team Downey. Also Read: Richard Linklater, Robert Downey Jr, Annapurna Partner. »
- Thom Geier
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the original ending to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story being revealed, a new Justice League trailer released, Power Rangers reviewed and more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
The ultimate fixer-upper.
Disney’s live-action-ish remake of Beauty and the Beast made $350 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Just a few days later, it had already grossed more than the 1991 animated original.
Of course, that’s not accounting for the hundreds of millions lost with inflation. But that wouldn’t make as good a headline.
The success means Disney “will explore possible spinoff and prequel scenarios”. A solo movie of Gaston being Gaston should top that list.
As you see he’s got biceps to spare.
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- Oli Davis
Rounding up yesterday’s big news stories…
Be Careful Not To Choke On Your Aspirations
Disney and Lucasfilm delivered one of – if not the – greatest Darth Vader moments with his final scene in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and screenwriter Gary Whitta has revealed that his original draft of the script featured an alternative scene, where the Dark Lord of the Sith punished Director Krennic for failing to secure the Death Star plans. Read Whitta’s comments here.
Ewan McGregor Really Wants Obi-wan Return
In other Star Wars news, Ewan McGregor has once again expressed his interest in reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi, stating: “I have been asked about it a lot, to the point where it looks a bit like I’m sort of touting for work. I’ve been very open to say I’d be happy to do it, if they want to do it. »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
From egotistical flying superhero to animal whisperer – is there nothing Robert Downey Jr. cannot do? Yes, that’s right the Iron Man stalwart is hanging up the lycra to take on the part of the beloved Doctor Dolittle in the upcoming The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
You’ve guessed it; it’s yet another reboot which Universal has gotten their mitts on. Doctor Dolittle is the age old story of a Doctor who can talk to the animals. It saw its first adaption from Hugh Lofting’s series of books, which were published nearly a century ago, back in 1967 as a musical with Rex Harrison as Dolittle and also starred Richard Attenborough. For younger audiences, you may be more familiar with Eddie Murphy’s venture back in the 1998 remake which subsequently saw a sequel released in 2001.
- Zehra Phelan
In 1967, Rex Harrison starred in the family musical Doctor Dolittle as a veterinarian who could talk to animals, based on a character in Hugh Lofting's series of children's books first published in the 1920s. The movie was plagued with production problems and late-'60s audiences were not so interested in old-fashion musicals; the challenges were well detailed in Mark Harris' fascinating book Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood....
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Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to play the classic and beloved animal healing and communicating Doctor Dolittle in a new film from Universal Pictures titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, according to Variety.
Robert Downey Jr. will be the third actor to play the character based on British author Hugh Lofting’s series of children’s books, following up Rex Harrison in 1967’s Oscar-winning musical and Eddie Murphy, who played the role twice over the course of his career. Oscar-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) will be performing both tasks for The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
- Robert Kojder
Robert Downey Jr is set to star in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle for Universal Pictures. The new film will be based on the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting, and will be adapted for the screen by Stephen Gaghan, who also directs.
The Hollywood Reporter reports the news of the plans for a new film, which was the subject of a huge bidding war in Hollywood over the past couple of weeks. This could be a new franchise for Downey, who will also produce the film through his Team Downey banner, along with Susan Downey, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the source material:
Together with Jip the Dog, Polynesia the Parrot, and 9-year-old Tommy Stubbins, the good doctor sets off in search of a missing colleague. This Newbery Medal–winning adventure recounts the hunt for Long Arrow, the world’s greatest naturalist, »
- Paul Heath
With Robert Downey Jr. returning as Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War next year, and another Sherlock Holmes movie in the works, the actor has still found time to pick up yet another potential franchise. Universal Pictures has landed the rights to Doctor Dolittle, bringing Robert Downey Jr. in as the title character in a new project entitled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. The studio picked up the rights to this franchise in a competitive bidding situation, with a number of studios vying for this film package last week.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Stephen Gaghan (Gold) has signed on direct and write the script, which had an earlier draft written by Tom Shepherd. The story will be based on the series of children's books by Hugh Lofting, which followed the title character who could speak with animals. The book series kicked off in 1920 with Doctor Dolittle, and was followed »
Tony Sokol Mar 21, 2017
Robert Downey Jr. will grunt, squeak, squawk and talk with the animals in Universal’s upcoming The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle. The film will be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) based on a screenplay he wrote that had an earlier draft written by Tom Shepherd. Universal won the rights to the film after a competitive battle for the project.
The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle is based on the character from Hugh Lofting series of children’s books from the 1920s, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Doctor Dolittle's Circus.
The story was first made into a film in 1967 when Richard Fleischer directed the musical Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison. Eddie Murphy played the eccentric former physician in the 1998 Dr. Doolittle and its 2001 sequel, Dr. Dolittle 2.
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As speculation continues to swirl regarding his future with that iconic shield – incidentally, his Civil War co-star Robert Downey Jr. just sealed a deal to headline The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle for Stephen Gaghan – Chris Evans has officially climbed aboard Red Sea Diving Resort.
First reported by Deadline, the Captain America actor has agreed terms to spearhead Gideon Raff’s period pic as Ari Kidron, a “charming Israeli agent who assembles a ragtag team to help with the exodus on the ground.” No further casting details were disclosed, though it’s understood Kidron’s admirable efforts to bring home Ethiopian Jews from Sudan circa 1981 spawned a grueling mission that took place over the course of multiple years. Bron Studios has pledged financial support to Red Sea Diving Resort, with Gideon Raff on board to direct from his own script. Elsewhere, Alexandra Milchan has signed on to produce the period pic. »
- Michael Briers
Evidently jealous of his friends in The Avengers who actually have superpowers, Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, a reboot of the classic character created by author Hugh Lofting in the 1920s. Rex Harrison starred in a 1967 movie version of the story that won a couple Oscars, and Eddie Murphy starred in a reboot and its sequel in 1998 and 2001. And this new movie will, presumably, be another total reboot that’s designed to reintroduce the “guy who talks to animals” story to a new generation.
This news comes from Variety, which adds that Gold director Stephen Gaghan will direct from his own screenplay. Gaghan previously wrote both Traffic and Syriana, and he won an Emmy for his work on NYPD Blue, so this sounds like a weirdly prestigious lineup for a Doctor Doolittle movie, but that probably doesn’t ...
- Sam Barsanti
So Robert Downey, Jr. has been tapped to play Doctor Dolittle in the remake/reimagining/fart noise The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle. No word yet if this will be set in Victorian times (like the Rex Harrison original) or modern times (like the first remake, starring Eddie Murphy). However, it does sound like it'll be a bit of an origin story, possibly about him discovering his animal gifting powers. The... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Though the past decade or so of his career has been spent teaming up with the likes of Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and more in order to protect Earth from all kinds of different threats, Robert Downey Jr. still finds time for non-Marvel projects. Admittedly, they’re few and far between, given that his commitment to the superhero franchise is so large, but as his involvement in the McU starts to wind down, he’s now looking to diversify a bit.
We haven’t seen him in a role other than Iron Man since 2014’s The Judge, but that’ll change soon as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Downey Jr. has signed on to star in Stephen Gaghan’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. Yes, the same Dolittle who talks to animals. We’ve already seen the character on screen before, both in the 1967 original, and the 1998 remake with Eddie Murphy, »
- Josh Wilding
Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star as Doctor Dolittle in an adaptation of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle for Universal. Learn more details about the Robert Downey Jr Doctor Dolittle movie, after the jump. Stephen Gaghan, who wrote and directed Gold and Syriana, and wrote Rules of Engagement, Traffic, The Alamo and Havoc, is […]
- Peter Sciretta
In The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the Iron Man star will follow in the footsteps of Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy in the role of a physician who lives with a variety of animals that he’s able to talk to. There was a competitive battle for the project with Universal ultimately winning out.
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- Guardian staff
If you’re wondering what happens when you go from being the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Traffic” to the filmmaker responsible for the critically manhandled box-office flop “Gold,” look no further than Stephen Gaghan. The man once carrying the brand for prestige drama is going to make a Doctor Dolittle movie.
THR reveals that Robert Downey Jr.
- Kevin Jagernauth
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