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Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
John C Reilly has confirmed that he's signed up to make Wreck-It Ralph 2...
It's been rumoured for some time, but it looks as if the cat is now firmly out of the bag: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is on the way.
Walt Disney Animation Studios was said to be considering the film following the success of director Rich Moore's original film. It hadn't made a sequel before though, outside of The Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia 2000. But last year, Frozen 2 was announced, and there's believed to be a Big Hero 6 sequel in development too.
Not that it's him who's confirmed the project. Instead, the news was broken by John C Reilly, at Ireland's Galway Film Fleadh. He confirmed at the »
Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"), Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others. It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan. So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Think of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by “The Lion King” director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek-Pinault, Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s beloved guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to bigscreen interpretation, and at first, the pic’s framing device seems too silly for such soulful subject matter, but the freshly scripted wraparound doesn’t shy away from grown-up concerns, while potentially broadening the book’s reach to younger audiences as well. Although Hayek had hoped to land a higher-profile distrib, she will probably have better luck with the toon champs at GKids, whose white-glove release efforts have netted six Oscar nominations so far.
In Gibran’s book, »
- Peter Debruge
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.
However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.
Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:
Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)
The very first »
It's definitely happening: Disney is pressing ahead with plans for Frozen 2...
Walt Disney Animation Studios hasn't made a sequel to one of its 'classic' animated films - at least not a proper one (we don't count the mainly straight to video/DVD shovelware) - since 1990's The Rescuers Down Under (unless you count Fantasia 2000). But that's about to change.
Surprising not many people, Disney has formally confirmed that Frozen 2 is happening. This does come a few days after directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck downplayed talk of a follow-up, although they didn't outright deny it. Now we know why.
The original Frozen took $1.27bn at the global box office, and is by distance the biggest animated film of all time in cinemas. There are already plans for a Broadway show - that Jennifer Lee is writing the book for - and a short film, Frozen Fever, is to play »
6 items from 2015
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