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Production has begun on “Monster Hunt 2,” a sequel to the hybrid live action and animation fantasy film that became the highest grossing film of all time in China in summer 2015.
The film is again being directed by Raman Hui, who made the “Monster Hunt” as his Chinese feature debut, after an extensive career in Hollywood, where he was one of the key creators of the “Shrek” franchise.
Also returning are young stars Bai Baihe and Jing Boran. Further cast is to be announced, including a major name star.
Being produced by Hong Kong’s Edko Films, the new movie is shooting in Beijing and will be released in 2018.
The first film grossed Rmb 2.43 billion — $361 million at current exchange rates — at the Chinese box office and sold widely for Edko. Production of the new film comes shortly before the start of the American Film Market in Los Angeles next month.
- Patrick Frater
Greg Pritikin adapted the script from his own original manuscript. Dylan Sellers and Jay Schuminsky are producing, with David Schiff, Michael Diamond and Allan Loeb executive producing. Sellers acquired the script after Pritikin adapted it from his own unpublished work.
Plot details are vague, but sources describe the film as a haunting love story with elements of “Memento” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
The sale is the biggest of Pritikin’s career. He had previously worked on several small indie pics. He is repped by ICM Partners and Mgmt.Best known for box-offices hits like “Shrek” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Adamson recently announced he would be returning to his animation roots with the “Curious George” pic at DreamWorks Animation. »
- Justin Kroll
Simon Brew Oct 18, 2016
The writer of the Austin Powers movies joins Shrek 5...
Now under the ownership of Universal Pictures, who will take over distribution of its movies after Trolls and The Boss Baby, DreamWorks Animation is bubbling up a new entry in its most lucrative franchise.
For a good year or two now, there's been chatter about a Shrek 5, since DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg admitted that the series was ripe for revisiting at some point. However, there's been precious little progress. Well, at least until now.
Mike Mitchell, who helmed the final Shrek movie to date (Shrek Forever After), as well as co-directing Trolls, has given an update on the project to The Hollywood News. He said that "it's being written by Michael McCullers, who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they're exploring".
Just what that idea is remains to be seen, »
Back in July it was announced that Universal and DreamWorks Animation are eyeing a 2019 release date for the fifth instalment in the Shrek franchise, and now Trolls directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell have revealed to The Hollywood News that Austin Powers screenwriter Michael McCullers will be penning the script.
“They’ve got a pretty good story,” said the duo. “It’s being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the Austin Powers films. He came up with a really great idea that they’re exploring. There’s more story to tell there and we’re ready to help tell it for sure.”
In addition to collaborating with Mike Myers on Austin Powers, McCullers has also contributed to the scripts for Thunderbirds, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and the upcoming The Boss Baby, along with Hotel Transylvania 3.
The Shrek franchise has grossed almost $3 billion worldwide (or $3.51 billion in you include »
- Gary Collinson
DreamWorks Animation has long since confirmed that we're getting Shrek 5, though at this point the studio has never made it clear whether or not this will be a sequel or a true reboot. Today, we have word that the animated adventure has locked in a very talented writer, and is in the process of moving forward swiftly. Though no release date has been confirmed at this time, it is expected to debut in 2019.
Speaking with The Hollywood News, Trolls directors Walt Dohrn, who wrote Shrek 2, and Mike Mitchell, who directed Shrek Forever After, confirmed that Michael McCullers has come aboard to write the screenplay for Shrek 5. McCullers is a longtime Mike Myers collaborator, having penned the second and third Austin Powers sequels, as well as the unproduced Sprockets movie. Says Mike Mitchell.
"They've got a pretty good story. It's being written by Michael McCullers who wrote all of the 'Austin Powers' films. »
Eddie Murphy to be Honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award”at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards®” James Corden Will Host Special Anniversary Ceremony on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-nominated actor Eddie Murphy will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” at the 20th Annual “Hollywood Film Awards®.” From winning over audiences on “Saturday Night Live” to breaking box office records in beloved films like “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Shrek,” Murphy earns this award for his past, present, and continued success in the entertainment industry. He will next be seen in the critically-acclaimed “Mr. Church,” a drama based on the real life story of a man hired to cook for a dying woman and her young daughter. The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden, »
“Eddie Murphy has had a spectacular career as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, spanning more than 35 years,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions. “We look forward to honoring his extraordinary body of work.”
Murphy broke into show business in 1980 as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in his first movie two years later in “48 Hrs.” He received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Trading Places,” “The Nutty Professor” and “48 Hrs.”
Murphy also won a SAG Award and the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for “Dreamgirls” and received a nomination for »
- Dave McNary
We been posting news of a possibly fifth Shrek movie on these pages for many months now, but here’s some news straight from the horses mouth on another potential outing for everyone’s favourite green ogre.
Dreamworks head-honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg was being immortalised outside the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday by having his hands and feet set in concrete, and got chatting about the Shrek franchise, which is now part of Universal.
“I think there’s more to come. It’s now up to Universal. They get to decide that. I think there’s great ambition and great excitement and fantastic ideas. Shrek will be around for a long time. Longer than me.”
- Paul Heath
It’s appropriate that Jeffrey Katzenberg is now celebrating his Imprint Ceremony at the Chinese Theatre. After all, his fingerprints are all over Hollywood.
Over the years Katzenberg has discovered, mentored and nurtured talent, and his long-standing relationships with such actors as Julia Roberts, Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Mike Myers, Richard Gere, Angelina Jolie, and Justin Timberlake have been a key their success as well as his own.
Katzenberg personally casts all his movies. He put Murphy in the “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Shrek” franchises and helped glamorous stars such as Jolie and Cameron Diaz broaden their fanbase by moving into animated films, “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek,” respectively.
He raised the trajectories of such comedians as Myers (“Shrek”) Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda”), and Ben Stiller (“Madagascar”). He helped pair Roberts and Gere in “Pretty Woman,” guided Cruise through such hits as “Color of Money” and “Minority Report, »
- Iain Blair
For most of his career, Jeffrey Katzenberg has been a passionate and ferocious advocate of animation. His collaboration with the gifted artists yielded classics such as “Shrek” and “How to Train Your Dragon.” Both franchises reflect Katzenberg’s optimism and sense of wonder.
Set for a Nov. 4 release, “Trolls” is staged as a kind of pop-culture dance party that harks back to the vivid legacy of toys on which it’s based — including their bright colors and signature hair “The trolls in this film are like Gummy Bears that had been flocked in velvet,” says co-helmer Mike Mitchell. “In a way we wanted the trolls to be everything that the computer is not — organic and textured.”
In this exploration of the trolls, »
- Karen Idelson
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Transformers: The Last Knight films stops by a familiar Harry Potter location. Punch your way across the city in a new Jack Reacher: Never Go Back online game. Mike Myers promises/threatens more Shrek movies. Kevin Smith offers a Jason Lee-centric Mallrats 2 update. Super Troopers 2 adds a handful […]
- Jacob Hall
Since the last Shrek movie, nearly a decade will have past by the time Shrek 5 hits theaters, and that's okay with everyone involved, from the filmmakers to the fans. Shrek Forever After felt a little tired, and it was clear that DreamWorks Animation needed to take a break from the adventures of this Ogre and his talking donkey. But the next sequel is starting to heat up, and it appears that the script for Shrek 5 is done.
Eddie Murphy has recently been making the press rounds for his upcoming dramatic turn in Mr. Church, and several sites asked the comedian whether or not he'd be returning as Donkey in Shrek 5. There had been some rumors that he was done with this animation franchise. But apparently that's not the case. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Murphy confined that the script for Shrek 5 is done, it's good, and it should be on screen by 2020 at the latest. »
NBCUniversal is cutting about 200 jobs at the DreamWorks Animation campus, the company announced Thursday.
The layoffs come three weeks after parent Comcast completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of the animation company. Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, made the disclosure in a memo to staff, saying that the cuts are focused in the corporate overhead groups as well as distribution and consumer product — “areas where we can fully integrate operations with NBCUniversal.”
“Those who will be impacted by these decisions will be notified this week and many will be working with us over the next several months as a part of the transition,” Shell said.
“These are difficult but necessary moves as we work to integrate our organizations and we will be as generous as possible to those who will be leaving the company,” he added. “We know you will join us in supporting your colleagues during this time »
- Dave McNary
- Jazz Tangcay
AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome Ming-Na Wen is ever-strengthening her family ties to Disney, now aboard the House of Mouse’s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy’s Law. Wen — known for kicking butt both as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Melinda May and as the voice of Mulan — has joined Milo Murphy’s Law as a recurring cast member. Her character, Savannah, is described as a “high-level time travel agent.” This should be fun. She joins “Weird Al” Yankovic, who voices the title character. The series follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy’s Law, where anything that can go wrong will go wrong. But he faces life with endless optimism and enthusiasm that can turn any catastrophe into a wild adventure. Along with today’s casting news for Wen, »
- Emily Rome
“Sausage Party” may be a film about a hotdog that wants to have sex with a bun, but it still represents a watershed moment for Hollywood. The raunchy comedy that’s grossed $65 million after two weeks in theaters is the first R-rated CG animated movie. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Sausage Party” has sex, violence and curse words in a format that has always been reserved for family-friendly fare.
The movie features the voices of comedic stars like Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco and Paul Rudd playing anthropomorphized food items who discover their only reason for existing is to be eaten by humans. Directors Conrad Vernon (“Monsters vs. Aliens”) and Greg Tiernan (TV’s “Thomas & Friends”) have backgrounds in traditional animation aimed at children, but there’s nothing traditional about this deranged dark comedy. »
- Graham Winfrey
In a memo to DreamWorks Animation staff thanking them for 22 years of happiness, outgoing CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg bade farewell to the company he founded. The letter was sent Monday afternoon as the deal for Comcast's $3.8 billion acquisition of the animation powerhouse closed. Dwa will now be part of NBCUniversal’s Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Monday was the final day in which the animation studio’s shares traded on the Nasdaq stock market. Investors will receive $41 in cash for each share of Dwa common stock. Katzenberg, whose studio scored big with hits like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda,
- Borys Kit
Comcast Corp. has closed its $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, four months after announcing its plans to buy the studio.
Dreamworks Animation will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango and NBCUniversal Brand Development and is headed by Jeff Shell. Comcast made the announcement after the market closed Monday.
The deal calls for Dwa stockholders to receive $41 in cash for each share of Dwa common stock. Dwa shares will no longer be listed on the Nasdaq.
The other component of the deal calls for Dwa to redeem all $300 million aggregate principal amount outstanding of its 6.875% senior notes due Aug. 15, 2020, at a redemption price of 105.156% of the principal amount. That redemption will take place on Sept. 21.
Analysts believe that DreamWorks Animation will give Universal added clout in competing with rivals like Disney, Time Warner and Viacom in competing for kid-and-family audiences.
The DreamWorks Animation brand »
- Dave McNary
Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Adamson – best known for his work on The Chronicles of Narnia and DreamWorks’ dormant Shrek franchise – will be the one guiding that curious little monkey onto the big screen. Details remain few and far between at such an early stage, but we understand Universal’s adaptation will mine inspiration from “the classic book series by Margret and Hans Augusto Rey.”
Said to be unrelated to the animated Curious George movie that featured Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore, Universal’s plans for a live-action spin on the cutesy primate come at a lucrative time for the sub-genre. Thanks in large part to Disney – the House of Mouse has pumped out Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book ahead »
- Michael Briers
Deadline is reporting that Andrew Adamson, director of the first two instalments of the Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia franchises, has signed on helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Augusto Rey and Margrey Rey’s beloved children’s book series Curious George.
The film is being developed by Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, who were responsible for the 2006 animated movie, with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, David Kirschner and Jon Shapiro once again serving as producers. In addition to directing, Adamson will co-write the script, and executive produce.
Curious George follows the adventures of a young monkey called George, who is brought from his home in Africa by ‘The Man with the Yellow Hat’ to live with him in America. The series has sold over 75 million copies worldwide since its launch back in 1941.
- Gary Collinson
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