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Last month it was announced that The Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau has signed on to direct a live-action (well, CG) remake of The Lion King, and now Disney has found itself a screenwriter for the project.
According to Variety, Jeff Nathanson will write the remake of the 1994 animated classic, having recently penned the script for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. His other previous scripts include the likes of Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal.
See Also: All upcoming live-action Disney remakes »
- Gary Collinson
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– The American Film Institute will honor actress Annette Bening with a tribute at AFI Fest on Wednesday, November 16 followed by a gala screening of her new film, “20th Century Women,” written and directed by Mike Mills. The tribute will celebrate her career and include a conversation with the actress.
“Annette Bening is a modern-day icon of American cinema,” AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga said in a statement. “In ’20th Century Women,’ she finds one of her richest roles yet, delivering a strong performance that anchors the film’s terrific ensemble cast.”
- Graham Winfrey
Remember that Lion King reimagining we reported on not too long ago? Yeah, that shit is getting fast tracked quick because it has already found it’s screenwriter in Jeff Nathanson, according to Deadline. The writer behind The Terminal, Tower Heist, Catch Me If You Can and the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will pen the script for the retelling of the animated behemoth, which... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
It seems that Disney can do no wrong these days. Love or hate the House of Mouse, they’ve been nailing it on all fronts: Marvel, Pixar, Disney Animation, and everything in between. One of the most prominent aspects they’ve been hitting it out of the park on are their live-action adaptations of previous animated films (excluding the recent Alice Through The Looking Glass). The biggest surprise on that end came in the form of Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book.
While many Favreau fans expected to be a solid flick based on Favreau’s cache of films we’ve already seen, not everyone was expecting it to be the big hit it was. The visual effects for the film were groundbreaking and out of this world, the story was predictable yet solid, and the cast was pitch perfect. As such, the news of Jon Favreau directing a fully »
- Joseph Medina
Disney is moving full-steam ahead on their new live-action Lion King movie. The studio's upcoming reimagining of the animated classic has found its screenwriter in the form of Jeff Nathanson. His previous credits include the Steven Spielberg movies Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, as well as the Rush Hour movies.
Deadline broke the news that Disney hired the veteran screenwriter for the project. After the success of The Jungle Book this year, the studio decided to fast track their new take on The Lion King. The hiring of Jeff Nathanson for the movie comes just a couple of weeks after Disney made the official announcement that they would be moving ahead with a remake of Disney's The Lion King.
According to Disney, this new "reimagining" as they call it, will implement the same technology that was used to bring the animals and environments to life in The Jungle Book. »
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Disney first announced its live-action remake of The Lion King, but they clearly aren’t wasting any time getting started. The studio has just hired Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) to write the screenplay, which as previously reported will be directed by Jon Favreau. Though […]
- Angie Han
The animated Lion King was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time with a lifetime global box office of $968.8 million.
The film is being fast-tracked even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”
The studio’s emphasis on live-action comes after the success of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” and next year’s “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. The first “Beauty and the Beast” teaser trailer in May was viewed a record 91.8 million times in its first 24 hours, besting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens, will be released on March 17.
Nathanson is best known for his »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Veteran scribe Jeff Nathanson has been tapped to pen the screenplay for The Lion King, Disney’s re-imagining of the iconic animated pic that Jon Favreau has recently came aboard to direct following the blockbuster success helming The Jungle Book. The live-action film is being fast-tracked to production, though no dates have been disclosed. Nathanson, whose writing credits include Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, the Rush Hour films and Tower… »
Brendon Connelly Simon Brew Oct 14, 2016
One further quick update here: Disney has now hired a screenwriter to help The Lion King in its transition from animated movie to live action. Jeff Nathanson has landed the job, who's previously penned the likes of Catch Me If You Can, and also the upcoming Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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Update (from September 2016):
And just like that, as quickly as Favreau's original tweet appeared, disappeared and re-appeared again, Disney have published an official press release.
The Lion King, they say, is on the fast track to production. Favreau is also working with the studio on a sequel to The Jungle Book. There 's no release date for either, and no mention of Julie Taymor's show anywhere at all in the press release. »
London — Prior to making “Off The Rails,” Adam Irving’s previous foray into the world of documentary film-making had been a student short about competitive Ivy League university ballroom dancing. His first feature, however, posed much greater problems, not least because its subject, for most of the three years Irving spent making the film, was incarcerated. Telling the story of Darius McCollom, the film begins in a somewhat light-hearted manner, revealing its subject as a Robin Hood figure whose crimes, bizarrely, involve “hijacking” New York buses and subway trains – and simply driving them to schedule. The authorities, however, have yet to see the funny side, and although McCollum has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, the 51-year-old has spent almost half of his life in jail.
Directed, produced, shot and edited by self-confessed “control freak” Irving, “Off The Rails” not only raises awareness of McCollom’s plight, it also paves the »
- Damon Wise
After a smashing debut with ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’, Harshvardhan Rane is all set for his next big screen outing. The hunky actor will be seen in Aarti S Bagdi’s short film ‘Khamakha’ that revolves around two strangers – Harshvardhan and Manjari Fadnis – who meet on a bus journey and strike a conversation that highlights an oft-seen attitude that English-speaking society largely harbours against the non-English speaking crowd! Having faced a similar bias early on in his struggling days post having left his home, interestingly, this is also what drew Harshvardhan to do this short film.
Recalling his early days in Delhi before he became an actor, Harshvardhan reveals that he realised that not knowing fluent English was almost treated like a handicap by most who he approached for a job. “People are quick to judge the ones who don’t speak English and ‘tumhe English toh aati nahin’ was a »
- Press Releases
Whether it’s called a memoir or a “nonfiction novel,” autobiographical writing generally belongs to one of two categories. In the first, a person who’s lived a remarkable life, or has briefly experienced some extraordinary events, narrates a series of personal adventures: “This is what happened to me.” More common, though, is the second variety, in which nothing especially earth-shattering takes place, but tremors arise from the writer’s perception and processing of events: “This is how what happened to me felt.” While both are totally valid approaches, narrative-driven memoirs tend to work better as movies—think 127 Hours, The Pianist, Catch Me If You Can. Translating the internal, mood-oriented type to the screen is tricky business, and that’s the challenge Natalie Portman took on when she chose to make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Amos Oz’s 2002 bestseller A Tale Of Love And Darkness »
- Mike D'Angelo
Some baseball stories are exciting even to non-fans, and in theory, “Undrafted” should be one of them. Over 30 years ago, writer (and fantasy baseball pioneer) Daniel Okrent used a 1982 regular season Milwaukee Brewers/Baltimore Orioles game as the basis for “Nine Innings.” From the perspective of an outsider, the book offered one of the purest glimpses at the details that make the sport a rewarding watch. What Okrent did in 288 pages, writer-director Joe Mazzello tries unsuccessfully to do in 105 minutes with his new film “Undrafted.” From a inspired-by-a-true-story premise, “Undrafted” takes that one-game premise inside the dugout, watching a team of hapless amateurs stare down a crucial league playoff matchup in the wake of learning that their best player was overlooked at the Mlb Draft.
“Team” is a loose term here, as the dozen players and their accompanying, overriding personalities never really seem like a cohesive group. There are the standouts: Philip Winchester as Fotch, »
- Steve Greene
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
“The Steps” follows Jeff (Jason Ritter), an uptight New Yorker who was just let go from his job, and his party girl sister Marla (Emmanuelle Chriqui) who go meet their father (James Brolin) who has recently gotten married to a woman (Christine Lahti) with three adult children of her own. The meeting prompts a culture clash that sends both sides of the family into chaos, but when the “step” parents announce they’re adopting a child, tensions rise and bitterness is shared as everyone struggles to learn the meaning of family. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring Jeff and Marla admiring a painting of their father only to find him having sex with his new wife behind the living room couch.
Read More: Watch: ‘The Steps’ Trailer Puts an Adult Twist on ‘Yours, Mine & Ours’
The film is directed by Andrew Currie, who previously directed works like »
- Vikram Murthi
Close your eyes and you can hear the music of John Williams without trying too hard. You know the greatest hits and can probably hum through most of them from start to finish, even if the extent of your musical career is plunking out “Heart and Soul” on your grandparent’s piano.
The legacy of Williams’ music extends beyond the cinema. The “NBC Nightly News” theme? That was him. That fanfare you’ll be hearing once the Olympics arrive? Him, too. A fan of that “Sunday Night Football” march that leads up to kickoff? Guess who.
And even though the world now recognizes Williams for his trademark triumphant horns and sweeping orchestral strings, this was a composer who, a year before “Jaws,” was penning acoustic love themes so ’70s they would make Burt Bacharach blush. So as much as we remember the soundtracks to dizzying flights across space and wide shots of dinosaurs in paradise, »
- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf
Picture the ending of the standard-issue based-on-a-true-story film. Once the picture fades on a family’s final teary goodbye or the camera pans up from our hero(ine) in a moment of triumph, there’s a postscript. And then, the inevitable grainy home video or candid photo of the “real” main character, proof that someone in the casting office (or the hair/make-up department) did their job and brought you the closest facsimile of the real thing.
This may be the most common approach, but it doesn’t produce the best biopics. Good biographies recreate a moment; great ones evoke a sprit that reverberates through the current time.
Read More: Director Debuts: The 20 Best First Films of the Last 20 Years
The standout biographical films from the past two decades reflect the different ways that we commemorate figures of fame or infamy. Sometimes we devote three hours of our lives to »
- Liz Shannon Miller, Kyle Kizu, Chris O'Falt, Steve Greene, Zack Sharf, David Ehrlich, Kate Halliwell, Russell Goldman, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland
Art is imitating life for Aaron Tveit - for better or worse. Starring in Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King's new political satire thriller BrainDead, Tveit admits he and many members of the cast have spotted some unnerving similarities between their scripts and today's headlines. The D.C.-based CBS series follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staffer on the Hill who discovers that aliens are eating the brains of the local politicians. Needless to say, the government is not working very well. Tveit tells People: "When anybody asks what the show is about and I say, 'It's »
- Carey Purcell, @CareyPurcell
Admit it: You can’t think of any one of those films without hearing the score in your head.
John Williams, who wrote all those classic themes [and dozens more] will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 9 from frequent collaborator Steven Spielberg. It will be the first such honor given to a composer in the 44-year history of the award.
“This man’s gifts echo, quite literally, through all of us, around the world and across generations,” says AFI president-ceo Bob Gazzale. “There’s not one person who hasn’t heard this man’s work, who hasn’t felt alive because of it. That’s the ultimate impact of an artist.”
Over six decades in Hollywood, Williams has written some of the most memorable music in movie history. His 100-plus features have earned 50 Academy Award nominations [making him the most-nominated living person] and he’s won five times. »
- Jon Burlingame
Now that he has utterly and completely conquered Broadway, it’ll be interesting to see how Hollywood handles Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s clear that he’s already been embraced by the creative community. He and Jj Abrams had a lot of fun creating that cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and had apparently even more fun performing the song live for crowds waiting for the daily Hamilton ticket lottery. He’s working on songs for Moana, the Polynesian-themed Disney musical that will feature Dwayne Johnson singing. His long-rumored connection to the Mary Poppins sequel has finally been verified by an official press release from Disney. While I consider Mary Poppins one of the crown jewels of Disney’s entire filmography, I am not instantly opposed to a sequel. It’s clear now that they are not remaking the original, and considering how much other material P.L. Travers wrote »
- Drew McWeeny
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