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Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
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Walt Disney Pictures is continuing plans for live-action remakes of practically every animated feature in their library, and now Deadline reports that the studio is considering a recent pitch for a live-action "The Little Mermaid" film.
The original 1989 animated feature kicked off a renaissance for the studio which had struggled with animated features before that point and then suddenly had a successful run of them afterwards with the likes of "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".
With 'Mermaid,' initial discussions have reportedly taken place with major producers, but the studio has yet to move forward with the idea. One reason is that Universal and Working Title are already developing their own "Little Mermaid" project based on the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale with Chloe Grace Moretz set to star and Rebecca Thomas directing from a script by Richard Curtis.
Disney's upcoming live-action takes on their »
- Garth Franklin
Having put a host of adaptations of its animated classics into development, Walt Disney Pictures has set five new release dates for its slate of live-action fairy tale movies:
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) previously dated on 12/22/17 moves up to 7/28/17
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 4/6/18
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on 8/3/18
Untitled Disney Live Action now dated on 12/25/18
Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 12/20/19
As yet, the studio has not revealed which projects will occupy the dates, but it has confirmed that The Jungle Book 2, Maleficent 2 and Cruella, a 101 Dalmations spin-off starring Emma Stone, are all moving forward. That’s in addition to Tim Burton’s Dumbo and the Tinker Bell movie featuring Reese Witherspoon.
- Gary Collinson
Disney is turning more of its classic stories and characters live.
The studio announced it is making nine new live-action films, following the tremendous success of "The Jungle Book," which followed the success of "Cinderella" and "Maleficent." The new projects join the upcoming "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (opening May 27) and Emma Watson's "Beauty and the Beast" (opening March 2017).
The slate boasts a slew of A-list stars, including Emma Stone in "Cruella," Dwayne Johnson in "Jungle Cruise," Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in a "Mary Poppins" sequel, and Reese Witherspoon in "Tinkerbell."
There's also "Maleficent 2," with Angelina Jolie reprising her role; "Dumbo," directed by Tim Burton; "A Wrinkle in Time," directed by Ava DuVernay; "The Nutcracker and Four Realms," directed by Lasse Hallstrom; and "The Jungle Book 2."
None of the newly-announced movies have release dates as of yet.
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Disney has had a recent trend that's been both eye-rollingly lazy and all kinds of awesome. It hasn't gone unnoticed by the mainstream that they've taken a liking to adapting their animated classics into live-action films. So far, the studio has churned out Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book. While the first two films were widely considered duds by critics (even if they made gangbusters at the box office), the last two were exceptionally well-received. Cinderella was such a pleasant surprised, in fact, that most could give Disney a pass when they announced a live-action Dumbo from Tim Burton.
Disney has taken their first steps in announcing that. According to EW, »
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Disney has secured five release dates spanning between 2017 and 2019 for new live-action fairy tale movies. Although we don't know exactly which movies will open in these particular slots, two of them will be The Jungle Book 2 and Maleficent 2. There are a number of other projects in various stages of development at Disney, so we'll have to wait and see which other family adventures claim these dates. For now, all we know are the dates themselves.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the first date, July 28, 2017, actually replaces a previous untitled project set to open on December 22, 2017, one week after Star Wars: Episode VIII. The other dates are April 6, 2018, August 3, 2018, December 25, 2018 and December 20, 2019. The July 28, 2017 project will go up against Sony's Jumanji reboot, while all of the other unspecified projects don't have any direct competition in those release dates yet. But that will surely change. Disney had previously set »
Disney just announced a bunch of updates to its movie release calendar, but they’re all untitled movies, so that leaves us to play the guessing game of which movies have been moved to which dates. Here are the changes to the studio’s release calendar, all for live action projects: Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) previously dated on December 22, 2017 moves to July 28, 2017 Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) now dated April 6, 2018 Untitled Disney live action now dated on August 3, 2018 Untitled Disney live action now dated on December 25, 2018 Untitled Disney fairy tale (live action) now dated on December 20, 2019 First things first: What does this mean for Star Wars? Star Wars Episode IX was at one point scheduled for May 24, 2019. Then Episode VIII got moved from May 2017 to December 2017, after the massive box office success of a Christmastime release for Force Awakens. After that release date change, Disney CEO »
- Emily Rome
Disney may have their hands full with the Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones franchises, but those are far from the only live-action projects they currently have in the works. The studio has revealed release dates for many of their live-action fairy tale films today, with one now dated for July 28th, 2017, and another coming on April
The post Disney sets slew of release dates; confirm Dumbo, Maleficent 2, The Jungle Book 2, and more appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
It's good. It's very, very good.
Disney can sense that it's got a major hit on its hands, as the film has already raked in around $32 million in a handful of foreign markets, and critics so far have given the film a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. So it should come as no surprise that the Mouse House is beginning to get its ducks in a row for The Jungle Book 2.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Favreau, fellow Queens College boy (hehe), has already been asked to return to the director's chair, and Justin Marks has also been rehired to write the sequel. Since the film, a live-action adaptation of the animated Disney classic, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Jungle Book 2: As the first film gets set to arrive in cinemas, Disney plan a follow-up.
The first film, based on the books of Rudyard Kipling and on the 1967 animated version from Disney, is getting wide-spread positive reviews, including one here on Thn. Here’s a snippet of what we thought of it.
The vocal performances are excellent, stand-outs being Bill Murray’s lovable Baloo, the fierce tones of Idris Elba (in his second of three Disney movies this year – following Zootropolis and ahead of Finding Dory »
- Paul Heath
Disney’s new (relatively) live action take on The Jungle Book lands in cinemas this weekend, with director Jon Favreau steering the ship. But with welcome early reviews and signs of strong box office, it sounds like Disney isn’t wasting much time getting a follow-up together.
It’s reportedly in talks with Favreau about returning to direct The Jungle Book 2 – or whatever it’d end up being called – with screenwriter Justin Marks also in negotiations. The many Rudyard Kipling stories available certainly give no shortage of directions a sequel could go.
There’s no word yet on scheduling, but Disney clearly has a lot of confidence in this one. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…
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In just a few short days, Disney will unveil its new adventure The Jungle Book in theaters, which features an all-star cast of talent voicing the jungle creatures around young Neel Sethi, who portrays the lead character Mowgli. While we'll have to wait and see how this movie fares in theaters, it has already been getting rave reviews from critics, with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score from 21 reviews. Today we have a new report from Heat Vision Blog, which reveals that the studio is already developing The Jungle Book 2, with The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks currently in negotiations to return for the follow-up.
The Jungle Book already opened in select Asian and Latin American international territories this weekend, taking in $31.7 million, debuting in the #1 spot in all territories. The highest debut was its $8.4 million take in India, which represents the second highest opening for a Western release in the country. »
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