12 items from 2016
It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
Paris — French director Bibo Bergeron, whose credits span DreamWorks’”The Road to El Dorado,””Shark Tale” and Luc-Besson produced “A Monster in Paris,” is set to helm “Charlotte,” a WW2-set animated feature turning on the life of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomo
The 2D feature will be mainly based on Charlotte Salomon’s “Life? Or Theatre?” — an autobiographical series of 769 paintings which the young artist created between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, where she lived before she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26.
“Staying true to Charlotte’s spirit and body of work, our film will be punctuated with fantasy, dream-like elements and the animation designs will be minimalist, in a similar vein as (Remi Chayé’s) ‘Long Way North.’ We’ll be animating and interpreting her paintings, placing the emphasis on the story which is extraordinarly moving,” said Bergeron, adding that “Charlotte” will play to young adults as well as family audiences, as “Waltz With Bashir.”
Bergeron is attending the Annecy Festival this week to pitch the project to potential partners. “The theme of ‘Charlotte’ is ‘how art can save our lives and help us stay sane;’ and it still resonates today,” noted Bergeron.
Julia Rosenberg at Toronto-based January Films is producing “Charlotte,” which will mark the producer’s first toon pic. Rosenberg has produced feature films and documentaries, notably Alan Zweig’s “15 Reasons to Live” which was nominated at Hot Docs.
Bergeron said the project was being supported by the Charlotte Salomon Foundation, the trustee of Charlotte’s work.
Telefilm Canada is financing the development of “Charlotte,” whose budget is in the 10 million Euros range. The production will be carried out of Canada and France.
Charlotte Salomon is also the subject of a prize-winning novel, “Charlotte,” penned by one of France’s top authors, David Foenkinos, and published in January 2015. Salomon’s paintings were exhibited just last month at the Massena Museum in Nice.
- Elsa Keslassy
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (Kfd) is handling world sales on animated feature Danny Diamondback, which Aardman Animation alumni Darren Walsh (Shaun The Sheep TV series) will direct the story of a young rattlesnake with a musical talent in his tail.
Jackson has written the script and will be heading up production design on the project.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
It was announced two months ago that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman was in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the Dungeons & Dragons reboot. Now, the studio has confirmed that the man is aboard. Warner Bros. is moving full-steam ahead on their live-action redo of the beloved RPG after winning full control over the film rights earlier this year.
According to Variety, Rob Letterman delivered a presentation for his D&D movie that wowed executives and won him the job. The filmmaker had been the front runner for many weeks. But the studio required a visual presentation before they would officially sign Letterman. What he brought to the table was reportedly quite amazing.
This new take on Dungeons & Dragons, which first became a movie back in 2000, is being produced by Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis alongside Sweetpea Entertainment's Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman. Roy Lee is also on as a producer. »
Unofficially announced back in September of last year before Goosebumps hit theaters, it has now been confirmed by Sony Pictures that Goosebumps 2 is moving forward. There is no start date or release date in place yet. Nor has the story been revealed for this follow-up.
Jack Black, who played real-life author R.L. Stein in the first Goosebumps movie, is expected to return for this next spooky adventure. He has not officially signed on at the moment. EW has confirmed that original director Rob Letterman is in talks to return. As is his original writer Darren Lemke.
Goosebumps producers Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are also set to return. The first chapter in this horror-comedy hybrid took in $80 million domestic and $76.6 million overseas for a worldwide box office total of $156.6 million off of a $58 million budget. The movie also fared well with critics, and currently has a 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
Tracking-board.com is reporting director Rob Letterman is set to helm the fantasy adventure "Dungeons & Dragons" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Letterman will direct from a script penned by "Wrath Of The Titans" screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.
The film adaptation is based on the popular fantasy-role playing game that centers on players taking on the roles of warriors and wizards to face off against mythical creatures while venturing on a quest.
"Dungeons & Dragons" is considered to be the top selling role-playing game with over 20 million players worldwide and selling $1 billion in book and accessory sales. »
- J.B. Casas
One of the best family movies of the last year has been the terrific Goosebumps, a flick that for a good two thirds of its running time captured the feel and spirit of 80s family adventures. It was directed by Rob Letterman, who’s previously helmed the likes of Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale.
Goosebumps was his best film to date, we’d argue, and it’s certainly made Warner Bros sit up and notice. Letterman has now apparently landed the job of directing the upcoming big budget Dungeons & Dragons movie reboot that the studio is working on.
David Leslie Jones has been working on the screenplay for this one, and whilst there’s no casting or release date information yet, the appointment of Letterman is a big step forward for the project.
More as we hear it… »
Back in August, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment finally resolved a long-running legal battle swirling around the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, announcing that a live-action theatrical movie is finally moving forward. We haven't heard much about the project since then, but today The Tracking Board reports that the project has brought on Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to take the helm. The filmmaker will be working from a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), who was attached when the project was announced last year.
Dungeons & Dragons was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 as a fantasy roleplaying game and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The game previously spawned the 2000 adaptation Dungeons & Dragons, which famously flopped at the box office, »
Lending a new lease of life to Warner Bros.’ long-in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie today is Rob Letterman who, according to The Tracking Board, is in line to helm the big-budget fantasy feature.
Best known for Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale and, more recently, Goosebumps for Warner, Letterman will reportedly steer the iconic role-playing game onto the silver screen, via a script penned by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Jones.
Boasting a legacy that stretches all the way back to the mid-70s, few media franchises hold a candle to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s Dungeons & Dragons. In its meandering path to theaters, Warner has cited both J.R.R. Tolkien and James Gunn’s rip-roaring space opera Guardians of the Galaxy as cinematic touchstones.
Now on the hunt for a cast to headline the fantasy epic – reports close to production claim WB is eyeing a charismatic actor in the vein of Vin Diesel, »
- Michael Briers
Kung Fu Panda 3, 2016.
Third instalment of the animated series, in which Po, the titular panda, finally meets his real father, and also has to do battle with Kai, a supernatural villain who drains the chi from every Kung Fu Master he encounters.
The quality of Dreamworks’ animated films has always varied greatly – from poor (Shark Tale) to great (Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon) with a whole lot of mediocre in between (Bee Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Over the Hedge). Their track record with sequels has been likewise uneven – although they were financially successful, each Shrek was weaker than the last, and I’d personally rather watch the new Ghostbusters trailer on an endless »
- Amie Cranswick
Here's tonight's Black History Month Minute.https://t.co/rPBKac5fdl— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 29, 2016 Apparently, there is more than one Black History Month. During the 2016 Oscars on Sunday, Angela Bassett appeared in a pre-taped sketch called the "Black History Month Minute: Oscars Edition," to pay tribute to an iconic performer. "Hello, I'm Angela Bassett," the actress said. "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long acknowledged people of color, and tonight, we honor someone who has shattered barriers with his groundbreaking performances." She continued, "Whether in serious dramas like Enemy of the State or whimsical animated productions like Shark Tale, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
Tom Holkenborg, A.K.A Junkie Xl, is the hottest name in Hollywood music. Fresh off of Mad Max and Black Mass; Junkie Xl is only two week away from his latest film, Deadpool. "Twelve Bullets" is the latest track from the film featuring Ryan Reynolds in the red suit. This isn't the composer's last project either, as he and Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel and Shark Tale) will be teaming up once again for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. »
12 items from 2016
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