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Disney plans to make a live-action Pinocchio film, the latest of its animated classics the studio wants to reimagine. Pinocchio Live Action Film The live-action Pinocchio project was announced Wednesday. Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, About a Boy) will pen the screenplay for Disney’s adaptation. Though Hedges has directed numerous films (Pieces of April, […]
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- Chelsea Regan
Another day, another bit of news on Disney’s ever-expanding live-action universe. Today, Deadline has reported that yet another Disney classic set to undergo the jump into the “real world” with news that beloved film Pinocchio is set to join the list of those being given a 21st century make-over.
Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) is penning a new feature for the studio, which loosely based on The Adventures of Pinocchio about a marionette puppet carved from wood who dreams of becoming a real boy. Pinocchio gets his wish but is prone to lies, and each time he does, his nose grows longer. First appearing in 1883, Pinocchio was the invention of author Carlo Collodi, and was Disney’s second feature back in 1940.
- Scott J. Davis
Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.
Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.
There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.
Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is »
- Brendon Connelly
The latest entry in Disney's push to own the fairy tale universe--as studio label Marvel does its comic book heroes-- is a live-action version of the 1883 Carlo Collodi children's classic "The Adventures of Pinocchio," about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. The relationship between lonely good-hearted wood carver Geppetto and his mendacious creation is at the center of the story. Peter Hedges ("Pieces of April") has a take on the story, reports Deadline, which has been retold on film many times (Roberto Begnini is pictured), including Disney's 1940 version and the 1967 animated musical. As usual there's another version in the works; Guillermo del Toro is developing a stop-motion 3D movie with the producer of "The Book Of Life" who plans to co-direct from a script co-written with Matthew Robbins. "Pinocchio" joins the lengthening Disney live action remake roster. 1998 animated musical “Mulan," produced »
- Anne Thompson
Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.
“Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.
The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.
- Dave McNary
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.
The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio, »
Disney is in the live-action reboot business, and the next animated classic feature up for re-imagining is Pinocchio - the story of a wood-carved puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. With the help of Jiminy Cricket and the paternal Geppetto, Pinocchio goes on a quest to prove his worth and learns about the costs of lying along the way. Per Deadline, Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life) is penning a script loosely based on the original story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is one of many, many reboots in development at the studio. On the heels of their most recent fairytale revamp, Cinderella, which debuted to positive critical response last month and has grossed more than $400 million internationally to date, Disney is moving full-speed-ahead on live-action adaptations. [caption id="attachment_440833" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is set for April 15, 2016, with the Alice in Wonderland sequel, »
- Haleigh Foutch
If the past month or so has taught us anything, it’s that Disney won’t stop rifling through its veritable back catalogue until every single one of their pre-existing properties enters development. The mouse house is gearing up to fill its entire future production slate with remakes, spinoffs and sequels – but mainly remakes – of its most iconic characters. You know, so as to appeal to modern audiences.
Well, if you thought Disney had exhausted its supply, think again. Deadline now reports that a new live-action Pinocchio feature has been ushered into development. Writer Peter Hedges (Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life) has been contracted to pen the script and it will be the first major movie since he wrote and directed 2012’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.
Described as a “Pinocchio-inspired” movie, this new iteration is said to be “loosely based” on the original source material. »
- Gem Seddon
When she was younger, Katie Holmes offset the fame she achieved from the 1998 TV series “Dawson’s Creek” by appearing in smaller films like 2000’s “Wonder Boys” and 2003’s “Pieces of April.” On Sunday night at the SXSW Film Festival, Holmes returns to those indie roots with the premiere of “Mania Days,” in which she plays a bipolar poet who falls in love with a man that shares her disorder.
The drama, which is set in and out of a psychiatric hospital, was made for less than $1 million, and Holmes worked for SAG-aftra’s low-budget minimum pay. The film’s writer-director Paul Dalio based the movie on his own experiences, after he was diagnosed with manic depression as a teenager.
“I always thought it was going to be a hard project to pull off, because it was a character that was very different than anyone I played before,” Holmes said »
- Ramin Setoodeh
SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.
The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »
- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey
First hearing about October Gale last year, with the announcement of casting, hopes were high. With writer-director Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time) at the helm, steering performances from Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces Of April), Academy Award nominee Tim Roth (Rob Roy), and Genie Award nominee Scott Speedman (Adoration) – it had all the hallmarks of a taut thriller, with perhaps something of a twist on the tired home invasion schtick that persists in cinema. At the very least, it promised a dark drama, made by a woman, and led by a woman.
For those unfamiliar with the project, Patricia Clarkson plays Helen – a qualified doctor who is mourning her dead husband. She opts to spend some time alone at their isolated waterside cottage during a huge storm, but is disturbed when a man (Scott Speedman) washes ashore with a gunshot wound. Soon enough, his would-be assassins follow – led by Tim Roth. »
- Sarah Myles
The former IFC Productions and InDigEnt executive will guide strategies for film-maker support and strategic partnerships at the not-for-profit film company
“Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline’s experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film landscape.”
“Cinereach is an organisation that holds such a unique and thrilling place in our industry,” said Kaplan. “Its work reflects the ideas, artistry and perspective on cinema that I am most passionate about. I am excited to be part of their continued evolution.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Caroline Kaplan has joined the Cinereach staff as the Head of Creative Initiatives. A well-known figure throughout the indie film community, Kaplan was a key architect of IFC Productions ("Monsoon Wedding," "Me and You and Everyone We Know") as well as the digital company InDigEnt ("Tadpole," "Pieces of April"). Her work as a producer has spanned Errol Morris' "Mr. Death" to the upcoming Richard Gere-starring "Time Out of Mind." In her new role, Kaplan will oversee filmmaker support and strategic partnerships. "Each film we support faces unique creative and financial challenges," said Cinereach Founder and Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn. "Our approach is to tailor our support to those challenges and Caroline's experience and perspective will greatly expand what we can offer in terms of resources for filmmakers. She will also be a major influence on how Cinereach responds to the evolving independent film »
- Zack Sharf
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