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As the major studios tinker with photorealistic character designs, can Hollywood find the future of animation in its past?
This weekend, families with hit their local multiplex to relive the wonder of Beauty and the Beast in its new live-action format. And whether the film is a runaway hit or only a modest success, Disney shows no signs of plugging its pipeline of live-action remakes. According to this 2016 Time piece, Disney is currently working on no fewer than twelve (that’s one-two) remakes of their popular animated films, meaning twelve more movies featuring up-and-coming actresses, revamped musical numbers, and CGI creatures that take a deep, deep dive into the uncanny valley.
While this brand new surge of Disney movies are likely to each be a technical wonder, for my money, there’s something oddly pedestrian about converting the beautiful Disney animated character designs into a series of photorealistic CGI models. While »
- Matthew Monagle
With Aquaman gearing up to go into production in Australia, director James Wan has revealed that he will be reuniting with The Conjuring 2 cinematographer Don Burgess on the 2018 DC solo movie, with Wan posting the following to Twitter:
Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017
Burgess is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, whose extensive C.V. includes Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Spider-Man, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Polar Express, The Book of Eli, The Muppets, Flight, Allied and Monster Trucks.
Aquaman is set for release on October 5th, 2018 and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, »
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017
You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.
The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »
Around a decade ago, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was set to take the helm of an animated Justice League movie along the lines of The Polar Express (using similar mo-cap technology). A number of actors were cast (including rumoured Dceu actor Armie Hammer as Batman), and Common looked set to play the Green Lantern, John Stewart.
Despite making a brief appearance last year in Suicide Squad as Monster T, the rapper/actor remains open to playing the character in the upcoming Green Lantern Corps. However, while the John Wick: Chapter 2 star wants it to happen, he was quick to point out that he hasn’t spoken to anyone at the studio yet about this becoming a reality:
- Josh Wilding
4 items from 2017
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