14 items from 2014
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
Despite the fact that it isn’t even out yet, Warner Bros. are clearly confident that The Lego Movie will be a big success for them as they’ve hired Jared Stern to write a sequel. He’s best known for penning The Internship, The Watch, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. However, before you start wondering why the studio would choose a writer with such a varied résumé, Stern is credited with adding story material to the likes of Bolt and Wreck-it Ralph. Also working on the script is Girl Most Likely’s Michelle Morgan.
Tracking currently indicates that The Lego Movie will open with upwards of $40 million in the Us this weekend, easily taking the top spot and holding off competition from The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wrote the first movie, and Stern’s involvement stems from the fact that he is part »
- Josh Wilding
The Internship and Watch writer has been tapped for the follow-up to the forthcoming 3D animated film, reports The Wrap.
Warner Bros' Lego Movie features Chris Pratt as the voice of Emmet, a Lego minifigure who's swept along in an epic adventure after being mistaken for the prophesied MasterBuilder.
The Lego Movie review: A wildly inventive rollercoaster with bricks
The Lego Movie opens in Us cinemas on February 7 and February 14 in the UK.
One of the biggest surprises of last year was being blown away by the hysterical The Lego Movie trailers. It’s released in the Us this coming Friday and on Valentine’s Day in the UK, but there is obviously a lot of confidence around the project as Warner Bros. have already hired a writer for the sequel. Jared Stern, with credits including The Watch, The Internship, and Mr. Popper’S Penguins is now on board for the building block-buster follow-up. Stern has also added story elements to the likes of Wreck-it Ralph, Bolt, and The Princess And The Frog, so he is obviously no stranger to animated flicks.
I really did love The Watch, despite many negative reviews and a small take at the box-office, but with The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller responsible for the wonderful Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and being very »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Though it doesn't open in wide release for a few more days, TheWrap is reporting that Warner Bros. has already decided on pushing forward with a sequel to The Lego Movie and they've hired Jared Stern to write it. Stern's screenplay credits include The Internship , The Watch , and Mr. Popper's Penguins , and he's also credited with adding story materials for the animated films Wreck-It Ralph , The Princess and The Frog and Bolt . The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a »
Plot details are being held under wraps, but the film is based on an original idea by Paramount's Film Group president Adam Goodman. John Kahrs will be directing from a script by Tripper Clancy. The director previously helmed Disney's Paperman, which won him an Oscar.
Paramount has been expanding their internal animated division after its distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation came to an end. Their first project will be the Nickelodeon sequel The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2. That film will hit theaters February 3rd 2015.
Shedd comes to theaters in 2015. The film is directed by John Kahrs. »
- Anita Agarwal
Tripper Clancy is writing the script, which is based on an original idea from Paramount’s Film Group president Adam Goodman, who oversees the animation division. The studio is keeping the logline under wraps.
Kahrs received the Oscar last year for the Disney animated short “Paperman.”
Paramount revved up its internal toon production operation in 2012 as it prepped for the end of its distribution pact with DreamWorks Animation, which has since signed its output deal with Fox. The division’s first title is a sequel to Nickelodeon’s 2004 toon “SpongeBob SquarePants” with a release set for Feb. 3, 2015.
- Dave McNary
Given the success of other studios’ in-house animation departments, it’s no surprise to see Paramount trying to launch its own version, and planning to bring in with some proven talent. The company has hired Oscar-winning Paperman director John Kahrs to make Shedd.Luring Kahrs away from Disney/Pixar, where he’s worked on the likes of The Incredibles, Bolt and Ratatouille, is a big score for Paramount, especially as we’re sure the Mouse House would want to hang on to someone who has gone on to Oscar victory with one of the loveliest shorts produced by the company.Still, he’s off to pastures new, and will work on a script from Tripper Clancy, which in turn is based on an idea by Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. And what is that idea? Sadly, Paramount is keeping that one in their private idea shed for now, refusing »
Although the official announcement for Big Hero 6 arrived last summer, Disney and Marvel haven’t said much about the film since. However, with a scheduled Us release date of 7th November 2014 looming in the not-so-distant future, some news has surfaced about a co-director.
Bolt co-writer/director Chris Williams has reportedly signed on as co-director alongside Meet The Robinsons writer Don Hall, with Tangled producer Roy Conli also attached to the project. Some may say that these additions don’t fare well for Marvel/Disney, as it’s perceived that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ (or the film’s already in trouble). That being said, the plot sounds quite cool – set in San Fransokyo, six superheroes (Hiro Hamada, robot Baymax, Gogo, Honey Lemon, chef Wasabi and…Fred) must team together to help bring down a criminal plot threatening to destroy their beloved city.
That’s all we know for now, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
While many are excited to see Marvel's sequel Captain America: The Winter Solider and the debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, there's another Marvel film that people shouldn't forget. Now that the comic book studio is situated at Disney, we're finally getting some animated superhero action again with Big Hero 6. The project was officially announced at the studio's D23 Expo last summer with a tease of the futuristic, fictional setting of San Fransokyo, but we've yet to see any of the heroes in action. With a November 7th, 2014 release planned, we're bound to get a first look soon, and the film will have an additional co-director. THR has learned that Chris Williams, co-director and co-writer of Disney Animation's 2008 film Bolt has come aboard the Marvel project as a co-director. He joins Winnie the Pooh director and Meet the Robinsons writer Don Hall on the project which follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, »
- Ethan Anderton
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Lobo, Batman vs. Superman, Green Lantern, Arrow, Justice League: War, Beware the Batman and more....
So here we are in 2014, and Sony rung in the New Year with Spider-Man joining the Times Square celebrations in promotion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, debuting a couple of new stills of Electro (Jamie Foxx), as well as exclusive Nye trailer from the upcoming superhero sequel, which you can check out here. And if course, it might have been the Holiday Season, but there was no rest for the folks at the Daily Bugle, with the Tumblr viral site dropping two new articles, »
- Gary Collinson
Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6 has added a new director to its production team, with Bolt's Chris Williams joining existing helmer Don Hall. The film will follow young Hiro Hamada, a teenage robotics whizz, and his best friend Baymax, a distinctly cuddly-looking robot. When Hiro gives Baymax a few badass upgrades, the duo head off to join a posse of wannabe crime-fighters, who uncover a fiendish underworld plot that threatens their city's safety. The film has also released a new image online, showing off the San Fransokyo (the...
- George Wales
The co-writer and co-director of Disney's Bolt, Chris Williams, has joined director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) in the animated production of Marvel's Big Hero 6. Williams also has writing credits for films such as Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Brother Bear.
I think Big Hero 6 is going to be an incredibly fun animated feature. I love the concept art and character designs that I've seen from it, and the story seems like it will be pretty awesome.
“Big Hero 6” features brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, »
- Joey Paur
14 items from 2014
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