12 items from 2013
Update: The two Jungle Book movies in the works are shaping up to be quite different. Jon Favreau, the director behind movies like Iron Man, Elf and Zathura, is directing the Disney live-action version. Now, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is in talks to direct the other one from Warner Brothers - he's the guy behind really heavy, artsy movies like Babel. His next movie is called Birdman starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton. It looks like these dueling live-action Jungle Books will be as similar as 2012's Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.
June 20, 2012 - A second remake of The Jungle Book is now in the works, this one will be in 3D animation. Madagascar screenwriter Billy Frolick will adapt Rudyard Kipling's classic book about a boy adopted by jungle animals. Jun Falkenstein, director of The Tigger Movie, will co-direct with Kevin Johnson, whose credits include Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Jon Favreau is set return to the big budget world with a new live action adaptation of “The Jungle Book” for Disney. My fellow Queens College alum, Favreau, made his big screen directing debut with “Made” back in 2001, then followed that up with the modern day Christmas classic, “Elf.” From there, it was a steady stream of big budget blockbuster-type films from “Zathura” to “Iron Man” to “Cowboys & Aliens.” Perhaps feeling a little burnt out on large studio fare, Favreau just wrapped work on an indie film called “Chef.” His clout, at this stage, can’t be questioned. Even for this “indie,” he was able to attract Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and others.
So now, the studio with the big ears has tapped him to direct their next big screen adaptation of “Jungle Book,” which will retell the story of Mowgli- a boy raised by wolves, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Jon Favreau will forever be known as the director of the Iron Man movies (the first two, anyway). But for those who take the time to surf his prolific resume, you’ll realize just how often he gravitates to family-friendly storytelling. He made Elf with Will Ferrell, and Zathura with Kristen Stewart. And his next picture appears to be made with families in mind. Deadline notes that Favreau is in conversations with Disney to helm a live-action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. “I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements,” Favreau told the site. “It is my first real family film since Elf, and...
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The children’s classic tale of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book looks set to be rehabilitated, a decade after 1994’s disappointing live-action remake starring Jason Scott Lee and Cary Elwes. A new adaptation, written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li), has caught the eye of Jon Favreau, who is now in talks to direct for Disney.
The résumé of directorial efforts from the multi-hyphenate Jon Favreau is impressive to say the least, and his history of tackling projects that require a deft touch with performance as well as with visual effects makes him an excellent choice for this planned re-boot. Though he began his directing career in independent cinema with Made (2003), he soon had a family smash-hit on his hands with Elf (2003), and Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) followed close behind. Favreau then blew the doors of Marvel’s movie franchises wide open with Iron Man »
- Sarah Myles
Iron Man and Elf director Jon Favreau is currently in talks with the guys at Disney to helm a live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Disney have twice before journeyed into the book, with the classic musical animated tale in 1967 and the live action version of 1994. There is no word yet as to whether this will be a completely new take, or perhaps an adaptation of the animated version, but with Justin Marks writing the screenplay, it seems that this will be a completely new animal.
As always though, since this property is in the public domain, there is a challenger in the form of Warner Bros. who are producing their own The Jungle Book with Harry Potter writer Steven Kloves taking over scripting duties. I don’t care about two versions, as long as one contains Guns ‘N’ Roses’ classic Welcome to the Jungle”.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Meanwhile, Sophie B. Hawkins's screenplay of the same name rots away in a cabinet somewhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iron Man 2 director Favreau is currently in negotiations to direct Disney's upcoming live-action reboot of Rudyard Kipling's beloved story collection. The man made both Elf and Zathura: A Space Adventure! What's there to talk about? On an related note, if the animals still talk in Favreau's version, can John Goodman please re-up as Baloo? Hiring anyone else would just be blasphemous. »
- Halle Kiefer
Jon Favreau is getting back in the family-movie game. The "Iron Man" director, who previously helmed such family-friendly efforts as "Elf" and "Zathura," is in talks to direct a new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" for Disney. Scripted by Justin Marks ("The Raven"), the studio is looking to begin production on the film sometime next year. “I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements,” Favreau told exclusive-getter Deadline. “It is my first real family film since 'Elf,' »
- HitFix Staff
This project is not to be confused with The Weinstein Company's Chef, which has Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy attached to star and Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines) set to direct. The multi-hyphenate will play an emotional chef who runs a Los Angeles restaurant in this indie comedy, if his deal is finalized. The filmmaker is currently in talks with financiers and other actors to join the project.
Jon Favreau's last directorial effort was 2011's Cowboys & Aliens. He has long been attached to Disney's Magic Kingdom, although that project is still in development. The actor-filmmaker made his directorial debut in 2001 with Made, moving on to direct Elf and Zathura before stepping into the Marvel universe with 2008's Iron Man.
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The last little indie film that Jon Favreau directed was 2001s Made, which I thought was fantastic. After that, he went on to direct bigger budget films such as Zathura, Iron Man, and Cowboys and Aliens, which was the last movie he directed. Since then, he was attached to develop Disney's Magic Kingdom, and an adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys. Not sure what's really going on with those movies right now, but Variety is reporting that Favreau is going back to his indie roots and is looking to write, direct and star in a new indie comedy called Chef.
Details on the film's plot are slim, but according to the report the story will be set in a Los Angeles-based restaurant run by an emotional chef who will be played by Favreau. As a fan of Favreau's work, I'm looking forward to seeing what he has planned for this new indie film, »
- Joey Paur
Even though Snow White and the Huntsman wasn't all everyone hoped it would be, it did bring in a lot of moviegoers, which means a lot of tickets purchased, which means a lot of money. Therefore, Universal is going forward with their plans for a sequel for release in 2015. It's believed the sequel will be more about Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character, about whom we didn't learn much in the first film. David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Zathura) is writing the script. Universal always planned for Snow White and the Huntsman to be a trilogy, therefore, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth should already be contracted for three films. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, the old married guy who had an affair with Stewart, will Not be coming back. »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
This Red Dawn actor is looking dapper in just-released promotion pics released for the much anticipated next Hunger Games installment Catching Fire, to be released this fall. Here are five things you probably don't know about Josh Hutcherson.
1. Born October 12, 1992 in Union, Kentucky, his mother is a former airline employee and his father works as an analyst for the federal government. His 15-year-old brother Connor is also an aspiring actor.
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2. Broke his elbow at age six while playing on the monkey bars and then learned to swim that summer with a cast on.
3. Has said Jake Gyllenhaal is one of his acting inspirations.
5. Has two dogs, named Diesel and Nixon, and two cats, Jell-o and Paws »
For $50, you can own the editing program that Jon Favreau and Dan Lebental will use to edit their next film. Lebental (who edited Iron Man and Zathura among others) has designed a new iPad app called TouchEdit that will grant access to pros and enthusiasts to 90% of the tools that Lebental would use to edit a studio-funded feature film (and he’s promised to use it on his next project with Favreau). It’s available on iTunes, but if it’s the future, it’s been inspired by the past. “It was such a badge of honor to touch film,” Lebental told The Hollywood Reporter. “I realized that is one of the things we lost. I miss interacting directly with the media.” Now, the touch screen facilitates that for him. The app even includes a tool called a Grease Pencil that allows editors to “physically” mark in and out points directly on the digital frames. Isn »
- Scott Beggs
12 items from 2013
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