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A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson. Derrickson mostly has a horror background. His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, and he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Hit the jump for more. In addition to reporting on Derrickson being in the mix for the directing gig, THR writer Borys Kit also tweeted, “Being told Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) still on the shortlist,” so I’m wondering if »
- Matt Goldberg
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15
How films like The Lego Movie are replacing destiny narratives with messages of scepticism and adaptability…
2013 saw the release of a film that sold a message antithetical to the upbeat ‘you can do it if you really try!’ cheerleading prevalent in kids’ movies. ‘Sometimes you can’t do it’, said this film, ‘even if you really, really, really try’.
It’s not as bleak a caution as it might seem. An imaginative scenario in which the hero fails but adapts teaches a useful lesson about flexibility (a skill parents might agree can be a tricky one for kids to take on). Wishing upon a star, working your socks off, thinking you can… in real life none of that guarantees a result. Isn’t it about time kids’ movies became comfortable with that idea? »
Although the Shrek franchise fell from grace with its later instalments, the series still banked over $2.5 billion at the box office and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg looks like he wants to revisit the Kingdom of Far Far Away. In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Katzenberg revealed,
“We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest. But I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."
Meanwhile, DreamWorks is to build a visitor attraction on the South Bank in London. Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure will open in Summer 2015 and will partnered with a new interactive adventure with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and a plethora of other characters from the franchise, as well as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. »
- Gary Collinson
Those who thought that DreamWorks had put Shrek behind them after 2010′s Shrek Forever After (which was even subtitled The Final Chapter) are sadly mistaken. According to the studio’s animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, a fifth outing for the titular grumpy ogre is in the works.
In an interview with Fox Business Network, Katzenberg dropped a hint that the studio wasn’t quite done with Shrek just yet, and had simply been taking a bit of a break from the franchise.
“We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.”
That’s all Katzenberg would say on the matter, but it should come as no shock that the studio is looking to bring the character back. After all, the »
- James Garcia
DreamWorks to open attraction inspired by the series of hit animations about the green ogre, with a fifth film also mooted
Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure will be one of six similar sites across the globe. The attraction is due to open in summer 2015 and will celebrate the four-film animated fantasy saga about a grumpy green ogre that has so far taken more than $3.5bn (£2.09bn) at the worldwide box office, as well as other films from DreamWorks Animation.
"The 20,000-square-foot experience will be based on a brand-new adventure being written by the DreamWorks team," said the studio and partner Merlin in a statement. "It will feature a Shrek interactive walk-through adventure, a character courtyard where visitors will »
- Ben Child
Shrek Forever After grossed a series low $239 million domestic in 2010, but still earned over $750 million worldwide to bring the Shrek series total box office to $2.9 billion. For DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, that's cause to take a break but not give up the golden goose forever (no matter what this Blu-ray box set impiles). In an upcoming interview with Fox Business Network [via Variety], Katzenberg remarked: “We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest. But I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.” The next chapter could be a television special like 2007's Shrek the Halls, but I expect to see another Shrek movie in my lifetime, if only to reach $3 billion. More Shrek news after the jump. Variety also reports that DreamWorks and Merlin Entertainment will build a »
- Brendan Bettinger
Shrek's swamp is coming across the pond! In a new collaboration, Merlin Entertainments has teamed up with DreamWorks Animation to create a unique themed visitor attraction based on Shrek and his friends.
This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favorites from the beloved franchise, will see an initial roll-out of six attractions over nine years. The first attraction will open in London in the summer of 2015. This will be the first time that Merlin, Europe's largest and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, has worked with a Hollywood studio to create a scaleable branded entertainment experience based on a globally recognized entertainment franchise. This is also the first time that DreamWorks Animation, home to global entertainment franchises including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, will help to produce an attraction of »
An attraction dedicated to Shrek has been announced for London.
Merlin Entertainments - the company behind the London Eye - has confirmed a partnership with DreamWorks Animation for a themed visitor attraction for 2015.
"This landmark attraction, which will transport visitors through a live interactive adventure featuring Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other favourites from the beloved franchise, will see an initial rollout of six attractions over nine years," the companies said in a statement.
Its first attraction will open in summer 2015 at County Hall on London's South Bank, and will feature characters from other DreamWorks films.
It is the first time that Europe's largest visitor attraction company has teamed up with a Hollywood studio.
"The 20,000 square ft experience will be based on a brand new adventure being written by the DreamWorks team," they added.
"It will feature a Shrek interactive walkthrough adventure, a character courtyard where visitors will »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, Arrow, Constantine, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more...
Well, they sure made us wait, but this week Marvel Studios gave us our first look at August's cosmic superhero adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, and boy did they deliver, with the reveal of the first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading to what's been described as a "social media smash", with more mentions in the first 12 hours across Facebook and Twitter following its release than Man of Steel managed in 24 hours. The fun got underway on Monday with the arrival »
- Gary Collinson
While this years Guardians of the Galaxy has been getting all the attention this week [see the trailer, character featurettes and first poster], it seems that Marvel Studios still has one eye on Phase Three, wioth The Hollywood Reporter revealing that four directors are under consideration to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the screen in Doctor Strange.
According to the site, the studio has met with Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). Meanwhile, screenwriters Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda) are "in the mix" to script the film, although Marvel is apparently keen on getting a writer-director duo, or a filmmaker who can tackle both.
It's expected that Doctor Strange will feature as part of Marvel's Phase Three line-up, alongside Ant-Man, Thor 3, Captain America 3 and The Avengers 3.
Update: According to Bleeding Cool, one of the reasons that Nikolaj Arcel is under consideration is because »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel is moving into new comic book territory as they are starting to branch out from the comic characters the majority of the general population is familiar with and looking to create excitement out of less familiar characters. Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first test and Ant-Man will be another, and it could prove to be what reinvigorates superhero films for those of us not at all familiar with the characters and it appears the character that's next in line is Doctor Strange. The Hollywood Reporter brings word Marvel is currently courting directors for a feature film adaptation of the character who apparently is a surgeon that suffers a life-changing car accident and eventually heads to the Himalayas, gains psychic powers and saves the day. I'm sure there's more to it, and I could be way off, but it doesn't really matter right now... does itc As for »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel is taking their sweet time getting Doctor Strange to the big screen. They've been working on the project off and on for awhile, but there's finally more movement to report! The studio is currently meeting with directors to possibly develop the project, and thanks to THR we know four of the directors who are in contention.
They're currently looking at Mark Andrews, who co-wrote and co-directed Pixar's Brave; Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote and directed 2013s best foreign film Oscar-nominated entry A Royal Affair; Dean Israelite, the director of Paramount's upcoming time-travel movie Welcome to Yesterday; and Jonathan Levine, the director of the Zombie rom-com Warm Bodies.
There is also Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, who could be writing another screenplay for the movie. They are the writers behind the Kung Fu Panda movies. The report says that the studio is looking to hire both a writer and a director to work in tandem, »
- Joey Paur
Marvel stole the show yesterday by releasing a number of featurettes and a new poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, but they’re already looking ahead to the future as the hunt is now said to be on for a filmmaker to helm Doctor Strange. Kung Fu Panda writers Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger are being considered to write the screenplay, while four directors are in contention.
Who are they? According to The Hollywood Reporter, those being considered are Mark Andrews (the co-writer and co-director of Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (the writer and director of Academy Award nominated foreign film A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (the director of the Michael Bay produced Welcome to Yesterday), and Jonathan Levine (who helmed Warm Bodies and 50/50).
As you may have noticed, the candidates above all have experience with writing And directing, and that’s apparently down to the fact that “Marvel is looking to »
- Josh Wilding
Doctor Strange has four directors in the running.
Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) are in line for the Marvel Studios movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The directors have either met or are about to meet with executives regarding the tale of the Marvel Universe's Sorcerer Supreme.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was previously rumoured for the role of Stephen Strange, an arrogant surgeon who turns to the mystic arts after receiving an injury to his hands that ends his career.
Now that Marvel is in pre-production on "Ant-Man" and recently gave the world a taste of "Guardians of the Galaxy," the studio is now getting to work on "Doctor Strange," seeking directors to take on the comic book film. THR is reporting that four contenders have either met or about to meet with marvel, including Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50). Meanwhile, Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers of the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, are in talks to write the screenplay. The plan is to hire a writer and director at the same time and to have them work together. Doctor Strange is an arrogant and selfish surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. After all conventional healing methods fail, he travels to Tibet as a last effort to find a cure at the hands »
News Simon Brew 21 Feb 2014 - 06:37
Marvel is lining up a film of Doctor Strange, and the directorial shortlist has apparently been revealed...
It seems pretty certain now that Doctor Strange is being lined up as one of Marvel's Phase Three of movies. The other titles are set to be Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Thor 3 and The Avengers 3. Of those four, only Thor 3 is apparently without a director so far.
But who will take the reigns for Doctor Strange? Well, a story broken by The Hollywood Reporter has put four names in the frame. The candidates are apparently Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) and Dean Israelite (the upcoming Welcome To Yesterday).
It's still early days of course, »
Marvel have received a lot of hype surrounding their upcoming new venture Guardians Of The Galaxy, thanks to a wonderfully comedic trailer. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron also on their way, it’s time to seriously consider what Phase 3 will have to offer. We know that Edgar Wright’s Ant-man will arrive in 2015, but Marvel have also announced dates for untitled films through to 2017. One rumoured film is Doctor Strange, the tale of a surgeon who loses the use of his hands, only to be given even more incredible powers.
4 directors have met or are scheduled to meet the folks at Marvel to discuss the potential project and they are a very varied bunch. First up is Brave’s Mark Andrews, which has been his only feature film to date. Obviously directors of animation have had mixed success with Brad Bird doing an excellent »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Looks like things are heating up on Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Ace superhero movie news reporter Borys Kit at the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that four directors have either met or are going to meet to take a meeting at Marvel to pitch themselves for the directing gig.
They are Mark Andrews who directed Brave, Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote and directed last year’s best foreign film Oscar-nominated entry A Royal Affair, Dean Israelite, the director behind Paramount’s upcoming sci-fi time-travel movie Welcome to Yesterday; and Jonathan Levine, the filmmaker behind Warm Bodies and 50/50.
Doctor Strange was conceived as an arrogant and selfish surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. After all conventional healing methods fail, »
- El Mayimbe
While fans still have three Marvel Phase Two movies coming in the next two years (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron), the studio is already prepping its Phase Three slate, which kicks off with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man in 2015. Marvel is currently seeking directors for their only other confirmed Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange, with Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) currently in contention.
The studio has either already met with these filmmakers, or are about to meet with them in the coming weeks. Marvel is also seeking screenwriters to work in tandem with a director to develop the story together, or a filmmaker who can both write and direct. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) are in contention to write the script, »
Marvel Studios is reportedly considering four filmmakers to take on the role of directing their "Doctor Strange" movie. These four have reportedly either met or are about to meet with Marvel execs for the gig. So who are they?
There's also acclaimed Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel who directed the Oscar-nominated "A Royal Affair" and penned the screenplay for the original Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" adaptation.
The third is newcomer Dean Israelite, a short filmmaker who recently directed his first feature - the found footage time-travel movie "Welcome to Yesterday" due later this year.
Finally there's Mark Andrews, a co-writer and co-director of Pixar's "Brave" who also worked on the script for "John Carter" and wrote for TV series like "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Samurai Jack".
- Garth Franklin
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