8 items from 2016
Kenny Baker as adventurer and thief Fidget in Time Bandits
Kenny Baker, the much loved actor who played Star Wars' R2D2, has died at the age of 81. The Birmingham-born star, who also had memorable roles in Time Bandits and Amadeus, is understood to have been ill for some time.
Baker, who began his acting career on the stage in 1950, had a particular love of fantasy and science fiction films, starring in popular favourites like Flash Gordon, Labyrinth, Willow and, more recently, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. He also appeared in dramatic roles in the likes of Mona Lisa and The Elephant Man.
Tributes to Baker have been pouring in from friends and co-stars. Mark Hamill described him as a lifelong friend and Ewan McGregor said it had been lovely to work with him. He will be much missed by fans, having spent his later years travelling around. »
- Jennie Kermode
Eleven years after Disney and Walden Media launched The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise in theatres, a new jigsaw of partners has come together to adapt the fourth book in C S Lewis’ fantasy classic.
The parties did not reveal the precise distribution strategy on Tuesday, however the elements raise the prospect of a desirable tentpole presenting itself to international buyers.
Sony and eOne will handle distribution. Screen understands TriStar will release the film in the Us, while eOne would appear likely to release the fantasy in Canada and could also handle in other markets where it distributes directly, namely the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Spain and Benelux.
Sierra/Affinity has a deal to sell territories outside these markets on films produced and acquired »
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Young Australian actress Laura Brent (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) has been cast as the female lead in the CW genre-themed drama pilot Transylvania. Written by Hugh Sterbakov and directed by Jason Ensler, Transylvania is set in 1880 and centers on Victoria (Brent), a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together… »
The current deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires on June 30, 2017. No start date has been set for the contract talks, but they are likely to launch before the end of the year.
Apted and Schlamme chaired the committee in 2013 when the current contract was negotiated. The DGA national board approved the appointments at its board meeting on Feb. 7.
“As a key part of our extensive preparation, we have asked two of our most experienced feature and television leaders, Michael Apted and Thomas Schlamme, to once again lead our negotiations and serve as co-chairs,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “Michael and Tommy, who successfully were co-chairs in 2013, have graciously accepted. We are incredibly fortunate to have the benefit of their experience. »
- Dave McNary
The next film in the Narnia franchise, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the fourth in the series, will reboot the franchise and will have a new director and new cast, so says producer Mark Gordon.
Speaking with Collider, Gordon said that we could see the film start shooting very soon.
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly,” states Gordon. “We’re very excited about it.”
David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award-winning Life Of Pi, has scripted The Silver Chair. Despite the fact that the movie features Eustace Scrubb, played by Will Poulter in the last movie, The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, it seems that Gordon and co. are going with a completely new cast, despite Poulter’s star shining brighter than it has ever been (he appears in this weekend’s big opener, The Revenant).
“No, it »
- Paul Heath
Just over 10 years ago, The Chronicles of Narnia franchise launched with the big screen adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which paved the way for 2008's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. It's been over two years since we heard anything about the fourth installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, with a December 2013 report that Life of Pi writer David Magee came aboard to write the script. Today we have a new update from producer Mark Gordon, who reveals that The Silver Chair will reboot the franchise entirely. Here's what he had to say, when asked if any characters from the first three movies would be involved.
"We're hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We're very excited about it. No, it's all going to be a brand new franchise. »
After the release of "The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" in 2010, there was some question of where the franchise might go next. In 2011, Walden Media honcho Michael Flaherty revealed he was aiming to negotiate with Fox and C.S. Lewis' estate to get the rights to "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew," which is more of a prequel story, rather than a direct follow-up to 'Dawn Treader.' That never happened, and a couple of years later, it was announced that "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair" would be next. That movie also never really materialized, but it seems the plan is still there to bring it to the big screen. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, producer Mark Gordon told Collider, "We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly." However, they will be starting everything over from scratch, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been a little over five years since the release of The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and besides the hiring of Life Of Pi writer David Magee to script The Silver Chair, there hasn't been much movement on the planned fourth installment in the film series. Back in 2013, The C.S. Lewis Company joined forces with The Mark Gordon Company to develop the next sequel, and... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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