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Alternating between indie-circuit hits (Young Ones) and blockbuster hits (Maleficent), Elle Fanning has worked steadily to emerge out of older sister Dakota’s Hollywood shadow, and she’ll be aiming squarely for the hearts and minds of the Ya crowd in upcoming project All the Bright Places. This morning, producers have announced that Fanning will team with Youth in Revolt director Miguel Arteta for the pic, an adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s novel.
Fanning has been attached to the lead role of Violet since last year. Niven herself is penning the script for the adaptation, which is a priority for financiers Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan.
“Violet and Finch’s achingly heartfelt and authentic story is the most convincing portrayal of teenage life I have ever come across. It’s such a privilege to bring it to the screen with the help of its engaging author and the »
- Isaac Feldberg
High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is returning to the Disney Channel with the all-new original TV movie Descendants, which brings some awfully wicked offspring to life. The first 6-minutes have debuted online, with Kenny Ortega introducing the movie and the wild thrills it contains. Here, we get to meet the teenage son of Belle and Beast, who rule over the fantasy kingdom of Auradon. All of the fairytale kingdoms have come together as one, for a story about what happens after 'happily ever after'.
Kenny Ortega describes Disney's Descendants as a modern fairy tale. As he puts it, it's a 'Once Upon a Now' story that will surely resonate with today's youth, as well as their parents alike. This opening prologue springs from the interface of an iPad, telling how Beast became president of Auradon, booting all of the villains and their sidekicks off to the Isle of the Lost. »
Disney has added yet another beloved cartoon classic to its roster of upcoming live-action remakes: The Sword in the Stone.
Variety reports that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman will pen the updated take on the 1963 film. Originally written by Bill Peet — and based on T. H. White's book of the same name — The Sword in the Stone told King Arthur's fictionalized origin story as an orphan who proves himself worthy of royalty as he does the impossible by pulling a sword from a stone.
Cogman has written seven »
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
If there are two things Hollywood adores right now (besides superhero movies), it's origin stories and live-action fairy tales. Minions, even, was there to remind families how they're characters came to be. Efforts have already been made to bring the two together, particularly from Disney as they bask in the money with box office smash Maleficent and a Prince Charming movie on the horizon, and the studio is going just another step forward as it brings the beginnings of Aladdin's best friend, the Genie, to the big screen. Written by Damian Shannon and Mark Shift, horror writers behind flicks like Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 Friday the 13th remake who've transitioned into comedy with their pens guiding the new Baywatch movie and the Peter Dinklage-starring, Bad Santa-esque R-rated leprechaun romp O'Lucky Day, the studio is developing Genies as a live-action comedy adventure. It won't bring Aladdin in the mix (at least, »
- Will Ashton
Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairytale boasts child-stealing pirates and a Hook who’s morphed into Indiana Jones. But Rooney Mara’s turn as a psychedelic-tressed Tiger Lily won’t do much to offset accusations of ‘whitewashing’
It’s an unwritten rule of fantasy film-making that if you can’t make a great movie, at least make one that’s utterly outlandish. This is why, for all their failings, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, with their giant-headed queens, excitable talking animals and gorgeous warring witches, will always be remembered more fondly than furrow-browed Angelina Jolie-vehicle Maleficent, or any of the distinctly po-faced Narnia films.
- Ben Child
Because nothing animated is sacred anymore, Disney now wants a live-action Aladdin movie. But wait! It'll be a prequel. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the project, which has clever scribes Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (of Freddy vs. Jason fame) attached to the script, will explain how Genie got trapped in his famous lamp in an origin story à la Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. The film and its writers promise to "focus on the realm of the Genies," and the movie will appropriately be called Genies. Makes sense (if this is sounding random but kind of cool, we are right there with you). Naturally, as THR points out, this will probably lead into a live-action Aladdin movie too. Other specifics are currently unknown, but it might be time to prep by brushing up on your "Whole New World" lyrics. Just remember to add in "Irl" whenever you can. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Angelina Jolie is seemingly planning a Catherine the Great biopic, focusing on the exploits of the 18th-century empress of Russia.
The actress and director's production company Jolie Pas has bought an option on Simon Sebag Montefiore's book Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, a statement from publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson confirms.
Catherine the Great became Russia's longest-ruling female sovereign, leading a war against the Ottoman Empire before her death in 1796.
The acting couple will both star in the 1970s-set film, which has been dated to hit cinemas on November 13. »
With Hollywood’s current fairy-tale craze in full swing thanks to the runaway success of Disney’s Cinderella, Warner Bros. and Team Downey are pressing ahead with a live-action Pinocchio remake and have tapped The Master writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson to write a draft.
The Giver scribe Michael Mitnick penned the most recent version of the script, which had previous drafts by Bryan Fuller and Jane Goldman. Robert Downey Jr. had been tweaking Mitnick’s take over the past six months in order to try to create the right feel for the live-action pic. Now, though, it appears that he’s passed it off to Anderson, a good friend with whom he’s been attempting to collaborate for some time.
WB and Team Downey are looking at Anderson to perfect the script and then direct, marking a departure from the helmer’s more dramatic, narratively complex films (he last made »
- Isaac Feldberg
Angelina Jolie is teaching her daughter the importance of giving back! The Oscar-winning actress brought daughter Shiloh on a humanitarian trip to Turkey in honor of World Refugee Day. The mother-daughter duo was photographed with Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during their outing on Saturday. After visiting a Syrian and Iraqi refugee camp, Mrs. Brad Pitt spoke out about the importance of getting involved with what could be the "worst refugee crisis ever recorded." "Our world has never been richer or healthier or more advanced," Jolie said in a statement posted online. "Yet never before have so many people been dispossessed and stripped of their basic human rights." "People are running out of places to run to. If you are an Iraqi or a Syrian fleeing violence, where do you go? Every border country is being pushed beyond its limits," she continued. We love that Angie brought »
- tooFab Staff
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
The production of a Maleficent (2014) sequel is in the works and Disney has hired famed screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King) to work on the next blockbuster. Linda Woolverton Writes ‘Maleficent’ Sequel, Angelina Jolie Still In Talks The 2014 Disney film Maleficent is a dark action re-imagined fantasy of the 1950s animated Disney movie […]
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Maleficent 2: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year, and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One. If all goes well, he will join a cast led by Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn; Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is set to direct. Described as a heist movie, the story will follow rebel soldiers who attempt to steal the plans for the Death...
- Peter Martin
Sharpen your cheekbones, "Maleficent" fans! The mistress of all evil is back. Disney is prepping a sequel to their big-budget origin story, Access Hollywood confirmed on Tuesday. The studio has secured a deal with screenwriter Linda Woolverton to pen a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster, which grossed nearly $760 million worldwide. Star Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, is being reportedly kept "in the loop" throughout the early development phase. Although there's no definite word on whether the actress will reprise her role as the cunning sorceress, the project is being crafted with her in mind. Angelina is known for being selective when ...
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Disney is moving ahead with a sequel to its 2014 hit Maleficent, it was revealed last night, with news that Linda Woolverton has been tapped to pen the script for a follow-up. The current plan is for Angelina Jolie to reprise as the Sleeping Beauty character, and she’s being kept in the loop with regard to the project.
Setting up Maleficent as a franchise, the stand-alone nature of the film aside, makes financial sense for Disney. Though it was an expensive venture with a reported budget of $180 million, the pic grossed almost $760 million worldwide.
Back in 2014, Jolie teased reporters in China with the idea that she could return as the winged titular character, but plot details remain as elusive now as they did then. The first movie told the origin story for a notorious fairy tale villain, so it’s unclear what additional ground there is for Maleficent 2 to cover. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline reports that Disney's sequel to 2014's Maleficent is starting to take shape. Linda Woolverton will return to write the script, while Angelina Jolie has reportedly been kept "in the loop" to reprise her role of the fairy turned villain turned awesome foster mom. No word yet on whether or not Elle Fanning will also be brought back onboard, but we'd totally watch a spinoff of a spinoff with just Angelina and her raven (played in the first film by Sam Riley) meddling in other people's business. Maybe it'll end up on Netflix, too. »
- Dee Lockett
Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" was a big win for Disney, earning $754 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. A sequel was inevitable. And now comes word that the studio has started making moves toward "Maleficent 2." Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) has been hired to write the script. While it has yet to be confirmed that Jolie will reprise her role, the script is being written with the actress in mind. It's also being reported that Jolie is keeping track of the development process, which may hint that she's interested in returning. While Joe Roth will be back to produce, it's unclear whether Robert Stromberg will be back to direct. Stay tuned. »
Disney hopes that one fairy tale sequel will come true.
Deadline reports that things are moving ahead for a follow-up to 2014's blockbuster "Maleficent," which starred Angelina Jolie as the titular enchantress. Disney has hired Linda Woolverton to write the script, and is "keeping Jolie in the loop and that the sequel will be written for her to reprise."
"Maleficent" was a massive success, raking in over $758 million at the box office, and it set off a flurry of live-action reboots of Disney's animated classics. "Cinderella" was a hit this spring, and the studio is working on "Beauty and the Beast" starring Emma Watson.
The biggest question mark, of course, is whether Jolie would reprise her role. As Deadline notes, Jolie isn't high on making sequels; she turned down follow-ups to "Salt" and "Wanted." And as she USA Today of making a possible sequel, "I just feel like we did »
- Kelly Woo
Maleficent: Linda Woolverton, who wrote the screenplay for Disney's Maleficent, has been hired to come up with a sequel. The studio wants Angelina Jolie to reprise her role as the mysterious titular character, but no deal is in place. The movie has made more than $760 million since it was released last year and sparked Disney's plans to make other live-action versions of its classic animated films. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Forest Whitaker is in negotiations...
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