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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 »
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DreamWorks Animation has announced that their big screen adaptation of Trolls will be directed by Mike Mitchell. Who's that guy you ask? Well, he's currently directing the live action sequences in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 and has also directed Shrek Forever After, Sky High, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. It's not the greatest resume of films, but this is a movie about those Troll dolls, so I guess it doesn't really matter. I don't imagine it will be any better than any of the previous films he's worked on.
The film is currently being scripted by Emmy Award-winning writer Erica Rivinoja, who has worked on comedies such as South Park and Up All Night. The movie will be a grand scale musical comedy that centers on how the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair. Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke had this to say in a statement:
- Joey Paur
That sound you hear? That’s me, clomping up the stairs to the angry dome. I’ve been spending a lot of time up there in recent weeks. My head is slowly imploding from the sheer WTFness of everything I am hearing. I’m not certain how much more of this I can take.
Let me try to put this concisely: there is a movie about Troll dolls. It is called Trolls. It is not, unfortunately, a sequel to Troll 2. It is being produced by DreamWorks Animation. And it has a writer and director.
The director? Mike Mitchell, who directed Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo, Shrek Forever After and (shudder) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. His single non-cringe-worthy credit? Sky High, which did not suck. So he’s the guy in charge of Trolls.
The writer? Here we fare a little better. Erica Rivinoja has signed on to write the screenplay. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Comedy director Mike Mitchell and Emmy Award winning writer Erica Rivinoja are tackling something notoriously small for their next big screen project – the iconic troll dolls (which stand at about two inches tall). DreamWorks Animation, which recently announced the acquisition of the Trolls franchise, has given Mitchell and Rivinoja the task of reimagining the Trolls universe on the big screen.
The Troll doll »
- Michelle McCue
DreamWorks Animation has announced today that Mike Mitchell is set to direct their upcoming Trolls . Emmy Award-winning writer Erica Rivinoja will provide the screenplay. Mitchell, currently directing the live action sequences in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 , has garnered a fan base among family audiences for hits such as Shrek Forever After , Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked , and has a proven track record taking legendary characters on new adventures. Rivinoja has been lauded for her work on comedies including "South Park" and "Up All Night." Under the direction of this new creative team Trolls will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox on November 4, 2016. "Mike and Erica are the perfect team to reimagine this »
"Scary Movie 5" opened in theaters this past weekend and if you're like most human beings, you're probably wondering just one thing: Why?
But the fact that Hollywood made yet another "Scary Movie" is really no surprise. After all, most studios believe that while you may not be able to beat a dead horse, you can certainly continue to milk a dead cash cow ... which explains why so many franchises continue to get sequels long after any they've stopped being interesting, fresh or creative. Why make something new when you can make something cheap and derivative instead?
So with that in mind, here's a look at nine more franchises that need to end right now. Because the scariest thing we can think of is the possibility of a "Scary Movie 6."
Okay, so the chances of Paramount ending the "Transformers" franchise any time soon — or ever — is pretty »
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