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Newly minted Paramount Players has landed its first project, winning a bidding war for the movie rights to the book “Vacation Guide to the Solar System.”
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who most recently scripted “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” will produce and adapt the book written by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science, and Jana Grcevich, an astronomer who has presented at the Hayden Planetarium.
The project is inspired by Koski and Grcevich’s work with Guerilla Science on the Intergalactic Travel Bureau, a retro futuristic pop-up travel agency that plans vacations to space for the public.
New Paramount Players Chief Brian Robbins Talks Strategy for the Digital Age
Paramount Players said Thursday that the story is set 50 years in the future when tourism within our solar system has become almost routine, a family trip turns into a life or death struggle to return to Earth when something goes terribly wrong. The »
- Dave McNary
Back in April it was announced that Ricky Gervais will narrate an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 2010 children’s book The Willoughbys from Bron Animation and writer-director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2), and now Deadline is reporting that the film has found its voice cast.
According to the site, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Terry Crews, Jane Krakowski and Sean Cullen have all signed on to the film; Rudolph will play Nanny, Short and Krakowski as Father and Mother Willoughby, Crews as Commander Melanoff and Cullen in the dual role of twin boys Barnaby A and Barnaby B.
The logline for the film reads: “The Willoughbys follows the four Willoughby children – Tim, Jane and the twins who — when abandoned by their selfish parents — embark on a wild adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a candy mogul, to reunite with »
- Gary Collinson
The project is based on the Lois Lowry children’s book of the same name. Rudolph will be the voice of Nanny, who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews is voicing candy mogul Commander Melanoff, and Short and Krakowski will voice Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so in love with each other that they forget they even have children. Cullen voices the twin boys Barnaby A and B.
Ricky Gervais was previously announced as the narrator of the film, which follows the four Willoughby children. When abandoned by their selfish parents, they embark on an adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny, and a candy mogul, to reunite with the “family they were born into.”
- Dave McNary
THR has revealed that Ricky Gervais has signed on to narrate The Willoughbys, a new animated feature from Bron Animation, which is based upon Lois Lowry’s children’s book of the same name and is written and directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2).
“Ricky has such a distinctive voice, and his talents will make an exceptional contribution to the edgy tone that we are going for with The Willoughbys,” said producer Brenda Gilbert of Bron, which previously worked with Gervais on his 2016 comedy Special Correspondents.
The Willoughbys was published in 2010 and “book follows the four Willoughby children, who are abandoned by their oblivious parents and must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a modern family.” »
- Gary Collinson
13 April 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Written and directed by Kris Pearn (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2) and co-directed by Cory Evans, the film is in preproduction at Bron's studio in Burnaby, B.C. Bron's Brenda Gilbert, Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll are producing. Gervais is an exec producer.
Published in 2010, the book follows the four Willoughby children, who are abandoned by their oblivious parents and must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a »
- Carolyn Giardina
Marsden has been responsible for supervising all projects on the Sony Pictures Animation slate and recently has been overseeing every aspect of the studio’s growth. Sony Pictures Animation — which is increasing its output starting in 2017 with three theatrical features, two series, a short film and a direct-to-home feature — nearly tripled the size of its staff over the last year.
Marsden produced Sony Pictures Animation’s comedies “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs” and its sequel “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” She also produced Walt Disney Feature Animation’s first computer animated feature “Dinosaur” and the home entertainment feature “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas,” featuring the first CG »
- Dave McNary
Cartoon Network has slotted Monday, March 6 for the premiere of its new series Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and released a first-look clip. Based on Sony Pictures Animation’s 2009 animated feature comedy hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its 2013 sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the series takes place before giant food rains down on Swallow Falls. Sardines are still the driving force behind the town’s booming economy. Fave character Flint Lockwood… »
In today’s roundup, HBO will air “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” this summer after acquiring the U.S. TV rights, Cartoon Network’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” set to premiere in March, and more.
HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” Directed and produced by Francis Whately, the film spotlights the legendary singer and actor’s last two albums and Broadway musical, offering new insights into the final five years of Bowie’s life through rarely-seen interviews of the man himself, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators. Earlier this month, Bowie posthumously swept the 2017 Grammy Awards with five wins for his final album “Blackstar.”
- Will Thorne
Why did I not know about this? I think I’ve seen the movies Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at least 600 times. If it weren’t for Cartoon Network emailing me that a new trailer would be coming out prior to the release of the show in March, this information may have slipped right past me. My son is going to be ecstatic with this information. The series will be a prequel, featuring the high school years of Flint Lockwood, the eccentric young scientist in the films. In his adventures, he will
- Nat Berman
The project, which is being produced by Bateman and James Garavente through their production company Aggregate Films and John Davis and John Fox through Davis Entertainment, centers around “a group of couples who gather for their regularly planned game night when something goes murderously wrong.”
Bateman has been attached to the project for a few months now as a producer, but only recently signed on to star.
The film sounds like it could be a great ensemble comedy, and it surely will line up a talented cast in the weeks to come. Bateman is coming off of Office Christmas Party, which was largely panned by critics despite its adept ensemble, so hopefully Game Night delivers where that movie wasn’t able to. »
- Justin Cook
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