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Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)

Skydance Media Boosts Animation Division With New Hires (Exclusive)
David Ellison’s Skydance Media is boosting its year-old animated division with the addition of four new executives, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bill Damaschke, president of animation and family entertainment, named Holly Edwards as head of production, animation; Kim Mackey as head of talent acquisitions and talent development; Jessie Carbonaro as director of talent acquisitions and talent development; and Matthew Burke as director of finance.

“With this accomplished team in place, Skydance is now well positioned to achieve our goal of producing a bold, original slate of both animated and family programming,” Damaschke said. “Holly, Kim, Jessie, and Matt have the wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills to lead our creative teams and bring together talented artists to build an animation studio that is a destination for top storytellers in the industry.”

Edwards will work closely with Damaschke and individual producers to oversee all aspects of production for the animation projects at the studio, as well as
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Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie’s ‘One and Only Ivan’

Film News Roundup: Sam Rockwell to Voice Gorilla in Angelina Jolie’s ‘One and Only Ivan’
In today’s film news, Sam Rockwell will be the voice of a gorilla named Ivan, fan organization Legion M partners with Dean Devlin on “Bad Samaritan,” and the director of “Tangled” gets a new gig.

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Oscar nominee Sam Rockwell has signed on to voice a silverback gorilla named Ivan, the lead character in Disney’s drama “The One and Only Ivan.”

Thea Sharrock is directing the live-action/CG hybrid film from a script by Mike White. Angelina Jolie is producing and voicing an elephant named Stella while Brooklynn Prince of “The Florida Project” is voicing a baby elephant named Ruby.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with the elephant Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when the baby elephant Ruby enters his life, Ivan finds himself
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Skydance Media Taps ‘Tangled’s Nathan Greno In Multiyear Deal, Will Direct ‘Powerless’

Exclusive: Skydance Media has entered into a multiyear deal with Nathan Greno (Tangled) to direct the company’s upcoming animated feature film Powerless (working title). Under the agreement, Greno, an animation veteran, will also consult on projects currently in development. Greno is a well-known and respected name in animation, having also served as the creative advisor on Disney’s Best Animated Feature Oscar winner Big Hero 6. Skydance plans to release Powerless under…
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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar

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John Lasseter’s Legacy: Why the Tarnished CG Animation Pioneer May Be Irreplaceable For Disney and Pixar
At last week’s “Coco” premiere at the El Capitan in Hollywood, John Lasseter had a look of sadness in his eyes. The usual gregarious charm didn’t come as easily. Maybe he was tired: he’d been running both Pixar and Disney Animation as chief creative officer for the last 11 years.

That was the explanation when Lasseter first stepped down as director of “Toy Story 4” earlier this year. Then came Tuesday’s shocking revelation of alleged unwanted advances, forcing the animation mogul — who was known for his warm hugs — to take a six-month leave of absence from the studios, apologizing for “missteps” in a memo to his Disney/Pixar staff.

Lasseter, by far the most powerful and influential figure in contemporary animation, joins a growing list of big-name players in Hollywood, the media, and politics accused of sexual misconduct (including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Charlie Rose). This
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‘Tangled’ Director Nathan Greno Inks With Verve

‘Tangled’ Director Nathan Greno Inks With Verve
Verve has signed director Nathan Greno, who helmed Disney’s 2010 animated hit Tangled which grossed $591.8 million worldwide. He has spent the past two decades working at Disney, amassing credits including creative adviser on Best Animated Feature Oscar winner Big Hero 6. Greno also co-penned the screenplay for 2007’s Meet the Robinsons, on which he also was a story artist. His other Disney credits include Frozen and Bolt, and he directed the shorts Super Rhino and…
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Disney Animation chops down Jack and the Beanstalk movie Gigantic

Disney Animation has decided to pull the plug on its Jack and the Beanstalk project Gigantic, which the studio had set for release on Thanksgiving 2020.

The project would have seen Jack meeting an 11-year-old female giant called Inma, with the two becoming friends and embarking on an epic adventure together., and was being directed by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nathan Greno (Tangled), with Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez also attached to pen original songs for the film.

According to Deadline, the production has hit creative hurdles, leading to it being shelved, and Disney is now developing a different project for the release slot.

Next up from Disney Animation are a couple of sequels, with Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opening on November 21st 2018, followed by Frozen 2 on November 27th 2019.
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Gigantic: Disney scraps its Jack And The Beanstalk movie

Simon Brew Oct 11, 2017

Disney has - for now - pulled the plug on its planned animated movie, Gigantic.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has pulled the plug on Gigantic, its long-announced Jack And The Beanstalk-inspired movie. The film had originally been given a 2018 release date, before recently being shunted back to 2020. But now – and this hasn’t happened with an announced Disney animated feature in as long as we can remember (King Of The Elves, based on a Philip K Dick story, is the only one that springs to mind) – the film has been scrapped altogether.

Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, released a statement that reads:

It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working.
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Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Movie Is Dead

Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Movie Is Dead
After spending more than two years in development, Disney is giving the axe to its Jack and the Beanstalk project Gigantic. Disney has yanked the November 25, 2020 release date for this Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the studio stating that they hit a creative wall, so to speak, with the project. Here's what Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull had to say about why they pulled the plug on Gigantic.

"It's impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn't working. With Gigantic, we've come to that point, and although it's a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we'll be sharing more about soon,
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Disney Cancels Their Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Film Gigantic

Disney Animation has been developing and new animated film project called Gigantic that was supposed to be released in 2020. The movie would have been a reimagining of the classic fairytale story Jack and the Beanstalk the story of which followed a man meeting a young female giant.

To be honest, I was never excited about this movie anyway. Jack and the Beanstalk has been retold so many different times that another retelling just didn't interest me. Here's a previously released description of the movie:

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s Gigantic follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality – and who knew giants were so down to earth?

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Disney Animation Ditches Jack and the Beanstalk Movie ‘Gigantic’

Disney Animation Ditches Jack and the Beanstalk Movie ‘Gigantic’
Walt Disney Animation Studios has dropped development of “Gigantic,” its adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

“Sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working,” said Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull.”With ‘Gigantic,’ we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.”

Disney had announced “Gigantic” at the studio’s D23 Expo in 2015 with “Tangled’s” Nathan Greno directing and Dorothy McKim producing. “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were on board to write the music for the film with husband-wife singing one of the songs at the event.

Gigantic” was to
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Disney Scraps Animated ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Movie, ‘Gigantic’

Disney is putting the brakes on their original animated feature Gigantic, the Jack and the Beanstalk-inspired movie that was set to hit theaters in 2020. The updated spin on the classic fairy tale would have found Jack befriending a female giant and was being developed with Tangled helmer Nathan Greno and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve on board to co-direct. Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez were going to write the music. Gigantic was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 21, 2018 and was subsequently pushed back to the 2020 slot. However, THR …
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Disney Cancels ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’

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Disney Cancels ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’
Disney has shelved their planned animated fairy tale “Gigantic,” which would have been released in 2018 and put a spin on “Jack and the Beanstalk” by making the Giant a woman. The project was being directed by “Inside Out” co-writer Meg Lafauve and “Tangled” co-director Nathan Greno, with “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez having written songs for the movie. The project was first unveiled as a concept at the 2015 D23 Expo, but no further development was announced at this year’s edition of the biennial Disney convention. Disney Animation’s next film, “Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2,” will be.
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Disney Pulls Plug On ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’

Disney Pulls Plug On ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ Animated Film ‘Gigantic’
Deadline has confirmed that Disney Animation is shelving its Jack and the Beanstalk animated project which was scheduled for release on Thanksgiving 2020. Instead Disney Animation is pursuing another project for that release date, the details of which are still Tbd. In the revised tale directed by Meg LeFauve and Nathan Greno, Jack meets a female giant. Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez were also penning songs for the film. Word is that…
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Disney Shelves 'Jack and the Beanstalk' Film 'Gigantic' (Exclusive)

Disney Shelves 'Jack and the Beanstalk' Film 'Gigantic' (Exclusive)
Gigantic, Disney Animation’s original feature project that was to have been released in 2020, is being shelved.

The project was being developed as an updated take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, in which Jack befriends a female giant.

Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Nathan Greno (Tangled) were directing the project while Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez were to have written songs for the film.

But according to the studio, creative walls were being hit.

“It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an...
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“Captain Marvel” Lands New Screenwriter

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel: Fan art made by BossLogic

Tomb Raider” reboot scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be writing the story of Carol Danvers. Marvel has hired her to take over “Captain Marvel” screenwriting duties from Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Deadline broke the story.

LeFauve left the film in order to direct Disney’s “Jack and the Beanstalk” retelling, “Gigantic,” with Nathan Greno. The reason for Perlman’s exit is unclear.

Starring Oscar winner Brie Larson, “Captain Marvel” is about Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. Carol gains the powers of super-strength, energy projection, and flight in an accident that fuses her DNA to an alien’s. “Half Nelson” writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have signed on to direct the film, which is is expected to hit theaters March 8, 2019.

Robertson-Dworet is an up and coming screenwriter. Her first project, the new “Tomb Raider” film starring Alicia Vikander, will open March 16, 2018. The pic sees Lara Croft (Vikander) struggling to survive on the island where her adventurer father went missing.

The two-time Black List writer is tapped to pen “Gotham City Sirens,” the “Suicide Squad” spinoff about Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and other female DC supervillains. Deadline adds that Robertson-Dworet’s second Black List script, “Ares,” was acquired by MGM. “Underworld: Blood Wars” and “Outlander” director Anna Foerster is expected to helm the project.

Captain Marvel” Lands New Screenwriter was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’ From ‘Total Recall’ Screenwriter

Disney Accused of Stealing ‘Zootopia’ From ‘Total Recall’ Screenwriter
A veteran screenwriter filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing Disney of stealing his idea for the hit animated film “Zootopia.”

Gary Goldman alleges that Disney took character designs, themes, lines of dialogue, and even the name “Zootopia” from a project that he first developed in 2000. He alleges that he twice pitched the project to Disney executives, in 2000 and 2009, and was rejected. The lawsuit accuses Disney of a long history of stealing ideas from others, and contends that “Zootopia” is only the most recent example of an embedded corporate practice.

“Although The Walt Disney Company rigorously enforces its copyrights, it has developed a culture that not only accepts the unauthorized copying of others’ original material, but encourages it,” Goldman alleges. “Instead of lawfully acquiring Goldman’s work, Defendants said they were not interested in producing it and sent him on his way. Thereafter, consistent with their culture of unauthorized copying, Defendants copied Goldman’s work.
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Movie News: Chloe Grace Moretz Joins Dakota Johnson in 'Suspiria' Remake

Suspiria: Chloe Grace Moretz will star opposite Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Suspiria, a remake of the classic horror movie directed by Dario Argento. Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) will helm the new version. The original followed a ballet dancer who begins training at a prestigious academy in Europe before learning that it is only a front for sinister and supernatural elements. [Variety] Gigantic: Meg LeFauve, whose writing credits include Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming Captain Marvel, will make her directorial debut on Disney's Gigantic (above). She will join Nathan Greno as director on the animated project, which aims to be "the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk … with comedy and deep emotion," according to...

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Newswire: Inside Out’s co-writer turns director for Disney’s Gigantic

Meg LeFauve was one of the writers responsible for breaking America’s hearts into tiny little Bing Bong-shaped bits as a contributor to the Inside Out screenplay. Now Disney has enlisted her to presumably wrench some tears out of you as one of the directors of Gigantic, their upcoming reimagining of the Jack And The Beanstalk story. She’ll share duties with Nathan Greno, who co-helmed Tangled. The story will follow Jack and Inma, an 11-year-old female giant. Like the similarly succinctly-titled Frozen and Tangled, Gigantic will indeed be a musical with songs from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the husband-wife team that brought “Let It Go” into the lexicon. It’s scheduled for 2018.

While it’s all contained within the greater Mouse empire, this marks a leap for LeFauve from Pixar to Walt Disney Animation Studios. She also, however, happens to be involved with the company’s Marvel ...
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Inside Out Scribe Meg LeFauve To Take Point For Disney’s Gigantic

Meg LeFauve, the prolific screenwriter whose credits include Inside Out and Captain Marvel – to name but two – has been elected director of Disney’s Gigantic following her extensive work during the development process.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that LeFauve will now co-direct the 2018 animation in tandem with Nathan Greno in a move that evokes memories of Jennifer Lee’s promotion to co-director on Frozen after she too helped whip the project into shape during its formative years. Speaking of which, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have enlisted for the movie gunning to be the “definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk” following their contribution to Frozen, with Dorothy McKim on board to produce.

First unveiled at last year’s D23 expo, Gigantic will take place during the Spanish Age of Exploration, a fruitful period for European countries that involved countless journeys overseas in search of foreign lands.
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Inside Out And Captain Marvel Writer Set To Direct Next Disney Animated Film Gigantic

Disney has made an entire industry off of re-telling classic fairy tales. They made a habit of doing in in their heyday, and have been returning to some of these stories in both live-action and animated form. The most recent animated re-telling came in the form of Frozen, a reinterpreted version of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Of course, there's no way Disney was going to abandon that strategy any time soon, and on the animated front, the next film to do that will be one entitled Gigantic, which is set to hit theaters on November 21, 2018. Up until now, all we've really known about the film was its release date, its producer, and the writers of the film's music (Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will be returning from their gig on the successful Frozen).

Now, THR is reporting that Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the acclaimed Pixar flick Inside Out,
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