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DreamWorks-Pearl Studio Animated Movie ‘Everest’ Retitled ‘Abominable’ (Exclusive)

DreamWorks-Pearl Studio Animated Movie ‘Everest’ Retitled ‘Abominable’ (Exclusive)
Everest,” the co-production between Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation, has been retitled and will be released as “Abominable,” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Abominable” is currently in production and will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning Sept. 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

Jill Culton (“Open Season”) is serving as director with Todd Wilderman (“Trolls”) as co-director. Suzanne Buirgy (“Kung Fu Panda 2”) is the producer, while Tim Johnson (“Over the Hedge”) is executive producing.

Chloe Bennet stars in the lead role of Yi. Further details about the film will be revealed by Pearl Studio and DreamWorks during Pearl Studio’s studio focus session at the Annecy Film Festival next month, where director Culton will be speaking.

“Abominable” covers a 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest
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Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation

Guillermo del Toro signs multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation
Mexican auteur takes office on Glendale campus.

Guillermo del Toro has struck a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films.

The pact, which comes hot on the heels of del Toro’s expansive deal with Fox Searchlight after they collaborated on the Oscar-winning The Shape Of Water, will see the Mexican auteur take office on the studio’s Glendale campus.

Del Toro’s most recent association with DreamWorks Animation was for the television division as creator and executive producer in the Netflix series Trollhunters.

That show is part of his Tales Of Arcadia trilogy.
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Guillermo del Toro Extends DreamWorks Animation Partnership with Exclusive Deal

Guillermo del Toro may have won his first Oscar(s) for The Shape of Water, but I'm of the opinion that his best work still lies ahead of him, and it might just be in the medium of animation. One studio that's betting big on this prediction is DreamWorks Animation, a production house that's been in the Gdt business since at least 2010 when their partnership included development of feature films and TV series. The deal lead to del Toro acting as creative consultant for Kung Fu Panda 2 and Megamind with executive producer credits on Rise
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Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films

Guillermo del Toro Signs With DreamWorks Animation for Family Films
Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce and direct animated family films for the studio.

The Oscar-winning director of “The Shape of Water” is taking an offices at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, Calif., as part of the deal.

The filmmaker, who won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for “The Shape of Water,” signed an overall deal earlier this month with Fox Searchlight to write, produce and direct live-action feature projects.

“Animation is an art form that has influenced my work greatly since childhood,” said del Toro in a statement. “To me, it’s the perfect medium to bring to life any and all ideas, no matter how outlandish or wild. I am eager to work with Chris and the talented artists at DreamWorks – some of the most talented people in the business – to make these images a reality. I have
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The Darkest Minds Trailer Is Stranger Things Meets X-Men

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for The Darkest Minds. The movie comes a bit out of left field, as this wasn't one of the big movies on everyone's radar this year. However, coming from Shawn Levy and Dan Levine, the producers behind Stranger Things, that's somewhat surprising. What's more surprising? This is basically a young adult version of an X-Men movie, only it's not actually an X-Men movie. It's got a bunch of dangerous kids with powers on the run from the government, they just aren't called mutants.

The trailer is action-packed and very effects-heavy. There are elements of Stranger Things at play here, with the group of young kids having to band together, in addition to the very obvious X-Men elements. There's also a bit of Marvel's The Runaways in here. What's perhaps most surprising of all is that Fox is actually the studio in control of the X-Men franchise,
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Trailer Watch: Amandla Stenberg Fights for All of Us in “The Darkest Minds”

“The Darkest Minds”

“We don’t have to stay in darkness,” a determined Ruby asserts in “The Darkest Minds’” trailer. “We’ve survived all of this.”

Based on Alexandra Bracken’s best-selling novel, the film explores a world in which 98 percent of children are killed in a global-wide plague. Those that did survive the illness develop supernatural powers and are subsequently labeled as a threat by the government. Ruby, played by “The Hunger Games” and “Everything, Everything’s” Amandla Stenberg, escapes her respective internment camp and joins a group of other teens on the run.

The Darkest Minds” marks the live-action directorial debut for Academy Award nominee Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Nelson surpassed industry boundaries in 2011, as the success of “Kung Fu Panda 2” made her the highest grossing female director of the time. One of very the few female directors in animation, Nelson has slowly been adding live-action projects to her slate.
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First Impressive Trailer for Superpowers Thriller 'The Darkest Minds'

"The more that I try to control it, the more damage that I do..." 20th Century Fox has unveiled the first trailer for a superpowers movie titled The Darkest Minds, the live-action debut of Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. "From the producers of 'Stranger Things' and Arrival comes the latest Ya survival thriller," based on the novel by Alexandra Bracken. Here's what this series is about: after a disease kills 98% of America's children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government. This stars Amandla Stenberg (from The Hunger Games + Everything, Everything), Mandy Moore, Harris Dickinson, Wallace Langham, Golden Brooks, Mark O'Brien, Patrick Gibson, and Gwendoline Christie. This looks very Ya, but it looks cool, dare I say. A mix of Chronicle and The Girl with All the Gifts.
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Screenwriter Jennifer Lee Reveals Why a Classic Book Can’t Be Translated
Jennifer Lee never expected to be this busy. She just flew in from previews on “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” (March 22) to promote “A Wrinkle in Time,” which she wrote after 2014 musical “Frozen” turned into the Oscar-winning, top-grossing worldwide animated blockbuster of all time.

She’s still writing the sequel to “Frozen,” too. “I was joking that if I have time, I have to write the climax for ‘Frozen 2’ for tomorrow morning,” said Lee. “It’s a Champagne problem, to have too much to do, when you love what you do.”

Lee wrote two animated features that grossed over $1 billion worldwide: She was on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia” writing team with college chum Phil Johnston, as she was on “Wreck-It-Ralph.” But after she and director Chris Buck wrote “Frozen,” Disney asked her to be co-director, having found out that she trained to be a director at Columbia film school.

With “Frozen,
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Best Animated Feature Oscar predictions: Could political impact of ‘The Breadwinner’ help it take down ‘Coco’?

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According to the Oscar predictions of our experts from major media outlets, Pixar’s “Coco” is practically unbeatable in the race for Best Animated Feature. However, an Oscar upset could be looming from Gkids’s “The Breadwinner.” Directed by Nora Twomey and produced by Angelina Jolie, the politically charged animated film centers on a girl (voiced by Saara Chaudry) whose father is imprisoned by the Taliban. In order to provide for the rest of her family, she dresses as a boy so that she can make money while also conforming to the Taliban’s oppressive religious laws.

SEE2018 Annie Awards winners: Complete list led by ‘Coco’ and ‘The Breadwinner

In our recent webchat with Twomey, she remarked that she wants people “to see hope” in “The Breadwinner.” Amazingly, Twomey is only the second solo female director to ever be nominated for Best Animated Feature. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2
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Oscar Race 2018: Animated Features Capture the Zeitgeist and Female Empowerment

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When the Academy opened up voting for animated features to the membership at large and implementing preferential balloting, the balance of power shifted from indies to the big studios the first time in four years. This resulted in the final five nods for Pixar frontrunner “Coco,” GKids’ politically powerful “The Breadwinner,” the hand-painted “Loving Vincent,” and two surprising mainstream studio entries: “The Boss Baby” from DreamWorks and Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand.”

Indeed, one could argue that without the new rule changes and a Disney release last year, there likely would’ve been four indies joining “Coco.” Still, there were several positive takeaways: All five movies captured the zeitgeist in one way or another, and this marked the first time that two female directors were nominated in the same year: Nora Twomey for “The Breadwinner” and Dorota Kobiela for “Loving Vincent.” They joined previous nominees Marjane Satrap (“Persepolis”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
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Dave Bautista Joins Jamie Foxx In Animated Film Groove Tails

Fresh off of Blade Runner 2049, Dave Bautista will now lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, about an underground world where mice engage in competitive street dancing. Deadline reports that Bautista will join Jamie Foxx in the movie that will be directed by How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood.

Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with rewrites coming from Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.

Right now, Bautista is shooting Marvel’s Avengers 4 and can next be seen in Infinity War. The former professional wrestler and bodybuilder has stayed busy as he currently is developing an action-comedy franchise that he will star in and produce.
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Croods 2 Finds Its Director, Brings in Leslie Mann

DreamWorks Animation's The Croods 2 is finally back on the right track after the studio set a new release date for the animated sequel last month. Today the studio has set Joel Crawford to make his feature directorial debut with The Croods 2, after serving as head of story on the studio's Trolls and directing the new TV special DreamWorks Trolls Holiday, which was announced this week and will debut on NBC Wednesday, November 24. Here's what Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group, had to say in a statement about the filmmaker.

"Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story. His wonderful work at the helm of the DreamWorks Trolls Holiday as the director demonstrates his ability to expand his talents, and we think he's the perfect choice to bring the Croods
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Dave Bautista joins animated action-comedy Groove Tails

Deadline is reporting that Dave Bautista has signed on to join Jamie Foxx in the animated action comedy Groove Tails.

The film is being directed by Cameron Hood, animator on How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2, and takes place in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. Bautista will voice multiple characters, while Foxx is also on board as a producer and Jingle Punks (The Lego Ninjago Movie, Step Up) is developing the music.

Former WWE Superstar Bautista is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers 4, and has numerous projects on the horizon, including Avengers: Infinity War, Hotel Artemis, Escape Plan 2: Hades, Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, and the Ip Man spinoff Ip Man Side Story: Cheung Tin Chi. He also recently signed on to star in his own action comedy franchise, which is being developed by Stx Entertainment.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Actor Dave Bautista Joins Jaime Foxx In Animated Film ‘Groove Tails’
Exclusive: Dave Bautista, of Blade Runner 2049 and Guardians of the Galaxy, will lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy Groove Tails, which has Jamie Foxx starring and producing. It’s set in a world where mice engage in a competitive street dance competition. How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2 animator Cameron Hood is attached to direct the project. Johnny Mack developed the story and wrote the first draft of the script with the most…
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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to Helm “Bittersweet Life” Remake

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As we previously reported, “Kung Fu Panda 2” director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has begun to direct live-action work alongside her already-prestigious animation career. Now, per Deadline, Nelson will join forces with “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, Fox, and production company 21 Laps to remake “A Bittersweet Life.”

Originally a Korean cult action flick, “The Bittersweet Life” follows a longtime mobster who becomes emotionally torn between his boss and the mistress he’s been ordered to kill. The newly Americanized version, which will star Jordan, will be a “high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential.”

Nelson’s background is predominantly in animation as both a storyboard artist and director. Her directorial debut, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and its successor, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” received Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Picture.

Alongside “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee, Nelson is one of very few women directors in animation. Even though women make up roughly 60 percent of college animation programs, they represent only about 20 percent of the creative workforce.

Nelson’s live-action adaptation of “The Darkest Minds” is still in production. Featuring Mandy Moore (“This is Us,” “Tangled”), Amandla Stenberg (“Everything, Everything”), and Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), the sci-fi thriller follows a group of supernatural children on the run from the government. It is expected to hit theaters in 2018.

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Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct Michael B. Jordan in A Bittersweet Life remake

Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, The Darkest Minds) is set to direct Michael B. Jordan in a remake of the 2005 Korean film A Bittersweet Life.

The action-thriller will see Jordan playing a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps are producing the film, which they view as a high-concept, character-driven piece with franchise potential.

Jordan will next be seen in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and Marvel’s Black Panther, while he is also set to reprise the role of Adonis Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the sequel to 2015’s Creed.
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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'; Glenn Close Touted for 'Sunset Boulevard' Musical

A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994 and recently starred again in a revival of the musical (above). It's inspired by Billy Wilder's 1950 classic drama about a faded silent film star who develops a strange relationship with a young screenwriter. [The Wrap]   Mary, Queen of Scots: Our first look at Saoirse Ronan in...

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Movie News: Michael B. Jordan to Star in 'A Bittersweet Life'

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A Bittersweet Life: Michael B. Jordan (Creed, above) will star in A Bittersweet Life. It's a remake of a Korean action thriller about a gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman he's fallen for. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2; Kung Fu Panda 3) will direct. [Deadline]   Sunset Boulevard: Glenn Close is in "advanced talks" to star in a big-screen musical version of Sunset Boulevard. Close originated the role on stage in 1994...

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Michael B Jordan to star in A Bittersweet Life remake

Nick Harley Aug 18, 2017

Creed and Blank Panther star Michael B Jordan will lead the remake of A Bittersweet Life...

The 2005 Korean action-thriller A Bittersweet Life is getting an American remake courtesy of Fox, and Micheal B Jordan is attached to lead the picture. Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) will direct.

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The original version of the gangster film centers on a mob enforcer who is ordered to kill the mistress of his boss. After he develops for an affinity for her, he decides to spare the mistress’ life, causing dire complications in his relationship with his dangerous employer. The remake is being described as “high-concept,” “character-driven,” and having “franchise potential.” Jordan will star as the conflicted enforcer.

After directing the animated blockbusters Kung Fu Panda 2 and its sequel,
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