Jon Favreau

Favreau Brings Marvel Magic to Star Wars Universe

There have been many plans for a live-action Star Wars series on TV since the famous Holiday Special in 1978.  None of those plans ever panned out.  There have been various reports on multiple live-action series in development since Disney took over Lucasfilm in 2012.  In 2013, it was revealed that 50 scripts had been written for a series titled ‘Star Wars: Underworld.‘   Then, just as suddenly that series evaporated.  Now Jon Favreau has given us a glimpse at what is actually coming. (more…)

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Consider these numbers $1 billion, $750 million, and $500 million. That’s how much money Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella made respectively at the worldwide box office. The lesson here for the Walt Disney Company is that there’s big money in live-action modern remakes of their classic animated films. The point was proven again earlier this year when The Jungle Book sat comfortably in the Top 5 box office rankings for weeks, along the way racking up $965 million in receipts. That was impressive work, especially for the man behind the film, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and he’s going to stay in the Disney remake business with his next film. Hint: it’s the Circle of Life. (more…)

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From the footage that’s been released, director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, which hits theaters in a few weeks, is taking the original story of home, family and belonging to a whole new level. Favreau has stated in the “Legacy Featurette” video included later in this post that, as a huge fan of the original film (based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling), he didn’t want to do a re-telling without a reason behind it. The intent this time around is to utilize today’s technology to provide the story with “photo-real animal animation” that will fully immerse viewers into Mowgli’s world. (more…)

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We’ve known about The Shannara Chronicles as an upcoming TV series  for a while, and now we’re getting our first good look at the opening sequence of the show. Based on the Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, television-producer and host channel MTV is hoping the series will be their Game Of Thrones. If the newly-released opening credits scene is any indication, I would say they’ve got a good chance at it. (more…)

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While a lot of people might have been watching the VMA‘s last night, I wasn’t. I figured I could just surf the best bits Monday morning. You see, I am not a big MTV fan these days. I haven’t been for a long time, you’d have to go all the way back to when they actually played music videos. When I heard that MTV had grabbed up the television rights to Terry BrooksShannara series I groaned inside, or maybe my stomach just turned over. At the absolute best I figured we might get something along the quality level of Legend of the Seeker. Not that Legend of the Seeker wasn’t some pretty decent fantasy television, but it wasn’t Game of Thrones either. So waking up this morning to this trailer for producer Jon Favreau‘s The Shannara Chronicles is a shoot in the arm for all my thoughts on MTV. (more…)

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As I’m sure you’re all aware, there are two competing versions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in development. One has Jon Favreau and the resources and abilities of Disney behind it, and the other has the motion capture spellcasting of Andy Serkis in the director’s chair. The former has the considerable voice acting talents of Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray, but the latter is collecting some impressive voice talent of its own. Trading one Khan for another, Benedict Cumberbatch has been hired to voice Shere Khan in Serkis’ Jungle Book. (more…)