It’s been seven years since the world was treated to the hijinks of Shrek and his merry band of misfits, but it looks like the wait is over for a fifth entry into the franchise! Well, we may need to wait a little longer for them to actually develop and animate the movie, but according to screenwriter Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Boss Baby, and Hotel Translyvania 3), Universal Studios is ready to greenlight the new installment in the popular series. Not only will this be the fifth film in a huge franchise, it will also be something of a reinvention, which should hopefully bring in an entirely new generation of fans.
The most recent installment in the Shrek franchise, Shrek Forever After, certainly wasn’t the peak of the series. After kicking off to a truly monumental start way back in 2001 with the topsy-turvy story of a hero ogre who falls in love with a beautiful green princess, the later movies didn’t quite live up to bar set by the first two. But DreamWorks has now had a six year break since then and is back with an all new sequel that, they promise, will return the series to its former glory. (more…)
There’s some exciting casting news for Dreamworks animated film Trollhunters, based on the book by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro. that was based on a story by del Toro. A trio of talented actors, Kelsey Grammer (Boss, Frazier), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, The Smurfs) have been added to the cast. Guillermo del Toro made the announcement at the Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. (more…)
Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the main character in the Japanese anime hit Ghost in the Shell that Paramount/DreamWorks is adapting into a feature film. The issue here is that, along with Johansson’s character, all but one other main characters, who are Asian in the source material, are being portrayed by white actors. Japanese actor Beat Takeshi Kitano is the lone exception. What’s probably most surprising about the backlash this decision has received is that most of the negative comments are coming from the Western world; many Japanese had already assumed that the role would go to a white actress. Now we get to hear what Sam Yoshiba had to say about the controversial casting choice. He’s the director of the international business division at Kodnasha: the company that publishes the Ghost in Shell manga in Japan. (more…)
Old cartoons from the 80’s with millions of fans are reanimating like colorful zombies. Dreamworks holds the Necronomicon from Generation X’s childhood. Studio executives using their back catalog of spells work to raise dead intellectual properties. Recently a deal with Netflix will conjure Voltron back to life. Now, Dreamworks TV revived He-Man And The Masters of The Universe to its lineup of kid friendly shows like Life Hacks for Kids and Sung History. (more…)
So Marvel makes Guardians of the Galaxy. Turns out what was – on paper – a laughably ridiculous concept, made for a immensely successfully blockbuster hit. Now every studio wants their own Guardians of the Galaxy-type movie.
Dreamworks comes up to bat with a brand new sci-fi action comedy called Alpha Squad Seven. And just because he’s the IN thing right now, they’ve also got Dwayne Johnson attached to the project. Yeah, Guardians of the Galaxy with The Rock? You can just picture a studio guy at Dreamworks nodding his head saying to himself “yeah… I’m so getting a raise.” (more…)
Okay, here we go. Last time we visited this subject, we were covering the likelihood of Margo Robbie taking on the role of Motoko Kusanagi. She’s a counter-terrorism team leader in 21st century Japan, and I spent a small piece of that article questioning the motivation behind Robbie being considered. Gotta admit, this issue hasn’t been the hottest of topics. We first started talking about the movie back in January with the announcement of a hired director. Then came the first casting rumor. Now we have another casting rumor. With this actress’ rising track record for successful action movies, I can’t say it’s a lousy idea. But I still have to wonder where all the Asian actresses are and what version of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ we’re expecting to get. (more…)
Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer is roaring its way across the Internet today. Hiccup and Toothless are back in the air causing as much mischief as only they can. Will it be as surprisingly successful as the first? (more…)
The latest word out of the Dreamworks Animation panel at SDCC 2013 has three new stars joining the How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast and we’ve also got our first look an exclusive poster by Drew Struzan (Don’t know who he is?). If you’re lucky enough to be walking around at SDCC, you can track down Struzan at his signing later today and snag a signed poster for your wall.
Who’s joined the cast you ask? Well let’s start off with Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington. Now Jon Snow might know nothing, but Harrington’s HTTYD2 character, Eret, the cocky dragon trapper with a London accent sure does.
Then there’s Djimon Honsou :
Honsou will be playing an as yet unnamed, or just unannounced, character who is training the captured dragons and turning those dragons into an army.
Cate Blanchett is up next, she will be voicing Valka, described as: “a stealthy vigilante type set on rescuing as many of the dragons as possible.”
Early word out of the panel is that the footage shown was fantastic. The first movie was a real money-making success for Dreamworks and so far all the buzz about the follow-up is very positive. When we get our hands on the footage shown at the panel, we’ll bring it to you here.
Via: Bleeding Cool
DreamWorks Animation has released a teaser trailer for the follow-up to their 2010 mega hit How to Train Your Dragon. It’s a quick look at How to Train Your Dragon 2 voiced by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below. The movie hits theater screen next summer on June 20th, 2014.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Synopsis:
The thrilling second chapter of the epic “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Via: Coming Soon