Disney is fast becoming the undisputed king of big juicy film properties, running the gambit from animation to super hero action flicks. No doubt the almighty mouse has stolen pretty much everyone’s soul in some way or another. Now, to make sure that you know exactly when to run out and spend your money, they’ve put up an official release date list. Most of these are the same as previously announced, though there have been a few changes to the line-up.
The Muppets 2 – March 21st
Captain American: The Winter Soldier – April 4th
Maleficent – July 2nd
Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1st
1952 – December 19th
And for 2015:
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – July 10th
And there has also been a cancellation. Disney’s planned release of The Little Mermaid in 3D is no longer happening. Apparently not enough explosions and the lack of any decent fish-on-human sexy time.
So mark your calendars folks, and hope that Disney doesn’t decide to change them any more.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
As if it were ever in doubt, the official word has come down from on-high that the Muppets sequel is officially a go. Considering the buckets of cash that Walt Disney Pictures made on the first flick, this one was pretty much a no-brainer. So far, they have it slotted for a summer 2013 release, though just how realistic this is remains to be seen.
Returnees to the Muppet pack include director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Jason Segel, who helped to co-write the first installment, will not be returning, so it looks like Bobin will be standing in for him (let’s hope he knows how to write). The two have been working on the new script for a few weeks now. Spoilers regarding the new movie include a possible cameo by Segel and the introduction of some new Muppets.
In a recent interview with Collider, Stoller had a few things to say about the upcoming project. About the official green light:
“I will say, it is a caper. It is a comedy caper… They [Disney] want to do it. They want it as soon as possible, which is good. I’m not sure exactly when they want to release it. I think it was something like next summer [in 2013], but I don’t know if that’s…I don’t think that that’s realistic in terms of getting it all together in time. But to want to do it so quickly is great. It certainly makes us want to write it quickly.”
…and about the plot they’re looking at:
“Yeah, I think it’s similar to [‘The Great Muppet Caper’] in that [that film] certainly had dramatic connections to the first Muppet movie, but it was a whole new thing, hopefully. This is the same thing. We love ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ and we love ‘Muppets Take Manhattan’ and whatnot. So this has some elements of that, but it’s different because it’s in the tone of what James and I like to do.”
Fans of the older films may have something to look forward to if their intention is to get back to the wacky roots of the Muppets from the Henson days. Hopefully, this time around the movie won’t receive cries of “Communist!” from some less-than-intelligent news sources.
For the full interview with Stoller, check out Collider.