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The Walt Disney Company is no stranger to rebooting, remaking, and requelizing their catalog of classics, and Mary Poppins Returns looks like a combination of all three. For a while now, the idea of a sorta-sequel, sorta-reboot to the 1964 Julie Andrews-starring film, with Emily Blunt taking on the title character, was but a rumor, but the studio has now taken one small step into making it fact. Mark your calendars because Mary Poppins will be coming down from a cloud, floating surely on her umbrella and arriving back in London in time for Christmas 2018. (more…)

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A mere 54 years after the original Mary Poppins, a sequel is currently in development. Set 20 years after Miss Poppins took flight on her umbrella from 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the new tale is set to be helmed by film musical genius Rob Marshall and will be based on the further, unfilmed booked by Poppins creator P.L. Travers with Blunt apparently the first – and only – choice for the title role. (more…)

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I have to wonder if there’s a little in house competition between Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella and Disney‘s adaptation of the stage musical, Into the Woods. Both are based on fairy tales, both are expected to release in 2014, and they’ll both feature the glass-slippered princess. It’s Lily James in what I’m assuming will be a family friendly Cinderella, but it’s Anna Kendrick as the rags to riches beauty in the more mature Into the Woods.

Adapted from the Stephen Sondheim musical, the cast of Into the Woods is already impressive: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski; the addition of Kendrick only increases that singing and star power. This version finds Cinderella after she’s already married to her prince, a vain man played by Pine, and looking for her place in the world.

Kendrick has been performing in musicals since a very young age, but other than a few songs in Pitch Perfect, she hasn’t sung on screen. Having not seen Pitch Perfect, or even knowing what it’s about, I’m excited for Kendrick joining Into the Woods. Mostly because I’m imagining she’ll play it like she did Scott Pilgrim’s sister. What a sass-tacular Cinderella, dontcha think?

Source: THR via Screen Rant

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Continuing the trend of fairy tales getting twisted and adapted for the big and small screen – similar new projects are Disney’s live-action Cinderella and ABC’s Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – is the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim‘s Into the Woods from Rob Marshall and Disney. There’s already been some very big names attached, specifically Meryl Streep as the witch and Johnny Depp as that nefarious wolf.

Today, THR is reporting Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are joining the cast as two princes, one for Cinderella and the other for Rapunzel. The casting is likely, not officially confirmed, though it’ll probably only be a matter of time. Were they to be cast in the musical this’ll be the first on screen singing role for either. So, while we can’t comment on either actors’ pipes, I don’t think anyone can deny these two will look absolutely dashing as princes.

Into the Woods follows a baker, his family, and the witch who curses them, starting an adventuring which includes several of fairy tales, like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and their classic characters. Some may argue we’re being over saturated with fairy tales, but me? I can’t get enough. Bring it on!

Expect more casting, likely with more high profile actors, in the coming weeks. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall. What are guys thinking? Excited? Or could you care less?

Source: THR via /Film

 

Recently, while talking with The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming film Into the Woods director Rob Marshall let out the news that Terry Rossio (one of the original Pirates writers) was busy overhauling the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 script, hoping to get it to a point where Johnny Depp might give it a thumb’s up. 

Marshall told The Hollywood Reporter:

“Terry is writing it and he’s working incredibly hard and he did a draft and rethought it all and started working on it again. You want to make sure you are asking the audience to come back to see an exciting adventure and it has to reach that caliber, and if not there’s no reason to do it. I know Johnny feels the same way: He needs to see a script, but he would be happy—if it’s the right script—to put that hat and sword back on.”

You didn’t think it was over at four movies did you? There is no way Disney is going to leave this franchise until the money stops flowing. Sooner or later they may run this ship aground but until then, just batten down your hatches and be prepared for another movie every four years or so.

Just be happy that the “Hall of Presidents” or “It’s a Small World” rides haven’t gotten off the script writing phase and into production. Wait . . . the animatronic presidents save the day after Disney is invaded by alien invaders from space . . . then run for re-election.

Captain Jack Sparrow may be returning to theaters sooner than you think. Despite it being a bit of a plot flip-flop, Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides has become the seventh highest grossing box office film in international history, and reports say that Johnny Depp is getting ready to sign a deal to star in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. After making $350 million dollars off of the four films in the franchise, even if he doesn’t sign the contract soon, it is an inevitable choice that he’ll want to keep making cash on what he says is one of his favorite roles to date.

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Debuting online today is the latest trailer for the upcoming fourth film in the Pirates franchise, and I have to admit when I first learned of this film I wasn’t excited. To say I was let down by the third film, At World’s End, is an understatement. The movie ruined what I thought was shaping up to gosh darn great trilogy. Sure, Dead Man’s Chest was a little weak but produce a bang-up job on the finale and you’re golden. Apparently Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer didn’t receive that memo.

So, you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I say I’m cautiously optimistic for On Stranger Tides. The trailer, which you can view below, looks great and very neatly details the plot. No longer is Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) tagging along with lovebirds Elizabeth (Keira Knightly) and Will (Orlando Bloom), and thank the heavens because while they were phenomenal in the first picture by the third I couldn’t wait for them to drown. Directing this time is Rob Marshall who will hopefully inject some much needed life into Disney’s blockbuster franchise. Joining Depp is Penelope Cruz, I’m sure just the feisty woman we want to see Jack tangle himself with, and Ian McShane as the pirate legend Blackbeard. Reprising his role will from previous films is Geoffrey Rush, who I think we can all agree does his best to not make shitty movies, but this time he’s sporting British naval attire. Hmm, what would make a pirate join the navy? Plus, there’s a glimpse of Keith Richards again playing Jack’s dad, the highlight of At World’s End if you ask me.

When I watch the trailer I can’t help but get excited when the theme music plays, I’m really hoping this film captures everything that was great about the first. Watch below and tell us if you’re excited for Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure or are you afraid they’re beginning another unnecessary trilogy?

source: /Film

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Where the heck is all this Wizard of Oz talk coming from?  It seems like nowadays everyone is itching to remake the classic, including Robert Zemeckis.  So I guess it makes sense that in the talks about remaking the film there is also talk of an adaption of the musical, Wicked as well.  Somehow I see this working out a lot better than the trying to remake the film.  So whose brainchild is this wonderful idea you may ask?

Apparently Salma Hayek‘s company Ventanarosa Productions is in the works to adapt the novel by Gregory Maguire rather than the musical (more importantly, Salma Hayek has a production company??). Hayek and company plan on working alongside ABC and doing Wicked as an eight part miniseries.

Okay, so you guys still aren’t sold on the idea and think that the Wicked miniseries sounds like a wickedly bad idea than maybe this will change your mind.  In charge of the script is writer Erik Jendreson (Band of BrothersOtis, upcoming film The Big Bang). And even with a writer in place there is no talk of casting yet, although Salma could make an appearance (muy caliente!).

However, MORE importantly is that still in the works with Universal is a film adaptation of Wicked that could potentially be directed by Rob Marshall, James Mangold and Ryan Murphy (Ryan Murphy, Ryan Murphy pleeeeease let it be Ryan Murphy!)  This adaptation however would be based on the musical by producer Marc Platt, writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz.  So what do you guys think about all this Wicked business??

Source: SlashFilm