Director Mark Romanek has dropped out of the live adaptation of Cinderella he has working on alongside Disney.
The split from the project is rumored to have been caused by artistic differences. Romanek, the director of films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, envisioned a much darker version of the tale than Disney was willing to allow. We think there are some dark elements on the tale that definitely need to be exposed, but this still has the Disney name attached and will be expected to cater to family audiences, meaning it can’t go it Snow White and the Huntsman territory.
However, the show will go on. Disney is currently looking for another director for the movie and Cate Blanchett is still attached to play the evil stepmother. There have been auditions for the role of Cinderella, but no decision has been announced.
Check out this clip from Pixar’s upcoming short The Blue Umbrella, which is set to open up in front of Monsters University this June! Not only is this visually appealing, but it looks really cute!
thank to Collider for the tip!
We’ve all seen those campus promo videos and commercials for the plethora of colleges and universities out there and now Monsters University has joined the ranks! In this fun TV spot for the movie, which aired during the Rose Bowl, we get a glimpse into MU and why you will want to attend!
Thank you to Geek Tyrant for the tip!
Check out these pretty neat pieces of art Comingsoon.net received from Pixar Animation Studios!
The first artwork is for Monsters University and is art we have seen before. The anticipated prequel, featuring the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray and Peter Sohn, hits theaters on June 21, 2013.
Next up was art for the company’s May 30, 2014 release, The Good Dinosaur, directed by Bob Peterson. The film is described as follows: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
Then came art for director Pete Docter’s Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind. The June 19, 2015 release is described as follows: From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.
And finally was The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dia de los Muertos. The 2016 release is described as follows: From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning “Toy Story 3,” comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.
The Walt Disney Company officially owns LucasFilm after finalizing the deal as explained in this press release:
BURBANK, Calif., December 21, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family,” said Iger. “Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and this transaction combines that world class content with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets, which we believe will generate growth as well as significant long-term value.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, at closing Disney issued 37,076,679 shares and made a cash payment of $2,208,199,950. Based upon the closing price of Disney shares on December 21, 2012 at $50.00, the transaction has a total value of approximately $4.06 billion.
Lucasfilm’s assets include its massively popular Star Wars franchise, operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, as well as a substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies. It operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.
Disney’s Cars spinoff, Planes, has shed its original straight-to-DVD fate and will instead get a theatrical release!
Disney has announced that the story of Dusty, “a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race… despite his fear of heights”, will indeed hit theaters on August 9, 2013.
The change allegedly came about after executive John Lasseter became very fond of the film and insisted on a theatrical release, which is a risky move after the failure of Cars 2.
Let’s hope this one flies high!
If you enjoyed this awesome Wall-E / Star Wars fan art we previously shared, you’re sure to love this one! Poor Wall-E has met Han Solo’s fate and is trapped in carbonite as EVA (as Princess Leia) looks on. We give our thanks to Geek Tyrant for tipping is off to this great piece!