For a few days now, everyone has been guessing as to what would happen to the offer that Disney had made to buy out 21st Century Fox. A few days ago one was fed with the information that Walt Disney is in talks to buy 21st Century Fox. The news is already a big deal because more than 90% of mainstream entertainment production in the US is controlled by only five companies, and Walt Disney buying 21st Century Fox would reduce that number to four – because it would end the long running feud between Fox and Marvel over the film rights to several popular Marvel IPs, including the X-Men and Deadpool. However, there may be a potential spanner thrown in the works here, as a news has been broken that telco Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox, with an interest in acquiring the company’s ent
Amid declines in its cable, broadcasting and studio Q4 earnings, Disney has announced that The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson will create a new trilogy of Star Wars films. Ahead of the highly anticipated December 15 premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney has got into a deal with Johnson to develop a brand-new Star Wars trilogy that will be all together new from the episodic Skywalker saga. Disney will also develop an original live-action Star Wars TV series for its direct-to-consumer SVOD service. The show is expected to launch by the end of 2019. Other new programs heading to the SVOD will include original TV series adaptations of Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical franchise. An original series from the Marvel universe is also in the works. Disne
If you may remember that last week we had put up a story that said that Disney had banned Los Angeles Times from covering ant of the Mouse House engagements. Now, Disney has defended its actions with a statement (via The Wrap) saying the aforementioned Times (L.A. Times) pieces were ‘biased and inaccurate’ and say the reporting wasn’t fair and balanced: “We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don’t always agree with, but in this instance, the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards. Despite our sharing numerous indisputable facts with the reporter, several editors, and the publisher over many months, the Times moved forward with a biased and inaccurate series, wholly driven by a political agenda – so much so that the Orange
With the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays soon coming up, various outlets have begun to publish their film preview guides with The Los Angeles Times publishing theirs this week. However the said guide finds a notable absentee namely Disney Pictures, the biggest film studio on the planet at this juncture. The paper explains the same in a statement: “This year, Walt Disney Co. studios declined to offer The Times advance screenings, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with Anaheim. The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public.” Long time L.A. Times reporter Glenn Whipp, who broke the James Toback sexual harassment and assault story this year, also began a thread on Twitter explaining the statement
Disney has announced the cast of its live action remake of The Lion King. Known for not shying away from throwing cash to make a perfect team, Queen B, Beyonce, has been roped in for the project. Donald Glover will voice for Simba, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner as the impeccably cast Pumbaa and Timon respectively, John Oliver as Zazu, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villainous Scar, Alfre Woodard as Simba’s mother Sarabi and John Kani as the wise baboon Rafiki. James Earl Jones will voice for Mufasa while Beyonce will voice for Simba's love interest Nala. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film will see some of the prominent popular faces from the industry voicing the characters of one of Disney's favourite project.
Disney’s Frozen is returning back to cinemas for one weekend only in November. This will give fans another chance to see a new mini movie starring Olaf. Cinemas including Cineworld, Odeon, Vue, Showcase, Everyman, Picturehouse, Curzon and Empire will be showing Frozen Sing-along on November 25 and 26, according to Fun Kids. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,that will be aired beforehand features four new original songs.The scene is set as the first festive season since the gates reopened with Anna and Elsa hosting a celebration for all of Arendelle.
The Disney animated feature Gigantic, that was said to be a rework of Jack and the Beanstalk in which Jack befriends a female giant, has been shelved. Confirming the same, Walt Disney Animation Group president Ed Catmull. “Sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working.” The film was announced publicly in 2015. Then, director Nathan Greno, known to have co-directed Tangled said, “We want to make the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s not what you’ve seen before. It’s not one big castle with one big giant walking around.” If one may remember that Meg LeFauve, screenwriter of the Pixar films Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur joined Greno as co-director last year.
There may be hardly anyone who must not have loved the fable Jack and the Beanstalk. Going by its popularity with the masses, Disney Pictures had planned to make Gigantic. Now, it is heard that the mouse house has scrapped the making of the film. Initially, the film was originally set to release in 2018, but later it was pushed to 2020. Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, the film was to follow adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl and agrees to help her find her way home. Talking about the project’s collapse, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull said, “It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and some
Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's most prolific independent animation studios is expanding its management team by promoting several key executives and hiring new staff. The studio along with media partners like Disney, Netflix and Amazon have been clamouring for more content and with over 10 projects in the delivery pipeline along with the newly created Lighthouse Studios. The announcement was made today by Mercury Filmworks CEO Clint Eland. “We’re very grateful that our media partners continue to see Mercury Filmworks as a provider of top-tier animation content,” he explains Eland. “Over the past year our company has been able to increase its development and production commitments, creating a robust pipeline that requires a deeper bench of both creative and business executives to su
Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially complete. So said Rian Johnson, the film’s writer-director on Instagram saying that the eighth chapter in the Star Wars Saga has been officially wrapped up along with the post-production stint. Now the publicity campaign will start and s also a tour for everyone involved with the next big step being the film’s second trailer which is said to launch on October 9th. In a related news, though not unsurprising, actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis spoke about his time working on the film as the villain Supreme Leader Snoke and confirmed he doesn’t share any scenes with the late Carrie Fisher in the movie. “I had no scenes with Carrie but I did get to know her a little bit. She was an incredible human being with a wonderful personality and she’