Another year, another peak behind the curtain of the planet’s most beloved and most profitable mouse rights advocacy groups. The D23 Expo was always a promise of shock and awe, given Disney’s more recent acquisitions of Marvel and Star Wars. But even though we expected a lot, there was still more besides to surprise the sailor suits off us! Let’s revisit them shall we? Continue reading Check Out the 11 Best Bits of Disney Magic at the D23 Expo
We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.
Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.
So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” Breaks IMAX Record
The last in the Hobbit trilogy has had a fire-breathing debut weekend, taking in a whopping $117.6 Million across 15,000 screens in 37 different markets. The prequel finale also broke the IMAX record for a December release with $6.4 Million on 160 screens, breaking the record set by An Unexpected Journey‘s $5.03 Million. That’s a première-and-a-halfling! Right? Guys? Hello?
Legendary Hollywood Photography Phil Stern Dies at 95
The iconic image-master was responsible for some of the most famous images of film stars including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. When asked by LIFE Magazine about the key to his success, Stern replied “It was just pure luck”.
Changes to Name and Schedule of Universal’s “Skull Island”
The prequel to King Kong starring Tom Hiddleston will now be called Kong: Skull Island. The feature from Legendary Pictures was originally scheduled for release on November 4th, 2016, however the release has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017.
Dwayne Johnson Describe What Kind of Character Black Adam Will Be
Despite a director not yet being attached to the project, Dwayne Johnson has already been able to give us a glimpse into the depiction of “anti-hero” Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam film. In Johnson’s own words, his character will be “ruthless” and “charming”. Sounds a little more complex than your common or garden comic villain.
Jungle Book Gets Logo and Concept Art
After getting a pretty solid cast list for Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, we now have a logo and some conceptart to go along with it. Check them out:
And that’s about it for this weekend. See you on the other side, folks!
Ever since Russell Crowe played Robin Hood in Ridley Scott’s take on the prince of thieves, I’ve been eager to see who was going to take the property on next and what new angle they would take on the hero of Nottingham Forest.
Well, it turns out Disney is going to take a crack at it. Deadline reports that Disney is looking at a spec script called Nottingham & Hood from writing noob Brandon Barker. The script must have been pretty decent since they are now taking it on and developing their own adaptation.
This will be Disney’s second time round with Robin Hood, after their animated animal-cast classic in 1973 starring Phil Harris and Brian Bedford.
But this isn’t just about Disney, oh no. Because they are going head to head with Sony, who are planning their own Robin Hood. And judging from their plans, Sony look to be making a grander display, fitting Robin and his band of merry men into a larger multiverse. Didn’t you hear? Multiverse’s are all the rage. Whether or not this plan will work out as the project solidifies is anyone’s guess at this point, but it will be pretty cool to see these two studios hash it out. This is the second potential head-to-head between the the studios, with both looking at their own Jungle Book adaptations as well.
Do you think both studios will go the distance? How do you want Robin Hood to look in his next big screen debut?