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Miranda will work with songwriter Alan Menken on Disney’s upcoming adaptation.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will be teaming with Oscar winning composer Alan Menken to work on songs for Disney’s forthcoming live action adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. According to Deadline, the duo will write the songs together, while Miranda will also serve as a producer on the film.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Menken was the composer for the 1989 animated movie, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Score and shared the Oscar for Best Song with Howard Ashman. Menken has also worked on classic Disney films including Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and has won eight Oscars during his career.
Continue reading: 'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'
Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford star in the new re-boot.
Nostalgia is certainly the order of the day at Walt Disney Studios, with the film company determined to update some of the family favourites in the next few years. One classic to be given a contemporary makeover is 1977's 'Pete's Dragon', which has just arrived on screens.
Bryce Dallas Howard plays Grace the forest ranger in 'Pete's Dragon'
The iconic Oscar nominated musical, which was a live action epic featuring an animated dragon, has returned; though this time without the sing-a-longs and with Elliott the dragon becoming a CGI masterpiece. Those who remember the original directed by Don Chaffey will know it as a story about an orphan on the run from his cruel adoptive parents, who is guided to the safety of a town in New England by this enormous fire-breathing creature with the power of invisibility. Elliott manages to wreak havoc on the town though, leaving Pete initially only welcomed by Nora and her father who live in a lighthouse.
Continue reading: Disney Re-Makes Family Classic 'Pete's Dragon', But It's Not A Musical
Bryce Dallas Howard didn't hesitate when she was offered a role in a remake of the 1977 adventure Pete's Dragon.
"I was brought up on Disney and loved the original animated version," she says. "I'm exactly the age that is the sweet spot for that film." And after starring in a few grown-up films (including 50/50, The Help and Jurassic World), she was enthusiastic about making a family movie. "I'm extremely protective of my own children and what I let them watch," she says. "When I was reading the script, I felt absolutely transported and my heart was moved. I felt this was something I would be so proud to be a part of because I feel it's a wonderful story for children."
And the irony of moving from dinosaurs to dragons wasn't lost on her. "I shot Jurassic World, and then just a few months later Pete's Dragon," Howard says. "I was very much in that world of reptilian fantasy characters, and I kept messing up the whole time. I'd be like, 'Okay, where's the dinosaur? No, I mean dragon!' It was a weird thing, with the stark difference that when looking at dinosaurs, your expression is mostly fear. When looking at the friendliest, sweetest, most adorable dragon on the planet, your expression is largely one of love, excitement and fun. Eventually, by the time I was ending the shoot, I was clear on the dragon situation."
Continue reading: Bryce Dallas Howard Did Pete's Dragon For Her Family
Variety indicates that Streep is in talks to join Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
The hotly-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins looks like it will boast a star-studded cast when it eventually arrives, with reports that Meryl Streep is set to join the project.
Variety reported on Thursday (July 28th) that the 67 year old screen legend is in talks to join previously confirmed stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns, which is vaunted for a release on Christmas Day 2018.
Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns'
Continue reading: Meryl Streep In Talks To Join Cast Of 'Mary Poppins' Sequel
The 'Wreck It Ralph' sequel has a tentative release date of March 9th, 2018.
A sequel for the animated hit Wreck-It Ralph has been officially announced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, due to be released in 2018.
Director Rich Moore, who was in charge of the original movie that was a box office sensation in October 2012, confirmed that he was working on a follow-up during a live Facebook chat on Thursday (June 30th).
A still from 2012's 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Continue reading: 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Confirmed For 2018
The original voice cast of 'Frozen' is returning for some Lego-based animated shorts later this year, and a series of novels is also being released, to tell a brand new tale 'Northern Lights'.
Fans of Frozen won’t have to wait long for more material from the franchise, with Disney unveiling a new original story entitled 'Frozen Northern Lights' this week, a multi-media project that will be told via various art forms including books and short animated Lego videos.
All the original fan favourites will be getting back together, including Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, in a new tale that will see the gang try to restore the Northern Lights. The series will include a new protagonist joining the gang, named Little Rock.
Disney and Lego are teaming up for a new 'Frozen' adventure entitled 'Northern Lights'
The sequel brought in $136.2 million domestically.
Not unexpectedly, 'Finding Dory' has made not so much a splash at the weekend box office (June 17th 2016), but more a humongous tidal wave. The Disney Pixar animation has broken the record for the highest grossing animated debut in history. The 2018 release of 'Toy Story 4' has got a lot to live up to.
Finding Dory blows other animations out of the water
'Finding Dory' has followed the success of its predecessor by becoming the biggest opening for an animated film ever, bringing in $136.2 million domestically and beating 2007's 'Shrek the Third' (a Dreamworks feature) which had a $121.6 million debut.
Continue reading: 'Finding Dory' Smashes Weekend Box Office Figures With Record Opening
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A successful outing from Pixar, not that we ever doubted it.
'Finding Dory' finally arrives in cinemas and it appears that this long awaited sequel to the much-adored 'Finding Nemo' was totally worth the wait - for fans of the original at least. Critics can't get enough of the overwhelming emotion of the movie, nor of its resonance in the world of childhood disability.
'Finding Dory' is probably the best sequel of the year
For every critic who's dismissing 'Finding Dory' as unoriginal, another one is exalting it for its sensitivity and relevance; suitably adapted for this decade but still remaining inescapably familiar after 13 years. 'It's like meeting up with an old friend and realizing that somehow, in spite of all the years and distance, no time has passed at all', Consequence Of Sound wrote.
Continue reading: 'Finding Dory': An Emotional Journey And The Reason Sequels Get Made
There's plenty to look forward to over the next three to four years.
It seems that Disney has largely been focusing on re-booting the classics in live action, so it's been a little quite on the Pixar animation front. Of course, 'Finding Dory' is coming this summer and we've just received the first taster of 'Moana', but what else have Pixar fans got to look forward to?
Look no further. The schedule for Disney Pixar isn't what you'd call extensive, but aside from untitled projects (two of which are thought to be based on Delilah Dirk and Mickey Mouse, respectively) there's a lot of sequels to get stuck into.
'Moana' is set to arrive on Thanksgiving
Continue reading: 'Moana' And Seven More Upcoming Disney Pixar Flicks
Earlier this month a twitter campaign asking Disney to make Elsa their first LGBT princess in the ‘Frozen’ sequel went viral.
Frozen fans who have been asking Disney to make Elsa their first ever LGBT princess have just gained their most important supporter yet, Idina Menzel. Menzel, who provides the voice for Elsa, has said she thinks the idea of giving Elsa a girlfriend in the upcoming sequel is ‘great’ and that the online campaign was something Disney would have to contend with.
Idina Menzal has given her support to the ‘get Elsa a girlfriend' campaign.
"I think it's great," Menzel told Entertainment Tonight when asked about the online campaign. "Disney's just gotta contend with that. I'll let them figure that out.” Menzel then added that “no matter what," Elsa had changed her life.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Responds To 'Give Elsa A Girlfriend' Viral Campaign
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