Disney has been dusting off some of its classic properties as of late for live-action updates, and it appears that a sort of Villains series could be in the works. Production is currently underway on director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella redo and next year will see the release of the Angelina Jolie-fronted Maleficent, and now the studio has announced plans to give the star-vehicle treatment to 101 Dalmatians antagonist Cruella De Vil. Hit the jump for more on the proposed Cruella film.
Now that Hollywood is done with Snow White, they’ll be moving on to Cinderella. Vying for the role of “evil stepmother” in the Disney picture will be Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Blanchett is reportedly in negotiations for the new adaptation, which is currently known as the Untitled Cinderella Story. Blanchett would be the first casting addition in the picture directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). Produced by Simon Kinberg (X-Men), the Untitled Cinderella Story started as a pitch and initial script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) back in 2010, followed by a more recent draft by Chris Weitz (About a Boy). Hit the jump for more.
Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is now set to direct an adaptation of Royden Lepp’s sci-fi novel Rust for 20th Century Fox. Cornish made his feature directorial debut with last year’s excellent sci-fi pic Attack the Block, and now it looks like one of his future projects will be a feature iteration of the Lepp’s E.T.-style story. The project has been in development for a while, as Fox set The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna to pen the screenplay last July.
The story centers on a boy with a jetpack named Jet Jones who crashes into a family farm in the American heartland after being chased by a decommissioned war robot. The eldest son of the family that owns the farm not only has to work to keep the farm alive during the war, but now must deal with the mysterious jetpack boy whose past secrets may or may not be the key to the family’s survival. Hit the jump for more.
After a six year absence, writer/director Cameron Crowe finally returns this year with three new films: the documentaries Pearl Jam Twenty and The Union, and the adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s memoir We Bought a Zoo. Mee’s book told the true story of how he uprooted his family and moved to the English countryside to run a dilapidated zoo following the death of his wife. Crowe’s adaptation, scripted by Aline Brosh McKenna, moves the setting from England to California, and the director recently took the time to explain the move.
Hit the jump to see what he had to say. The film stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning and Patrick Fugit. We Bought a Zoo opens December 23rd.
20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to Royden Lepp’s graphic novel Rust. Deadline reports that the studio has set screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) to pen the script. The story centers on a boy with a jetpack named Jet Jones who crashes into a family farm in the American heartland after being chased by a decommissioned war robot. The eldest son of the family that owns the farm not only has to work to keep the farm alive during the war, but now must deal with the mysterious jetpack boy whose past secrets may or may not be the key to the family’s survival.
Brosh McKenna most recently scripted Douglas McGrath’s I Don’t Know How She Does It and Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Simon Kinsberg (X-Men: First Class) is producing the Rocketeer-esque adventure flick.
Greg Kinnear and Jane Curtin are the latest additions to the adaptation of Allison Pearson’s novel I Don’t Know How She Does It. The current cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Bronsnan and Kelsey Grammar, as well as recent additions Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Olivia Munn (The Daily Show), and Seth Meyers (SNL). Douglas McGrath (Infamous) directs from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
I Don’t Know How She Does It tells the story of a working mom (Parker) trying to balance the many competing elements of her life. Variety reports that Kinnear will play Parker’s husband, while Curtin will take on the role of Kinnear’s mother. The Weinstein Company will produce. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Pearson’s novel.
After the billion-dollar worldwide success of Alice in Wonderland, Disney is digging through their animated vaults for inspiration, including a live-action edition of Cinderella. Currently, the rumor mill suggests that Amanda Seyfried possesses the foot upon which the glass slipper fits, and has signed on to star in the remake.
Disney reportedly paid seven figures for the pitch from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), though not much is known yet on what her take on the material is. More after the jump:
James L. Brooks proved that the newsroom was fertile ground for a romantic comedy with 1987′s fantastic Broadcast News, and Paramount is hoping to tap into some of the same magic more than twenty years later with Morning Glory. The studio gathered quite the cast for the effort, as Glory is toplined by Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum. The film follows McAdams as the producer of a morning news show who “decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts.”
Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is directing from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada); notably, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) is producing. Check out the trailer, which is not without its charms, after the break.
Disney has made a 7-figure pitch deal for a new live-action film based on the classic Cinderella tale. Deadline reports the film will be written by Aline Brosh McKenna, whose previous credits include The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. McKenna has also written the upcoming Patrick Wilson comedy, Morning Glory, and also wrote a draft of Cameron Crowe’s next film, We Bought a Zoo, which Crowe is currently rewriting.
Not much is known about this new take on Cinderella. It’s not even known how much of a “new take” it will be on the well known fairy tale or if will just retell the same story. All we know is that Disney is hoping to strike gold again after their recent success with their reimagining of Alice of Wonderland, which has now grossed $980,533,915 worldwide. Simon Kinberg will produce the new version of Cinderella.
In March, we reported that director Cameron Crowe was circling an adaptation of Benjamin Mee memoir We Bought a Zoo. Today, THR reports that Crowe is officially on board to direct what would be his first film since 2005′s Elizabethtown. As predicted, Crowe has begun re-writing Aline Brosh McKenna’s original script. Here’s the story per THR:
“Zoo” tells the true account of how Mee and his family used their life savings to buy a dilapidated zoo, replete with 200 exotic animals facing destruction, in the English countryside. Mee, along with his children, had to balance caring for his wife, who was dying of brain cancer, with dealing with escaped tigers, raising endangered animals, working with an eclectic skeleton crew and readying the zoo for a reopening.
Hit the jump for more on the film.
Writer-Director Cameron Crowe, whose last film with 2005′s fiasco Elizabethtown, is considering an adaptation of Benjamin Mee memoir We Bought a Zoo. The memoir is Mee’s story of moving with his family to a run-down, twelve-bedroom mansion that also happened to include the 30-acre Dartmoor Wildlife Park, a dilapidated preserve that was home to 200 wild animals. The story follows the juxtaposition of Mee and his family rehabilitating the animals and the park as Mee’s wife fades away from terminal cancer.
Vulture says that Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) has turned in a great script, but if Cameron took the gig he would be doing some re-writes before heading into production. As long as the film isn’t a non-stop reminder of how much Cameron loves music, there may be hope for it.
J.J. Abrams list of productions grows ever longer. On top of “Lost,” “Fringe,” the inevitable “Star Trek” sequel and the long-gestating “Cloverfield 2″ and “Mission Impossible 4″ films, Abrams production company, Bad Robot, will also be handling a script from new collaborators Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “27 Dresses”) and Simon Kinberg (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Sherlock Holmes”). Paramount purchased the script, still untitled, for a sweet $2 million, taking advantage of its first-look deal with Bad Robot. For more details, hit the jump and begin the year-long secrecy-fueled roller-coaster of anticipation that comes with an Abrams produced film.