FROZEN Crossover Planned for ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME

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It seems like just yesterday that we were expressing delight at Disney’s decision not to rush into a sequel to Frozen in order to milk the highest grossing animated film of all time for all its worth.  Though the studio is currently focused on developing a Broadway Musical adaptation of the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, it appears that the Frozen “franchise” will actually be expanding this fall.  During last night’s season finale of the ABC (which is owned by Disney) series Once Upon a Time—a show that has routinely pulled from Disney IP to bring recognizable characters into its ranks—the addition of Elsa from Frozen was teased.  Indeed, the plan is to involve the animated character in live-action form when the series returns to the small screen this fall, making for a disappointing yet unsurprising crossover.

Hit the jump to watch the scene and to hear why the producers decided to incorporate the character.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Talk ONCE UPON A TIME, Why the Wicked Witch Wants Vengeance, Her Backstory, Glinda, and the L. Frank Baum Books

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After having put their differences aside to work together and save the day, the fairy tale characters from the ABC drama series Once Upon a Time are now facing a new threat, in the form of the Wicked Witch of the West (Rebecca Mader).  With Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) having successfully jogged Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison) memory, which had been wiped clean in order to save the residents of Storybrooke, she must once again help her fairy tale family and friends out of a desperate situation.  The show also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Michael Raymond-James, Jared S. Gilmore and Robert Carlyle.

During this recent interview to discuss what’s to come for the remainder of this season, showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis talked about why the Wicked Witch wants vengeance, how much we’ll learn about her backstory, what type of Glinda (Sunny Mabrey) we’ll see, that they’ll be hitting on a number of touchstones from the L. Frank Baum books, the journey for Henry to get his memory back, how Neal is dealing with his grief over Emma and Henry, where Emma’s heart is at when it comes to Neal and Hook, where things are at for Belle, an upcoming flashback to a young Cora (Rose McGowan), how disappointed they were not to be able to get Jamie Dornan to return this season, and just how much of a mystery Snow White’s pregnancy will turn out to be.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Talk ONCE UPON A TIME Season 3, Splitting the Season Into Two 11-Episode Story Arcs, Neverland, Camelot, and More

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Season 3 of the hit ABC fantasy series Once Upon A Time sees Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), David (Josh Dallas), Regina (Lana Parrilla), Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) in Neverland, on a mission to find Henry (Jared Gilmore) and bring him back to Storybrooke.  Unfortunately, the very naughty Peter Pan and his Lost Boys have different plans for Henry.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s return, co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talked about why they wanted to take the story to Neverland, whether they’ll ever get to Camelot, Rumplestiltskin’s daddy issues, how far the Emma and Hook relationship will go, how soon viewers will get to see what’s happening in Storybrooke, where things are headed with Neal (Michael Raymond-James), when Ariel will make an appearance, how Robin Hood will develop, just what type of Tinkerbell will appear, splitting Season 3 into two 11-episode story arcs, and the theme of the first half of the season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Comic-Con: ONCE UPON A TIME Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Talk Season 3, Introducing New Characters, and Crafting Peter Pan As a Villain

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Once Upon A Time remains one of the biggest television show attractions at the Con. The line for the show’s morning panel extended blocks upon blocks. I’ve seen fans stop in the middle of the street and scream/sigh at the sight of Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin on the show). In the wake of Lost, Once Upon a Time is one of the show’s lone successors in terms of crafting a heavily serialized and increasingly labyrinthine mythology. Season Two introduced multiple alternate/parallel dimensions (Neverland, The World Without Color) and new characters both familiar (Captain Hook) & familial (Rumple’s abandoned son Neal/Baelfire). Hell – the season concluded in ‘Lost’ian fashion with lead Emma’s son Walt… err… Henry kidnapped by Peter Pan, leaving our fateful heroine and her fairy tale compatriots on a mission to journey back to Neverland and get her kid back.

At Comic Con this past weekend, creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were on hand to discuss the past season and the upcoming third season as well. Topics ranged from what new characters will be introduced in the forthcoming season to crafting Peter Pan into a horror movie villain to whether or not the series has an end date in sight. For the full interview, hit the jump. 

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Talk ONCE UPON A TIME Season 2, the Addition of Ethan Embry and Lesley Nichols, and Much More

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With new episodes of the ABC fantasy series Once Upon A Time back on the air, things will start ramping up rather quickly for the residents of Storybrooke.  As these Fairy Tale characters learn to adjust to their lives in the quiet, little New England town, they will learn that there are things even more evil than they had ever imagined.

During this recent interview, show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talked about how long it will be before Regina (Lana Parrilla) realizes what Cora (Barbara Hershey) is up to, what’s in store for Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin), whether or not Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Charming (Josh Dallas) will stay reunited for awhile, how Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is coping with the new elements of her life, what’s to come for Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), the addition of Ethan Embry and Downton Abbey star Lesley Nichols in mysterious roles, and when viewers might see the character of Ariel make an appearance.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

TRON: UPRISING Producers and Cast Talk Fan Reaction, Science Fiction Influences, and Returning to the Grid at Comic-Con

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tron-uprising-comic-con-slice The original Tron, though groundbreaking, played to a less than box office smashing success.  In the years since, a loyal and oft times vocal fan base has seen their beloved property pass through many different hands and into many different forms since the original film appeared.  When Tron: Legacy hit Comic Con International a few years ago, the buzz surrounding the film included the announcement of a cartoon series called Tron: Uprising.   This year, Disney XD came to Comic Con in force to create buzz for the new series with a panel and press day.

Producers Charlie Bean, Edward Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz, cast members Tricia Helfer (Voice of The Grid) and Bruce Boxleitner (Voice of Tron) and Art Director Alberto Mielgo spoke to Collider in one on one video interviews.  They had plenty to say about Tron in all it’s forms, the fans, and what to expect from the new series that bridges the gap between the original Tron and Tron:Legacy.  Check out all the video interviews after the jump.

Comic-Con: ONCE UPON A TIME Panel Recap Featuring a Look at Next Season, Which Characters’ Alter-Egos Will Be Revealed and Which Tales They’ll Visit Next

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ABC’s freshman series Once Upon a Time came to Comic-Con as TV’s highest rated new drama and entertained their growing fan base.  The presentation opened up with an extended sequence of the title cards used over the last season, each of which features a nod to which character or fairy tale will be featured in that episode.  The panel, which included creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, also talked about characters and storylines in the upcoming second season.  Stars attending included Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parilla, Meghan Ory and Emilie de Ravin. Hit the jump for the full panel recap and be sure to click here for all of our continuing coverage of Comic-Con.

Comic-Con: TRON: UPRISING Panel Shows Tron’s Path Towards Rinzler, Mythology, Character Design, and More

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Greetings, Programs!  Room 6A on Friday morning was treated to an in-depth and detailed look at the upcoming episodes of TRON: Uprising, one of my favorite animated shows on television right now.  If you loved the look and feel of TRON: Legacy, this show definitely has you covered.  However, for those that really wanted the mythology of Tron explored, this show fits that bill as well.  The show picks up not long before Legacy and tells the story of Tron’s first renegade alliance with a fellow program.  For fans, we were treated to a sneak peek at an excellent episode that will showcase how Tron got his distinctive scar and how he eventually turned bad.  Hit the jump for a full panel recap.

Producers Charlie Bean, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Talk TRON: UPRISING, Making the Series Relatable, How it Ties into TRON: LEGACY and More

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The animated series TRON: Uprising, premiering on Disney XD on June 7th, takes place after the 1982 feature film and before the events in TRON: Legacy. Produced in CG animation with a 2D aesthetic, the series follows the heroic journey of a new character named Beck (voiced by Elijah Wood), a young program who becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid.  You can watch the first episode here.

At a press day for the show, executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis talked about the challenges of doing such an ambitious animated series, the influences that they draw from for the TRON universe, making a story like this relatable to viewers, and how far ahead they’ve mapped out the story.  Check out what they had to say after the jump:

TRON: UPRISING Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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While fans of TRON may be holding their breath waiting for a sequel to 2010′s TRON: Legacy, Disney XD aims to hold you over with their futuristic animated series, TRON: Uprising.  With the debut of the first episode set to air on the network tomorrow (unless you’ve already watched it here), Disney has released a behind-the-scenes featurette with tons of footage and some great cast commentary from the recent press junket. We were lucky enough to bring you interviews with stars Elijah Wood, who plays Beck, and Mandy Moore, who voices Mara.

TRON: Uprising also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Reubens, Tricia Helfer and, of course, Bruce Boxleitner. The first episode, “Beck’s Beginning,” will air Friday, May 18 (9:30 – 10:00 p.m., ET/PT) with an uninterrupted encore on Disney XD on Monday, May 21 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the series launch on Thursday, June 7 (9:00 p.m.).  Hit the jump to see the featurette.

Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz Talk ONCE UPON A TIME Season 1 Finale, Animated Series TRON: UPRISING, and Involvement with TRON 3

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In “A Land Without Magic,” the Season 1 finale of the ABC drama series Once Upon A Time, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina (Lana Parrilla) must team up together in order to find a way to save Henry’s (Jared Gilmore) life. Meanwhile, in fairytale land, Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) attempts to escape from the Evil Queen’s (Parrilla) clutches to reunite with a fallen Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). With everything at stake, everyone’s happily-ever-after is in jeopardy.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, show creators/executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talked about what’s to come for the finale and the returning guest stars (including Jamie Dornan as The Huntsman and Emilie de Ravin as Belle), the challenging of developing two parallel storylines in two different worlds, how their experience on Lost helped them prepare for a show like this, how they’ve been planting the seeds for Season 2 for some time now, and what fans can expect from the bonus features on the Blu-ray release on August 28th. They also talked about their animated Disney XD series Tron: Uprising, and said that they’ll still be co-producers whenever Tron 3 (which they’ve seen the first draft of) happens. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

TRON 3 Update from TRON: LEGACY Screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis

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Before Joseph Kosinski‘s TRON Legacy even opened, Disney was preparing for a sequel in the event that the movie was a smash hit.  Instead, TRON Legacy opened to mixed reviews and middling box office.  It wasn’t a flop, but it wasn’t the success Disney wanted based on the amount of marketing they had poured into it.  However, Legacy reportedly moved enough DVDs and merchandise (where the real money is made) to keep a sequel in the cards.  There’s also the upcoming TRON Uprising animated series, which could influence whether or not the sequel gets a greenlight.  However, all has been quiet on TRON 3 since June 2011 when Disney hired Dave DiGilio to write the script.

TRON Legacy screenwriters Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have now moved on to run the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time, but they’ve remained co-producers on TRON 3.  Hit the jump for what they had to say about the sequel’s current status.

WonderCon 2012: ONCE UPON A TIME Panel Recap; Plus Highlights from Q&A with Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

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Fans of Once Upon A Time got a special treat at Wondercon Sunday when the creators, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, stopped by for a panel and a early screening of episode 16 “Heart of Darkness.”  For those not caught up: Once Upon a Time is a show where the fairytale characters that we all know and love have been cursed by the Evil Queen to live in our world with no idea of who they really are. The story switches back and forth between the two worlds, with part of each episode taking place in “fairytale land” in the past with characters such and Snow White and Prince Charming, and the other half dealing with the lives of their counterparts in our world.  The story itself centers around Emma Swan, and outsider to the town of “Storybrooke,” who is brought to the town to save it by the son whom she had given up for adoption when he was a baby. And guess what, his adopted mother is the Mayor of Storybrooke, who also just happened to be the Evil Queen. Congratulations, you are now 10 minutes into the first episode.

With all the layers and facets to the story, it’s not hard to believe that the creators spent more then a little time working on Lost. To be honest, when I first heard of Once Upon A Time, I didn’t know what to expect. At first glance it looks to be rather light and campy, but as you delve deeper into the stories it proves itself to have a much more serious and darker tone as well. It’s very character driven in the same way Lost was, but the addition of telling the story in two entirely different worlds gives it a interesting depth and mode of exploration for the characters and who they are.  Before the panel I  sat down with Kitsis and Horowitz and discussed  some of what goes into writing the show and what we can expect from the rest of the season.  Hit the jump for more.

Evan Spiliotopoulos to Rewrite McG’s QUIJA

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Screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Lion King 1 ½) has been brought in to work on the script for Universal’s adaptation of the board game Quija. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (Tron: Legacy) were initially set to pen the screenplay, but Heat Vision reports that Spiliotopoulos will be doing a rewrite.

McG (Terminator Salvation) is set to direct the flick, which is said to be a family adventure story in the vein of The Mummy and Indiana Jones. However, with the addition of Spiliotopoulos, it sounds like this could very well end up being much closer to Jumanji. The scribe has worked on a number of Disney straight-to-DVD releases in the past, with his most recent being Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. However, Spiliotopoulos also did a draft of Wanted 2 and worked on the comic book adaptation Agnes Quill. Ouija is set to be released on November 9th, 2012.

McG Will Direct OUIJA

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A few weeks ago, we reported that McG (Terminator Salvation) and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) would duke it out for the Ouija director’s chair.  Tonight we can confirm that McG has emerged victorious and will helm Universal’s adaptation of the Hasbro board game.  Per Heat Vision, the studio is now in negotiations with the director who will helm a script by Tron: Legacy scribes Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

While Universal and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes are keeping plot details for Ouija close to the vest, it is believed that the film will be akin to adventure films such as The Mummy and Indiana Jones.  Maybe it’s just me, but this vague description keeps making me think that Ouija will come out looking a lot like a sequel to 1995′s Jumanji (a film that nine-year old me was none too fond of).  Again, it’s probably just me.  As for McG, his next directorial effort is the romantic comedy This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy.  Ouija currently has a release date of November 9, 2012.

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