Disney and IMAX have sent out a press release announcing that they have extended their partnership, and will continue to release the studio’s biggest films in the world’s biggest theatrical format. The films mentioned in the press release are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars: Episode VII. None of this is surprising. Almost every major blockbuster gets an IMAX release these days, and I’m fine with that. I like IMAX. I don’t like 3D, and all of these movies will most likely be in 3D, but you can’t win them all.
Hit the jump for the press release.
Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland is shrouded in mystery mostly because it has the audacity to be an original screenplay that’s steeped in Disney history, but isn’t based on any particular piece, nor does it take place in any Disneyland park. And the official synopsis raises more questions than it answers: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’” So any scrap of news is worth filing away, and star George Clooney briefly provided some info about the upcoming project.
Hit the jump for what he had to say. The film also stars Britt Robertson, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, and Hugh Laurie. Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.
Now playing in theaters is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man. Ken Scott directs this remake of his 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck. Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. She talked about being a fan of Vince Vaughn and what it was like to work with him, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, getting to work with Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland (plus a bit on her character), her reaction to reading the script for the first time, Under the Dome, Jon Kasdan’s The First Time, and more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
After much speculation, Disney has announced that J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII will open in 3D on December 18, 2015. It will be the first Star Wars movie to be released outside of May. As we previously reported, Disney refused to move the film to 2016, and in order to meet the studio’s time frame, Abrams teamed up with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) to handle the script.
At first it seems like the move gives Disney some breathing room between Star Wars and the studio’s other 2015 behemoth, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, Disney has also announced that Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been pushed from November 2014 to May 22, 2015, which is just three weeks after Joss Whedon’s highly-anticipated sequel and a week before Pixar’s Inside Out. Hit the jump for more.
If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novelCarrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer.
A few days ago, I got to speak with Judy Greer in Los Angeles. She talked about what her friends and family thought when she told them she’d be remaking Carrie, the challenge of making a movie where the lead actress is under eighteen, whether anything change during production, deleted scenes, and more. In addition, Greer told a great story about reading the script for Tomorrowland for the first time and her emotional reaction. Hit the jump to watch.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez have joined the voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s new film Home, which is an adaptation of the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday.
- Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) is making a late addition to the cast of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which is lead by George Clooney and is now in production in Vancouver.
- Chronicle star Alex Russell has been added to the cast of Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort, Unbroken.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting stories.
Production began last month on Brad Bird’s new film, Tomorrowland. Per the synopsis: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Today, Bird announced on Twitter that he’s reteaming with composer Michael Giacchino for Tomorrowland. Giacchino has scored all of Bird’s movies except for The Iron Giant, and I’m glad the director and composer will be working together again.
Tomorrowland is the latest blockbuster on Giacchino’s agenda. He’s also scoring the 2014 movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter Ascending. Tomorrowland opens December 12, 2014.
What do Disney, The Oatmeal, and Nikola Tesla have in common? The real answer might be tucked safely away inside the mystery box, but at the very least it was Brad Bird’s upcoming film, Tomorrowland, that brought them all together. Web cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known on the webz as The Oatmeal, recently posted on his blog about his invitation to a meeting with the Disney filmmakers and their conversation that took a strange turn towards all things Tesla. It’s safe to say that The Oatmeal is a big fan of the misunderstood scientist, and was responsible for starting a campaign that successfully saved Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory. Since The Oatmeal himself admits that he’s not the foremost expert on Tesla, why would Disney fly him out there to talk tech? Misdirection? Hype machine? Something else entirely? Hit the jump for more.
Here’s the latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each story.
Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland. Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist. Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.
One of the many live-action projects teased at D23 this weekend was director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof‘s Tomorrowland. While not much is known about the project (here’s what Dave had to say about the presentation), the fact that these two storytellers are involved is enough to have me incredibly excited. After all, Bird directed some of my favorite films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille), and Lindelof was involved in one of the best shows of the last decade (Lost). So it’s an extremely safe bet I’ll be in a movie theater on opening day, December 12, 2014.
Shortly after his presentation at D23, I spoke to Lindelof backstage. He talked about what the film is about, the viral campaign, the cool Tomorrowland pin he was wearing, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
We closed out our D23 experience with a presentation from Disney’s upcoming slate of live-action films. Yesterday’s animation panel – featuring looks the films of Disney/Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios - was a difficult one to top. We’ve already covered the superpowered side of things with our Marvel recap, so now we’ll move on to the live-action fairy tales, original sci-fi mysteries, puppet sequel capers and nature documentaries you’ve all been waiting for!
The second half of today’s presentation included advanced looks at Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Muppets Most Wanted and DisneyNature’s Bears. There was quite literally something for everyone in this batch of upcoming films. Hit the jump to read my recap and see which one(s) strikes your fancy!
Disney wrapped its live-action presentation at the D23 convention earlier today, and shortly after the panel ended the studio unveiled title treatments for some of its upcoming films. Briefly:
- Tomorrowland – Directed by Brad Bird and written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, this secretive film stars George Clooney as an unspecified inventor. Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, and Thomas Robinson also star, and the “action-packed adventure” hits theaters on December 12, 2014.
- Maleficent – A reimagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty story told from the villain’s point of view. Angelina Jolie stars as the title character for director Robert Stromberg. Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley also star, and the film opens on July 2, 2014.
- Muppets Most Wanted – The James Bobin-directed sequel stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell and opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.
- Saving Mr. Banks – Director John Lee Hancock’s film tells the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins as Tom Hanks portrays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers. The film opens wide this coming December 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the logos and click here to catch up on all of our D23 coverage thus far.
Here’s today’s casting announcements:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
The female lead for director Brad Bird’s secretive upcoming film Tomorrowland has been found at last. Disney has announced that Under the Dome and Delivery Man actress Britt Robertson has been cast in a lead role in the film, which centers on “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology who is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.” That’s about as vague a logline as can be, but I’m not complaining; it’s nice to not know every plot beat a year and a half before the movie even hits theaters.
Bird co-wrote Tomorrowland with Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, and the cast also includes George Clooney as the male lead, Hugh Laurie as the antagonist, and supporting turns by Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson. Production begins very soon, so expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks. Tomorrowland opens on December 12, 2014.