Jon Favreau Will Craft CG Lion King and Jungle Book Sequel Back to Back

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Disney and Jon Favreau took us to the next level of computer graphics in entertainment with it’s CG/live-action adaptation of Jungle Book. The film proved that technology has reached the point where a film can exist without a single human character in the mix so Disney quickly signed Favreau to helm a CG remake of their most beloved animated classic, The Lion King.

In an interview with Collider, Favreau divulged Disney’s current plan to realize The Lion King and a sequel to Jungle Book  back to back:

“Right now the plan is that we go right from one into the other, but I know from having worked on two superhero movies back to back, these take many, many, many years. I was working on Marvel movies for like four years back-to-back. It’s a big chunk of your life and you have to make sure that you’re excited and can bring all of your attention and concentration to bear on this because they are really big puzzles. Every film is a puzzle you have to solve — these highly technical ones are like 3D chess. There’s like a whole other level to it that has to be understood and learned.”

Favreau was reluctant to say one way or the other whether or not he would be directing the sequel to Jungle Book, but given his experience so far he would most certainly be the smart and safe choice. This style of filmmaking is a whole new animal and Favreau seems to have cracked the formula with Disney.

Favreau also emphasized just how important it is for himself and Disney that they get the story for the Jungle Book sequel right before moving into production:

“I think nothing’s quick. This is a slow process and rushing it is not a good idea because a lot of when people react to visual effects they don’t like, often times it’s because it’s rushed and because it’s not well thought through ahead of time. Having gone up to Pixar and working with them on this and other projects — and they’re about as technical as you get — they always say the same thing — it’s all about story. Make sure the story is perfect before you launch forward into the next phase. The technical phase doesn’t come until the human storytelling phase is done.”

Disney has always been a major staple in American entertainment but with CEO Bob Iger in charge, the company has risen to new heights, dominating the film market with Star Wars and Marvel films. Diving back into its catalog to create CG remakes of their animated classics is the next step in their path towards world domination.

Now just make my dreams come true, Favreau, and cast Finn Wolfhard to voice young Simba please.

To read or watch the full interview head on over to Collider.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: International Trailer

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Only four months away from its theatrical debut, Disney has released an international trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The new trailer is a sort of remix of the first teaser trailer and the first official trailer but captivates the heart nonetheless.

The remake brings to life all of the characters from the original plus a new character: a harpsichord named Cadenza created just for the film, voiced by Stanley Tucci. Alan Menken, composer for the original also returns and will introduce three new songs into the new film.

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, with a script penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, directed by Bill Condor.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince.

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‘Rogue One’: Exclusive Look Plus A New Banner

Tonight on the Disney Magical Holiday Celebration, CEO Bob Iger introduced the world to an exclusive look at the upcoming Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The exclusive look offers a few bits of never before seen footage including some hilarious beats with K-2SO (Alan Tudyk).

In addition, a new banner has also hit the web (h/t comicbookmovie). The banner features the heroes of the film as they are about to engage in the climactic battle with the Empire on Scariff.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.

Produced by Lucasfilm, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. Directed by Garreth Edwards.

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.

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‘Marvel’s The Inhumans’ To Hit IMAX Theaters Before ABC Run

Rather than make their debut in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvels The Inhumans is coming to television instead, however. In an unprecedented move, the show’s first two episodes will first premiere exclusively in IMAX theaters before beginning its first season on ABC in the fall of 2017.

This marks the first time a television show has had a theatrical debut in history as well as the first time IMAX has ever produced a television series. IMAX will partner with Marvel Television and Disney/ABC TelevisionGroup to bring the series to life after the film version was dropped from the MCU’s already crowded release calendar.

The official press release describes the superhero team as a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers. The Inhumans were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.

CEO Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, and president of Disney/ABC Television Group offered insight into the establishment of the groundbreaking new partnership.

This unprecedented alliance represents a bold, innovative approach to launching great TV content for a worldwide audience. It highlights Disney/ABC’s unrelenting commitment to finding new and creative ways to showcasing our very best programming and increasing global engagement and reach.

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Beauty and the Beast US Official Trailer

Watch Disney’s first official trailer for the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

The first official trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Beauty and the Beast is here. The remake will bring to life all of the characters from the original plus a new character, a harpsichord named Cadenza created just for the film played by Stanley Tucci. Alan Menken, composer for the original also returns and will introduce three new songs into the new film.

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, with a script penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, directed by Bill Condor.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince.

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Alan Menken Reveals Third Track Title for New Songs in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

The new live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast is set to introduce three new songs into the musical. Alan Menken who scored the original film previously announced two of the tracks titled as: “Days in the Sun” and “Forever More”.

Today the composer dished to Entertainment Weekly about the new music and reveals the title for the third track that has been added to the live-action adaptation.

“The first time [‘Our Song Lives On’ is] sung, it’s Belle’s father singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], ‘How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie. Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there’s going to be some wonderful singer on the end credits song.

‘For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, ‘Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go. He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.

‘Days in the Sun’ is a moment when all of the objects in the castle —and Belle — are going to sleep. Basically, everybody in the castle is having memories of what it used to be when they had their days in the sun. It’s sort of a combination of a lullaby and a remembrance of happier days for everybody.”

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, with a script penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, directed by Bill Condor.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince.

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New Images of Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features our first look at Emma Watson while playing Belle in the iconic yellow dress from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features our first look at Emma Watson while playing Belle in the iconic yellow dress from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The film set to release this March will be scored by Alan Menken who scored the original 1991 animated classic. The new adaptation will also feature three new original songs which the composer previously announced two of the tracks titled as: “Days in the Sun” and “Forever More”.

Watson recently spoke with EW and dropped a pretty big nugget of information revealing how the backstory for Belle has been retooled for the live-action adaptation. In the original Belle was a book-worm and her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline) was an inventor, however. In this version, it is Belle who is the inventor and her father constructs music boxes, each representing a different country, telling the story of Belle not traveling. After the loss of Belle’s mother, Maurice became over protective of Belle. The music boxes allow Belle to experience the rest of the world without actually traveling away from home.

Watson:

In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, with a script penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky, directed by Bill Condor.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.

In this live-action re-imagining of the fairy tale, a young woman (Emma Watson) takes her father’s place as prisoner in a beast’s castle, only to fall in love with her beastly captor (Dan Stevens), who turns out to be a prince.

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Disney also released high-resolution images of the spread from Entertainment Weekly including a look at Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts.

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SOURCE: EW