Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Disney Films on the Move

It appears as though the Disney Company has quite a few films and television ventures in the works that might definitely be worth looking into. Some of them are based off actual park attractions, and others are more a concept of the Disney parks and company. Here is just a small taste of whats going on:

1. Jon Favereau's Magic Kingdom- The much anticipated film seems to be making headway, and rumor has it that Pixar has gotten involved in the production. This seems to be the crown jewel in the companies stable right now, but very little is known, and very little is coming out of Disney or Favreau's mouth. All we know is this is down the pipeline, but they are taking their time with it, which is a good sign.

2.  Star Wars 7, 8 & 9- As we have heard the past few weeks (here as well) the Disney Company now owns Lucasfilm Ltd. This has now lifted Kathleen Kennedy to the head of Lucasfilm, which is a big deal considereing Kennedy has been the producer of some of the biggest films in Hollywood (Indiana Jones, ET, Jurassic Park, etc.) and helped co-found Amblin Entertainment (which is Spielberg's big production company) This marks a huge move in the company as it allows a respected and successful producer the keys to the kingdom (no pun intended)

3. Saving Mr. Banks- A film that will eventually put Walt Disney on the silver screen for the first time in a biopic, as it shows the companies attempts to pry the rights to Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers. Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, and Colin Farrell are connected to the film, but the big news is that Tom Hanks will be playing the part of Walt Disney. This will be the first time an actor will portray the iconic Disney creator. The film apparently will be released next year, as filming began in late September.

4. Marvel Universe Continues- With Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Cpatain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man and The Avengers 2 on the horizon, the future is bright with Marvel Studios.

5. Oz: The Great and Powerful- The prequel to the iconic 1939 classic, this film will show how the wizard ends up in the wonderful land of Oz. Starring James Franco, this film will hit theaters next year.

6. Big Thunder Mountain- This television show is being developed for ABC and may follow one of the backstories of the famous ride it will be depicting. There is not much information except that Chris Morgan, who was a writer on many Fast and the Furious films is connected to the project, as well as Jason Fuchs, who wrote Ice Age: Continental Divide.

7. The Haunted Mansion- Yes they are going down this road again, but this time it looks like it will be different. Again this film has very little to go on, but it is being directed by Guillermo Del Toro, which bodes well for the future of this film. Maybe it will use much of the backstory that the attractions have produced.

As it stands, there is much on tap for the Walt Disney Company in terms of their live action film division. The question becomes how many of these see the theaters, but with their track record (John Carter not withstanding) it appears as though the future seems bright.

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