It was honestly surprising that it took Disney so long to add The Little Mermaid to their growing list of live-action remakes, and although it was announced a bit later than the rest of the studio’s projects, it may be a bit closer to happening than we thought. Today brings word that Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will work on the music for the live-action retelling of Disney’s animated classic, collaborating with original composer Alan Menken.
Of the many properties ripe for a live-action remake or retelling, The Nutcracker seems like one of the less obvious choices for Disney’s ever-growing roster, but, like Pete’s Dragon, maybe that’s what makes it sort of perfect. As evidenced by the casting of Misty Copeland, Disney is definitely sticking to the ballet concept for their new adaptation of the classic story, but she won’t be the only one dancing her way across the big screen; today brings word that Keira Knightley has joined the cast of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in which she’ll play the Sugar Plum Fairy.
It’s right there in the film’s title, but we haven’t seen too many of the fantastic beasts that Newt Scamander will have to find (or recover) in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Thanks to Warner Bros., you can check out a handful of the creatures that will appear in the upcoming film, which takes us back to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world for an all-new magical adventure.
Just last month, Sony exec Rory Bruer said he had “no doubt” that the studio would move forward with a sequel to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. That was then, this is now: The all-female reimagining of the 1984 classic has made $180 million at the global box office, which isn’t enough to justify Sony’s production and marketing costs…or a sequel, for that matter.
Three years after it was first announced, The Silver Chair is finally making its way to the big screen. Sony and TriStar will back the long-developing project, which is the next chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia series. As was the case a few years ago, Life of Pi scribe David Magee will script the new sequel, which has yet to secure a director.
It should go without saying, but the red band trailer for Bad Santa 2 is NSFW — or for life, really, but that depends on your level of sensitivity. If there was any doubt that the sequel could be as profane and gleefully repulsive as its predecessor, the latest trailer should restore your optimism…or cynicism, as it were. Never fear, Billy Bob Thornton’s unsavory Santa has returned, and he’s just as foul as ever.
Despite Zack Snyder’s assertion that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is basically a sequel to Man of Steel (it’s totally not), fans are still wondering if and when we might see Superman get a proper standalone follow-up. But Warner Bros.’ DC slate is fairly crowded with two Justice League movies and solo films for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Batman, Aquaman and Cyborg. Last we heard, WB put plans for Man of Steel 2 on “permanent hold,” while Snyder and Henry Cavill expressed interest in the sequel if they could find the time for it. And it looks like that time may be approaching.
Just in case you didn’t learn enough about the secret life of pets this summer, you’ll get a second chance in 2018. Illumination and Universal Pictures are officially developing a sequel to The Secret Life of Pets, the cute animated film that gave animals the Toy Story treatment — and gave you something enjoyable to watch during this lackluster movie season.
Not even sorry about that headline, guys. In more amusing news, here’s the latest trailer for Storks, a new animated adventure from Warner Bros. starring Andy Samberg(’s voice) as a stork who teams up with a human to deliver a bundle of joy to a hopeful family. Sounds pretty cute, but in a year filled with animated movies about talking animals, Storks is gonna need to give us a little something extra.
Following in the footsteps of his former SNL pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon will host the 2017 Golden Globes — which should also provide a respite from the antics of Ricky Gervais, for those of you who were growing a little weary of his schtick. The big question now is whether or not Fallon can make it through the awards ceremony without laughing.
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