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Disney Confirm Star Wars Episode IX/Frozen 2/The Lion King Release Dates



It’s safe to say that Disney have given us plenty to get excited about today, confirming to fans of their various lucrative franchises, a barrage of release dates.

Switching from its recent tradition of dominating the Christmas period through The Force Awakens and Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode IX which will see Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow take the directorial reins from ‘The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, will be debuting on 24th May 2017.

Continuing its recent and successful run of live-action reimaginings after Bill Condon’s Beauty And The Beast and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Favreau will look to do the same with The Lion King (19th July 2017), with Donald Glover already on-board to voice Simba.

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Switching our attention to animation, Kristen Bell’s Anna and Idina Menzel’s Elsa will return in Frozen 2, pencilled in for 27th November 2019 along with fellow sequel Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which will hit cinemas in November 2018.


The full 2018-2021 release schedule can be found below. Let the speculation begin on those pesky untitled projects…

A Wrinkle In Time (Ava Duvernay): 9th March 2018

Magic Camp (Mark Waters): 6th April 2018

Untitled Disney Fairy Tale: 3rd August 2018

Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Phil Johnston/Rich Moore): 21st November 2018

Star Wars: Episode IX (Colin Trevorrow): 24th May 2019

The Lion King (Jon Favreau): 19th July 2019

Untitled Disney Live Action: 9th August 2019

Frozen 2 (Chris Buck/Jennifer Lee): 27th November 2019

Untitled Disney Live Action: 3rd April 2020

Indiana Jones 5 (Steven Spielberg): 10th July 2020

Untitled Marvel (3D): 7th August 2020

Gigantic (Nathan Greno/Meg LeFauve): 25th November 2020

Untitled Disney Live Action: 12th March 2021

Untitled Pixar Animation (3D): 18th June 2021

Untitled Disney Animation (3D): 24th November 2021


Guillermo del Toro to Direct Stop Motion Pinocchio for Netflix



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Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

According to Variety, The film will be set in Italy during the 1930’s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

Del Toro previously collaborated with Netflix on its Emmy award-winning television series “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, “3Below,” is set to debut on in December and it will be followed by “Wizards” in 2019. He created the upcoming Netflix horror anthology series, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Del Toro’s other credits include “Crimson Peak” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The project comes as Netflix is investing heavily in children’s entertainment — a move that will be increasingly important as Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service. To that end, the company has backed the likes of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” along with upcoming series such as “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Gabby’s Dollhouse.”

Del Toro will collaborate on “Pinocchio” with the Jim Henson Company, the company behind “The Dark Crystal” and ShadowMachine, the creator of “Bojack Horseman.” Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce the film. Blanca Lista will co-produce it.

Patrick McHale (“Over The Garden Wall”) will co-write the script, and Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will co-direct the movie. Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer and the film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders, the team behind “Corpse Bride.”

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly



So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.

Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide



Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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