KUNG FU PANDA co-director John Stevenson told AWN that he intends to follow-up his Oscar-nominated animated feature with a live-action version of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Meanwhile, VARIETY reported that Warner Bros. has made the deal to cinematically reboot the popular Mattel toy line, with Joel Silver producing and Mattel's Barry Waldo serving as exec producer.
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Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the start of production on SCOOBY-DOO: IN THE BEGINNING, an all-new, live-action prequel that will be debut on the network fall 2009 to coincide with the DVD release. This original movie will commence principal photography on August 4, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In this month's column, Mark Simon messes with the Zohan and finds inspiration for pushing the animation envelope.
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Director Andrew Stanton previously made us believe in the love between a father fish and his son in FINDING NEMO. Now he makes us fall in love yet again with a love story between two utterly charming robots. This daring Pixar production breaks the company’s mold in many ways — it features live-action, the first third is English-dialogue free, and there is a big message.
During a recent junket for WALL-E (opening Friday from Disney/Pixar), director Andrew Stanton was asked by AWN about the status of the upcoming JOHN CARTER OF MARS project at Pixar (which is reportedly being scripted by RATATOUILLE and THE INCREDIBLES head of story Mark Andrews).
"We haven't decided yet if it's going to be live-action or animated," Stanton confirmed. "The one thing I've learned at Pixar is spending the first year or two making sure the story's as good as it can be, and everything else will fall into place. So we'll let the story dictate that."
Karen Raugust looks at the production of Cartoon Network's first live-action show, Out of Jimmy's Head, based on last year's made-for-TV film Re-Animated.
Tokyo-based Pal Ent. has announced it will produce a live-action version of Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical novella GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, which was previously adapted by Studio Ghibli and director Isao Takahata into the classic anime feature, reports SCREEN DAILY. Taro Hyugaji (PORTRAIT OF THE WIND) will direct.
Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister, who try to survive in the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.
NEGIMA! creator Ken Akamatsu confirmed on his blog that a live-action feature based on his popular manga is in the works. The film will be based on NEGIMA! MAGISTER NEGI MAGI. Casting for the 31 girls is under way. Earlier rumors claimed the production would debut in 2008.
Continuing Cartoon Network's move into the live-action arena, Adult Swim has announced premiere dates for two original live-action series. From the creators of TOM GOES TO THE MAYOR comes TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB, a variety sketch show premiering on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, at 11:45 pm (ET/PT). Immediately following is SAUL OF THE MOLE MEN, a comedy/adventure shot entirely in front of a greenscreen, at 12:00 midnight (ET/PT).
Disney/Pixar is in final talks to pick up the film rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels JOHN CARTER OF MARS series, according to the trades. Previously, the series was set up at Paramount as a live-action project with Robert Rodriguez, then SKY CAPTAIN Kerry Conran and finally Jon Favreau attached to direct. Before that, the property was at Disney during the '90s when Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted to make it into an animated feature before the project was set up as a live-action project for John McTiernan.
Last December, VFXWORLD was invited to visit the northern France region of Valenciennes, home of the superb Supinfocom animation school and the annual E-magiciens student festival. You can read my report of the delightful DCC going on there this week. Meanwhile, Alain Bielik explores the animation of Passion Pictures and its seamless integration into live-action plates by Cinesite on MISS POTTER (opening Jan. 12 from The Weinstein Co.).
Coming off the lackluster performance of LADY IN THE WATER, M. Night Shyamalan has signed on to write, direct and produce the live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's popular animated series, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, reports the trades. Paramount Pictures' MTV Films and Nick Movies, who are producing, plans to live-action adaptation into a trilogy with Shyamalan.
The film will be the first Shyamalan has directed in which he has not written an original screenplay. He previously co-wrote 1999's STUART LITTLE.
Disney has bought the rights to ANIMATED AMERICAN, a live-action/animation hybrid that deals with the issue of teens trying to fit in, VARIETY reports. Producers will be Bob Cooper's Landscape Ent. and ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.
Peter Ackerman (ICE AGE) is set to write the screenplay, which will follow an animated outsider, who lives in a live-action world and must deal with his girlfriend leaving him while hes away at sea.
The Weinstein Co. is in final talks on a three-picture deal with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA star Ziyi Zhang, which includes a live-action version of MULAN, VARIETY reports. The second film in the deal would be a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic, THE SEVEN SAMURAI.
Benderspink and producer Josh C. Kline are set to adapt the classic Japanese anime STAR BLAZERS into a live-action feature, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Known as SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO in Japan, the 1970s franchise spun off three television series, five animated features and a host of merchandise. Voyager Ent. brought the series to the U.S. in the early 1980s.
Ever wondered what Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson would look like in real life? Find out when a live-action main title sequence is unveiled on THE SIMPSONS Sunday, March 26, 2006, at 8:00 pm on FOX. The live-action show opening is an homage to televisions longest-running sitcom.
In a strange move, China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has banned all TV shows and films that feature live-action actors interacting with animated characters.
"These human live-action, so-called animation pieces will not receive distribution or distribution licenses," read the order, issued Feb. 15, 2006. The state-run Xinhua News Agency states that CG and 2D characters interacting with humans jeopardize "the broadcast order of homemade animation and mislead their development.
This week in the Theatrical Release Database, we have two animation directors making their live-action debuts.
Mexican commercial directors Jorge and Javier Aguilera known as Big Brother have been tapped to helm the live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime, KITE, reports VARIETY. Rob Cohen and Anant Singh are producing.
Singh and Brian Cox will produce for Singh's Distant Horizon. Cohen and Marc Pitre will produce for Cohen's Nowita Pictures. Joshua Rubin is penning the script.
Disney Pictures and Spyglass Ent. are in talks with RACING STRIPES director Frederik Du Chau to direct the live-action adaptation of UNDERDOG, reports VARIETY. The film will combine CG and live-action to make a real dog talk and appears to have superpowers. Spyglass Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are producing aside with Jay Polstein.
SHARK TALE co-writer/co-director Rob Letterman has inked a deal with Universal to write his first live-action film, reports VARIETY. The film is titled THE UNPROFESSIONALS, a military comedy similar in tone to STRIPES. THE FAST AND FURIOUS producer Neal Moritz is in talks to produce. Universal production exec Scott Bernstein will shepherd the project.
Director James Cameron (TITANIC and TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY) confirmed on NPR (National Public Radio) that his next directing gig will be on the live-action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's BATTLE ANGEL ALITA.
"We're in pre-production right now on a project called BATTLE ANGEL, which is something I've been working on for several years and we're just, we're finishing up the shooting draft right now. We've been designing, it's a big science fiction film and a couple things that will be interesting about this project," he says in the interview.
Having the potential to fall into the "what were they thinking" remake category, Warner Bros. Pictures and Thunder Road Prods. has announced they will produce a live-action remake of the 1967 Rankin & Bass animated cult hit, MAD MONSTER PARTY?, reports VARIETY. Warner obtained the rights from Canal +, which gained them from Embassy Pictures, which produced the original animated special. John Pardee and Joey Murphy will write the script with Thunder Road's head Basil Iwanyk producing along with Chris Peters and Jackie Gilardi, who brought the project to the studio.
KARLSSON ON THE ROOF director Vibeke Idsoe will start production on 37 1/2, a live-action tragic romantic comedy, in August, reports VARIETY. The long-time Norwegian animation director will make his live-action debut with this $2.2 million film. The BRIDGET JONES-like film is being produced by John M. Jacobsen's Filmkameratene with The Norwegian Film Fund covering half the production costs.