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Experience the Magic… Again Headline News

‘Harry Potter’ Reboot TV Series Reportedly Moving Forward

According to sources close to Bloomberg, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. is about to close a deal for the series, with different seasons each following one of the seven novels; series author J.K. Rowling will reportedly be involved, but not as a primary creator or showrunner.

Where Did Hmmmmm Come From? VFXWorld

Conjuring VFX Magic for Netflix’s ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’

Visual effects supervisor John Moffatt reveals some of ‘The Witcher’ prequel’s magical sequences, roughly 1,000 shots that include portals, creatures, and the startling human transformation into the original monster hunting Witcher prototype.

Homeroom is Finally Cool VFXWorld

Framestore Brings Home a Great VFX Report Card on ‘The School for Good and Evil’

The leading visual effects company delivers 328 shots from its Montreal facility, with another 233 from its London facility, including heavy magical element simulations, a swarm of bees transforming into a human, and the wish fish girl, on the Paul Feig fantasy adventure now streaming on Netflix.

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Sixteen South and Nelvana Option ‘A Horse Named Steve’

Belfast-based studio teams up with kids’ content giant on an animated adaptation of Toronto author-illustrator Kelly Collier’s popular picture book about the humorous exploits of an endearingly self-absorbed horse.

Presto! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Magician’s Elephant’: A Child, an Animal, and a Shared Sense of Hope

Based on prolific children’s book author Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning novel, the 3DCG film, directed by Wendy Rogers and produced by Julia Pistor, follows the journey of a boy in search of his long-lost sister, who must first find a mysterious elephant to help him on his quest; film premieres March 17 on Netflix.

That’s Frah-kun-shteen! Headline News

All-Star Cast Eyed for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Frankenstein’

Andrew Garfield, Oscar Isaac, and Mia Goth are in early talks to appear in the Oscar-winning ‘Pinocchio’ filmmaker’s upcoming classic monster flick remake for Netflix.

The Boy Who Lived Again Headline News

Warner Bros. Discovery CFO Confirms More ‘Harry Potter’ Content

Gunnar Wiedenfels reveals the Harry Potter franchise is ‘only just starting to expand’ at a recent panel at Morgan Stanley’s investor conference, with hints at ‘Lord of the Rings’ additions as well.

Hoot Hoot! Headline News

Apple TV+ Shares ‘Eva the Owlet’ Trailer

Based on the popular book series by award-winning author Rebecca Elliot, the new animated kids' series follows a cheeky, creative young owl with big ideas and an even bigger personality; the show hits the streamer March 31.

Red Balloons All Around Headline News

‘IT’ Prequel Series ‘Welcome to Derry’ Coming to HBO Max

The new spooky drama series from Warner Bros. Television is being developed by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Jason Fuchs.

Silence Was Not an Option Headline News

Roberto Saviano to Direct ‘I’m Still Alive’ Animated Feature

The Italian mob exposé ‘Gomorrah’ author will helm the adaptation of his graphic novel exploring life as an anti-mob activist living with police protection.

Headed Back to Neverland Headline News

Disney Drops First Official Trailer for ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The latest Mouse House live-action adaptation stars dual protagonists Alexander Molony as Peter and Ever Anderson as Wendy, launching exclusively on Disney+ April 28, 2023.

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Hulu Snags OVFX Studios’ ‘Kulipari’ Animated Franchise

The first two seasons of the kids’ show, based on the books by former NFL player Trevor Pryce, are now streaming with all-new remastered editions; Season 3 will hit the platform later this year, with an animated feature following in late 2024.

Gimme More Rings! Headline News

Warner Bros. to Develop Multiple Tolkien Film Adaptations

After the successful acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises, which holds adaptive film rights for many of the famed author’s books, including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ the media giant is set to create an entire new generation of films through the WB label New Line Cinema.

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Radar Pictures to Produce ‘Geronimo Stilton’ Animated Feature

David Soren (‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’) will pen and direct the film based on the beloved Italian children’s book series about a journalist-turned-mystery-solving mouse.

Presto! Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘The Magician’s Elephant’ Trailer and Art

Based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, the 3DCG film follows the journey of a boy in search of his long-lost sister, who must first find a mysterious elephant to help him on his quest; coming to the streamer in March.

Helping Make the World a Better Place ANIMATIONWorld

‘Princess Power’: Where ‘Princess’ is a Verb, not a Noun

Showrunner and Executive Producer Elise Allen discusses her new preschool series and its core messages of inclusivity, diversity, community, teamwork, and friendship; based on the New York Times Bestselling book series ‘Princesses Wear Pants’ by ‘Today’ anchor Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, the show is now streaming on Netflix. 

Meeting a True Master ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: The Art of Babbitt – Part 2

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares Part 2 of her extensive, 2-part, 1979 interview with famed animator Art Babbitt, whom she met as a 21-year-old Cal Arts student after visiting Richard Williams’ L.A. studio on a dare.

TV VFX VFXWorld

The Massive Creative Fellowship Behind ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’

For 2 years, Production Designer Ramsey Avery and his team never slept, generating 38,000 pieces of concept art – illustrations, digital models, videos, sketches, and paintings – to support 9,500 VFX shots produced by 20 vendors and their 1,500 artists on Prime Video’s hugely ambitious Middle-earth saga.

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Guillermo Del Toro to Helm ‘The Buried Giant’ Animated Adaptation

The dark storyteller shares new stop-motion project; will co-write and direct new film based on Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's novel about a memory challenged elderly British couple on a quest to find their long-lost son.

Girl Power! Headline News

Exclusive: Netflix Shares ‘Princess Power’ Featurette

Drew Barrymore and authors Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheimer reflect on their new animated preschool series’ core messages of inclusivity, diversity, community, teamwork, and friendship; the show is now streaming on Netflix. 

It’s the Little Things in Life VFXWorld

VFX is the ‘Thing’ for Tom Turnbull on Tim Burton’s ‘Wednesday’

The visual effects supervisor discusses creating the show’s iconic, disembodied hand, along with the demonic Hyde creature and spooky Nevermore Academy, on Netflix’s hit supernatural coming-of-age comedy, recently renewed for Season 2.

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