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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible makes the jump from the small to the big screen in the upcoming Son of God. Based on the ratings hit History Channel mini-series, Son of God is a standalone feature film that centers on the journey of Jesus, played by Diogo Morgado reprising his role.
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Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Peppermint Patty will return to the silver screen in November 2015, timing that coincides with the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, perhaps the most beloved cartoon in television history. But how will the new feature film — with 3-D, CG animation — compare to the hand-drawn charms of that 1965 small-screen classic? Or to the Charles Schulz comic strip that possessed an especially elusive brand of whimsy?
When Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip premiered in October 1950, it couldn’t have been more different from the comic strips stacked around it — among them Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant, Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon, and Roy Crane’s Captain Easy – and maybe that’s why the initial public response could be summed up as a national shrug. That changed, of course, and the strip became the untouchable but beloved titan of its medium appearing in 2,600 newspapers in 21 languages reaching a collective readership north of 350 million.
The brand remains a powerhouse (Schulz ranked with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe as far as posthumous moneymakers in pop culture), which set the stage for the film being made by Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios, the Connecticut team behind the Ice Age hit films and Horton Hears a Who. To get some long-view perspective on the project and the property, we reached out to Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and asked if CG will work for Peanuts.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s hard to get your arms around the singular and sustained success of Peanuts because it’s hard to find a comparison to it. Like Carson or Cronkite, Schulz had his own spot in the pipeline and that doesn’t happen now, really.
Andrew Farago: It’s hard to imagine any comic strip taking hold today the way that Peanuts has for several generations. Any 8- or 80-year-old knows what a security blanket is, or who Peppermint Patty’s best friend is, or “Good Grief!” and “Curse you, Red Baron!” Charles Schulz was beloved by millions — and that’s a conservative number — worldwide, and everyone knows Charlie Brown and Snoopy. If Schulz had been more comfortable in the public eye, he could have been another Walt Disney in terms of universal celebrity. But he was always about the work, and letting his characters speak for him, and I get the impression that’s exactly how he wanted it.
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The clothes make the man, but in the case of Wolverine, the claws make the mutant. Hugh Jackman’s forever ferocious antihero returns to the screen July 26 with his second solo adventure, and die-hard fans will notice right away that his gleaming metal talons have gotten a makeover.
“Yes, we retooled them a little,” director James Mangold said during an interview at his offices on the Fox lot. “I found that in some of the comics illustrations that I really liked the most, they had these bevel cuts. They were faceted, that would be the best way to describe them. In the last picture, they were pretty smooth, and we decided to take it to a different direction.”
Mangold, the director of 3:10 to Yuma, Copland, and Walk the Line, was eager to bring a less theatrical appearance to the character who also goes by the name Logan. “I wanted a more real Logan,” Mangold said, “not a flashier Logan.” As part of his push, Mangold re-evaluated the arc and shape of the character’s signature weapons and went with a shape that looks more crafted for carnage.
“It’s more utilitarian,” the director said. “The cuts in the blades make them more useful, more lethal, and they also catch the light more and in interesting ways.”
The claws in the new film are the closest to the tooled look that comic book artist Frank Miller memorably used in the first solo Wolverine comic book ever published, Wolverine issue No. 1, back in September 1982. The coveted issue was the first installment of a four-issue limited series written by Chris Claremont, and it opened with Wolverine hunting a rogue bear in a frigid Canadian Rockies but soon shifts to Japan, where the loner X-Man seeks Mariko Yoshida, the woman he loves.
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Daniel Radcliffe may not be at Hogwarts anymore, but he’s still palling around with creepy creatures.
The actor, who reminded folks he’s also a Broadway song-and-dance man at the Oscars this week, is in final talks to star as Igor, the hunchbacked lab assistant, in the upcoming Frankenstein from 20th Century Fox, EW has confirmed. (Deadline originally reported the news.)
The long-in-the-works script, based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, is being written by Max Landis (Chronicle). This version of the famous story will apparently be from Igor’s point of view. Frankenstein’s tale was last seen on the big screen in Tim Burton’s 2012 homage, Frankenweenie.
Motion posters: They’re not just for Bob Marley anymore.
Right on the heels of that new Man of Steel trailer comes a new animated poster for 20th Century Fox’s own tentpole superhero movie. The image pictures Logan — a.k.a. The Wolverine himself — crouching on an elaborately designed roof, high above the dizzying lights and colors of modern-day Tokyo. For added drama, he’s clutching a sword — and being pelted by a torrential downpour. Naturally, he didn’t think to wear a shirt in the storm. Here’s the poster:
Anyone who’s ever visited Los Angeles’ Magic Castle, home to mysterious magicians and lovely wooden decor, knows just how cool the go-to Hollywood spot is — and deserving of a feature film based on it. So it’s no surprise that McG (Charlie’s Angels, This Means War) has come on board to direct the movie based on the famed cultural landmark, 20th Century Fox confirmed Friday.
The studio added that the film, co-produced by Radar Pictures, is being written by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari (Sabrina The Teenage Witch movie reboot). No other details of the plot have been released.
Set on top of a hill in Hollywood, overlooking L.A., the Magic Castle is a sprawling Victorian mansion that hosts magic shows and is a private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is the current president of the Magic Castle’s Academy of Magical Arts. It was built in 1909, and suffered a setback last year after a fire broke out in its attic.
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There’s a superhero-sized switch-up going on with the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class.
EW has confirmed that Matthew Vaughn has decided not to direct the film, which he co-wrote, titled X-Men: Days of Future Past. The movie is a spinoff of last year’s X-Men: First Class, which Vaughn directed and also co-wrote.
While Deadline reports that Bryan Singer, who launched the X-Men franchise with 2000′s X-Men, is on a short list to helm the sequel, Singer’s reps at William Morris had no comment when reached by EW. Singer is already named as a producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past. He also co-produced X-Men: First Class.
Will the movie’s slated 2014 release date change with the switch? Time will tell.
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James Cameron may have told the New York Times back in May that he’s in the “Avatar business. Period,” but 20th Century Fox has announced he’ll direct an adaptation of the novel The Informationist for the studio after he completes the second and third Avatar films, now in pre-production.
Cameron will co-produce The Informationist with Jon Landau, his partner at Lightstorm Entertainment, which has acquired the rights to the book by Taylor Stevens published in October 2011, according to a Fox press release Tuesday. The pair expect to hire a writer soon to adapt the book.
You’re a Movie Star, Charlie Brown!
Peanuts, the beloved comic strip created by Charles Schulz 62 years ago, will be made into a feature animated film from Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, the companies announced early Tuesday. The film will be directed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Continental Drift), from a screenplay by Craig Schulz (Charles Schulz’s son) and the writing team of Bryan Schulz (Charles Schulz’s grandson) and Cornelius Uliano. READ FULL STORY
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