Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton film to debut on Disney+ in July

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical Hamilton is to debut on the Disney+ streaming service in July.Studio bosses had originally planned to release the project, directed by Thomas Kail and featuring performances by the original cast,…

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical Hamilton is to debut on the Disney+ streaming service in July.

Studio bosses had originally planned to release the project, directed by Thomas Kail and featuring performances by the original cast, in cinemas in October 2021.

However, they will now make the musical, which tells the story of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, available on Disney+ on 3 July – just in time for America’s Independence Day holiday.

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” said Miranda. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016, the movie version will feature Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, and Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.

Miranda’s other upcoming movie is the adaptation of his stage musical In the Heights. Directed by Jon M. Chu and featuring Anthony Ramos in the lead role, the film is now scheduled to be released in June 2021 after being hit with delays due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Russo brothers: ‘Hercules live-action remake won’t be a literal translation’

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”. It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated mo…

Anthony and Joe Russo have insisted their live-action remake of Hercules won’t be “a literal translation”.

It was announced earlier this month that the Avengers: Endgame co-directors would be producing a live-action remake of Disney’s 1997 animated movie, and in an interview with Collider, they made it clear that it wouldn’t be a shot-for-shot remake, like last year’s The Lion King reboot, or an overly faithful redo.

“Well, I think you always have to bring something new to the table because from our perspective as storytellers, it’s not compelling for us to do a literal translation,” explained Anthony. “We’ve already done that with our Marvel films. We don’t do literal translations of the comics because we feel like if you want that story you can go read that story. We’re going to give you a different story. I think we’ll do something that’s in the vein of the original and inspired by it, but we also bring some new elements to the table.”

The filmmakers are still in the early stages of developing the remake and wouldn’t state if it would be a musical or not, with Anthony noting, “We can’t say one way or the other… Music will certainly be a part of it.”

Since the release of Endgame last year, the Russos have been busy lining up new projects, with them being involved in films such as 21 Bridges, Extraction, and the upcoming Cherry, their next directorial effort.

When asked why they were interested in the Hercules remake, Anthony added: “Both us and our kids are Hercules fanatics. And we had heard that Disney was interested in revisiting it and we’re in love with the original. And we made a case as to why we felt we would be right to produce that film and here we are.”

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Joe and Anthony Russo set to produce live-action Hercules remake

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man…

Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce Disney’s live-action remake of Hercules.

The original 1997 animated re-telling of the Greek legend featured the vocal talents of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito, and James Woods, and followed the story of the half-man, half-god as he battles the villainous Hades to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus.

News that the studio was developing the live-action remake broke on Thursday, and it was announced that Dave Callaham, who launched the Expendables franchise, will be writing the script.

Callaham also wrote the upcoming Marvel comic book adaptation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and the DC Comics sequel Wonder Woman 1984.

The 42-year-old scribe is also penning the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, and co-wrote last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Avengers: Endgame filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, who have a long-standing working relationship with Disney, are set to produce but will not direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original musical animation was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and numerous writers were hired to work on the story and screenplay over several years.

Fans have taken to social media to suggest their top picks for the live-action cast, including Idris Elba and Ryan Gosling, while Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Coco Jones, and Amber Riley have been touted to play The Muses, which narrate the story through song.

It’s currently unclear if the Hercules remake will follow in the footsteps of the upcoming live-action Mulan, which has ditched the classic songs in favour of a more realistic telling of the Chinese legend.

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Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 release dates pushed back

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that …

The upcoming instalments in the Spider-Man and Doctor Strange franchises have both been pushed back by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony executives announced a further reshuffle of their release date calendar on Friday and revealed that the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, had been moved to 5 November 2021 from its original date of 16 July 2021, while the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had been postponed by six months to October 2022.

On the same day, Disney bosses made more changes to their schedule, announcing that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the sorcerer, would no longer be coming to cinemas on 5 November 2021, but on 25 March 2022. They have also decided to move up Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder by a week in February 2022.

In addition, Paramount officials confirmed that they are delaying the release of the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise. The crew was preparing to film in Venice, Italy when the pandemic hit and they were forced to halt production. The seventh, which was due to be released on 23 July 2021, will now debut four months later on 19 November 2021, while the eighth will come out on 4 November 2022.

Elsewhere in release date news, Tom Holland’s much-delayed video game adaptation Uncharted has been brought forward from October 2021 to July 2021, Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson’s comedy Man From Toronto has been shifted from this November to September 2021, Chris Pratt’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Tomorrow War will now open on 23 July 2021, and the Paw Patrol movie will debut on 20 August 2021.

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Niki Caro wanted to honour animated Mulan movie with live-action version

Niki Caro worked hard to honour Disney’s animated Mulan movie with her live-action version.The director has been sharing intricate details on Instagram of the creative process behind the scenes of the upcoming remake and revealed that while her take on…

Niki Caro worked hard to honour Disney’s animated Mulan movie with her live-action version.

The director has been sharing intricate details on Instagram of the creative process behind the scenes of the upcoming remake and revealed that while her take on the much-loved classic is different, it pays tribute to the original.

“I feel like I shouldn’t continue without honoring the incredible work of the 1998 animation,” Caro wrote alongside a picture of a Mulan movie poster. “Much has been discussed about the fact that the live-action Mulan takes a different path. Our intention was to honor not only the beloved animation, but also the original Chinese ballad from the 5th or 6th century.”

The filmmaker has been criticised by die-hard Disney fans for removing elements of the animated classic, such as the musical numbers and the character Mushu, and she was daunted by the challenge of delivering a “worthy successor” to the original animation.

“Even though the Mulan story has been told countless times over more than a millennia, I was still daunted by the challenge of making something that would be a worthy successor to the animation, and would meet the expectations of a truly passionate audience,” the 53-year-old director continued.

The Whale Rider filmmaker concluded her post: “I hope audiences can feel the deep love and respect for the animation in the movie we made, and that all those who love her can continue their relationship with this iconic hero in a new way. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to sharing it – when it is safe to do so.”

Mulan, starring Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Jet Li, is due to be released in cinemas on 24 July.

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Disney postpones Soul release by five months

Disney executives have delayed the release of upcoming Pixar animation Soul from June to November. The children’s movie follows a school music teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who gets involved in an accident that causes his soul to be separated from hi…

Disney executives have delayed the release of upcoming Pixar animation Soul from June to November.

The children’s movie follows a school music teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who gets involved in an accident that causes his soul to be separated from his body. It was originally slated to open on 19 June and was Disney’s nearest big release after officials reshuffled the majority of its cinema calendar.

However, on Monday, Disney bosses announced that Soul would be delayed like many of their other titles, and would now open on 20 November.

Foxx shared the news on his Instagram Stories with the caption: “I pray we will all be safe and healthy, watching in theatres together.”

In addition, Disney executives also announced that Raya and the Last Dragon, an original fantasy film, had been postponed from 25 November to 12 March 2021, so an untitled live-action movie originally scheduled for that date has been removed from the schedule.

Now Soul has been postponed, a major studio movie isn’t set to open in cinemas until July, when Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is still scheduled for release. Disney officials have also set the rescheduled release date for their live-action remake of Mulan for 24 July.

They underwent a huge reshuffle in March, moving films like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to November and The Eternals to February 2021. They also opted to move children’s sci-fi movie Artemis Fowl onto their streaming service Disney+, with chairman Bob Iger recently hinting that more films will follow in its footsteps.

Soul is the second Pixar title to debut this year following fantasy adventure Onward, featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Onward was showing in cinemas when they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and has since been released early on Disney+.

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Fans mock Daryl Hannah’s edited Splash nude scenes on Disney+

Fans have mocked the special effects used to edit Daryl Hannah’s nude scenes in the Disney+ version of classic romantic comedy Splash.The 1984 movie, directed by Ron Howard, stars Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mermaid named Madison …

Fans have mocked the special effects used to edit Daryl Hannah’s nude scenes in the Disney+ version of classic romantic comedy Splash.

The 1984 movie, directed by Ron Howard, stars Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mermaid named Madison after she saves him from drowning.

The film, which was originally rated PG, included two scenes which featured Madison walking around naked in front of the Statue of Liberty, and another, when she dives into the ocean showing her nude behind.

An uncensored version of the film premiered on the streaming service back in February, but it has since been updated to adhere to the studio’s modern censorship standards.

In one amended scene, Madison’s hair has been lengthened to look like it now covers her rear, while her bottom has been blurred out in another.

However, fans have noticed that the effects used to cover the character’s nudity are poor quality and have mauled the CGI on social media.

“Disney+ didn’t want butts on their platform so they edited Splash with digital fur technology,” film critic Allison Pregler posted on Twitter, alongside a clip of the edited scene, prompting a flurry of responses from outraged Splash fans.

“THEY GAVE HER A FURRY BATH MAT ON HER BUTT WHAT THE HELL,” one wrote, while another commented: “It’s like they tried to make her hair longer and thicker, but gave her a giant shag carpet for a butt instead.”

The updated version of Splash now plays with a notice at the beginning, which reads, “This film has been modified from its original version. It has been edited for content.”

According to IMDb, the film was given a PG rating in 1984 because the nudity wasn’t sexual.

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Bob Iger hints more Disney movies might skip cinemas

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the rel…

Disney boss Bob Iger has hinted more movies will skip cinemas and go straight to Disney+ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

With cinemas being closed in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, studio executives have been forced to postpone the releases of their spring-summer 2020 movies and reshuffle the schedule accordingly.

Last week, Disney bosses unveiled their revised calendar and announced that sci-fi adventure film Artemis Fowl, which was due to debut in cinemas in May, would be skipping a theatrical run altogether and be made available on Disney+ at an undisclosed date, making it the studio’s first film to lose its cinema release.

And in a new interview with Barron’s magazine, Iger, who is the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, hinted that other movies could be following the same route.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar,” he said. “In some cases, we’ve moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theatres when this happened. We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+.”

While Iger didn’t name any of the films that may jump directly to Disney+, it has long been rumoured that X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which has been delayed multiple times since its original April 2018 release date, will go to Hulu, a streaming service majority-owned by Disney. The superhero movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton, is currently without a release date.

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Christoph Waltz ‘disappointed’ over lack of Alita: Battle Angel sequel

Christoph Waltz is “little disappointed” that he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel.The manga adaptation, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starred Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg who awakens in Iron City in a new body with no m…

Christoph Waltz is “little disappointed” that he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel.

The manga adaptation, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starred Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg who awakens in Iron City in a new body with no memory of her past, and sets out on a mission to uncover her destiny.

The movie made more than $404 million (£326 million) worldwide when it was released in February last year, and fans were so enamoured with the big-screen version of Japanese manga artist Yukito Kishiro’s creation that they flew a banner over the Academy Awards that same year to try to persuade Disney to make a sequel.

Waltz played scientist Dr. Dyson Ido in the movie, which was produced by James Cameron, and the actor recently told Collider that he would jump at the chance to reprise his character for a follow-up.

“Of course! Of course I would! But, you know, I’m as wise as you are. I haven’t heard anything and I’m a little disappointed and surprised that I haven’t heard a thing so far, because I know that it has followers,” the Oscar-winning actor shared. “I know that people liked it and aside from what others said, I loved it and I liked working on it and I liked the result.”

The German-Austrian star went on to say that because Fox, which was the studio behind Alita, had since been bought by Disney, he felt that the sci-fi action movie wasn’t fitting with their image anymore.

“You know, it was Fox and Fox doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s Disney. Maybe it doesn’t fit into the Disneyfication, but I have no clue. I have no clue. Maybe they’re working on something and I wouldn’t be the first person to hear, but meanwhile, I haven’t heard anything,” Waltz stated.

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Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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