Bambi remake in the works

A remake of Disney classic Bambi is in the works.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives have begun development on a remake of their 1942 animated feature Bambi, which told the story of the titular fawn who befriends a rabbit named Thump…

A remake of Disney classic Bambi is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives have begun development on a remake of their 1942 animated feature Bambi, which told the story of the titular fawn who befriends a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower before coping with the death of his mother.

Disney officials have reportedly hired Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’s Lindsey Beer to pen the screenplay for the remake of Bambi, which was not well-received upon its release but is now held in high regard.

Insiders have told the publication that Bambi will be treated in a similar manner to recent remakes of The Jungle Book and The Lion King, which were made using groundbreaking special effects that made the animated animals look photorealistic. Disney bosses are also reportedly not attempting to add a larger narrative into Bambi, despite its simple scope and story.

Beer addressed the lack of plot in Bambi when replying to a Twitter user over the weekend. She wrote, “This was the challenge in coming up with our pitch, how to honour the intimate brilliance of the original but transcend the plot into something more epic and suited to modern audiences. Fine line, but I think we succeeded. I guess you/we shall see.”

The remake is being produced by Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano for their production banner Depth of Field, which is also developing a live-action remake of Pinocchio to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Other Disney remakes in the pipeline include Mulan, 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella, starring Emma Stone, and Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid, featuring Halle Bailey.

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Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct Pinocchio remake

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio. Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddingt…

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddington’s Paul King, who subsequently stepped down from the role for unknown reasons at the start of this year.

However, according to Variety, Forrest Gump director Zemeckis is now in early talks to direct Pinocchio, which tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Zemeckis, who was also behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future films, has reportedly been eyeing the project since the summer but didn’t want to commit until he had made more progress with his movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

The 67-year-old began to set his sights on his next project when that went into the post-production phase.

According to editors at Variety, the director will now be looking to find an actor to play Geppetto, Pinocchio’s carpenter creator. Zemeckis’s frequent collaborator Tom Hanks had been circling the role but eventually passed.

Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing through their company Depth of Field from a script penned by Weitz. The most recent draft of the screenplay had been written by Weitz, King, and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby. Paddington producer David Heyman is no longer involved with the film.

The live-action movie is not the only Pinocchio project in the works – Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Netflix bosses to create a stop-motion animation based on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.

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Tom Hanks feared Forrest Gump wouldn’t ‘make any sense’

Tom Hanks had no idea what was going on while he filmed 1994 classic Forrest Gump.The actor portrayed the titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th cent…

Tom Hanks had no idea what was going on while he filmed 1994 classic Forrest Gump.

The actor portrayed the titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States, in the Robert Zemeckis-directed movie.

But while Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hanks has now admitted he was shocked by the flick’s success.

“We wondered what we were doing, and we wondered if it was all going to make any sense,” he laughed to an Entertainment Tonight reporter at the Los Angeles premiere of Toy Story 4 on Tuesday. “Any movie that you’re making requires two things. One, a huge leap of faith in the alliance you’ve made with everybody else who’s making the movie, and also trust in the process somehow, and that if you love it and you do your due diligence, and you never let go of the potential that it could be made, it will all work out.

“Fact is, that was a magnificent movie and a surprise either way. I think the reasons that it has lasted, (is) it’s accurate both to who we were back when it first came out and who we are still today.”

Elsewhere at the Toy Story 4 debut, Hanks spoke about voicing cowboy toy Sheriff Woody for the fourth instalment and the similarities between himself and the character.

“I am a team player. I love being part of an ensemble, and I think we are always in this together somehow,” the 62-year-old said to PeopleTV reporters. “Anybody can make it a miserable day by being cranky or self-centred or thinking that it’s all about them instead of all about the whole.”

Toy Story 4, also featuring the voices of Tim Allen, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, hits cinemas from 20 June.

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Octavia Spencer to join Anne Hathaway in The Witches remake

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches. In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film v…

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches.

In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film version of Dahl’s 1983 children’s tale about a seven-year-old boy who stumbles upon a coven of child-hating witches.

Now Hathaway looks set to be joined by The Shape of Water actress Spencer, who will play the boy’s grandmother.

Variety also reports that newcomer Jahzir Bruno will play the lead child while Holmes & Watson’s Codie-Lei Eastick will play another boy who has a run-in with the coven.

The book was previously adapted for the screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1990 with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, but this remake is thought to be more loyal to the original source material.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Shape of Water moviemaker Guillermo del Toro had long been attached to helm the project but he will now produce alongside fellow Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron. Del Toro wrote an early draft of the script but a new version is being penned by Zemeckis, who has taken over directing duties, and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

The Back to the Future and Forrest Gump filmmaker and his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke will also produce the movie, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in October 2020.

Spencer, who is currently on the awards circuit as a producer of Green Book, has many projects in the pipeline. She can currently be seen in the comedy Instant Family and will be venturing into horror with Blumhouse Productions’ summer movie Ma. The Help actress will also be teaming up with her co-star from that film, Jessica Chastain, on a holiday comedy, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard on comedy Fairy Tale Ending.

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Steve Carell worked with ‘doll handlers’ on Welcome to Marwen

Steve Carell found it interesting to work with “doll handlers” on the set of Welcome to Marwen.The actor portrays Mark Hogancamp in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which tells the true story of how the American artist created a fictional village fil…

Steve Carell found it interesting to work with “doll handlers” on the set of Welcome to Marwen.

The actor portrays Mark Hogancamp in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film, which tells the true story of how the American artist created a fictional village filled with sets and dolls in order to help him cope with the trauma of being physically assaulted.

During the shoot, Steve had to interact with many dolls, and has now described how there was a whole team dedicated to getting the figurines in just the right position.

“There were doll handlers – there were people who were specifically designated to pose the dolls, to help us articulate the dolls in certain ways. Because Mark Hogancamp is very good at it, he creates this world and is able to pose the dolls in ways which exude a lot of emotion in his photographs,” he said in a video interview with Collider.com. “So, I had to learn, it was sort of a learning curve, because I haven’t played with G.I. Joe (action figures) in a long, long time, and when I did, it wasn’t artful.”

The movie also stars Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie and Diane Kruger.

Welcome to Marwen features a combination of live-action and CGI scenes, and during the chat, Steve also recalled the useful advice he was given by Forrest Gump filmmaker Robert on how to work in the space.

“You’re just in this huge, empty room and you’re imagining everything. He said, ‘Think of it as really low rent black box theatre, you know, no props, no stage per se, just some platforms and it’s all in your imagination.’ And I thought, ‘That’s a really good piece of advice,'” the 56-year-old added.

Welcome to Marwen is now showing in cinemas.

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Robert Zemeckis: ‘The Welcome to Marwen cast embraced motion capture’

All the actors in director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen embraced motion capture because it isn’t as stop-start as traditional filming.The drama tells the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely attacked by a group of me…

All the actors in director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming movie Welcome to Marwen embraced motion capture because it isn’t as stop-start as traditional filming.

The drama tells the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely attacked by a group of men in 2000. To help him deal with trauma, he made a miniature Belgian town called Marwen in his backyard and used dolls based on people he knew in real life to create epic World War II battles and take photographs of his characters in action.

Zemeckis brought these fantasy sequences to life in his movie, which stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae and Eiza Gonzalez. They all act as themselves in the real world scenes and as their doll alter egos in the fantasy sequences, which required them to put on a grey bodysuit covered in dots and perform via motion capture.

“The thing they miss is, they don’t get to wear a costume, but they love the fact that it’s like theatre, they can act all day long and there’s no stopping,” The Forrest Gump filmmaker explained to SFX magazine. “You don’t have to wait an hour and a half between 30-second performance pieces. So I’ve never had an actor say, ‘I’ll never do this again!’ They all embrace it.”

However, he had to remind his cast that they had to just play their characters, not act like dolls.

“The thing I remember telling them that they had to trust me on is that you don’t have to think about being a doll, because the image will take care of that… We had to have that conversation a lot, about not doing anything to remind the audience that you’re a doll,” he added.

Zemeckis cast Carell because he knew he would have the dramatic side needed for real-life Mark as well as the “comedic swagger” of his doll alter ego Captain Hogie.

They both went to meet the real Mark to help create a fuller picture of what he’s really like.

“He’s very much on board and anything that is sensitive to him we don’t go near… when Steve and I went to talk to Mark, it was more like we were interviewing him not to create the story, but to fill in the blanks for us,” Zemeckis shared.

Welcome to Marwen is in North American theatres from 21 December (18) and elsewhere in 2019.

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Dream come true for Dwayne Johnson as King Kamehameha movie is a go

Dwayne Johnson is set to trade roles as the king of Hollywood for Hawaiian royalty. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has signed on to play King Kamehameha in director Robert Zemeckis new movie for Warner Bros. According to Deadline, Braveheart…

Dwayne Johnson is set to trade roles as the king of Hollywood for Hawaiian royalty.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has signed on to play King Kamehameha in director Robert Zemeckis new movie for Warner Bros.

According to Deadline, Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace has crafted the storyline and he will produce alongside Johnson, Dany and Hiram Garcia and Zemeckis.

Kamehameha became a Hawaiian hero when he united the state’s feuding islands.

Johnson, who is currently shooting Disney’s Jungle Cruise in Georgia, is expected to start filming the blockbuster with Zemeckis in 2020, according to the film news outlet.

It’s a dream come true for the former wrestler, who briefly lived in Honolulu, Hawaii as a child and is of part Polynesian heritage – early in his acting career he spoke of portraying King Kamehameha.

Deadline sources claim Johnson approached Wallace and asked the screenwriter to pen the script and then sent the movie treatment to Zemeckis, who jumped at the opportunity to make the film.

The project was blessed by a high priest while Dwayne was shooting Jumanji in Hawaii.

The Kamahameha film isn’t the action man’s first foray into the lore of the islands – he voiced the character Maui, a legendary demigod in hit 2016 Disney movie Moana. Johnson revealed he based that character on his grandfather, a professional wrestler known as ‘High Chief’ Peter Maivia.

Dwayne was criticised by activists from Hawaii, New Zealand and Samoa for his portrayal of the god, because the animated character was obese, and therefore created a negative stereotype of the Polynesian islanders.

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Robert Zemeckis to direct adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won …

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won the Academy Award for Best Director for 1994’s Forrest Gump.

While Zemeckis has focused on dramas such as 2012’s Flight and 2016 war film Allied in recent years, he is now looking to return to the family-friendly genre with a fresh iteration of The Witches, based on the children’s dark fantasy novel first published in 1983.

While The Shape of Water helmer Guillermo del Toro had been attached to the Warner Bros.’ project, The Hollywood Reporter states that Zemeckis is now taking charge. He will also pen the script and produce with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke, while del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are on board as executive producers.

Dahl’s book is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom and features the experiences of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. In 1990, the tale was adapted for the big screen by Nicolas Roeg, with the film set in America and starring Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson as key characters.

The Witches isn’t the only Dahl adaption Warner Bros. studio bosses are preparing for, as a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is also in the works. Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

Zemeckis’s latest film, Welcome to Marwen, is currently in post-production. The feature is based on Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol and stars Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Janelle Monae.

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