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– Barbie‘s still a go.
– Another Disney remake revealed.
– Netflix goes to Narnia.
Read on to find out more!
It’s not uncommon that films based around superheroes and far off science-fiction galaxies dominate the news cycle on a recurring basis, but every now and then, a brief mention on the progress of the live-action Barbie movie will pop up.
Originally a Sony project, Barbie was set to be a comedy starring Amy Schumer, and would focus on her imperfections rather that Barbie’s unrealistic looks. Schumer later dropped out of the project, and was soon replaced by Anne Hathaway. It was originally meant to hit cinemas May of last year, before being pushed back to June and then August of this year.
As you probably noticed, it didn’t happen.
But the movie is still powering on behind the scenes, and has reportedly found a new home at Warner Bros. alongside the Mattel company’s own film division.
As of this week, it appears a third party may soon be involved – as it was revealed Margot Robbie is now in talks to star as Barbie. If successful, Robbie’s production company Lucky Chaps, may come on board. There’s still no release date as of yet, but in the next few years we may well see Margot Robbie playing one of the most enduring children’s toys of all time.
Robbie can next be seen in Mary Queen of Scots, in cinemas January 18th 2019.
Get ready for ANOTHER live-action Disney remake*
As the live-action remakes of Disney movies continue to be popular, this week saw the addition of yet another production to the line-up. A bit more left-field, this new adaptation won’t be following a classic Disney tale, so much as it will re-imagine the popular mid-2000s cartoon franchise, Lilo & Stitch.
The original 2002 film followed a lonely orphaned Hawaiian girl (Lilo) as she found an alien (Stitch) in a pet shop and took him in as her mischievous new dog. The film later spun-off into an animated series, a sequel film and even hit the video-game sphere.
The upcoming remake is currently being penned by Mike Van Waes, who is also working on an untitled Wizard of Oz film.
This film also has no current release date, as we’ve still got Aladdin, The Lion King, Dumbo, Lady and the Tramp and Mulan all on the way first, taking us into 2020, so we probably won’t be seeing Lilo & Stitch for another few years.
*Just to clarify, that title isn’t a complaint – these things are pretty good.
Disney’s next live-action film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, hits cinemas on November 7th 2018.
Narnia on Netflix
Remember when the Narnia franchise seemed like it could be the next big thing? It all started with 2005 and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, before getting two sequels in the form of Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, before promptly stopping, and leaving several of the books un-adapted. The plan was to continue the franchise, with director Joe Johnston (Jumanji – the original) having signed on to direct The Silver Chair as recently as last year, but alas, it appears that will no longer be the case. The Chronicles of Narnia film series is over.
Until, that is, it gets rebooted, courtesy of Netflix.
Netflix has made a new deal with the C.S. Lewis Company, and plans to use the rights to make multiple new projects, that include both television shows and new movies. The previous trilogy of films grossed more than a billion dollars internationally, so Netflix has no doubt struck gold here, assuming they utilise the rights well. C.S. Lewis’ step-son, Douglas Gresham, seems confident that they will, and had the following to say:
“It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world. Netflix seems to be the very best medium with which to achieve this aim, and I am looking forward to working with them towards this goal“.
I just hope they bring back Liam Neeson as Aslan.