Disney is continuing to replenish its classic animated line-up with a new live-action adaptation of the 1977 feature Pete’s Dragon. Co-written and directed by David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), the new film is led by Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You, The Truth About Lies) as the young orphan Pete, whose best friend just so happens to be a big green dragon named Elliot. Leading the rest of the cast is The Help and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, who is joined on screen by Karl Urban (The Bourne Supremacy, Star Trek), Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Interstellar), Oona Laurence (Southpaw, Lamb), and Oscar-winner Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men). Screenwriter Toby Halbrooks, who has worked on a number of projects with director Lowery, co-wrote the film, which doesn’t appear to feature the all-too-memorable Gogans or the crazed and crooked Dr. Terminus. The trailer looks like it’s going to turn into a really heavy, emotional movie, like Disney tends to do these days, but I’d say it will probably still be worth the watch. The new movie opens in theaters this August 12th. Watch the trailer here on MADE!
A few months back we heard the first whisperings of an upcoming remake of the 1977 Walt Disney classic Pete’s Dragon, and now we have the first teaser trailer for the new movie, which is due out in August. Writer/director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) adapted the original S.S. Field story with co-screenwriter Toby Halbrooks (Robots Are Blue, Dig) about a young orphan named Pete who goes on extraordinary adventures with his friend, a giant dragon named Elliott. Leading the cast are actors Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Jurassic World), Robert Redford (All The President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, Interstellar), Craig Hall (King Kong, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), and Oakes Fegley (This Is Where I Leave You, Prism) as young orphan Pete. This will be the third Disney remake that’s due out this year, at least that we’ve been watching. The first is the new adaptation of The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef) coming out this April, and the second is the The Legend of Tarzan from director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds), which is due out in July. The trailer for the new Pete’s Dragon is available here on MADE. Look for more updates on these three movies coming out soon.
Finally after months of waiting we have a trailer for the upcoming sequel/reboot Jurassic World from director Colin Trevorrow. The film features Chris Pratt (The 5-Year Engagement, Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help), Jake Johnson (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Love & Other Drugs, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black). Picking up more than twenty years after the original film, the island that featured Jurassic Park is now a fully functional tourist attraction that brings visitors from all over the world to see the genetically-engineered dinosaurs, until, of course, a new disaster quickly arises on our cast members. The film is expected in theaters on June 12, 2015. Enjoy!
One of Disney‘s iconic animated features, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, is getting a modernized update and recent news has Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) joining the cast lineup. Pete’s Dragon followed an orphan boy, Pete, who is guided and protected by a giant green dragon named Elliot as they pass from town to town trying to evade the abusive family who adopted Pete after his parents died. The film is known for it’s use of animation and live-action film as well as the popular single from the film’s score, Candle on the Water. Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and Shelley Winters lead the original cast, and the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Original Song (Candle on the Water). The new film will be helmed by director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and feature Howard as part of a cast that already includes Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, American Gladiators), and Oakes Fegley (Fort Bliss, This Is Where I Leave You) as Pete. While the original took place in a New England fishing town and featured a musical-style soundtrack, the new film will take place in a tree-logging town and not feature any musical numbers, save the actual score that plays along with the film. Filming is scheduled for this January in New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.
Check out these two images from director Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming sequel/reboot to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Blockbuster, Jurassic World. The film takes place on Isla Nublar, the same island that housed the original park built by industrialist John Hammond, 20 years following the disaster in the first film. This time, however, the park is fully functional and open to the public, when, of course, something unexpected happens and all hell breaks loose. These two images give us some insight as to what we may see in the new movie. The park looks completely modernized, far greater in scale than John Hammond’s original, which means the actors will have plenty of room to run and hide from dinosaurs with! The movie is scheduled for release in June, 2015, and features Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and BD Wong, who played Dr. Henry Wu in the original film. The next step is the trailer, which I’m getting excited to see!
With 2015 quickly drawing nearer, and the list of film franchises that will return to the big screen constantly growing, then shrinking, then growing again, two movies seem to be moving along at a steady pace. Independence Day and Jurassic Park are those two movies, and all reports are that pre-production is going quite well, especially as far as casting is concerned. Jeff Goldblum, who played the part of Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park (1993) and the first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) will not return for director Colin Trevorrow’s reboot of the series, Jurassic World. The new film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, and thus far has an impressive cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Christ Pratt, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, and according to new reports from Deadline, Vincent D’Onofrio. While Goldblum will not be appearing in the new film, he recently confirmed that he will be back for director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day 2, which like Jurassic World is still awaiting a completed script. Universal has set the release for Jurassic World for next June, and Twentieth Century Fox is looking to release Independence Day 2 a month later. Let’s hope they stay on schedule with production!
In a world where digital technology is taking over more than just the movie industry, there are a few old fashioned filmmakers out there who still like to keep things old school! Director Colin Trevorrow recently tweeted that he would begin filming the Jurassic Park reboot/sequel this coming April with cinematographer John Schwartzman using both 35mm and IMAX-size 65mm film. Schwartzman was nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for his work on Seabiscuit, and has also done cinematography for several other big name projects in Hollywood, including Pearl Harbor (2001), Armageddon (1998), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and most recently, Saving Mr. Banks (2013). Jurassic World, which is supposedly set to take place on an island with a completed amusement park sometime after the original disaster (details are still being kept locked up), will star Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) and Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie, Parks and Recreation) in two of the leading roles, as well as Jake Johnson and Nick Robinson, and is scheduled for theater release on June 12, 2015.
Since his breakout role in Parks & Recreation, Chris Pratt has become a growing star, taking on more roles in big screen movies instead of just television. Pratt has already made appearances in big screen flicks like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty, and Parks is already in it’s 6th season on NBC, and with his new comedy with Vince Vaughn, Delivery Man, coming to theaters this week, Pratt’s career is definitely on the up-swing. The actor will be appearing in the upcoming Lego movie, appropriately titled The Lego Movie, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, which are both scheduled to be released next year. The actor is now also in talks to join the cast of the upcoming fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World, that will be directed by Colin Trevorrow and which will also star Bryce Dallas Howard. While it is still unofficial that Pratt will star in the movie, he would be up for the male lead opposite Howard, but nothing is set in stone yet. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2015, but with the cast not completely filled in yet, the production is still in the pretty early stages. Hopefully the filmmakers take the time to get a good script written, otherwise this could turn out to be another terrible sequel that shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
We have already heard that Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) was the first actress to take on a lead role in the upcoming sequel to Jurassic Park. Now more casting slots have been filled, and the movie seems to be taking shape, despite the fact that details on the plot are still being kept on the hush-hush. Up and coming actor Nick Robinson, who impressed audiences with his performance in Kings of Summer earlier this year, has joined the Jurassic cast, along with child star Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), who is reportedly playing Robinson’s younger brother in the movie. The movie is being directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is also writing the screenplay, which means if he maintains control over his project, it may still be some time before we know how the film will play out. Stay tuned for details!
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Bryce Dallas Howard grace the screen with her talents. Her last major film appearances were The Help, and 50/50, which both came out in 2011 (admittedly I only saw 50/50, which was pretty good). Howard first got noticed on the big screen with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan in The Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006). Although Shyamalan seems to take a lot of shit for his films these days, Howard delivered an excellent performance as the blind Ivy Walker, whose father (William Hurt) and several others had completely removed themselves and an entire generation from modern society. Howard has since maintained a pretty low profile in order to start a family, but now the actress is in talks to return to the big screen in director Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming thriller Jurassic World. The film is still in the very early stages of production and Howard is the first name we’ve heard regarding the cast, but it may be one of the major roles in the film. I’m sure Howard will make a good fit for the movie, but I’m still waiting to hear if Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will be reprising their roles. We’ll have to wait to see who else joins the cast.