The uplifting romance, based on the book of the same name, stars Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finally arriving in theaters next week, some fans are already looking forward to the future. After months of speculation, writer-director James Gunn finally confirmed that he will be back to write and direct Guardians 3, which has already been announced as part of Marvel’s Phase 4 lineup. While nothing else about the sequel has been revealed, the Guardians are all expected to return, while also reprising their roles in Avengers: Infinity War, which is filming now, and Avengers 4. After all of those projects have come and gone, though, some may be wondering what will happen to the Guardians. Chris Pratt has now revealed in a new interview that he has no plans on leaving the MCU anytime soon. Perhaps ever.
Back in 2015, the actor said he signed on for three Guardians movies, along with two unspecified Marvel movies, which are most likely Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. While promoting Guardians 2, Chris Pratt spoke to /Film, when the talk eventually turned to the star’s Marvel contract. While the actor wouldn’t specify how many more Marvel movies he has on his contract, he did make it clear that he still hopes to work with Marvel for the long haul.
“I’ll tell you, as much as I love Marvel, it doesn’t matter how many I have contracted, because I’m going to continue to work with them. I want to. I love working with them. I’m going to continue to work with them whether they like it or not. Even if they write me out, I’m going to show up on set and be like, ‘Hey, man!’ They’re done. They don’t get to shake me.”
After Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, the Marvel Phase 4 lineup has not been revealed, except for a series of release date placeholders. The studio has set release dates on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020 for three future Marvel movies, which will kick off the studio’s Phase 4 lineup. It seems likely that one of these dates could be reserved for Guardians 3, along with a pair of rumored projects centering on Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow and a character who would make his first appearance in the MCU, Namor the Sub-Mariner. There have been rumors that several of the original stars who were introduced in Phase 1, like Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark or Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, may be killed off, to pave the way for a new group of heroes in Phase 4.
As for Chris Pratt returning after Guardians 3, it’s possible that he could be easily integrated with the Earth-bound heroes on his own, perhaps after leaving the rest of his Guardians behind to return to his home on Earth for good, and fight alongside the MCU’s earthly heroes. While other Marvel stars have expressed interest in taking a break after their MCU contract is up, it seems that Chris Pratt has no issues with sticking around in the MCU after his contract expires. We likely won’t find out more about his contract until after Guardians 3, but fans still have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to look forward to on May 5.
Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King is starting to come together. The casting process for the movie is currently ongoing and it looks like director Jon Favreau has locked down a couple of actors for very key supporting roles. Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog will, assuming everything goes well, be voiced by Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner respectively.
According to The Wrap, both Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in final negotiations to voice Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King remake. They will join a voice cast that already includes Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones, who is returning to voice Mufasa, just as he did in the 1994 animated classic. The deals aren’t done yet, so anything could happen, but this is Disney we’re talking about, so unless something crazy happens, it looks like these will be our new voices for the iconic buddy duo of Timon and Pumba.
While nobody may have thought about Seth Rogen as the right guy to voice a character in a Disney movie that will be marketed heavily to a younger audience, he does seem to fit Pumbaa quite well. The same can be said for Billy Eichner, who many recognize from Parks and Recreation or his Billy on the Street TV series. His neurotic nature definitely seems to suit the character of Timon. In the 1994 version of The Lion King, Timon was voiced by Nathan Lane, while Pumbaa was voiced by Ernie Sabella. They will definitely be hard to replace, but Disney has definitely found a couple of very interesting actors to take over for this “reimagining” of the classic tale. Let’s just hope they can sing, because there is no way this remake is going to happen without a new version of “Hakuna Matata.”
Disney has been having a lot of success in recent years with remakes of their animated classics. Recently, Beauty and the Beast crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office, so they should have every reason to think they can make a new version of The Lion King work as well. They also have similar remakes of Mulan, Aladdin and Dumbo, among others, in various stages of development as well. But The Lion King is easily one of the most beloved animated movies Disney has ever released, so they will have to handle this one delicately. Even if it is a possibly risky prospect, there is money to be made and money talks.
Jon Favreau, who most recently helmed the live-action version of The Jungle Book for Disney, has been tapped to direct The Lion King remake. The studio also recently locked down a release date for the movie, with it now set to debut on July 19, 2019. We will be sure to keep you up to date with any other casting updates or other important news about The Lion King as it is made available.
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Emma Watson puts a premium on her privacy, but now the movie star is opening up about why privacy is so important for her. Here’s what The Circle actress has to say.
Marvel and Disney’s quirky superhero sequel opens in its first 37 international markets between now and Friday, a week before its U.S. debut.
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|Fate Of The Furious, The||Universal||38408415||163304635||4329||8872|
|Boss Baby, The||20th Century Fox||12712144||136954014||3697||3438|
|Beauty And The Beast||Disney||9662645||470787029||3315||2914|
|Going In Style||Warner Bros.||4910895||31671738||3038||1616|
|Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||4880377||33418362||2737||1783|
|Born In China||Disney||4790367||4790367||1508||3176|
|Promise, The||Open Road||4095718||4095718||2251||1819|
|Lost City Of Z, The||Bleecker Street||2121540||2270953||614||3455|
|Phoenix Forgotten||Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures||1816499||1816499||1633||1112|
Amanda Bynes and social media did not mix well in the past. But now the former Nickelodeon star is back with a happy, healthy post to make you smile. Stop and smell the roses with Bynes here.
Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event.
The fest, which will take place in London’s Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery’s critically acclaimed film and the previously announced international premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner with Salma Hayek, the latter of which will open the festival.
Additional titles screening during the four-day event include: the international premiere of Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, which Amazon scooped up for a cool $12M in Park City in January; Jeff Orlowski’s doc Chasing Coral, which won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award; U.S. Dramatic Audience Award winner Crown Heights, written and directed by Matt Ruskin; U.S. Grand Jury Prize Documentary winner Dina; Bryan Fogel’s Icarus, which nabbed the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award; and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner Marjorie Prime.
There will also be an international premiere for Marianna Palka’s Bitch; UK premieres for Woody Harrelson starrer Wilson and Dave Bautista starrer Bushwick; and European premieres for The Incredible Jessica James and Walking Out. Additionally, for the first time this year, the festival will feature a surprise film.
Continuing the focus of the four previous London editions on presenting new work by emerging established independent filmmakers, the 2017 festival will also include a short film program with 15 shorts, including a new strand dedicated to new UK shorts. The fest will also introduce an Audience Favorite Award for 2017, giving festivalgoers a chance to vote for their favorite features.
There will be three panel events: the Independent Film Trumps Reality panel, which will examine indie filmmaking in the current political climate; On Collaboration: Documentary Practices and Process, which will explore themes of diversity and accessibility; and the Art vs. Stepping Stone short filmmaker panel. Lowery will also participate in an “In Conversation” panel.
“As we head into our fifth festival in London, we remain committed to introducing new American independent films to audiences around the world,” said Redford. “Our success in the UK is a reflection of the enormous creativity of independent artists and stories they tell, as well as the curious and adventurous audiences who have made us feel right at home in the heart of London.”
Directors’ Fortnight has added a special screening title to its lineup for this year’s event which kicks off at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The Nothing Factory, by Portugal’s Pedro Pinho, is described as a riff on the subject of industrialization, unemployment and the workers’ struggle. Fortnight chief Edouard Waintrop calls it “a highly original film oscillating between intimate drama, social realist comedy and the occasional musical number.” Pinho is also a cinematographer whose credits include 2008’s Bab Septa and 2013’s Un Film Du Mundo.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is set to honor composer James Newton Howard with its Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema. An opening ceremony concert will be conducted by the Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, and Grammy and Emmy winner, with music from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Also receiving special Crystal Globes at the 52nd KVIFF are directing/screenwriting collaborators Ken Loach and Paul Laverty whose I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or in Cannes last year. Among other honorees is filmmaker Vaclav Vorlicek who is receiving the President’s Award for Artistic Contribution to Czech Film. Further, the fest will world premiere the digitally-restored version of 1966 Oscar winner The Shop On Main Street by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos. KVIFF runs June 30-July 8.
FremantleMedia has acquired a 25% stake in UK indie Duck Soup Films. Formed by producers Libby Durdy, Bekki Wray-Rogers and Jessica Holyland whose credits include This Is England and Utopia, the Yorkshire-based company works across TV and film. It has won the BFI Vision Award and has received investments from Creative England and Channel 4. Fremantle has made a series of investments over the past 18 months including in such outfits as Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV, Abot Hameiri, Naked Entertainment and Man Alive Entertainment.
Meghan Lyvers has been named SVP, Co-Productions and Development, CBS Studios International. In her new post, Lyvers will relocate to the company’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam, reporting to Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International, and David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. Lyvers, formerly a senior programming executive at CBS Television Studios, will develop opportunities in both the U.S. and the international market. She joined CBS as SVP Drama Development in 2014, working on such series as MacGyver, Bull and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Her other posts include as producer at Management 360 and VP Development and Production at Tribeca Productions.
Lenny Henry’s UK-based production company Douglas Road has optioned debut novel My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal. The plan is to turn the uplifting 1980s-set story into a TV film. The book has been shortlisted for several prizes including the Costa First Novel Award. It won France’s Plume de Bronze Award for Fiction. Henry discovered the story, about a nine-year-old who finds a new family where he least expects it, when recording the audio book. Douglas Road was formed by Henry and BAFTA-winning producer Barbara Emile and in 2015 became part of the Endemol Shine Group.