Disney News

'Maleficent' Teaser Oozes Evil

11:48 AM 11/13/2013 by Jeff Giles
Ever wonder what would possess an old cruel-hearted witch to put a sleeping spell on a beautiful young girl? On May 30, 2014, Disney will set out to answer the question with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie in a live-action origin story about the witch from Sleeping Beauty. Studio synopsis below:

Jon Favreau in Talks for Disney's New Live-Action 'Jungle Book'

8:05 PM 11/5/2013 by Jeff Giles
Already the beneficiary of a pair of animated films and a live-action redo, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is probably one of Disney's more frequently adapted properties, but that doesn't mean the studio isn't willing to go back to the well again -- and this time, they might have Jon Favreau helping them get the job done.

Did Harrison Ford Demand an 'Indy 5' Before Signing on for 'Star Wars VII'?

4:20 PM 10/29/2013 by Jeff Giles
Today seems to be the day for dodgily sourced rumors to make the news, so we figure we might as well acknowledge the existence of recently circulating reports suggesting that Harrison Ford came to Disney's table with an unusual set of demands before agreeing to sign on for Star Wars:

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Has Some New Screenwriters

4:55 PM 10/24/2013 by Jeff Giles
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If you've been wondering how screenwriter Michael Arndt was handling the pressure of writing the script for the first Star Wars sequel in 30 years, wonder no more: According to a new press release issued by Disney and Lucasfilm, Arndt has been supplanted by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.

'Saw' Writers Playing with Disney's 'Stuff of Legend'

6:22 PM 10/9/2013 by Jeff Giles
Stuff of Legend
It looks like you can add Saw vets Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to the list of horror mavens who moved on to more family-friendly fare: the Hollywood Reporter's sources say that the duo has been hired to pen the screenplay for Disney's upcoming live-action project The Stuff of Legend.

Saoirse Ronan Confirms 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Audition Rumors

12:54 PM 10/1/2013 by Jeff Giles
Saoirse Ronan
Thus far, the Star Wars rumor mill hasn't given us a whole lot we can point to in the way of actual confirmed information. Heck, even those early reports about Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher coming back to reprise their roles were clamped down on pretty quickly, and although we're still sure they're true, Disney and director J.J.

Disney Planning Live-Action '101 Dalmations' Spinoff 'Cruella'

3:19 PM 9/30/2013 by Jeff Giles
We don't know a whole lot about Disney's upcoming Angelina Jolie-fronted Maleficent, but we're going to go ahead and guess that the studio must be happy with the way things are going, because they've reportedly started moving on another live-action spinoff focusing on the female heavy from one of their animated classics:

'Star Wars: Episide VII' Could Be Filmed in IMAX

6:27 PM 9/26/2013 by Jeff Giles
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Given how slick and soulless the Star Wars prequels often felt, a lot of fans have been waiting with bated breath to see which direction J.J. Abrams would go with the upcoming Episode VII -- and although he's expressed a desire to take the series back to its grungier, CGI-free days, that doesn't mean much until we see the fruits of his labor.

Disney's 'Frozen' Gets a Full-Length Trailer

6:13 PM 9/26/2013 by Jeff Giles
Given that Frozen is coming out at the end of November, Disney's proven surprisingly coy about giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from the movie -- other than a brief, goofy teaser highlighting the comedic interplay between a moose and a snowman and the fact that the general outline was cribbed from the Danish legend of the Snow Queen, we haven't had a lot to go on.

'Cinderella' Starts Production, Releases First Official Still

2:11 PM 9/23/2013 by Jeff Giles
The glass slippers have been fitted, the fairies have been godmothered, and the Bibbidi has been Bobbidi-Booed: Disney is officially rolling on its live-action Cinderella, with Kenneth Branagh behind the cameras directing a cast that includes Downton Abbey star Lily James as the titular princess-in-waiting ("Ella" to her friends) and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother.

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