(kpopstarz.com) While Tom Cruise is busy filming "Mission Impossible 5," Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer are also reportedly busy gearing up for "Top Gun 2" movie.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Justin Marks, the scribe behind Disney Studio's version of "The Jungle Book" has been tapped to pen the story to the sequel of the 1980's hit movie.
Director Jon Favreau was reportedly attracted to Mark's work for Jungle Book that he was eager to have the writer on board.
Moreover, "Top Gun 2" movie is reportedly in top priority according to Paramount's Head of Production Adam Goodman.
"We'll likely make a Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise first. Jerry Bruckheimer would produce, with Tony Scott returning to direct. All parties are moving ahead. We've hired Peter Craig to write the script."
Tom Cruise on the other hand, talked about the planned sequel claiming that he would gladly do the film.
He told Sky News: ''With movies, they each have their time - when it's ready to be made. If we can get over some stumbling blocks it will be fun to do.''
Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer is one persistent person, as he has been exerting extreme efforts on how to finally bring a Top Gun sequel to life.
"We've been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we're getting closer and closer," he told The Huffington Post
"Don (Simpson) and I tried to develop something, we didn't succeed. (Tom) Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn't succeed. Now we're back at it," he explained
The Top Gun's original director Tony Scott, who unfortunately passed away in 2012, thought of the current storyline.
"The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay."
"It's just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he's very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that [studio] Paramount feels they can make the picture."
However, Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise is nothing but excited about reprising his role in the highly anticipated sequel, according to world known producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
It's nearly three decades after Top Gun has been released in theaters and since then the much awaited sequel has been touted for, but to no avail.
Top Gun 2 movie almost made it to theaters earlier, but was placed on hold on August 2012 following the death of director Tony Scott, which nearly scrapped the movie entirely.
Jerry Bruckheimer who will be producing Top Gun 2 movie has recently confirmed that the second installment to the blockbuster hit way back in 1986 has now resumed.
"We're at a point right now where everybody wants to make it," Bruckheimer revealed to IndieWire.
"For a while it was Tom was excited about it but the studio didn't want to commit or the studio was excited and Tom didn't want to do it. And that's been going on for 30 years. And now we're at a point where the studio is excited and Tom is excited," he added
He continued: "A lot of that has to do with Tony [Scott's] vision. He had a really exciting vision and he got everybody excited about it. That enthusiasm [has] carried forward."
The original Top Gun grossed more than $356 million at the worldwide box office during its release on 1986 that sky rocketed Cruise to fame and becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
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Submissions Open for VES Awards
(animationmagazine.net) The Visual Effects Society is now accepting submissions for the upcoming 13th Annual VES Awards, taking place February 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Submissions will be open until November 21, 2014 for Visual Effects in Film, Television, Special Venue, Games & Animated created between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
To submit or find answers to any questions you may have about submitting, visit awards.visualeffectssociety.
Roland Emmerich's Independence Day Sequel Moves Forward
In an interview with Time, the actor said that he has had "a meeting" about reprising his role from the 1996 movie.
"I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer," he said, "and they've been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon."
Goldblum, who played David Levinson in the movie, also said that the awaited sequel was "brewing".
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Visit to ILM
(denofgeek.com) Matt went to visit ILM to find out more about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. They might never recover.
“It’s the science of capturing the data, it’s the science of retargeting that onto the creature and it’s the animation artistry coming in and intervening and really interpreting what that data is.”
That’s how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VFX supervisor Pablo Helman succinctly explained how they used motion capture in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a room of journalists. It all sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Oh, we had to capture data, so we just used science. Then we ran a quick paintbrush over the science and Ninja Turtles fell out. Easy, really.
The lengths the team at ILM have gone to are pretty incredible, though. The time, effort and expertise that’s invested in making sure there are no tells, no giveaway signs that what you’re seeing isn’t there, involves taking the term ‘detail oriented’ very, very seriously.
There’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film coming out and I’ve been pretty excited about it. We’d received an invitation to go and speak to some of the people who had created the special effects for it. Not a bad day when that call comes through.
I was booted over to see the good folks at ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). ILM is the special effects company started by George Lucas. You’d know it once you got there, too. A Yoda statue complete with water feature sits outside, there’s a full scale Boba Fett in the lobby and a Star Wars presence (along with bits and pieces from some of the many other movies ILM have worked on over the years) throughout the buildings I got to see. The security guards don’t carry light sabres, though, so there’s still some room for improvement, if not much.
Full article: http://www.denofgeek.com/
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Could Cross $800 Million At Box Office
(forbes.com) This coming weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy launches into several new markets to complete its box office run around the world. That run has so far stunned most pundits and surely most suits at Disney-Marvel. The film was considered a huge gamble, and many fans and journalists thought it was a crazy risk that simply couldn’t possibly pay off. Even the most optimistic estimates weren’t close to predicting the blockbuster status the film has achieved, and a lot simply assumed audiences weren’t going to be too impressed by a film full of unknown characters and no major star in a lead role with their face on camera, in a comic book film that doesn’t technically have what most people would consider any true “superheroes” in it. But here we are, with Guardians‘ talking raccoon and tree among the year’s most beloved characters, and box office receipts that just won’t stop rolling in (it is still in the top-ten grossing films of the weekend in North America).
Guardians of the Galaxy took in $4 million last week and weekend combined, and should add another 6-7 million to its domestic total by the end of its run, bringing it to around $330 million. Internationally, the film still has to open in China, Italy, and Switzerland. How much it adds in those countries depends on many factors. For comparison, Captain America: The Winter Soldier added roughly $125 million in those markets, but Thor: The Dark World rounded up around $65 million from the same markets, meaning the middle ground is in the neighborhood of $95 million.
Those stand as three starting estimates for high, middle, and low-end potential receipt totals for Guardians. Now add to that the fact it will continue to pull a bit more from other markets where it’s already been playing. What this math tells us is, Guardians of the Galaxy should end its run with at the very minimum $730 million, a mid-range minimum of $760 million, or a high end estimate of perhaps $785 million. Meaning the movie is destined to become either the 62nd, 52nd, or 49th highest-grossing film in history.
However, this assumes Captain America: The Winter Soldier represents the high-end potential for Guardian‘s box office performance in the remaining territories, an assumption that could be blown out of the water for a few reasons…
Guardians is much more sci-fi than superhero, and the anticipation for it has been high in China in particular (where the sci-fi adventure and comedy of Transformers: Age of Extinction set the box office on fire this year). China is also getting over a period of the year when there’s a temporary halt to releases of movies from Hollywood, as a way of helping their domestic film productions. Additionally, as the coming months are mostly filled with more dramatic fare and only a few big blockbuster-type releases, the arrival of the few remaining films of this sort should be particularly welcome when they arrive. Lastly, Guardians‘ characters don’t wear U.S. flags nor are they rooted firmly in western Norse mythology, so they might have an added advantage over Captain America and Thor when it comes to acceptance by audiences in the foreign markets.
So, there’s a very real chance Guardians of the Galaxy will outperform Captain America‘s strong showing. If it manages to outperform to the tune of just a bit more than 10%, that would push the film over the $800 million mark, something rare in the comic book genre — only The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises crossed that line (on their way to topping $1 billion, all). Which would, by the way, boost it up to at least the 44th spot on the all-time highest grossing movies list.
Paramount Animation Pushes Spongebob Squarepants 2 to 2015
(franchiseherald.com) The Spongebob Squarepants 2 release date has been confirmed, according to reports. Paramount pictures, makers of the upcomig sequel to the first Spongebob Movie, has announced that the release date will be moved to February 6, 2015 instead. It was previously announced that the release date would be this year 2014, until paramount made the announcement. .The movie has been done with filing since November 2013, and as to why the release date got pushed back, fans can ony specualte why, since Paramount did not really mention why they had to push the date back.
Wanda to Create Movie Fund to Attract Hollywood Productions
(uk.movies.yahoo.com) China’s Dalian Wanda Group Corp. is planning to establish a $163 million (1 billion yuan) annual fund to attract movie producers for its yet-to-be-completed mega studio project Oriental Movie Metropolis the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The Oriental Movie Metropolis has been dubbed the 'Chinese Hollywood' for its ambitious scope and the plans for it to be a center for TV and film production in China. Located in coastal city of Qingdao, Oriental Movie Metropolis was announced with much fanfare last year as Hollywood A-listers Leonardo Di Caprio, Catherine Zeta Jones and Nicole Kidman attend the ground-breaking ceremony. Movie execs such as Sony serior vp Ralph Alexander and then international division president of Universal Pictures David Kosse were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Wanda's billionaire chairman, Wang Jianlin, who has made aggressive commercial and property moves in the entertainment industry as well as flirting with the idea of acquiring a Hollywood production house, said the planned fund would work with the private sector to recreate Hollywood in China. Wang added that the Qingdao district government would provide subsidies of up to 10% of any production studio's annual revenue.
Wang has said in the past that Oriental Movie Metropolis will be the largest studio in the world, and he intimated that he is fully prepared to back the project to success. “The Oriental Movie Metropolis will certainly succeed,” he said.
The Journal reported that a number of Hollywood players were in the room at the announcement of the planned fund including Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser, deal maker John Sloss and the Zhang Qiang, the new head of the Alibaba Pictures Group.
Lego Movie 2 Releasing in 2017, 2 More to Follow
(jbgnews.com) Warner Bros. has announced The Lego Movie 2 will release in theaters on May 26, 2017. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will both return to their roles behind the helm, and Chris McKay, who was an animation co-director on the original, will take the role of director for the sequel. Lord and Miller are still working on the plot to the upcoming sequel, but expect there to be plenty of bricks involved.
Chris Pratt, who portrayed Emmett Brickowski in the first film, told Metro he would love to return for The Lego Movie 2, but has received no official word as to the role or casting yet. Pratt, speaking with Metro, said he didn’t know much about the casting for the sequel at all. He is hoping, however, that Emmett is an integral part of the store once more, as he loved working with both Phil and Chris. The actor also expressed how proud of the film he was, saying it had a nice buzz surrounding it upon release.
The first Lego Movie released this year, 2014, with a budget of just $60 million to make. The movie went on to earn $257.8 million in North America, and $210.3 million internationally. That brings the total box office sales to $468.1 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The film received highly positive reviews by critics, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating over 95%. Critics said the movie was “boasting beautiful imagination, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story.”
There is currently a rumor floating around that The Lego Movie 2 will feature Marvel characters within the film, as the crossover has been happening quite a lot within the video game world. DC’s Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Women all appeared within the first film, so seeing Marvel characters wouldn’t be a stretch. However, Lord has said Marvel is doing just fine by themselves and don’t need Lego movies anymore to be successful. We’d have to agree, but it would still be a cool crossover to behold.
Lastly, The Lego Movie 2 will have two more films following it afterwards. According to Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has reserved spots on May 25, 2018 and May 24, 2019 for two more Lego movies. That means plenty of unique stories to look forward to in the coming years.
A Tour of 'San Fransokyo,' the Hybrid City Disney Built for Big Hero 6
(gizmodo.com) The upcoming movie Big Hero 6 represents the first-ever partnership between Marvel and Disney, two entities known for constructing fantastical universes. So it's not surprising that bringing the story to film also required building an entire city of the future: a blend of Tokyo and San Francisco named San Fransokyo.
When encouraged to develop a Disney film that drew from Marvel's universe (which Disney purchased in 2009) directors Don Hall and Chris Williams dove deep into the Marvel archives, selecting an obscure comic—"Perhaps the most obscure Marvel comic," quips Hall—about 14-year-old robotics whiz Hiro Himada and his puffy sidekick, a compassionate caregiving robot named Baymax.
Full article with pics: http://gizmodo.com/a-tour-of-
How We Resurrected Audrey Hepburn
(theguardian.co) In the first of a new blog series from those who have made some of the world’s most memorable ads, Mike McGee tells us how the ad pushed the boundaries for computer graphics
A computer-generated Audrey Hepburn, who was resurrected for the Galaxy chocolate ad. Photograph: Framestore
It’s not every day you’re asked to bring dead celebrities back from the grave, but in our line of work, it’s becoming more common. It’s something we at Framestore were asked to do when we resurrected Audrey Hepburn for Galaxy’s chauffeur commercial.
Audrey represents heritage, classiness and elegance. So from a strategic and creative point of view, it made sense for Galaxy to communicate its “silk, not cotton” branding through these qualities. What was less clear, however, was just how we were meant to recreate an iconic and globally recognised face when the original footage exists at a resolution incompatible with today’s high standards.
We ended up completely recreating Audrey’s face in computer graphics (CG) – a feat never before achieved at such close-up scale. If this doesn’t sound like a big deal, it is. Replicating a photorealistic 100% CG human that stands up to close inspection is the mecca of visual effects (VFX). So this project was an industry first and took us to the edge of what’s possible.
Galaxy’s chauffeur ad, featuring a CG Audrey Hepburm
Skin, eyes and facial hair are just too “perfect” when rendered through a computer. Crucial human subtleties, like the flicker of an eye, can also look robotic when computer-generated. So why go 100% CG?
We couldn’t take the easy option of filming a lookalike and disguising mismatched nuances through shadows and camera angles because, first, Audrey was the absolute star of the show and there was no hiding her in a dark corner; second, as the ultimate symbol of beauty, the likelihood of casting a near-perfect match was nil. So we went the whole hog and digitally recreated every millimetre of her face.
To get reference material of how Audrey would look and act in the script’s scenes, two body-doubles were cast: one to represent her minute 20-inch waist and another to convey as closely as possible her distinctive facial bone structure. Once shot, we’d have footage and data to augment with VFX.
Before the main shoot began on the Amalfi coast, we scanned the face-double using FACS (facial action coding system). This session captured a plethora of hi-res skin textures and more than 60 different facial expressions for animators to replicate when creating the CG Audrey.
Source with video: http://www.theguardian.com/
Podcast: IRON MAN 3: Alessandro Cioffi – VFX Supervisor – Trixter
(artofvfx.com) During his last visit Alessandro Cioffi told us about the work of Trixter on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Since then he has worked on films such as THE AVENGERS, MARVEL ONE-SHOT: ITEM 47 or CLOUD ATLAS.
Source with podcast link: http://www.artofvfx.com/?p=
New & Old: Never-before-seen photos Give a Glimpse Behind the Scenes of the Planets of the Apes Franchise
(dailymail.co.uk) Newly released photos with behind-the-scenes looks and concept art from Planets of the Apes will give fans a peek at the production of the franchise.
A new book entitled Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend charts the development of the movie franchise from the original film starring Charlton Heston to this year's release, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
In a production still, Heston is seen behind the scenes with director Franklin Schaffner getting into character as the stranded astronaut Taylor, one of the roles that defined his acting career.
Take a look: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Women in Animation Seeks Members From Toons, VFX, Games
(variety.com) In spring 2013, Kristy Scanlan and Margaret Dean, above, were approached with a very daunting task: taking leadership of a 20-year-old organization that seeks to empower the women that they had been working alongside and admiring for years.
“Women in Animation was run by fantastic women who had been doing it for a long time, got burned out and wanted to bring in some fresh blood,” says Scanlan. “We were approached about becoming the new co-presidents and we took some time to do our research.”
Both are industry professionals — Scanlan as Technicolor’s vice president of business development for animation and games, Dean as director of production for Mattel Playground Prods. — and have not taken their new duties lightly.
In the year since their re-launch of the org in October 2013, Scanlan, Dean and their appointed board of directors have started a pilot mentorship program in addition to hosting panels for women involved in films such as “The Boxtrolls” and “Frozen,” co-directed by Jennifer Lee.
“Sitting in that panel with Lee and the others, I reverted back to being a little girl. I was so excited,” Dean says. “To be able to sit there and watch these eight women talk about themselves and the work that they do with complete authority, it was so thrilling.”
Women in Animation now counts more than 800 members, compared to the 120 members that Scanlan and Dean started with. They hope to see their impact affect the industry in the coming years, with women receiving a fairer representation as artists, designers and directors.
“If you look around in the culture, there’s a huge push for women’s issues. It’s a very popular theme right now,” Dean says. “I think we were able to attract a lot of people whom this has always been important to, but now they have the bandwidth to make something happen.”
A Stark Comment: Iron Man 4 Isn't Happening
(eonline.com) Is Robert Downey Jr. just messing with the media?
While promoting The Judge (in theaters Friday), the actor was asked numerous times if he plans to reprise his role as Iron Man in a fourth movie. On Tuesday, he confirmed that "yes," there is another installment in the works. "I know there are going to be a bunch more Marvel movies," he explained, "and they have big ideas of how to do it best and [they're] in the middle of negotiation, blah blah blah..."
After that interview with Ellen DeGeneres, however, he changed his tune.
Appearing on The Late Show Tuesday, the actor told David Letterman a slightly different story. "There [are] no plans for an Iron Man 4," he revealed. Asked why not, the 49-year-old star said, "That's a valid question. Like it hasn't made enough money? Yeah, I guess they have too much money or something. There is no script for Iron Man 4. They do have a plan and I think they're going to announce it [soon]."
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Letterman didn't let up, asking Downey a second time if a fourth Iron Man movie could still be a possibility. "Just between us, no," he told the late-night host. "But, I'm going to do other stuff with Marvel. I'm still going to be involved with Marvel and there's going to be plenty of fun stuff to happen."
Perhaps Downey was merely being coy—Marvel is known for its secrecy, after all.
The Trouble With Dreamworks Animation
(buzzfeed.com) Jeffrey Katzenberg’s desire to sell the studio he founded has been Hollywood’s worst-kept secret for years. So why can’t he make a deal?
In a July 30 note following DreamWorks Animation’s second-quarter earnings, where it reported a $15.4 million loss, Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz listed as one of just two potentially positive scenarios ahead for the animated studio founded by movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg that it “becomes an acquisition candidate.” The other was that the average box office performance of its upcoming slate of films beats expectations.
Both, however, are thought by sources to be long shots.
“The film lineup looks poor at best,” said BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield, who has a sell rating on the studio’s stock and says it is worth $15.50 per share.
For the first time in his 40-year movie career, Katzenberg’s performance is being seriously questioned by both Wall Street analysts and Hollywood peers. As an independent studio not tethered to a larger organization in the cost-heavy field of animated movies, his studio is overly dependent on the box office performance of individual films to meet its financial targets. Further, DreamWorks Animation’s business model of only producing two to three movies per year has suffered from the dual realities of increased competition in family films and an overall downward trend in attendance at the domestic box office. These factor have resulted in a confluence of negative events recently, ranging from missed earnings to losses on poorly performing films to a U.S. Securities and Exchange investigation into a recent Katzenberg stock sale, that have raised questions about DreamWorks Animation’s future.
Yet DreamWorks Animation shares are currently trading significantly higher than Greenfield’s target, closing trading Tuesday at $23.99, primarily buoyed in recent weeks by a short-lived rumor that Japan’s SoftBank was in talks to buy the studio for $3.4 billion. The rumor was fueled, in part, by one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets: Katzenberg has been trying to sell DreamWorks Animation for years.
A DreamWorks Animation representative declined to comment or make Katzenberg available for an interview for this story.
Katzenberg isn’t trying to sell his studio because he needs the money — he’s among the richest men in the world with a net worth somewhere between $860 million and $957 million depending on who is doing the calculating. His goal has always been to use a sale of the studio to leverage himself into a bigger job at a larger organization — and get out from under the glare of Wall Street.
The now derailed talks with Softbank dovetailed nicely with that objective. The Japanese telecommunications and internet giant, newly flush with billions of dollars from the Alibaba IPO, is by all accounts looking to spend its way into Hollywood. Its initial interest in DreamWorks Animation likely stemmed from the fact that animated movies, unlike comedies or dramas, play well to an international audience, and DreamWorks Animation’s just happen to perform especially strong in Asian markets.
But multiple sources told BuzzFeed News that Softbank soon realized that, as one Hollywood executive who requested anonymity for fear of damaging relationships put it, “when you dig into the cost structure versus revenue and profits you see that [the studio’s] business model doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
Katzenberg began his film career at Paramount Pictures before moving on to Walt Disney Studios, where he had a spectacular decade-long run that included overseeing such animated classics as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast, the first animated movie to receive a Best Picture nomination. He left Disney in 1994 after a falling out with then-CEO Michael Eisner and went on to found DreamWorks with partners David Geffen and Steven Spielberg.
In 2004, with the blessing of Geffen and Spielberg, Katzenberg spun out DreamWorks Animation and took it public on the strength of his reputation and the then-budding Shrek franchise.
But independent film studios are only as valuable as their most recent hit, which is why there are so few of them, particularly on the public markets. Hollywood and Wall Street have always had trouble understanding each other mainly because the former is a highly volatile hits-driven business while the latter likes stable companies with reliable earnings growth and cash flow generation. The disconnect is magnified for DreamWorks Animation since it produces just two or at most three films per year.
As a second movie studio executive who also requested anonymity said, “When you only make two movies a year, you better make sure one of them isn’t a flop otherwise you’re in trouble.”
Since 2012, however, DreamWorks Animation has had to record a total of $157.5 million in losses on three movies — Rise of the Guardians, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and Turbo. While the amount of the write-downs isn’t large by movie industry standards — Disney took a $200 million loss on John Carter alone in 2012 — they have resulted in extremely volatile swings in the studio’s stock price and earnings because its business model is tilted so heavily toward the box office performance of its films. For the full year 2013, for instance, DreamWorks Animation recorded a profit of $55 million, while for 2012 it posted a loss of $36.4 million.
Full article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/
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