This week in cinema saw the reveal of the first poster for the upcoming movie adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, the official announcement of the Frozen sequel and exciting news about the newest Toy Story and Star Wars films. It’s been an exciting week in the world of cinema, join us as we round up the top movie news that you need to hear about it:
Toy Story 4 director announced, Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars standalone film to be called Rogue One
Several intriguing details have surfaced this week regarding the upcoming Toy Story sequel, which was announced last November. The film is due to be released in 2017 and will be helmed by writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jones and McCormack previously teamed up on 2011’s Celeste and Jesse Forever, an underappreciated gem which poignantly, amusingly and realistically depicted a relationship falling apart.
Pixar President Jim Morris has suggested Toy Story 4 will be unconnected to the original trilogy and will have a romantic-comedy theme. Last week it was announced that original director John Lasseter will team up with Pixar’s Josh Cooley to co-direct the movie.
Cooley began working as a Pixar intern whilst the company was producing Cars and has worked his way up the corporation. Toy Story 4 is due to be his first directing gig.
Cooley told Variety of the opportunity:
To be co-director on Toy Story 4 with John, who brought the Toy Story characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw Toy Story I was amazed by the ground-breaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. Toy Story 4 will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”
– A few weeks ago Culturefly reported that The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones will be taking in the lead in Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars movie. This week this news was confirmed and the film was given a title and a release date: the intriguingly named Rogue One will be released on 16 December 2016.
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The press release for the film highlights the acclaimed production team behind the movie but gives no plot details:
The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. He will executive produce along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War Of The Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (Band Of Brothers, The Pacific) are on board to produce and John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will co-produce. The film starts shooting this summer in London.”
In the meantime, Star Wars will relaunch this December with JJ Abrams much-hyped Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Details are kept under tight wraps for this movie, but it boasts an all-star cast including Lupita N’yongo, Domnhall Gleeson and Adam Driver, as well as the return of the original trio of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. As we edge closer to the December release date, check back on Culturefly for more up-to-date news about the exciting new movie.
Disney confirm Frozen sequel
This week Disney announced that a sequel to their 2013 mega hit animation Frozen is in the works. This news seemed inevitable given Frozen’s worldwide success. The film stands at number 5 on the list of all-time highest grossing films and won Oscars for best animation and best song.
The co-directors of the original film, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, will return and it is assumed the original cast, which included Broadway star Idina Menzel, will resume their roles.
Poster revealed for summer adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns
John Green’s award-winning young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars made the leap to the big screen in Summer 2014 and was enormously successful. This summer, another of Green’s celebrated novels will hit cinemas and hope to replicate the success of The Fault In Our Stars.
Paper Towns follows Quentin (Nat Wolff, who co-starred in The Fault In Our Stars) who goes on a quest to find his enigmatic neighbour Margo (Cara Delevingne) after she goes missing. Just before her disappearance, Quentin spent a eventful evening with Margo on an adventure in their hometown and so he becomes determined to find her. Enlisting his friends on the expedition, Quentin sets off on a haphazard adventure to find Margo and finds himself learning about life, friendship and love along the way.
John Green is hugely popular and his stories tap into teenage consciousness in a way that ensures they are always likable and relatable. Undoubtedly the movie adaptation of Paper Towns will repeat the success of The Fault in Our Stars, attracting Green fans as well as those intrigued to see the acting abilities of Delevingne, British model and it girl, in her first leading film role. Alongside the poster, several images from the movie have been released, depicting Quentin and Margo getting up to mischief on their all-night adventure in their hometown.
Insurgent release new infographic
Another huge teen movie of 2014 was Divergent, the first in a planned series of adaptations of the successful young adult dystopian franchise.
Tomorrow, on Thursday 19 March the film’s sequel will be released and in anticipation a helpful infographic has been released. The graphic reminds fans of the events of the last film and allows those unfamiliar with the franchise to catch up in time for the newest instalment, which stars acclaimed actress Shailene Woodley in the lead role, alongside Theo James, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet.