In the next step of the bizarre story of the sequel to the 2003 film Bad Santa, several domain registrations have appeared on Disney’s servers. The registrations appear to suggest The Walt Disney Company’s involvement in the troubled sequel which had already been promised in 2011, 2014 and (reportedly) 2016.
We first spoke of Disney Theatrical’s intent to develop the Miramax film Shakespeare in Love into a staged production exclusively back in early 2010. News of the production — along with several others we had talked about — has since been confirmed back in 2011 with word that Tom Stoppard would be adopting it for the stage, but little on the project can be found since.
We now believe that news of the production, which will make its debut in London (prior to Disney’s goal of bringing it to the Broadway stage), is likely to start in early 2014 with news of its staging imminent.
The sale by The Walt Disney Company to Filmyard Holdings LLC of Miramax Films for $663 million subject to certain adjustments has been completed, it was announced today by both companies. Partners in Filmyard Holdings include Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Colony Capital LLC, Ronald Tutor, and Qatar Holding LLC.
The sale of Miramax Films includes rights in over 700 film titles, including Academy Award winners Chicago, Shakespeare in Love and No Country for Old Men. Also included are non-film assets, such as certain books, development projects and the “Miramax” name.
At the 2009 D23 Expo, it was announced that Hollywood neo-legend Guillermo del Toro would be teaming up with Walt Disney Studios to form a new shingle, Disney’s Double Dare You with the first project to be Trollhunters. Despite the announcement at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con that del Toro would be charging a remake of the studio blemish The Haunted Mansion, staying truer to the original attraction (which doesn’t use the definite article), it was also recently announced that Trollhunters would be going to Disney arch-nemesis DreamWorks Animation.
This past weekend, the 48th Annual New York Film Festival honored director’s Julie Taymore’s spin on the Shakespeare classic by making The Tempest the Centerpiece of the festival. The first of the two screenings on Saturday night also managed to double as the North American premiere of the film. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the second screening, introduced by Julie Taymor. Noting The Tempest was celebrating its 400th anniversary, Taymor reflected on her experiences with the Shakespearean play dating back to directing a staged version of the play some time ago. Despite the material’s origins and mostly native British cast, she also quipped it was an American film as it had been filmed on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i, a place she had once vacationed at and decided then and there ‘it was The Tempest.’ It’s also worth noting that portions of the film were also filmed in New York soundstages in addition to Hawaii.
Helen Mirren (Rachel Singer), Sam Worthington (Young David), Romi Aboulafia (Sarah), director John Madden and producer Kris Thykier of Miramax’s The Debt were on hand for the premiere of the film yesterday at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thompson Hall. Walt Disney Studios and Miramax Films have generously provided us with photos from the red carpet event.
On the heels of the hi-res poster for The Tempest, which we brought to you yesterday, Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios has also provided to us this still from the film which features Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones and Djimon Hounsou. The still has been added to our gallery for the film, seen below.
Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios have provided us with this hi-res version of the recently released poster for The Tempest adapted from the Shakespeare play by Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw. The poster joins our gallery for the film seen below. As always, click on the thumbnail to see the larger version and then click on the re-size icon in the photo to view it at full size.
Walt Disney Studios and Miramax Films have just sent us some amazing new stills from some of their upcoming holiday releases which we have added to our existing galleries.
First up is The Tempest from famed director and Broadway wizard Julie Taymor. In her big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s mystical thriller The Tempest, Academy Award®–nominated Julie Taymor (“Across the Universe,” “Frida,” “Titus”) brings an original dynamic to the story by changing the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera, portrayed by Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). Prospera’s journey spirals through vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her young daughter, Miranda, and unleashes her powers against shipwrecked enemies in this exciting, masterly mix of romance, tragicomedy and the supernatural. The Tempest opens in limited release on December 10 and wide release one week later on December 17.
As a follow-up to our first look at Katie Holmes in Miramax’s chilling remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark directed by Troy Nixey and produced by epic filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Mark Johnson, MySpace released the teaser trailer first revealed at the 2010 San Diego Comic-con. Miramax Films and Walt Disney Studios have also provided us with the title treatment for the film to help set the mood.