Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:
Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up where Marvel’s The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. In theaters April 4, 2014 in 3D.
Maleficent, the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. Maleficent is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. In theaters July 2, 2014 in 3D.
Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. James Gunn will direct. In theaters August 1, 2014 in 3D.
1952 will be produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird, from a script by Lindelof and Bird. George Clooney will star. In theaters December 19, 2014 in 3D.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Jeff Nathanson is writing the screenplay. In theaters July 10, 2015.
The brand-new ‘The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow’ Pirates of the Caribbean experience began operating in soft opening mode this morning, allowing the first guests to visit the high-tech show and enter the world of the popular film franchise. The attraction, which will officially open on December 6, 2012, is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in Soundstage 4 (between Toy Story Mania! and the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream exhibit.
Like its predecessor, the Chronicles of Narnia experiences, the show begins in a pre-show area, in which a talking skull a la the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, introduces the show and questions the integrity of those waiting to go inside and join Jack Sparrow’s crew.
For the main show, guests enter a large room which is decorated with various props along the sides and features a large scale model of the Black Pearl which serves as a portion of the show’s projection screen. Using Disney’s high-resolution, projection mapping system such as the one used in ‘The Magic, the Memories and You’ and ‘Celebrate the Magic,’ the now floating skull invites the pirate pledge holding the iron key (chosen prior to the show) to ‘insert it into the treasure chest’ (the child really just holds it up) and the show begins. From here, the audience journeys through each of the films in an immersive show that involves physical and lighting effects in addition to the projections: from a skeleton army to Davy Jones to the Kraken and more, the lifelike projections also appear to literally fly off the screen along the back of the wall to over the Black Pearl and other objects inside the room. Eventually Captain Jack Sparrow himself appears aboard the ship and, after defeating Davy Jones, leads guests through the pirate’s oath in a way that only Jack Sparrow can.
The show is billed as interactive, but it’s really only in the vein of television shows like ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ as guests are encouraged to engage in activities such as yelling out phrases and stomping their feet.
Below is our video of the full experience as well as a brief look at some of the props which include many from the films such as Elizabeth Swann’s corset, the ‘Pirates – Ye be warned’ sign and more, along with many sight gags such as my favorite, the pirate who died by cannonball.
As you can see from the video, the best view may actually be towards the right side of the room as you enter, with the starboard side of the ship still in complete view.
We also have some photos from around and inside the attraction, but bear in mind the show building is very dark and time inside is limited, so the quality isn’t as great as it could be.
In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, the official Disney Parks blog has announced that Walt Disney Imagineering will soon be taking a cue from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, On Stranger Tides, and adding a new feature to the attraction.
Speculation and rumors have run rampant for months that mermaids were intended to be added to the attraction at the Magic Kingdom and the announcement has now re-fueled it along with an off-again/on-again full day closure for the attraction scheduled for October 9.
The attraction has already shared an incestuous love affair with its namesake film, beginning with the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa and inclusion of Davy Jones and Blackbeard from the later films.
Of course it could also end up simply being the Black Pearl in a ship bottle, but the news has certainly sparked the interest of theme park fans. One thing is for certain: if mermaids there be, they probably won’t be of the same sort that once haunted the waters of the lagoon at Disneyland.
Apparently the long term effects of One More Disney Day have caught up to the Magic Kingdom classic attraction as the official Walt Disney World Resort website has begun listing Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland as experiencing a one day closure on October 9, 2012.
With the timing of the closure, it’s possible that it may be related to the park’s NextGen technology. Not necessarily directly in terms of installing FASTPASS+ or other interactive capabilities, but more in lines with demonstrating and training.
If we learn of an extension of dates, we will update as necessary.
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The summer 2012 edition of the Mickey Monitor, Walt Disney World’s newsletter for Annual Passholders has announced that ‘The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow’ will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer of this year. It will be placed in Sound Stage 4 which has historically been known for sharing behind-the-scenes props and footage from films such as Haunted Mansion and films from The Chronicles of Narnia series, but ‘The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow,’ while based on The Pirates of the Caribbean films, is not reported to continue that genre.
In fact, the newsletter describes the attraction as ‘a first-of-its kind sensory experience’ and quotes Walt Disney Imagineering Project Manager and Show Designer Jason Roberts as saying, ‘this is going to be an immersive experience. We’ll really delve into the story of Captain Jack Sparrow and put our Guests in the middle of it all in new and exciting ways.’
UPDATE #1: 5/2/12 – The Disney Parks official blog has confirmed the new attraction but has stated it will open in fall, not summer as previously reported.
Now that Jerry Bruckheimer and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have officially confirmed our announced release date of Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides on both 5-disc Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray combo pack and as part of a 15-disc collection of the entire series on October 18, 2011, it’s time for us to sail on and deliver some brand new news to you.
The Limited Edition 5-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes hours of bonus materials offering fans a deeper dive inside Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides including immersive Disney Second Screen technology, exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences, Fountain of Youth mythology, an extensive look at mermaids, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes, and much more.
In addition, the Pirates of the Caribbean 15-Disc Four Movie Collection offers fans more adventures than ever before. The Collection is packaged in an authentic replica Pirate’s Chest, and includes a collectible map and an iconic skull disc case that holds the Blu-ray™ discs and digital copies of ALL four Pirates of the Caribbean movies, along with the Blu-ray 3D™ disc and DVD of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Rob Marshall (Nine, Chicago), and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, National Treasure 2, Mask of Zorro), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the latest addition to the incredibly successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that has for years entertained audiences of all ages with its thrilling adventures, hi-tech special effects and unique storylines.
Back as Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp (Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Alice in Wonderland) returns leading a sensational cast of talents that includes Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Ian McShane (HBO’s “Deadwood”) and more.
The visually stunning film shot in high-definition 3D invites viewers to embark on an adventure-filled ride with Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the breathtaking Fountain of Youth. Along the turbulent trip, fans are forced to re-think their knowledge of fairytale creatures when they are introduced to a group of alluring yet precarious mermaids, traverse isolated islands and fight international enemies.
BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO PACK BONUS FEATURES
- Disney Second Screen
- Bloopers of the Caribbean
- Audio Commentary by director Rob Marshall
- LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales
LIMITED EDITION 5-DISC 3D BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES
- All of the above features plus…
- Legends of On Stranger Tides
- In Search of the Fountain
- Last Sail/First Voyage
- Under the Scene: Bringing Mermaids to Life
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with Intros by director Rob Marshall
15-DISC ANTHOLOGY SET INCLUDES
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Blu-ray+1-Disc Digital Copy )
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2-Disc Blu-ray+1-Disc Digital Copy )
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2-Disc Blu-ray+1-Disc Digital Copy)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (1-Disc Blu-ray 3D +2-Disc Blu-ray+Digital Copy+1-Disc DVD)
- 1-Disc Blu-ray bonus disc that includes all-new never-before-seen short film “Wedlocked”
- Authentic replica Pirate’s Chest, a collectible map and an iconic skull disc case.
- And much more…
HIGH-DEFINITION MOVIE DOWNLOAD BONUS FEATURES:
- Bloopers of the Caribbean
- Deleted and Extended Scenes with Intros by director Rob Marshall
- LEGO Animated Shorts: Captain Jack’s Brick Tales
After a two-day long hype which had us sitting on pins and needles about what exciting news super producer/director Jerry Bruckheimer was about to reveal regarding the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Bruckheimer today took to Twitter to reveal that Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides would be available to own on Disney 3D Blu-ray and DVD on October 18, 2011.
This, of course, just confirms what we had already reported nearly a month ago. Although we couldn’t locate the original tweet to complement Bruckheimer’s, we were able to find one of the re-tweets courtesy of a reader of ours.
Bruckheimer did manage to trump us in one area, however. He also included a sneak peek at one of the bonus features that will be available with the 3D Blu-ray release, this one focusing on mermaids.
Fortunately, it’s only our butts that turned red from the pins and needles, and not our faces (this time).
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is currently available for pre-order as a 5-disc Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray combo pack or as part of a spectacular 15-disc collection of the entire series (thus far).
Celebrity management company Coolwaters Productions LLC is bringing a cavalcade of talent to the D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, August 19 – 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Each day at the Coolwaters booth, located in the Collectors Forum, fans will enjoy celebrity meet and greets and autograph signings, including rare photographs and limited-edition Tron pin sets created by D23 especially for this event.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19: MARVEL DAY
- Doug Jones: Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (also starred as Billy Butcherson in Disney’s Hocus Pocus and will be signing images from both films)
- Matthew Wolf: Voice of Thor in the animated film Thor: Tales of Asgard
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20: TRON DAY
- Bruce Boxleitner: Alan Bradley/Tron in Tron, TRON: Legacy, the videogame ‘TRON: Evolution’ and the upcoming animated series ‘TRON: Uprising’
- Cindy Morgan: Lora/Yori in Tron and the videogame ‘TRON 2.0′
- Jackson Bostwick: Sark’s Head Guard in Tron
- Anis Cheurfa: Rinzler, Clu’s right hand man in TRON: Legacy
- Rob Daly: Clu’s Lead Sentry in TRON: Legacy
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN DAY
- Isaac C. Singleton: Bo’sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Greg Ellis: Lieutenant Commander Theodore Groves in three of the installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean films
- Treva Etienne: Koehler in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Vince Lozano: Jacoby in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Tyler Tuione: Boiler Room Attendant in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
With the recent opening of ‘Star Tours — The Adventures Continue’ at the Disney Parks, D23 Expo 2011 is honored to welcome Hollywood icon and Star Wars luminary Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian). Williams, an award-winning artist, has created an exclusive piece of artwork featuring Disney characters which will be available to attendees as a limited edition poster only at the Expo.
All celebrity appearances are subject to change at any time. There will be a charge for each signature signed during the event from the celebrities listed in this press release. Autograph tickets will be available for purchase during all Expo hours at the Coolwaters Productions LLC booth at the Collectors Forum and are on a first-come, first served basis.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is planned for release on a 5-disc Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray combo pack on October 18, 2011. The film will also be available in a standard Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and as part of a spectacular 15-disc collection of the entire series.
From Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes all the fun, epic adventure and humor that ignited the original. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. A tale of truth, betrayal, youth, demise – and mermaids! When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love, or if she’s a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Forced aboard the ship of the most feared pirate ever, Jack doesn’t know who to fear more – Blackbeard (Ian McShane) or the woman from his past. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s filled with eye-popping battle scenes, mystery and all-out wit. Complete with a bounty of bonus features, this is one thrilling journey you won’t want to end.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.
ABC Family Acquires Network Television Premiere Rights to ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’
ABC Family has acquired the Walt Disney Pictures film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from Disney-ABC Domestic Television, it was announced today by Tom Zappala, executive vice president, Program Acquisitions & Scheduling, ABC Cable Networks Group. The deal gives ABC Family the first-window rights to the network television premiere. The film is slated to premiere on the network in 2013.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is one of this summer’s most highly-anticipated movies,” said Zappala. “Audiences love this franchise the world over for its excitement, charm and all-out sense of good fun. We’re thrilled to add this installment, in addition to the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, to our theatrical slate.”
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more, Blackbeard or Angelica — with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade, Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.