Monday, September 1, 2014

Bits Journal #23


Frozen producer Peter del Vecho has spoken up about the possibility of a Frozen sequel… He says "it's too early for us to talk anything about that." He goes on to talk about the Frozen Broadway show, which directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee will indeed be involved with. All I can say is, thank goodness.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016-2018 is already filled with four other projects, three of which are in active development and will indeed make it to theaters. What'll be released in the fourth slot, 11/21/2018, is currently undetermined. A Dean Wellins-directed space epic was supposed to come out that day, but it entered development hell last autumn and it doesn't seem like it's made any progress since. Wreck-It Ralph 2 is being written as of this past spring, so maybe that's the 11/21/2018 release. Who knows with that mystery project #4 will be, but a Frozen sequel isn't one of those 2016-2018 releases.

All I know is this, Walt Disney Animation Studios will only make a sequel to Frozen if they have an idea for a sequel that everyone there is onboard with. Wreck-It Ralph 2 is being written because of that, and the film was nowhere as huge as Frozen was.

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Guardians of the Galaxy continues to tear up the box office, and thanks to the Labor Day weekend boost, the film is now set to possibly outgross Iron Man here in the states! That's right, it might be the Marvel Cinematic Universe's biggest non-sequel film domestically! That satisfies me greatly, for I think it's the best film in the MCU so far, one of the best superhero films, and a personal favorite to boot.

Also, Stan Lee mentioned that a Black Panther film is being worked on at Marvel. His comments are interesting because mentioned Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther in that order… This may imply that it's the next solo film after Doctor Strange, which is pretty much going to be the 7/8/2016 release. I'm guessing the actual date hasn't been confirmed (Variety may have said it's true, but Box Office Mojo doesn't list it as the 7/8/2016 release) because they still haven't gotten anyone to play the Sorcerer Supreme. They apparently want Joaquin Phoenix, but there are some issues going on. Reportedly Phoenix isn't up for a massive big budget film like this, and he also doesn't want to commit to a roughly 3-film deal… Though he reportedly was very satisfied with Jon Spaihts' script.

We knew one was on its way, now there's talk of T'Challa himself making an appearance in 2016's Captain America 3 (the film's full title, according to directors Anthony and Joe Russo, will be revealed soon - I bet it'll be revealed once the Blu-ray comes). I always thought the film would be a Phase 3 offering, so I'm guessing it may be one of the 2017 releases.

I've refrained from MCU predictions because of the uncertainty regarding Avengers 3. Is it the 5/4/2018 release? Or is it the 5/3/2019 release? If it's the latter, then that would make a lot of room for new solo outings. If it's 5/4/2018, well…

Captain America 3 - 5/6/2016
Doctor Strange - 7/8/2016
Black Panther - 5/5/2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - 7/28/2017
Thor 3 - 11/3/2017
The Avengers 3 - 5/4/2018

That would mean no Ms./Captain Marvel movie before Avengers 3, but that doesn't sound right. Isn't Hulk supposed to get a solo film too? What about The Inhumans, apparently that's back on track over at Marvel given Vin Diesel's little tease from a little while back. Despite what Kevin Feige might've said about Avengers movies being events that come every 3 years, I think Avengers 3 is now going to be the 5/3/2019 release. Gotta really build it up!

Captain America 3 - 5/6/2016
Doctor Strange - 7/8/2016
Black Panther - 5/5/2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - 7/28/2017
Thor 3 - 11/3/2017
Ms. Marvel - 5/4/2018
Black Widow - 7/6/2018
The Inhumans - 11/2/2018
The Avengers 3 - 5/3/2019

In between the movies, I think, we'll see some more Netflix TV shows. Maybe a 2016 show will introduce The Inhumans to us, which will give it two years to breathe before the movie comes out (in this scenario), and Bruce Banner's whereabouts will be a TV show as well. They gotta get more Hulk out, so maybe a TV show is the best way to go.

Who knows, really… But Marvel has a plan. Certainly not 12% of a plan, either!

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A new teaser for Shaun the Sheep is now out, but the film still doesn't have a US release date. Get on it, someone! This is Aardman's next!


Oh and the trailer is cute. Looks like a fun ride from Aardman, and again, stop-motion…

Also, on a side note, a recent Hollywood Reporter article asked if Big Hero 6 would not only run for Best Picture… But also get the Best Picture award?


I, like a ton of other people, would love to see an animated feature finally get a Best Picture Oscar. I don't think the Oscars are all that important. They are an overblown ceremony, a trade show, the awards really have nothing to do with the quality of various works of cinema. However, a lot of people seem to take the show seriously. Home media jackets for Oscar winners tend to play up the amount of gold statues these films win, it's been that way for ages. ("Winner of 5 Oscars!") So maybe an animated feature finally getting a Best Picture Oscar will convince lots of people who still see animation as inferior to live-action that, yes, animation is a legitimate filmmaking medium.

But that's asking for too much. An animated feature isn't getting a Best Picture Oscar, unless the next generation of Oscars people see it as the art form the current generation doesn't. Oh, and when actors take a back seat, too. Movies that don't show them acting onscreen aren't eligible. Sad fact. But hey, a major movie publication asked if something like Big Hero 6 could win it! People thought Toy Story 3 should've won back in 2010, so it shows that more and more people are starting to see animation as the wonderful medium that it is.

1 comment:

  1. Drat! I was hoping the 2018 release would be the Mickey Mouse film (since he does turn 90 that year). But at the same time, as long as Wreck-it Ralph 2 is released, I'm fine with that. I'm sure Disney will do a follow-up to Get A Horse! and attach it to the sequel.

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