Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bits Journal #24

First up, Disney hits Comic-Con… In New York!

Yes, I was a little disappointed that the Mouse House didn't show up at SDCC this past summer, but they are making up for it. A lot of studios didn't show up as well, and it's been suggested that some studios don't want to present at Comic-Con due to marketing costs, all going into films that may not appeal to wide audiences. (films like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World come to mind.) It could be other issues too, such as the legal ones that SDCC is facing right now.

Whatever the reason, it's possible that many studios will invade NYCC, which would be wonderful since I'm an East Coaster myself.

For now, we know that Disney is bringing some loaded guns.

Walt Disney Animation Studios will present Big Hero 6 again, and hopefully they'll unveil some of their future stuff. Pixar is showing up as well. What Pixar will be presenting, I have no clue. It'll probably be some real footage from Inside Out, perhaps something about The Good Dinosaur, which appears to have not entered the actual animation stage yet. Maybe even more on their upcoming slate, from details on Lee Unkrich's 'Day of the Dead' film to perhaps The Incredibles 2.

Best of all, Brad Bird's next film Tomorrowland will be getting its marketing launch here. I keep worrying that Disney marketing will just bury the May 2015 release (it's sandwiched between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Inside Out, indicating that Disney just doesn't care about it), considering the fact that the live action studio is now tasked to do Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland 2010-esque rehashes of what Disney already covered as animated classics, which is really a response to John Carter of Mars and The Lone Ranger bombing. It literally translates to "Death to original live action films!" That's the way the studio has been lately…

But maybe, just maybe they get Tomorrowland's marketing right and the film is a hit, making Disney re-think the live action studio's generally unexciting slate. One does not simply badly market a Brad Bird film. I'll give WB circa 1999 a slight pass because The Iron Giant was Bird's first, but now he's a household name and everyone knows he's a genius, so no. Don't screw this up!

Now I have something to look forward to next month…

Warner Bros. and DC have registered the following domain names:


This actually lines up with the WB/DC slate predictions I made last month:

Aquaman (8/5/2016)
Wonder Woman (6/23/2017)
Justice League (11/17/2017)
Shazam (3/23/2018)

I think that slate would work out so well, because Wonder Woman and Aquaman are being introduced in Batman v Superman, so two films focusing on them alone - thus developing them further - before Justice League would be absolutely fine. That way, the only new faces in the Justice League film are Green Lantern (whether its Ryan Reynolds' GL or not) and The Flash. Maybe Shazam will be part of it too, or maybe he'll be introduced afterwards in his solo film, if it comes later. I know WB intends to release Justice League in 2017, but they should make it the fall 2017 release so Aquaman and Wonder Woman can get their solo movies first. Shazam can come afterwards, I think, if they don't introduce him right away in Justice League. Or maybe he could appear in a solo movie.

I would be excited for this slate if it were true, but still… WB's rules. All of these films will be super-serious like Man of Steel, and that's going to be no fun at all. "No jokes", man…

It seems Sony Pictures Animation has been announcing lots of non-sequel projects these days. Can You Imagine?, Medusa, Superbago… Now something completely unexpected.

A faith-based film called The Lamb, which will be a co-production with Franklin Entertainment, which was founded by author/former MGM exc/preacher DeVon Franklin.

Kind of out of left field, when's the last time we saw a major studio-produced animated film that was Biblical or faith-based? DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt back in 1998, perhaps. Of course, I'm not counting the likes of VeggieTales movies or that Noah Ark's animated film that came out a few years ago. Also this year, we got Darren Aronofsky's controversial Noah and Ridley Scott's upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings on the live action/big budget blockbuster end.

Quite an interesting announcement to say the least…

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