Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bits Journal #38


DreamWorks wasn't the only studio who saw some changes of management...

Sony Pictures Animation has a new president, none other than a former DreamWorks producer named Kristine Belson. In her ten-year run there, she executive produced How To Train Your Dragon and was a main producer on The Croods, one of the studio's few post-2012 hits. She was also set to executive produce the (temporarily?) shelved B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.

Belson's predecessor was Michelle Raimo Kouyate, who was onboard since the Cloudy days.

It's good to hear about Sony Pictures Animation following the whole Interview mess. In addition to this announcement, Sony finally announced some release dates for future films, one of which being the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which will open 7/22/2016. Unfortunately, there was no word on what Sony Animation's 9/23/2016 release will be (it's gonna be Popeye, been calling it for a while), or what the title of the reboot Smurfs film will be.

Also, no word on Spider-Man's future. Apparently Sony Pictures' Brazilian Facebook posted something alluding to the much talked about Sinister Six film that might just not happen. Whatever happened with that supposed "summit" anyway?

Here's what Ms. Belson had to say...

"Ten years ago I was lucky enough to join DreamWorks Animation, where I developed a deep understanding and love of the artistry of animation. I am now so charged up to be able to bring my experience and perspective to Sony Pictures Animation, to build on what they’ve begun and to reach new heights. I am deeply grateful to Amy, my first mentor, for giving me this incredible opportunity."

Another interesting note: She'll produce the studio's Medusa, which is Lauren Faust's feature film directorial debut.

After months and months of being kept in the dark, Fox has finally unleashed a teaser for their upcoming Fantastic 4 reboot...


I don't know, this teaser did very little for me. It's not the redesigns of the four's costumes, and it isn't the changes they made to the story or anything... For me, this trailer lacked a sense of wonder. On top of being a little too serious for its own good, it just doesn't look fun. However, this is a teaser and the actual film could surprise. Fox is knocking it out with X-Men as of late, and they're surprisingly doing well in other departments, movie-wise. This could be good, but given everything I've heard about it, it might not be.

Again, I can't shake the fact that they kept delaying it and they finally got started mere months before the very month the rights were supposed to revert back to Disney/Marvel. It just always seemed like a hasty rights grab to me, although Josh Trank directing and Simon Kinberg writing... Now Philip Glass doing the score...

It could work. The MCU doesn't really need FF at this point, though having Galactus and Dr. Doom would be more than nice. Hopefully the film turns out to be good...


Shaun the Sheep the Movie finally got its US release... In the form of a screening at the Sundance Film Festival...

The film, which opens next Friday in the UK, still has yet to get a domestic release date. What's taking so long? IMDb says that Relativity Media will be the one to give this film a US release, but no date has been inked. C'mon, Aardman's newest film - a stop-motion film no less - shouldn't not be released in theaters here in the states!

Relativity had an opportunity with mid-April, but they took too long and the Weinstein Company snagged it for Underdogs. It's probably not going to be box office gold to begin with, so they should stake out a random date anyway. Hey, how about early March? Far enough from SpongeBob, and far enough from Home.

Will it get a theatrical release in North America? I sure hope so, what do you think?

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