AICN set alight the touchpaper when they posted the rumour that Tim Burton is developing another remake of a Disney classic following his work on the much anticipated Alice In Wonderland.
This time Burton is lining up Sleeping Beauty, but as always with Burton there is a twist. The story would be told from the point of view of Maleficent, the glorious antagonist of the classic Disney film.
The hand of Tim Burton is evident in every image and trailer we have seen so far of the forthcoming Alice in Wonderland adaptation. The familiar black and white stripes abound along with a decidedly playful take on the inhabitants of Wonderland and all point to Burton’s honing of his own particular take on the much loved tale. The opportunity to see Burton examine the dark heart of Sleeping Beauty is one too good to miss, even if it means production on Dark Shadows takes its place on the Burton back burner.
The guys over at MiceChat have landed some great construction photos and information from the Disneyland Resort. In this weeks post they cover:
- Stoller rental shop
- 55th Anniversary merchandise is now up around the park
- Capt EO Moving in, Honey I shrunk the kids moving out
- Rivers of America Construction
- World of Color with Bonus video!
- The Little Mermaid and Cars Land is underway
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Construction at Disneyland Hotel
- and much more
I am not going to go into detail here just suggest you check out all the great Project Tracker construction photos here.
The World of Color construction is well under way at Disneyâ€™s California Adventure park. Guests are in for a real treat when the spectacular nighttime water show debuts later this year. In the meantime, take a look at this video. The construction and testing are surprisingly entertaining. The platform you see is longer than a football field and itâ€™s covered with more than 1,200 fountains. The idea for this show began in 2004. Thatâ€™s six years ago! Weâ€™re in the home stretch!
While I think less than a year is suitable to write, film, edit and produce a blockbuster like this we will see how it plays out. Don’t be surprised to see it pushed back a year..Here an article from Hawaii Magazine talking about the film coming to Hawaii:
Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ fourth film in its hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean adventure-comedy franchise will film on Kauai and Oahu this summer, it was announced this morning.
The upcoming flick, titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will again star Johnny Depp in his Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow. Also returning for their fourth runs on a Pirates production are Geoffrey Rush as Sparrow nemesis Captain Hector Barbossa, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio.
Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine) will take over directing duties from Gore Verbinski, who helmed the film series’ first three installments. On Stranger Tides is slated for a May 20, 2011, release.
Walt Disney Company president and CEO Bob Iger met with Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle last Friday to share news of Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ intention of filming a presumably large portion of On Stranger Tides in the Islands. The production is expected to generate an estimated $85 million in total spending while in Hawaii. Disney had previously shot brief scenes for the series’ third film Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worldâ€™s End on Maui and Molokai in 2006.
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Microsoft and Disney have held “in-depth talks” to bring ESPN content to the Xbox 360, The New York Times reports.
The addition of streaming sports content could give the Xbox a leg up again on competitors Sony and Nintendo, whose respective PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles now have the Netflix streaming for which Xbox once boasted exclusivity. The NYT reports ESPN content on Xbox could be offered for a per-subscriber fee.
From the NYT report, which cited anonymous sources close to the talks:
ESPN could provide live streams of sporting events, similar to the ones available through ESPN 360, a service that is available from some high-speed Internet providers. Microsoft could also create some interactive games in association with ESPN, the people said, although a deal has not yet been struck.
Read the full NYT story â€“ which is mainly about the three consoles’ transition from pure gaming to entertainment platforms â€“ here.