Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More First Reviews For 'Terminator Genisys' Suggest Franchise Didn't Need To Say "I'll Be Back" First Reviews For 'Terminator Genisys' Suggest Franchise Didn't Need To Say "I'll Be Back" Kit Harington & Dakota Fanning Replace Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In 'Brimstone' Kit Harington & Dakota Fanning Replace Robert Pattinson & Mia Wasikowska In 'Brimstone' The Essentials: The 5 Best Colin Farrell Perfomances The Essentials: The 5 Best Colin Farrell Perfomances The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'Candyland' Writers Move Onto Yet Another Cuddly Protagonist: Reese Witherspoon

The Playlist By Ben Shearn | The Playlist November 23, 2011 at 4:44PM

'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'Candyland' Writers Move Onto Yet Another Cuddly Protagonist: Reese Witherspoon
1

Aibel Berger Wish List Reese Witherspoon
Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, while not revolutionizing the format, represent a snappy, frivolous voice within the endless procession of big-budget CGI features. They penned the “Kung Fu Panda” movies, which were both jocular, jaunty and generally jolly good times. They also have credits on “Monsters & Aliens,” the “Alvin & Chipmunks” squeakquels, and cut their teeth with “King of the Hill.”

Let’s hope their long-standing immersion in the physics-less world of cartoons doesn’t enter too deeply into their re-tooling of the Reese Witherspoon project, “Wish List.” Early plot details center the story on a girl who’s really focused on her career and is thrown for a loop when all her childhood wishes are suddenly granted. This premise plus Reese Witherspoon caché/financing plus writers coming out of a 10-year fog of animation logic might (and we’re just saying “might”) be the formula for another overblown special effects based fantasy comedy in the realm of (gulp) “Bedtime Stories.” The thought alone makes us shudder. However, minus the misanthropic bile of Adam Sandler’s worldview and plus two passably witty Hollywood scribes makes for a slightly less abrasive equation.

The script has been around since 2001 and was originally written for a male lead -- we’re guessing with Jim Carrey or, uh… you know…Adam Sandler in mind. And it’s finally found a home with Witherspoon and Mayhem Pictures producers Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray. Aibel and Berger were hired to re-route the gender and perhaps brush some of the pop-culture dust off the 11-year-old screenplay.

The writers’ vacation from entertaining infantilism ends after “Wish List” though. Their next job is to adapt “Candyland” for the big screen. [THR]

This article is related to: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Wish List, Reese Witherspoon


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates