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Director Mark Andrews Talks Replacing Brenda Chapman On 'Brave,' The Future Of 'John Carter' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2012 11:06 AM
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – Mark Andrews, who makes his feature directorial debut this weekend on Pixar's heavily hyped, medieval girl-power romp "Brave" (taking duties over for Brenda Chapman, who parted ways with the film – more on that in a minute) was also an assistant director and co-writer on "John Carter," Disney's massively budgeted sci-fi spectacle that crashed and burned like an out-of-control Martian spaceship. Few filmmakers have been in the unenviable position of being involved in huge (and occasionally troubled) productions this close together.

'John Carter' Producer Jim Morris Confirms Sequel 'John Carter: The Gods Of Mars' Already In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 2:30 PM
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Well, this is not really all that much of a surprise considering it's now a standard practice. For anyone who has been paying attention in 2011, major projects like "Real Steel" and "Green Lantern" were already talking about sequels long before they hit theaters. Studios are all about franchises right now, and they don't want to be waiting around for years for a sequel should a movie turn out to be a big hit. Thus, with press assembled right now in Arizona for a massive "John Carter" pow wow with everyone involved with the movie, talk of a followup is already in the air.

Stephen Daldry Hopes To Make Long-Gestating 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' As 8-Hour HBO Series

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2011 10:21 AM
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This year marks a full decade since Michael Chabon's masterpiece "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel telling the story of America in the 1930s and 1940s through the eyes of two Jewish comic book creators, was published. And as tends to happen with a cultural phenomenon like that book, movie rights were snapped up even before publication, with Scott Rudin (who produced the adaptation of Chabon's "Wonder Boys" around the same time) acquiring the project, and setting the late Sydney Pollack to direct, with Jude Law circling the role of escape-artist-turned-comic-artist Joe Kavalier. 

Novelist Michael Chabon Confirmed To Pen Disney Tentpole 'Magic Kingdom' For Jon Favreau

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2011 3:45 AM
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In theory, the idea that Disney are following up the momentous success of their "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise not just with potential ride-based films "Tiki," Guillermo Del Toro's "Haunted Mansion" and "Jungle Cruise," the latter of which may star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, but with one based around the entire Magic Kingdom, the heart and soul of their theme parks worldwide, should be horrifying. But so far, Disney seem to be making some smart choices, suggesting that, at the very least, it's not going to be a half-assed knock-off like "On Stranger Tides."

Jon Favreau & Michael Chabon Looking To Team On Script For 'Magic Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2011 2:43 AM
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With the "Iron Man" franchise now firmly behind him, director Jon Favreau can focus on his next mega-tentpole, the Disney pic "Magic Kingdom." Yes, it's a movie based on the theme park attraction, and as was noted last year when he signed on, a writer was being sought to pen a new draft of the script, which was initially written by Ron Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"). Who would've thought it would be one of the most celebrated writers in recent years?

Authors Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman Developing 'Hobgoblin,' HBO Series About Magicians In WW2

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 9, 2011 2:38 AM
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Michael Chabon is, incontestably, one of our favorite working writers. A terrific short-story writer and essayist, he particularly shines in his longer-form work, where he often tinkers with genre tropes, applying them to recent Jewish history to frequently astounding effect, as in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" and "Gentlemen of the Road."

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