- Jason Reitman's Right of Way Films has picked up Simon Rich's excesses-of-the-rich satire Elliot Allagash
, reports THR
. Current SNL writer Rich will adapt his book, which follows a picked-on private school student who is taken under the wing of another student, the villainous, drunken Allagash. While Reitman does intend to produce, he may not direct. The filmmaker is currently developing Bonzai Shadowhands
with The Office
's Rainn Wilson starring as a once-great ninja who is leading a dull life. Right of Way Films was co-created with Indian Paintbrush, backed by billionaire Steven Rales, who will produce and finance the project.
- Empire spoke
to producer Don Hahn (Beauty and The Beast
, The Lion King
) while visiting pre-production of his next film (Tim Burton's feature update of Frankenweenie
). In the interview, he reveals that The Lion King
will follow Beauty and The Beast
to 3-D theaters. Don't hold your breath, but once it arrives, "it's going to be spectacular," Hahn promises. Although secretive about the Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
sequel, Hahn does say that fans will soon be be "very, very, very happy." The rumored adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen
is, at least for now, sitting on the shelf. Arguably most exciting of all, Maleficent
(in which Angelina Jolie might star, and Burton might direct) is definitely happening, but according to Hahn it's "too early to talk about it." Fingers crossed.
- Disney has another 3-D venture: real life Disney mansions in Orlando, Fla., for sale between $1.5 and 8 million. According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney believes the market for luxury homes is making a rebound, despite the average price for homes in Orlando pegged at $243,000. The proposed forty-square-mile development, called Golden Oak, is intended for 450 homes and a Four Seasons hotel. While reactions are mixed and the wait is likely eight to ten years, buyers are invited to plunk down $25,000 to get on the reservation list.