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6 Best Non-Animated Kids Movies On Netflix

by Kaylen Summers

Finding the right movies to watch with your little ones can be a tiresome job. Especially, if your little ones don’t have the patience to wait till you find time a good, child-friendly flick.

It’s time to sit back and have a relaxing movie night with your kids. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. After going through all the best kids movies available on Netflix, We’ve tailored a list of 6 awesome, non-animated, kids movies that you can watch right away.

Don’t forget to get the snacks!

A Wrinkle in Time

⌛1h 50m 🍅42%

Meg’s father was on a quest to discover a scientific breakthrough. But suddenly, he vanishes into another realm in space. However, with the help of three peculiar beings,  Meg, her brother, Charles, and friend Calvin reaches the realm to find out what dangers are holding her father back and to help him return back home safely.

Walk. Ride. Rodeo. (2019)

⌛1h 39m 🍅53%

This movie has a true story of survival  that will surely inspire your children.  Amberley Snyder is a nationally ranked barrel racer. After barely surviving an automobile accident, she is now paralyzed from the waist down. But with strong will-power and determination, she fights back to her place in the sport she loves.

Benji (2018)

⌛1h 27m 🍅60%

This Benji (2018) is an improved retelling of 1974’s hugely popular Benji.  The movie tells the story of an adorable stray dog who becomes friends with two kids. But when his new owners go missing, Benji becomes the hero to save the day and his little owners.

The Jungle Book (2016)

⌛1h 51m 🍅95%

We all know this epic tale, right? Now, it’s time that your kids see this one too. Mowgli is a boy who was raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. The villainous Shere Khan, a tiger, is out to kill him. But with the help of a mentor panther and a friendly bear, Mowgli escapes his clutches.

The Little Rascals (1994)

⌛1h 28m 🍅23%

This movie sure brings back a lot of memories and nostalgia. The movie is about a bunch of kids trying to find funny solutions to their trifles. Even though they are little, these adorable kids sure know how to stir up some trouble.

The BFG (2016)

⌛1h 28m 🍅23%

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, this movie is about a young girl named Sophie. She becomes friends with a Big Friendly Giant- the BFG. Now, together they are on a mission to protect the world from something evil. Will they be able to succeed?!

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6 Most Anticipated Action Movies of 2020

by Kaylen Summers

Welcome to the year that fulfills your patience. 2020 is the year we will see many of the most awaited movies hit the theatre. It’s like we have been waiting forever for these awesome flicks to land in theaters.  However, with so many movies hitting theaters at the same time, there is a chance for you to miss out on the best ones.

Lucky for you, we have prepared a list of awesome upcoming action movies that you will regret not seeing. Mark your calendars for these most anticipated action blockbusters.

The Gentlemen (2019) Trailer

The Gentlemen (2020) is an upcoming movie directed by Guy Ritchie. The movie talks about a British drug lord named Mickey Pearson who has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. He is looking to sell off his drug empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Releasing Date: 24 January 2020

Bad Boys For Life (2020) Trailer

Bad Boys For Life (2020) will see the return of old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. The two are now part of a newly created elite team from the Miami police department called AMMO. They will be teaming up to take down Armando Armas, the ruthless leader of a Miami drug cartel.

Releasing Date: 17 January 2020

The King’s Man (2020) Trailer

Directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Karl Gajdusek, The King’s Man is a prequel to the Kingsman film series. The plot of the movie takes place during the early-1900s and describes how the spy agency was formed.

Releasing Date: 14 February 2020

Top Gun: Maverick(2020) Trailer

Top Gun: Maverick is the direct sequel to 1986’s Top Gun. The movie takes place 34 years after the events of the original film. Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell is the new flight instructor of Top Gun. He guides Bradley, Goose’s son to become an aviator like his father.

Releasing Date: June 26, 2020

Bloodshot (2020) Trailer

Bloodshot (2020) is the upcoming movie based on the comics from Valiant comics. Ray Garrison is a marine who got murdered along with his wife. However, he was resurrected by a team of scientists with the help of nanotechnology. With the nanobots in his bloodstream, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot.

Releasing Date:  21 February 2020

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) marks the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga of Star Wars. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron resume their journey with the power and knowledge of generations behind them. The narrative continues with the surviving Resistance facing off against the First Order again.

Releasing Date: 20 December 2019

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Onward (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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Star War’s Lands in a Pit of Uncertainty Yet Again

by Emily Keen

The future of the Star Wars franchise is still on the fence. With GOT creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff exiting the project, fans are left to wonder how and where the brand will progress from here on.

Kevin Feige is set to produce a Star Wars film but that won’t happen any time soon since the Marvel studios honcho is busy with MCU projects. Feige who has led the Marvel universe on a sensational journey with multiple billion-dollar products was rumored to probably take over Lucasfilm. But a recent report from ‘Variety’ dismissed the rumors of Feige attaining any big role at Lucasfilm.

Besides, the Star Wars Franchise is a solid brand in itself and needs not to worry about the effects of organizational level mishaps. Each film in the universe aside from Star Wars: Solo Story has grossed over $1 billion global collections.

Also, creators leaving a project is not entirely an alien situation for the franchise. Remember when Colin Trevorrow and Josh Trank left their Star Wars projects even before they started? Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unforeseen exit from the Han Solo-centric feature was almost an upheaval of stellar proportions.

In a recent report, Variety cleared some facts on the unfortunate situation the creators and makers were trapped in and how the Ron Howard did the unthinkable by filling in the last moment.

The duo viewed the project as an opportunity to weave a fresh and unique concept that sets it apart from the other franchise films and not just make it a fan service affair. Lucasfilm, however, was not in for all the improvisation and risk-taking. Where everyone was looking forward to a Lord-and-Miller-directed Han Solo feature, the duo had a hard time coming up with a vision for the film that harmonized with the outlook of the studio. Extensive experimentation and uncertainty caused the film’s production to be delayed thus inviting a situation wherein no other option was left for the two rather than to leave the franchise.

The studio ultimately brought in Howard who shot 70 percent of the final feature and delivered the $250M film right in time for its Memorial Day release.

It looks like Benioff and Weiss’ departing situation is much better than that of Miller and Lord’s retreat. Obviously, because the project has not begun any production.

As reported by Variety “The departure of the two [David Benioff, D.B. Weiss] likely sends the studio back to the drawing board with the future of the series more uncertain than it has been since Disney closed its $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm in 2012.”

But given Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilms’ expertise in handling the status quo, the franchise definitely seems in safe hands. Although they don’t have much time with the release of the last film of Skywalker Saga closing in. The fact that they do need a comprehensive strategy for future-proofing the brand is inevitable.

The last chapter of the Skywalker trilogy is all set for release on December 20th, 2019.

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Game of Thrones Creators Drop Star Wars Trilogy Project

by Emily Keen

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have chosen to walk away from the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy. The Game of Throne creators juggled a $200 M deal with Netflix and realized it was not possible to do justice to both projects in the given time frame. 

The duo had entered an agreement with Disney Lucasfilm to write and produce the project. The official announcement of the deal came in February 2018. But earlier this year, when GOT was almost ready for its final showdown, ‘Deadline’ found out that the duo were being approached by as many as 6 film studios.

The pair finally closed a $200 M deal to write, produce and direct a venture for Netflix. 

Benioff and Weiss acknowledged in a public statement that it would not be fair for more than one project to be handled in such tight frames. 

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” they said in a statement to Deadline on Tuesday. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

Kathleen Kenedy, Lucasfilm President said in his statement: “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

No comments were made on as to what the future of this trilogy would be, but that need not concern Star Wars fans. A different trilogy from Rian Johnson is already on charts of Lucasfilm along with other releases in the Franchise. These include Kevin Feige’s film, Disney + live-action series Mandalorian and the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Disney + series. 

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Disney is Plotting the Second Round of Hocus Pocus

by Emily Keen

A sequel of the cult favorite Halloween classic Hocus Pocus is apparently making movements. A report from ‘Collider’ confirmed that Jen D’Angelo is on board and working on the script. The sequel is exclusively aimed for streaming on Disney’s web streaming service, Disney +.

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The report also claims that the writer has been asked to work the script to get back the original characters. The 1993 classic starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in the role of the three lead witches. There are rumors that the three actresses might make a return in the sequel. If they will reprise their roles or pass the legacy to a new generation of actors, is still a fact that remains unclear. Given the fact that the Witches are obsessed with restoring their youth, we may not be wrong to assume that the Sanderson sisters could be portrayed by three young faces.

The original PG-rated film was written by Mick Harris. The plot follows as a young boy, Max unintentionally resurrects the Sanderson sisters (the witches) from the dead inviting trouble for his little sister. The film progresses as Max along with his love interest Allison makes a run from the witches trying to save his sister and all the children in the city. The film was helmed by Kenny Ortega.

Many of the original cast has expressed interest in making a return in the sequel, including the actresses who played the witches and also Doug Jones who played the deadman, Billy Butcherson. Considering the cultural impact of the characters, Disney could very well grant them the wish.

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The film then did not land as a box office success initially, but over the years went on to become one of the most-watched Halloween movies. Despite the film lacking commercial success, Disney has kept its fad piqued with recurring streaming on All Hallows Eve. It’s consistent airing on Disney’s networks probably aided the film’s growth as a classic loved by a huge faction of audience.

As for D’Angelo, she has served as a writer-producer for CBS’ Happy Together and Fox’s sitcom LA to Vegas.  She also holds the credits as the associate producer of Netflix’s Game Over, Man!  She also made a consistent appearance on Facebook series Loosely exactly Nicole, as Veronica.

Disney + launches on November 12 it plans to add a whole lot of fan-favorite freights to the platter in addition to lots of reboots and spin-offs. Stay tuned to Spotflik for more updates on movies.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s Jungle Cruise (2020) is an adventure movie based on the famous theme park ride of the same name. The movie is set in the early 20th century and is about a riverboat captain named Frank who takes a scientist and her brother into the jungle. Their mission is to find the tree of life, which has great healing powers.

Releasing Date: July 24, 2020

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Aladdin Officially Beats Avengers: Endgame

by Emily Keen

Aladdin has officially steered past the theatrical run of Avengers: Endgame. It released on May 24th and has now completed 143 days on the big screen.

Avengers: Endgame sure stays the highest-grossing movie of the times beating James Cameron’s Avatar with a worldwide collection of $2.79 billion. Aladdin’s collections stand at $1.05 billion.

In his interview with comicbook.com Aladdin producer, Dan Lin said

“I mean, we’re just so fortunate we got Will,” Lin said. “As has been publicized, he passed at first and then he thought about it some more. I think Jaden [Smith] may have influenced him, and encouraged his role in this movie, but that’s the only way that you can cast this movie, which is with the biggest movie star in the world. And it’s a role that is so complex because it requires singing and dancing, high expectations, it requires comedy, it requires drama. It really requires kind of the full skill set of an actor, and he pulled it off. And how he did that was he made it really personal. I think that’s the number one overarching theme that everyone brought the movie. They made this movie by bringing their personality to it.”

“And so Will Smith, if you look closely at the Genie, is influenced by what he did so well in Hitch and what he did so well with Fresh Prince,” the producer continued. “This is a hip hop genie and so it’s very specific to Will. No other actor could have done this the way he did, in the same way no other actor could have done the genie the way Robin Williams did. They are so iconic and so the way Will interpreted the Genie was to make an iconic character that only he can play that is very true to himself. And that’s what really excited us and allowed us to differentiate and stand out from the previous Aladdin movie.”

As of Thursday Aladdin was still being played across 105 screens in the United States. Whereas Endgame is available digitally and also on physical home media. It is Disney’s one of five movies to hit the 1 billion mark in 2019 alongside The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and of course the showstopper of the Year Endgame.  And that is not all! Disney still holds two more cards up its sleeve before it ends the year with a bang. Frozen 2 open in Theatres in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit the screens at Christmas. The predecessors of both features are members of the $1 billion club.

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Onward (2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Onward (2020) is the upcoming animation feature from Disney and Pixar. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot are given a wizard staff that could summon their dead father for one day. However, with their magic, they could only bring half of him back. Now, the brothers are on a journey to find more magic so that they could spend one last day with their father.

Releasing Date: 4 March 2020

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How about David Diggs as The Jamaican Crab?

by Emily Keen

‘Sebastian’ the chatty crab may finally have a voice in Disney’s live-action feature of The Little Mermaid. Blindspotting actor David Diggs is in talks to be featured as Sebastian in the adaptation of the 1989 animated pic. Sebastian is a close friend to princess Ariel and happens to sing one of the acclaimed songs from the movie- Under the sea.  

The movie will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The titular character of The Little Mermaid has already been claimed by Halle Bailey. Melissa McCarthy will play the evil aunt Ursula. Oscar Awardee Javier Bardem is in talks for the role of King Triton. Awkwafina and Jacob Trembly will be Skuttle and Flounder respectively.

Harry Styles was almost set for the role of Prince Eric but called the deal off this summer. 

Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda was rumored to play Sebastian’s role but the filmmakers apparently feel that Diggs can pull it off way better. As for Miranda, this seems only a little less work among many other duties. In addition to producing the film, Miranda will also be working on the songs of the film along with Alan Menken who was also behind the score and sound of the original animated pic.

The then Sebastian was voiced by Samuel E.wright.

Director Rob Marshall will also be producing the film alongside Marc Platt, John DeLuca, and Miranda.

Marshall in his statement to comicbook.com said,

“There are things I’ve learned about how you have to work to integrate songs into story, and how it has to feel earned. It can’t just be sort of put there, placed there, because you feel there should be a song. It has to be a song that’s earned, that takes you there. And so as we’re working on, in a way, fleshing out The Little Mermaid — Ariel has one song in the animated film — and so we’re looking for maybe more material.”

“Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda are coming on board to write some lyrics, so that’s exciting, to sort of take what was there, which is so beloved, but also find a way to create a live-action version of it,” Marshall said, adding “the lessons of creating an original musical have been very helpful so far.”-He added.

Diggs rose to fame with as Marquis de Lafayette in the infamous Broadway production of Hamilton. He was also awarded a Tony for the best featured actor in a musical. He also has Wonder, Undone and the upcoming tele series Snowpiercer to his credits.

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Frozen 2 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sequel to Frozen (2013), Frozen 2 takes place three years after the events of the first film. Elsa and her sister embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magic powers and save their kingdom. They are joined by Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

Release Date: November, 2019

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Why Fox Movies Are Continuously Failing After The Merger? Disney CEO Explains

by Kaylen Summers

Walt Disney’s acquisition streak made history earlier this year when it officially took over 20th Century Fox’s assets. The move not only changed the modern-day media landscape, but also how Fox studios was functioning in recent years. While it’s obvious that the studio is experiencing something of a cinematic slump, the fuzz surrounding the topic had to finally settle down with Disney CEO Bob Iger speaking out about it. In a recent interview, Iger revealed the status of the assets before the deal and how Fox’s movies were not making any profit.

He explained: “It wasn’t a slap-down. It was an admission that the movies that they had made failed. And I actually gave then a tremendous amount of cover by saying that when companies are bought, processes and decision making can come to a halt.

“There were problems at that studio well before the deal was announced. But the reason I did not believe that it was something we should be concerned about is. Because it’s a short-term problem. And with the talent that we have at our studio, that are now supervising with some of their executives all the movies that they decide to make and how they are made, I’m convinced that the turnaround can happen. It’s not a snap your fingers, but it’s not 10 years of lost value. It’s a year and a half.”

It was earlier this year that Disney closed the $71.3 billion deal to finally acquire Fox. The Mouse House inevitably took over the majority of the company’s media assets including all of the 20th Century Fox movie studio and popular movie franchises like X-men and Avatar. However, the real problem started when movies that were already completed by Fox prior to the merger got released by Disney. These movies performed worse at the box office and eventually ended up as flops. Ultimately, over an underwhelming quarter, the studio ended up with $170 million in operational losses alone.

It is obvious that with a major merger like this, it takes time to finally get things in place. Fortunately, Bob Iger has no problem taking time and fixing it. And he has every reason to be confident about it too as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is already in the works for Fox’s Marvel properties, such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Feige is known for creating big returns from often what is called B-class or C-class franchises by turning them into blockbusters. Take the journey from Ironman to Endgame for example.

If Disney can work out similar magic on the rest of Fox’s catalog, then the future will be looking bright for them. But till then it will be more or less a process of rip it up and start again. Only time will prove whether Fox was a good investment for Disney like Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm. But, someone like Bob Iger, who has consistently proved he knows what he’s doing, it is just a matter of time till we see the next big blockbuster from Fox. (We are definitely talking about you, Avatar)

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Beats Captain Marvel; Becomes 3rd Biggest Film in 2019

by Kaylen Summers

It seems like 2019 is the year fro Disney, as yet another film from it’s Marvel roaster is making its way to the top of the charts. Recent box office numbers are revealing that Spider-Man: Far From Home has surpassed the number three spot held by Captain Marvel for a while. In addition to that, the movie is also now the 8th highest-grossing film the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So far, the Spider-Man sequel has earned $1,128,276,196 worldwide, overtaking Captain Marvel’s total gross of $1,128,274,794 worldwide. However, when it comes to domestic sales, it still stands tall at $426,829,839. In the second place, there is The Lion King which has made $533,992,775 domestically and $1,616,992,775 worldwide. Of course, these numbers are nothing compared with Avengers: Endgame, which still remains as the top-grossing movie of all time with $858,373,000 earned domestically and $2,796,274,401 worldwide.

With the numbers laid out like this, there is no doubt that Disney is easily the strongest brand in all of the entertainment. However, given the recent split between Sony and Disney, this may get particularly magnified for the future entries in the Spider-Man franchise.

Spider-Man: Far From Home features Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Zendaya (MJ), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio) in the lead roles. Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) are the other stars of the movie.

The movie is the next chapter to Marvel’s Spider-Man series and the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming. Our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is on a European vacation with his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang. However, all plans turn upside down as he agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of the elemental creature attacking and creating havoc across the continent.

Other top spot earned of 2019 include Toy Story 4 ($432,395,259 domestic, $$1,057,895,259 worldwide) at the fourth spot and Aladdin at number five ($355,088,567 domestic, $1,046,920,888 worldwide). Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw ($168,317,320 domestic, $740,917,320 worldwide) has made it to the sixth place and is so far the only non-Disney owned property in the list.

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Lion King Beats Avengers; Becomes 7th Biggest Movie of All Time

by Kaylen Summers

For all those people who are saying that Disney doesn’t know how to churn out a hit at the box office: Please step back!! Over the weekend, the studio has yet again made its dominance felt.

Disney’s The Lion King opened up to be one of the most grossing movies to come from the House of Mouse. The latest live-action addition is still continuing its reign at the box office, and recent reports are revealing that it is surpassing The Avengers to become the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time. Yes! Simba has beaten Earth’s mightiest heroes which is nothing shy of impressive, to say the very least of it.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Disney’s reimaging of its classic animated film features the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, and James Earl Jones.

With the Labor Day weekend behind us, The Lion King has now grossed in a total of more than $1.56 billion globally. The huge returns owe its share to the $523.5 million in domestic ticket sales and a stellar $1.04 billion from international markets. Previously, it was Marvel’s The Avengers who held the record position by nabbing around $1.51 billion when it was released in 2012. 

The Lion King also managed to bump down Black Panther ($1.34 billion) from its position in the all-time top ten. If the movie continues to shine well at the box office, then there is a chance that it could overtake Jurassic World ($1.67 billion) from the sixth position. However, going any higher than that would be a tough task, as the fifth spot is safe in the hands of Avengers: Infinity War with a whopping $2.04 billion in the collection box. It is obvious that Simba’s roar wouldn’t have that much strength to reach there.

Apart from the numbers, this accomplishment shows how much the Mouse House defies expectations. Disney knows the winning formula to churn out content that audiences want to see. While every other studio struggled this summer, Disney dominated the box office again, giving hit after hit. This milestone is only one among the long list of achievements for Disney. The studio currently occupies six of the top 10 spots on the highest-grossing movie list and nine of the top 15 spots.

With already five movies released, they are also having a record-breaking year. Avengers: EndgameThe Lion KingCaptain MarvelToy Story 4 and Aladdin have all grossed at least $1 billion at the box office, making Disney the most money earned studio in a calendar year. But, they are not going to settle down with that. Big releases such as Maleficent: Mistress of EvilFrozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are already lined up and they are sure to have a great shot at taking in $10 billion or more before 2020. Now, it seems like Disney’s only competition at the box office is itself.

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Disney’s Upcoming Animation Movie Revealed at the D23 Expo

by Emily Keen

Disney has spilled the beans on the film that was holding on to the November 2020 slot.

Raya & the Last Dragon is a fantasy action-adventure which draws its essence from the culture of Southeast Asia. The film was upstaged at the D23 Expo by Walt Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, Jennifer Lee.

The movie showcases the life of a warrior Raya, who is faced with a challenge of saving the Kingdom of Kumandra against a dark force. And for that, she needs to find the last surviving dragon.

The panel members at the Expo had the pleasure of witnessing a splendid 3-minute long footage from the movie.

The clip showed Raya (voiced by Cassie Steele) and her younger brother, heading through a lush green forest and finally coming face to face with Sisu. Sisu is a gorgeous pink and teal dragon voiced by Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame.

Sisu can apparently also transform into an old woman. Raya is a highly skilled swordswoman.

The movie will be directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins who also have Frozen and Big Hero 6 to their credits. The script was composed by Crazy Rich Asians’ writer, Adele Lim. Osnat Shurer will be producing the venture which is slated for release on November 25, 2020.

The plot features an unconventional face of planet earth and a civilization that celebrates the power and wisdom of mythological creatures –The dragons. The dragons have all vanished from the planet except for one- Sisu. The Land of dragon in the age comprises five different clans. Raya takes up the challenge with a bunch of eccentrics to bring unity and light back to the land.

 

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Spiderman Retreats from MCU as Marvel and Sony Call Off their Agreement

by Emily Keen

News is out that Sony has called off its agreement with Marvel in response to Disney’s demands over Spiderman’s collections. Post the massive success of Spiderman: Far From Home, the news comes as a shocker. Though not for Sony as it is definitely capable of carrying forward the Franchise as it did earlier. For fans who loved Marvel’s involvement in the creative process, this comes as a disappointment.

Sony went public confirming the news on Tuesday night.

“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”. “Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.” Sony said in its statement.

The reps of Disney and Marvel were not available to clear their side of the story.

Post the split Kevin Feige, Vice President of Marvel Studios will not produce any Spiderman films. But as Sony has hinted, things may change in the future.

What exactly caused this abrupt decision?

Disney apparently insisted on a half and half agreement on co-financing the MCU Spiderman movies which Sony outwardly rejected. The Current arrangement gets Marvel a five percent of the gross box office revenue that a Spiderman movie makes. Disney’s proposal would have proved a substantial boost to MCU’s share. Sony, however, wanted things to remain as they are. Disney could not be unhappier and let the deal go void.

Disney and Sony’s talks on splitting the Spiderman profits have been in talks for months now. As a part of an update to the deal that closed in 2015, Marvel would produce the movies while Sony still owned the brand and the retained creative, distribution, financial control.

Disney’s offer of update would cover the future Spiderman movies that are currently in development. As reported by ‘Deadline’, Sony’s executives Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra rejected the demands without even a counteroffer.

Sony’s decision implies it is pretty much convinced of the success of the franchise without any involvement from the mouse house or MCU. Sony’s upcoming lineup of projects is also very rich with Two Spiderman films, Venom 2, a Morbius movie and a film about Kraven the Hunter.

Marvel does not seem in the bad place either! With the recent acquisition of Fox by Disney, MCU now has access to an assortment of comics that it always wanted to bring into its universe.

The X-Men Franchise will now be under Fiege’s umbrella who also wants to pull Deadpool into the Marvel world. But will he not regret losing his favorite Spidey?

Most importantly what does this mean for the MCU fans who loved having Spiderman in their favorite verse? After having delivered high voltage romps like Endgame and Far From Home, Spiderman had become a crucial force in the MCU dynamic. Will fans be able to come to terms with the fact that the awkward and funny Peter Parker will never cross paths with other marvel heroes?

As we dig deeper, numerous questions arise and complexities seem evident.

Only time will tell the impact of the decision on the future of the Spiderman franchise.

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Disney Plans For A Aladdin Sequel. Will It Be ‘The Return Of Jafar’?

by Kaylen Summers

Yeah, yeah! We all know how frenzy Disney is when it comes to ‘reimaging’ their classic tales. Over the past few years, the Mouse House has been on a streak of remaking their old animated features into live-action ones. Even though the critics are not at all happy with these retellings, the box-office numbers are enough for the studio to continue making such flicks.

But, don’t underestimate these movies as lousy remakes. They are at the top of the game when it comes to budget, visual effects, star power, and promotions. And as a result, they smash through millions at the box-office. The 2019 movie Aladdin is a perfect example of this. The movie was a huge win for not only the studios but for Actor Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie as well, giving them their highest-grossing film so far.

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With Aladdin receiving such a huge response at the box-office, it is obvious that the studio will work on a sequel for it.  Recently producer Dan Lin revealed in an interview that the sequel is very much in the cards.

Lin explained: “We have now. We certainly when we first made the movie wanted to just make the best movie we could and let audiences tell us if they wanted to see more. And I would say resoundingly audiences want to see more. They’ve watched this movie multiple times. We have lots of fan letters about people who really go back and they bring their friends and bring their family. And so we feel like there’s more story to tell.

“We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original Aladdin movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before. We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”

Though Aladdin was a live-action remake, many changes were made to the original version of the story. So, we are curious about how the studio will be developing a suitable script for its sequel. The old animated feature had an indirect sequel named The Return of Jafar. From what we know, the new sequel will not be a direct adaptation of any movie, but an amalgam of various source materials- including the short-lived animated series as well.

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Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

by Kaylen Summers

After Sony’s Spiderman: Far From Home, Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake blasted past the $1 billion mark at the global box office. The movie marks the fifth Disney-branded live-action release to do so, alongside Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie is a remake of the original 1992 animated movie and stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar.

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Aladdin gave star Will Smith and director Guy Ritchie entry to the billion-dollar club for the first time. Earlier this month, Smith thanked his fans for making Aladdin the highest-grossing film of his career. the actor said: “To be in this game as long as I’ve been in this game, and to have my biggest movie at this point in my career, I just want to say thank you.”

Ritchie shared a video on Instagram thanking his “enthusiastic and creative” cast for making it one of his most successful films ever.

Massoud, who portrayed Aladdin in the film, also posted a celebratory video online on Friday, in which the actor said: “I told people six months ago that I thought Aladdin would hit a billion. I got laughed at quite a bit, I got dismissed but I believed in what we were showing people and the heart and soul that we put into the film and what the film represents… I’m really glad to say that we’re officially the most ethnically diverse cast to ever lead a film to the billion-dollar club.”

Aladdin opened with $117 million over the Memorial Day back in May.  The movie collected $343.1 million domestically and $656.2 million internationally, led by $98.8 million in Japan, $81.4 million in Korea, $53.3 million in China and $45.3 million in the UK.

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Early Reactions Praise ‘The Lion King’ As A Visual Masterpiece

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s classic 1994 animated film The Lion King is surely one of the most beloved animation features from the House of Mouse. With its immaculate animation, Shakespearean themes and pitch-perfect performances, it was the most grossing movie of the time. Years later, the movie is all set to break records again. 

The movie premiered in the US on Tuesday night and has been receiving praise from the critics for the film’s “beautiful effects” which is described as a “game-changer” for VFX.

Take a look at some of these tweets and you will understand for yourself.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the remake stars the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and John Oliver—with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa. 

The Lion King hits the big screen on June 18.

 

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil(2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sequel to the 2014 movie, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil tells the story about the relationship between the horned fairy, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the soon-to-be Queen, Aroura (Elle Fanning). The movie picks up five years after the first one and this time a formidable queen is causing a rift between the two.

Releasing Date: 17 October 2019

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Is Disney Finally Doing It is Right?! The Feminist Agenda Behind The New Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Movie

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’s live-action retelling of its classic animated movies continues with the latest addition Mulan. The movie is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a brave warrior woman who takes her father’s place in the army to fight against the invading Northern Forces.

Disney’s princesses had always been the epitome for gender stereotyping. Over the years, this was criticized severely by many and Disney clearly didn’t wanted to address serious issues like gender politics in their narratives. It is in this light that we should understand that the recent retellings are not just about taking us down the nostalgia lane or rendering a perfect live-action remake of their old blockbusters. The movie studio wants to correct their past mistakes and tell stories that are more appealing now. Diversity and representation are trending topics and Disney wants its share of the buzz.

However, no matter how hard they try, it all ends up as desperate gimmicks to get attention. Recent movies like Captial Marvel (Well, you know who owns Marvel, right?) and Aladdin showcased this desperateness. Captain Marvel was introduced as the first solo woman superhero movie of their decade-old cinematic universe. The movie failed tragically in its silly attempt to project the superhero as a feminist symbol. Later, they did the same with the live-action remake of Aladdin. Rather than being just a love interest for Aladdin, the lead female character Jasmine was given a satisfying arc that didn’t stand apart from the main plot. Unfortunately, the movie was still about the male protagonist and his adventures.

With Mulan, Disney might be aiming for a full-on feminist movie. The original 1998 animated flick, directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, itself was praised by critics for exploring and breaking conventional gender norms. The movie was released during the third wave of feminism and Disney was trying to capitalize on the trend. Despite many positive feminist images and departing from the usual “damsel in distress” storyline, the film had its troubles in staying true to its feminist thoughts.

The recent teaser that dropped appears serious in its content and lacks many Disney elements including their iconic songs. With an Asian woman in the lead role, the scope of the movie widens into territories that were once marginalized.

In the teaser, an elder woman of the family is seen explaining the traits of a ‘good wife’. These traits, of being quiet, composed, graceful, and disciplined, are the ones that Mulan’s family wants to see in her. While these traits are being told one by one, a montage of Mulan dressing up in their traditional female attire and makeup is shown juxtapositioned with her training with her sword.

The original flick may have had a hard time figuring out its feminist agenda. But, the new live-action version might focus more on its feminist core. Rather than Mulan just trying to be a man to break the gender stereotypes, we might get a Mulan who can finally embrace her female qualities to become a superior warrior. After all, the traits for a great warrior are also being quiet, composed, graceful, and disciplined.

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Disney’s Mulan(2020) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Disney’ Mulan is the live-action retelling of the 1998 animated film of the same name. The movie tells the story of a tomboyish girl who disguises herself as a young man.  She wants to fight with the Imperial Chinese Army and defend the country from Northern invaders.

Releasing Date: 27 March 2020 (USA) 

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Disney Secretly Deletes Sexual Misconduct Scenes From ‘Toy Story 2’

by Kaylen Summers

Toy Story 2 made a recent 4K release and some of the fans have noticed that one of the blooper scenes that featured during the closing credits was cut out. The scene involved the old prospector Stinky Pete being caught having a ‘questionable’ chat with the Barbie twins while the cameras were still rolling.

Pixar’s Toy Story movies are known for including fake outtakes in between the credits of the movies. Since the particular clip involves what appears to a ‘casting couch’ scenario, Disney might have thought that it might be best on their part to remove the scene from the new release. 

The scene involves Woody turning around his box to reveal Pete inside with the twins. Pete flirts with the twins saying: “And so, you two are absolutely identical? You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3… I’m sorry, are we back? Oh! Alright, girls, lovely talking with you, yes, anytime you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be glad to chat with you. Alright, off you go, then!”

It is obvious that the scene jokes on sexual misconduct in Hollywood. However, the exclusion of the clip has brought more attention to the scene than before. Some also pointed out that the scene hasn’t always been included in all versions of the film such as the DVD release.

Whatever the case may be, it’s surprising how the bad joke got into the beloved Pixar sequel, considering that the studio’s main realm involves mostly movies for children. Interesting aspects to be noted is that John Lasseter, who co-founded Pixar and wrote and directed the first two Toy Story movies, took a leave of absence from the company in 2017 after admitting to “missteps” with female employees. 

Being in an era where abuse against women are being questioned loudly and boldly, it is appreciatable that a major studio like Disney took such a step. However, rather than correcting the mistakes that had happened already, it would be better if such huge production houses took effective measures of censorship and not let such content to be made. 

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Frozen 2 (2019) Trailer

by Kaylen Summers

Sequel to Frozen (2013), Frozen 2 takes place three years after the events of the first film. Elsa and her sister embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magic powers and save their kingdom. They are joined by Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven.

Release Date: November, 2019

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Disney’s live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ cast Helle Bailey as Ariel

by Kaylen Summers

With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale.

With The Lion King right around the corner, Disney has no intention of taking a break from their live-action retelling of classical stories. The studio is already in pre-production for its next flick, The Little Mermaid with many popular actors in the running for various roles. The news that Aladdin had become the highest grossing film in Will Smith’s career is also luring many to be a part of the next Disney fairytale.

Whatever the case may be, Disney has finally announced the lead for their next movie. The US singer Halle Bailey will be playing the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid. The 19-year-old is best known for her work on Freeform’s Grown-ish and as half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle.

Bailey expresses her happiness to the news by tweeting that it was a “dream come true.”

The director of the film, Rob Marshall said in a statement: “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”

Many celebrities are praising the move by Disney for casting a young black woman in the role.

The film will feature songs from the 1989 animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken and Miranda.

Melissa McCarthy has reportedly been cast as the villain, Ursula. With the rest of the casting on the way, the film will move into production in early 2020.

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The Hype Is Real! These New Lion King Stills Are Truly Stunning.

by Kaylen Summers

Just when you thought that the hype around the live-action version of The Lion King can’t get any bigger, Disney released a new series of images in which the cast of the upcoming blockbuster are put face-to-face with the character that they help give life.

 

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The original Lion King was animated and released in 1994. The new version, however, is not exactly a live-action flick as there isn’t a single living person in the film. But, the movie’s CGI team has done a striking job in making the talking animals look as real as they ever have on screen.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the new movie will have Donald Glover voicing the grown-up version of Simba, the main character of The Lion King. Other characters are voiced by Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.

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Set to release in theatres on July 19, the movie is hyping up to be another victory lap for Disney. The original Lion King became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time when it was released. The studio is looking to repeat the same all over again.

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5 Best Disney Animated Movies That Everyone Forgot

by Kaylen Summers

It’s unarguable that Disney is one of the most powerful studios in Hollywood right now. The entertainment conglomerate has come a long way from the ‘Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio’ of 1923. But, it’s not the mass media empire or superhero blockbusters that made them reach this pinnacle in the entertainment industry. The cornerstone of the studios will always be the famous animated features that the company had produced over the years. But are all their animated features as popular as the Lion King or Frozen? Nope! Like every other major production houses, Disney also has some long-forgotten darlings in its closet. These animated movies are not exactly box office failures. It’s just that their successors were iconic blockbusters that people eventually forgot them.  Curious to know which all are those unfortunate movies?! Here are the 5 best Disney animated movies that everyone forgot.

1.The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

You probably wouldn’t have heard about this movie, as it was released decades ago. Produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures, the package-film consists of two segments. The first is based on the 1908 children’s novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame, and the second is based on the 1820 short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by American author Washington Irving. The film is the 11th Disney animated feature film and the last of the studio’s package film era of the 1940s.

2.The Rescuers (1977)

This adventure-themed film is the 23rd animated feature from Disney. The film is about the Rescue Aid Society, an international ‘mouse’ organization headquartered in New York City dedicated to helping abduction victims around the world at large. Due to the film’s success, a sequel titled The Rescuers Down Under was released in 1990, which made this film the first Disney animated film to have a sequel. Sadly, the sequel also got forgotten too!

3. Oliver & Company (1988)

Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel ‘Oliver Twist’, this animated feature is about Oliver the homeless kitten who joins a gang of dogs for surviving in the streets. It is the 27th Disney animated feature film and was directed by George Scribner. Released on the same day as The Land Before Time, Oliver & Company was a box office success. However, the movie received mixed reviews from film critics.

4.The Aristocats (1970)

This animated romantic adventure musical comedy film is based on a story by Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe. The movie revolves around a family of aristocratic cats who form an alliance with an alley cat to helps them from their butler who has kidnapped them. Originally intended as a two-part live-action episode for “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”, it was Walt Disney who suggested that the project would be more suitable for an animated feature.

5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

Directed by the team of  Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker, and Ron Clements, the movie is based on the children’s book series ‘Basil of Baker Street’ by Eve Titus. It is heavily inspired by Sherlock Holmes and revolves around a heroic mouse who consciously imitates the detective. The flick was also called as The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective for its 1992 theatrical re-release and Basil the Great Mouse Detective in some countries.

 

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Endgame Re-release: It couldn’t be more disappointing than this.

by Kaylen Summers

It was not shocking news when Marvel and Disney announced the re-release of Avengers: Endgame. The movie was truly the culmination of over a decade’s worth of blockbuster movies and one of the biggest events in cinematic history. It had everything it needed to nab the top position in worldwide box office from Avatar.

However, from the reports that are coming in, things are not looking bright for Marvel. While the blockbuster initially received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the re-release didn’t give much for the fans as expected. Though the studios promised additional footage and post-credit scenes, all that fans were left with was a Stan Lee tribute, an unfinished deleted scene with the Hulk, and a sneak peek at Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The unfinished deleted scene shows the Hulk putting kids in a big dish and jumping down the burning building with them. It is then that Steve Rogers calls him on the phone, to which he answers: “Steve who?!”. These extra footages are already leaked online. Meanwhile, the Far From Home sneak peek offers nothing more than what the movie’s trailer had already given.

Die-hard fans who flocked at theatres to watch the movie were disappointed to the core. Considering that it came from the most well-planned studio in Hollywood right now, the re-release felt as if the studio had taken advantage of their devoted fans for their cynical and desperate attempt to dethrone Avatar.

So, where did marvel fail?! The simple truth is that Marvel didn’t have anything new to offer with its re-release. There’s nothing wrong with doing a re-release, but the additional content has to make the rewatch worth it. It’s important to note that when Avatar was re-released, James Cameron stitched nine minutes of new footage back into the movie with completely finished CGI. This gave the re-release a sense of value to it, compared with the one crappy unfinished deleted scene that is not even in the actual film.

The end result is that Endgame is still somewhere around $35 million away from James Cameron’s 2010 blockbuster. Interestingly enough, that won’t be a problem for Disney. The studio has recently acquired Fox which owns the rights to Avatar. A sequel to this blockbuster is also in pre-production for a December 2020 release, with Cameron back on the director’s chair.

Guess, Disney always win!!

Great to be working with the best team in the business! Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four…

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Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Movie: Melissa McCarthy Might Play Ursula

by Kaylen Summers

Disney is currently on a winning streak with the live-action remakes of their classic animated fairy tales. The 2019 movies Aladdin and Lion King are the latest addition to this. The studio is not willing to take a break from success as it is currently working on retelling The Little Mermaid.

Reportedly, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to take up the role of Ursula in the live-action remake of this iconic 1989 animated film. The final word on the deal is not out yet, but as fans of this golden age Disney tale, we believe that McCarthy will be the perfect one to play Ursula.

The need for live-action versions of Disney’s classics began with the success of 2017’s Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau. Even though Tim Burton’s recent reimagining of Dumbo didn’t do well at the box office, the live-action redo of Aladdin scored huge at about $819 million dollars globally. With the most anticipated The Lion King, expected to become the next billion-dollar feather in Disney’s live-action cap, no wonder the studio is already looking for stars for their next flick.

The live-action Little Mermaid has been in development from 2016, with a script penned by Jane Goldman. The writer is famous for his works in movies like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Rob Marshall, who directed the Best Picture Oscar-winner Chicago, has been announced as the director of the movie. Fans will have no hard time recognizing him for his other box-office hits including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and last year’s Mary Poppins Returns. With Mccarty on board, the movie is shaping up to be another blockbuster from Disney.

The original hand-drawn classic was based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. However, with the live-action version, there will be some tweaks here and there, considering how they sneaked in ideas of feminism into Jasmine’s character arc in Aladdin. Whatever the case may be, we really hope that they include the classic movie’s original tunes by Alan Menken. If all goes well, we might see McCarthy singing one of the iconic villainous songs in the Disney canon: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”.

The actress, however, has not yet disclosed anything regarding the movie. Being named by ‘Time’ as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, McCarthy is known for her roles in adult comedies like Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, and Life of the Party. She has received two Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

With the casting of McCarthy, the feature will officially take its first step into production. However, no timeframe has been announced yet regarding the release of the movie- while fans are expecting a 2021 release.

 

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