Disney is serious about remaking old classics. This week the studio announced yet another live-action version of a classic animated feature, this time, The Jungle Book. We have more details on that below. Also, Adam Sandler‘s Grown Ups 2 hits theaters this weekend, and critics absolutely hate it. We have some of the most hilariously negative reviews of the flick. This week also brought us updates on Neil Blomkamp‘s Chappie, Daniel Espinosa‘s Child 44, and David Fincher‘s Gone Girl. All that and more below.
- Disney Making Live-Action Version Of The Jungle Book: Disney is making a live-action version of The Jungle Book. THR reports that Justin Marks (The Raven) has been hired to write the script. The project is still in the early stages, and no producers have been hired, but the hunt for a director has already started. The Jungle Book was famously adapted (from a collection of short stories) in the 1967 animated film, which was produced by Walt Disney himself.
- Dev Patel In Talks For Chappie: Dev Patel is currently in talks to join Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, a sci-fi film based on a short about a robot police force patrolling the slums of South Africa. Variety reports that Patel would play a man in the impoverished town, while Copley portrays the police robot.
- Charlie Kaufman Adapting Vonnegut Novel: And so it goes that Guillermo Del Toro and Charlie Kaufman are uniting their unique minds to adapt Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse-Five. The Daily Telegraph (via the A.V. Club) interviewed Del Toro and he told them that “Charlie and [he] talked for an an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book.” He continued, “I love the idea of Trafalmadorians–to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do.” Slaughterhouse-Five is a tricky book to adapt, but if there’s any writer who can turn it into a film successfully (or at the very least, entertainingly), it’s Mr. Kaufman, wouldn’t you say?
- Child 44 Updates: Jason Clarke is the latest to board Child 44, a Soviet-Era thriller about a military police member who while investigating a series of child murders finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions. The film stars Tom Hardy, along with Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Paddy Considine and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Source: THR
- David Fincher Wants Ben Affleck For Gone Girl: David Fincher wants Ben Affleck to star in his adaptation of Gone Girl. According to Deadline, the actor is already in negotiations to play a husband whose wife disappears on the day of their fifth anniversary, thus leading everyone to believe he killed her. There’s no female lead yet.
- Game Of Thrones: This week Unreality Magazine posted a gallery of Game of Thrones concept art from Karakter, a design studio that brings the locations in George R.R. Martin‘s book to life. If you’re a fan of the show or the books, you’ll want to check that out. And in keeping with the Game of Thrones theme, the site also posted another gallery featuring the cast of the show as Simpson characters. Enjoy!
- Negative Reviews For Grown Ups 2: Ranker gathered a bunch of articles from critics who’ve given Grown Ups 2 “gloriously negative” reviews. The site notes that the film has an incredibly low score on Rotten Tomatoes (currently at a 7%). Check it out. Some of the reviews are way funnier than the movie (it seems).
- Lovelace Poster: The latest poster for Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried, is simple and innocent. EW released the one-sheet, check it out. (Lovelace opens in theaters August 9th.)
- Gallery of Frozen Characters: Disney has released a gallery of character images for Frozen. The film hits theaters this Thanksgiving. Check them out:
That’s the end of our round-up for this week. Keep checking back at ScreenCrave for more entertainment news and features.
What are you excited for?