Monday, October 22, 2012

Asking/Getting Directions...

We'll see if this is a good day for the Mouse...







Slowly, we are getting a look at what the new Walt Disney Studios will be...

The slim, and disappointing slate of pictures from Rich Ross were a sign of his taste as well as lack of experience when it comes to the film industry.  So to will be the line up of pictures that Alan Horn will line up.  We've seen very few clues as to what will turn into his first projects, but we do have the list of films made under his watch at Warner Bros.  and it's hopefully a promising sign of the future.

Today we have one of the first pick ups that he's put into production: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".   Based on the award winning, classic children's book by Judith Viorst, and directed by Lisa Cholodenko with Steve Carell attached to star, this is one of the first steps in the new direction the Mouse is on with its film division.

The project, which was in turnaround at 20th Century Fox, but supposedly executives got cold feet over the budget.  The book tells the story of a young boy named Alex, who recounts the events of a very, very bad day.  Once Fox let it go, several other studios vied for the rights with Disney finally securing the rights.  It'll be interesting seeing how a full script for a small children's book turns out.  And as always, there is franchise material with two other sequel books.

This is an early glimpse into the mind and taste of Horn.  The full plan for what he'll have in the pipeline for Walt Disney Pictures, and the rest of the studio will likely not be known till early next year, but this is a peek into the window of what Mickey will show us in 2014/2015.

Now, I'm still waiting to know what he thought of Guillermo del Toro's "Haunted Mansion" pitch...

3 comments:

Rodan said...

I'm too old to know the "Alexander" piece but I like the "Haunted Mansion" concept for Del Toto. they should greenlight that one for Halloween 2014.

Kenneth Elliott said...

This "new and imporved" Disney still looks like the same old version to me: we're still getting unnecessary adaptions of children's books which should remain children books. We're still mining Marvel for ideas, and we're still getting films with no female character names in their titles.

Animated Response said...

Yeah, I agree with Kenneth,

I wish Walt had followed his advise and not have adapted children books like 101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh, and Mary Poppins. Just imagine how much more successful he would have been if he'd made something original instead of mining those books for unnecessary adaptations.