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Josh Gad, Composer Alan Menken, & More Join Disney’s Live-Action ‘Hunchback’ Remake

The Disney remake train is about to leave the terminal yet again. With no less than three separate live-action remakes scheduled for 2019, you would think that the Mouse House is going to eventually run out of animated classics to redo. Well, we’ve officially entered the late-’90s catalog, with the news that Disney is set to remake “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

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Deadline is reporting that writer David Henry Hwang has been hired to pen the script for the upcoming live-action musical.

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Disney's Hunchback Live-Action Musical Is Happening with Josh Gad

Disney has lined up another live-action adaptation of an animated classic as they are working on a new version of Hunchback of Notre Dame. Disney released an animated take on the classic Victor Hugo novel in 1996, which was a reasonably big hit at the time. Lately, the studio has been revisiting their animated library and re-adapting those stories for the modern generation. This time around, they've tapped Josh Gad to produce the movie and possibly to star.

According to a new report, playwright David Henry Hwang has been tapped to write the new adaptation, simply titled Hunchback, for Disney. Hwang's credits include Chinglish, Yellow Face, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad and M. Butterfly. Though Hwang isn't known for his Hollywood exploits, he is a Tony Award winner and has a very impressive resume. As for Josh Gad, his name has been reportedly floated for the lead role of Quasimodo,
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Omg: Disney Is Developing a Live-Action Remake of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame!

Quasimodo is making a comeback! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is currently developing a live-action remake of the 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Drawing from both the original 1831 novel written by Victor Hugo and the classic Disney film, the studio has nabbed Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang to write the script. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz - who worked on the 1996 feature together and earned an Academy Award nomination for their score - are returning to handle the remake's musical score. Josh Gad, who has starred in a few Disney works, including Frozen and the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is on board as a producer.

Since the remake is still in the very early stages of production, there's no word yet on any casting decisions. Considering Disney has several films slated for release in the upcoming year, including Aladdin, The Lion King and Dumbo, it's
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Omg: Disney Is Developing a Live-Action Remake of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame!

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Quasimodo is making a comeback! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is currently developing a live-action remake of the 1996 animated film The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Drawing from both the original 1831 novel written by Victor Hugo and the classic Disney film, the studio has nabbed Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang to write the script. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz - who worked on the 1996 feature together and earned an Academy Award nomination for their score - are returning to handle the remake's musical score. Josh Gad, who has starred in a few Disney works, including Frozen and the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is on board as a producer.

Since the remake is still in the very early stages of production, there's no word yet on any casting decisions. Considering Disney has several films slated for release in the upcoming year, including Aladdin, The Lion King and Dumbo, it's
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‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

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Disney is in early development on a live-action “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” movie, based on Disney’s animated film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “Notre-Dame de Paris.”

Playwright David Henry Hwang is attached to write the script, with Mandeville Films and Josh Gad set to produce. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz will pen the music.

“Hunchback” — the story of the bell-ringer at the Notre Dame Cathedral and his friendship with the gypsy Esmeralda — has been adapted multiple times into features, most notably the 1939 Charles Laughton and 1996 Disney animated versions. The animated movie, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, grossed $325 million worldwide.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame” follows Disney’s highly successful strategy of rebooting its animated titles into live-action films, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and the upcoming “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and “Dumbo.”

Hwang won a Tony Award for “M. Butterfly,
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Regal Owner Cineworld Posts 7% Revenue Growth In 2018 Fueled By Strong U.S. Performance

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Cineworld, the world’s second largest theater group, has released partial results for 2018 with highlights including revenue growth of 7.2% on a pro-forma basis and a record 308M cinema-goers.

According to the conglomerate, which last year completed its $3.6B acquisition of Regal Entertainment, admissions increased by 2.6% compared with the prior year. The firm put the growth down to a strong film slate in the U.S., refurbishments and the roll-out of premium formats. There were healthy rises in revenues for box office, concessions and screen advertising.

U.S. revenue grew by 8.6%, in part driven by a record year for the box office. Movies such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 were among key drivers.

UK & Ireland revenue grew by 3% (-0.6% on a constant currency basis) with revenue growth impacted by the strength of the comparable film slate in 2017, particularly Star Wars. The highest grossing films for the year
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Is 2019 make or break for pop culture as we know it?

George Chrysostomou on whether 2019 is make or break for pop culture as we know it…

Now I know the title of this article is likely exaggerated – pop culture can probably never break. But it can change and audiences can get fatigued when the same content is given to them repeatedly. So, is 2019 is the make or break of pop culture as we know it?

This year, we are going to experience the height of franchise overload, especially in regards to Disney. A lot has been written recently about how many projects Disney is unleashing upon the world, but the picture is a lot bigger than just the House of Mouse. Across the year, we are going to see more big brand franchise films and TV shows than perhaps we are used to. Over-saturation of the market is a real risk here and there is already evidence showing how big an impact this can have.
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Top Animated Movies Set To Be Released In 2019

Animation continues to be at the forefront of film at present, with many of them going on to lead the way in the grossing charts. You only have to look at the incredible success of Avatar, and could this yet be surpassed in the coming years. 2018 was another bumper year in the category with the likes of Black Panther, which was a great success. This online casino review, also had it as one of the leading movies of the year. Here we cover some of the top anticipated animated movies set to be released later this year.

Toy Story 4

It is a little surprising that a fourth instalment is being released, but all so far have been a great success, so big things are expected. The animated comedy is again set to be produced by Pixar Animation studios for Walt Disney pictures. It is leading on from Toy Story 3,
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Disney's Pinocchio Live-Action Remake Director Quits

Disney's live-action Pinocchio has hit another production snag. Paul King signed on to direct the movie last year, but it has now been revealed that he has left the project entirely. In 2017, Sam Mendes was on board to direct, but he left months afterwards, which is when King came on in early 2018. Disney is continuing their new formula of remaking their animated classics and bringing them to the big screen, but Pinocchio is proving to be a bit harder to put together than the rest.

In a new interview, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey revealed that Paul King has left the live-action Pinocchio movie. The project has been in development since 2015 and has not seen much forward movement since then. However, it was recently revealed that Tom Hanks is in talks to play Geppetto, though that may not be the case any longer. McGarvey had this to say.

"The director basically pulled out of the film,
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Why Original Lion King Team Is Getting Shafted on Disney's Remake

Not everybody is thrilled with the upcoming Disney live-action remakes. Storyboard artists who worked on Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King will not be receiving credit for the work that they put into shaping the original iconic animated films. While most Disney fans were excited to see the first trailer for Jon Favreau's take on The Lion King, many couldn't help notice that it was nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the original movie. Since then, the studio has come forward and insists that the live-action adaptation will not be an exact remake of the original.

Storyboard artist Jorgen Klubien worked on The original Lion King in 1994 and created a key scene, which gave him a story credit. However, that story credit may not be put forward with the upcoming remake, due to some old union contracts from the late 1930s that are still in place today. Klubien asks, "How
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Disney's The Little Mermaid Comes to 4K Ultra HD This February Loaded with Extras

Disney's The Little Mermaid Comes to 4K Ultra HD This February Loaded with Extras
In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award-winner The Little Mermaid dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel, along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula, is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26.

The Disney Signature Edition of The Little Mermaid showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney's most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce,
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Why Original 'Lion King' Writers Are Losing Out With This Year's Remake

Why Original 'Lion King' Writers Are Losing Out With This Year's Remake
Storyboard artist Jorgen Klubien looks back fondly on his contribution to Disney’s hit 1994 film The Lion King and is proud that producers acknowledged his conceptualization of a key scene by awarding him a coveted “story” credit. That’s why it stung when he learned that his credit may not appear on this summer’s CGI-enhanced remake, due out July 19, despite a trailer in December that indicates the new movie will hew closely to the original script.

“How can they not bring my credit forward? How can they just eliminate it?” Klubien asks. As Disney readies ...
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Hooray! These Are the Release Dates For All 13 Disney Movies Coming Out in 2019

At 2018's annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas, Disney and Marvel revealed some pretty epic news: the joint studios unveiled the entire release slate all the way through the end of 2019, starting with the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War and ending with the anxiously needed Star Wars: Episode IX. Obviously, since then titles like Infinity War, Incredibles 2, and Mary Poppins Returns have all hit theaters, but there are still quite a few exciting films on the horizon in 2019.

While sadly there's still no sign of the live-action Mulan reboot, which has been pushed back to 2020, or Marvel's Black Widow solo film, revivals of beloved stories like The Lion King and Aladdin should keep us busy. There's also the matter of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox to consider, which means films like Dark Phoenix and New Mutants are also on this list.

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2018’s Record Box Office: Highlights From The Overseas Profit Center & What’s Ahead For 2019 – Global Studio Chart

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With $41.66B worldwide, movie theater turnstiles spun to another record in 2018. Largely boosted by domestic receipts, the total includes a preliminary comScore estimate of $29.8B from the international box office. That’s also a record, though just a 1% increase on 2017 with some offshore markets stung by exchange rate fluctuations, homegrown movie performance, a hot summer and the World Cup. The overseas percentage may increase when actuals are tallied, but either way, execs and industry watchers remain bullish on the future.

Deadline finance sources estimate repatriated dollars are down approximately 6.3% across the Top 20 overseas hubs. Still, all six major studios are estimated to be profitable in 2018. Despite the plethora of alternatives and some roadbumps, there’s a sentiment that Hollywood business is thriving, and international is the key with 70% give-or-take of the movie business generated offshore. Ancillary markets are robust and there’s been an increase in studio cost-consciousness — think overseas
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Lindsay Lohan Is Still Down To Play Ariel In The Little Mermaid Remake

Disney’s recent trend of remaking their most cherished animated works is showing no sign of slowing down, and with Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall set to reimagine The Little Mermaid, a few actresses have been all too happy to throw their hat in the ring for the lead role of Ariel.

Among the first to express an interest was Lindsay Lohan, who took to Instagram back in 2017 to declare that she “will sing again” as the mermaid princess. And in a recent interview with variety, the Mean Girls star suggested that her enthusiasm for the gig hasn’t flagged, explaining that she’s a longtime fan of the 1989 original.

The Little Mermaid is my favorite movie since I was a kid,” Lohan said. “Whenever I put that move on, it makes me happy. I’m like, ‘Everybody, stop. Watch this movie.’”

When asked if Disney had reached out to her about the project,
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Excuse Me While I Stare at These Enchanting Dumbo Character Posters For the Rest of the Day

Disney is on a tear of remaking a ton of our favorite classics, from 2017's Beauty and the Beast to the upcoming revivals of Aladdin and The Lion King. But perhaps cutest among them is Dumbo, the tale of a baby elephant with ears so big, he can fly. While I can totally understand why some diehard fans wouldn't want the classics to be remade at all, there's no denying that Tim Burton's take on the story looks pretty freakin' cute.

The cast includes Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green, all of whom got the character poster treatment on Friday alongside the film's titular, magical elephant. Check out the enchanting posters ahead before the movie's release on March 29!

Related: Hooray! These Are the Release Dates For All 13 Disney Movies Coming Out in 2019
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The Trio Voicing the Hyenas in the Lion King Reboot Couldn't Be More Perfect

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The Trio Voicing the Hyenas in the Lion King Reboot Couldn't Be More Perfect
Just knowing that Beyoncé is a part of The Lion King's remake is enough to make us preorder our tickets, but the rest of the cast is pretty close to perfect, too - especially the trio voicing treacherous Scar's hyena henchmen. Shenzi, Azizi (replacing Banzai from the original movie), and Kamari (replacing Ed) will be voiced by Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key, respectively, and we're practically hysterical with excitement.

Related: The First Trailer For Disney's Live-Action Lion King Reboot Is Unbelievably Cute
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Jordan Peele’s Us to have World Premiere at SXSW

Having freaked Us all out on Christmas Day with a trailer full of dark doppelgängers delights, we now know when the world will get to see Jordan Peele’s latest horror, with the news that Us will be given its premiere at this years SXSW Festival.

SXSW announced that Peele’s follow-up to Get Out would open the 26th year of the festival, which takes place in Austin, Texas, and runs from March 8-17. Last year the honours went to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children for an idyllic summer getaway.

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences,
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All the Reasons You Recognize The Lion King's New Scar

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There are plenty of things you can say about the upcoming remake of Disney's classic The Lion King, but "the cast sucks" certainly isn't one of them. The voice cast is chock-full of big-name stars, from Donald Glover as Simba to Beyoncé as Nala to John Oliver as Zazu. There's even a bit of casting nostalgia: the legendary James Earl Jones and his unmistakeable voice will be returning as Mufasa, the same character he voiced in the 1994 original movie. And if you've been to the movies at all in the past few years, chances are you also recognize the actor who's lending his voice to Scar, the villainous usurper at the heart of the conflict, voiced by Jeremy Irons in the original film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor began his career on stage in his native England, where he starred in several Shakespeare plays including Othello and Romeo and Juliet. He made
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2018 marks record year at the box office, with Disney way out in front

Now that the dust has settled on 2018, ComScore is reporting that the movie industry enjoyed a record year at the box office over the past twelve months with a $41.7 billion worldwide haul – almost a fifth of which ended up in Disney’s coffers.

Globally, Disney’s releases pulled in $7.33 billion in total in 2018, the second-highest in history for a studio after the Mouse House’s own record haul of $7.61 billion in 2016. Domestically, it also set a new studio record, earning $3.09 billion for a 26% market share of North America’s $11.9 billion (another all-time high).

Disney has distributed three of the top five highest-grossing movies of 2018 in Avengers: Infinity War ($2.049 billion), Black Panther ($1.243 billion) and Incredibles 2 ($1.243 billion); the only other studio to reach the billion dollar mark was Universal with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.309 billion).

In North America, Universal landed in second place with $1.96 billion, followed by Warner Bros. on $1.93 billion,
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