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GOTTA CATCH THE RIGHTS, ‘POKEMON’!
After the massive success of ‘Pokémon Go’ of fulfilling Poké fans’ dreams of catching Poké creatures in your house or on the streets. However, movie studios see value and potential in the ‘Pokémon’ franchise, so naturally many film studios are after the live-action ‘Pokémon’ film rights. Say what you want about the quality of video-games being adapted into films, there’s no denying they make money after ‘Warcraft’ ($430.3 million) and ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ ($341.6 million) made this year. However, ‘Pokémon’ is right for franchise potential considering their are stories in the ‘Pokémon’ world thanks to the success of the anime series and their 19 feature films. The Hollywood Reporter reported back in April that Legendary, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures were in a biding war to catch the film rights, however Deadline is now reporting that Legendary Pictures are close in securing a deal for the live-action movie rights to ‘Pokémon’. While no deal has been made officially yet, it will be interesting to see which film studios will win in securing the film rights to second highest selling game franchise of all-time (right behind Nintendo’s own ‘Mario’ series).
THE ‘SAW’ FRANCHISE CONTINUES AFTER ‘FINAL CHAPTER’
Despite the last ‘Saw’ film was titled as ‘The Final Chapter’ back in 2010, nowadays film franchises never end with ‘Star Wars’ back in the film business and rumours of ‘Shrek’ continuing after his ‘Forever After’. Coming back to the ‘Saw’ franchise, the upcoming eighth ‘Saw’ film is currently titled ‘Saw: Legacy’ and Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Peter and Michael Spierig will direct the eighth ‘Saw’ movie. Even more reason this sequel is being made, Lionsgate has announced a release date for October 13th, 2017.
DORY IS THE QUEEN OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE
Pixar’s latest film ‘Finding Dory’ continues to smash records in a fast amount of time. In its 30th day of release, the sequel to 2003’s blockbuster hit ‘Finding Nemo’ has now eclipsed Shrek at the box office. ‘Finding Dory’ is now the highest grossing animated film in the North America box office of all-time with a current total of $445.5 million, beating ‘Shrek 2’ ($441.2 million) which held the record for an incredible 12 years back in 2004.
DISNEY WORKS ON FUTURE PROJECTS
Not one, but two future projects were reported to be in the works from Disney. The big one was that Misty Copeland who is a professional ballet dancer will be working on Disney’s live-action take on ‘The Nutcracker’, currently titled as ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’. Misty announced the project on her Instagram by stating that
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Disney and the wonderful Lasse Hallstrom.”
The other project is that Disney is working with ‘Finding Dory’ star Ellen DeGeneres on an adaptation of a children’s book by author Ursula Vernon titled ‘Castle Hangnail’, as reported by Variety.