If there were any doubt that Disney Animation’s “Zootopia” was a bona fide beast at the U.S. box office, that was dispelled this weekend, as the family film roared to $50 million and dominated a field filled with clear-cut winners and losers.
“Zootopia,” the well-reviewed 3D computer-animated take on racial prejudice and stereotyping fell off just 33 percent from its record-breaking debut last weekend, and it has topped $142 million domestically. It added another $83 million overseas — $56.3 million from China alone — and has made $431 million globally after just 10 days in release.
Film rights for Caleb Krisp’s children’s debut Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) have been acquired by Paramount.
Allison Shearmur (producer for “The Hunger Games” and “Cinderella”) will be producing the film, with Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), the script writers.
Johnny Depp is in early negotiations with Fox to produce and star in Neil Gaiman’s time-travel tale “Fortunately, the Milk,” with Edgar Wright directing.
Australia-based Animal Logic Entertainment, best known for “The Lego Movie,” is producing the live-action/animation hybrid. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment is the producer.
Dolphin Films has optioned the rights to the Mary E. Pearson’s dystopian young adult book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox. The production company has also snapped up the rights to the screenplay adaptation, which was inked by screenwriter Garry Williams (Larger Than Life), as well as to the other two novels in the Fox Chronicles trilogy, Fox Inheritance and Fox Forever.
A children’s TV show, produced in Belfast, which features a character on the autism spectrum has been picked up by children’s channel CBeebies.
Belfast based Paper Owl Films, formerly known as Indee Productions, has been awarded a major contract by the BBC’s children’s TV network to produce their programme Pablo.
Sony is already fast tracking a sequel, imaginatively titled “Goosebumps 2,” according to Tracking Board. To be fair, “Goosebumps” as a franchise is wildly popular with the children’s books having sold an unbelievable 350 million copies worldwide.
“Goosebumps” is out [in US cinemas] on Oct. 16, 2015
Up until now, there was only a French-language trailer for the upcoming (and first!) animated feature adaptation of beloved children’s book The Little Prince. The English version just dropped—and it’s a longer and charming one complete with some big-name actors voicing the characters. If you’re anything like us, you’ll get a little giddy with childlike wonderment when you watch this one.
The Little Prince, which is helmed by Kung Fu Panda‘s director Mark Osborne and adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 book, will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Its roster of A-list voice actors include Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Bud Cort and Albert Brooks.
Clare’s new book, Tallulah on Tour, is available as an ebook on Amazon from April. Her first book, Tallulah and the Teenstars, will be reissued as an ebook next week
Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer has been adapted as a film that will screen as part of this week’s Cork French Film Festival:
Good feature on Ungerer in the Irish Examiner:
via Illustrator Tomi Ungerer says Ireland is the best place to live | Irish Examiner.