Matt Shakman to Direct TriStar’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Adaptation
The live-action/hybrid adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic kids’ book is scripted by Michael Vukadinovich with a rewrite by Phil Johnston (Wreck It Ralph 2). Shakman, artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse, was EP of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for five years and directed two episodes of HBO’s George R.R. Martin adaptation Game of Thrones.
Joseph Kahn Reveals Concept Art & Animation Test from His ‘Justice League Dark’ Pitch
Kahn pitched designs for the in-and-out of development live-action project two years ago — the character concepts are developed using that faces of actors like Dan Stevens, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Natalie Dormer. The film currently has no director attached, but does have a screenplay from Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). In the meantime, WB released an animated direct-to-video feature this year!
The Best Animated Film of 2017 Could Have Been Live-Action. Thank Nora Twomey It Wasn’t
The Breadwinner helmer discusses the certain magic of animation with Todd VanDerWerff for the latest episode of Vox podcast I Think You’re Interesting. Read more about the film here.
The Sky’s the Limit for Tokidoki
License discusses the rise to brand fame and bright future for the company, whose name means “sometimes” in Japanese. The colorful character goodie producer was founded in 2005 by Pooneh Mohajer, Ivan Arnold and Simone Legno.
Dubai Billionaire, Nickelodeon Join Spielberg Backing VR Startup
Dreamscape Immersive, a new company focused on developing location-based virtual reality entertainment, has surpassed its Series B funding round goals and secured $30 million. Already backed by 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros., new financiers include Nickelodeon, AMC Ent., retail/leisure giant Majid Al Futtaim and Steven Spielberg.
Concept Art & Clips for ‘Trollhunters 2’ Now on Netflix
In Part 2 of Guillermo del Toro’s epic saga DreamWorks Trollhunters, ordinary teen-turned-Trollhunter Jim Lake Jr. faces new challenges in his continued battle to protect his hometown of Arcadia and the fantastical Troll world he inherited. Jim’s risky decision to enter the Darklands unearths startling discoveries, forcing him and his friends to face gripping consequences as they race to end the battle against evil. More info here.