Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks Working on Adult 'Flintstones' Reboot
Elizabeth Banks has an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. — The Flintstones is the latest Hanna-Barbera cartoon to receive a modern update. Warner Bros. Animation along with Banks' Brownstone Productions is developing a new take on the classic animated sitcom. The project is in the early development phases. The series will be an adult animated series centered around an original idea featuring The Flintstones characters.
WarnerMedia's new streaming service will be called HBO Max
WarnerMedia has revealed the name for its Netflix rival. WarnerMedia's new streaming service will be called HBO Max. — HBO Max enters the streaming wars officially. It will be available in the spring of 2020. Here's what makes it different. The service is highly-anticipated, and it will be fascinating to see how WarnerMedia (similar to Disney) integrates all its franchises.
HBO Max – WarnerMedia’s New Streaming Service
Disney's Live Action Reimagining 'The Little Mermaid' Casts Halle Bailey as Ariel
Halle Bailey of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle will be in the starring role for Disney's latest live-action reimagining. — Bailey will play the role of Ariel, the daughter of King Triton who wants to live on the land where the people are. The decision for Halle Bailey to play the role was made today.
'Toy Story 4' Makes $238 Million Worldwide on its Opening Weekend
Disney did it again. They won the weekend domestic box office with Toy Story 4 bringing in a $118 million haul. — The $118 million opening didn't meet the standards of what the box office analysts were predicting for Toy Story 4's opening weekend. Most analysts were predicting a massive $150 million to $200 million opening weekend. Toy Story 4 is the latest Disney success at the box office.
Review: ‘Toy Story 4' Is A Charming Reminder of Pixar's Greatness
Disney-Pixar began their relationship with the first Toy Story film back in 1995. Fast forward to 2019. The franchise got an unexpected fourth outing after what we all thought was a finale in 2010's Toy Story 3. Pixar lets the audience know that they have more story left to tell. Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy gang have plenty of gas left in the tank to tell a wonderful story.
Disney+'s Animation Slate Includes A 'Chip 'N' Dale' Modern Reboot, 'Monsters at Work', and others
Disney+ announced a slew of new animated shows coming to the streaming service. — Disney+ is rebooting Chip 'N' Dale as a classic style comedy. There will be be 39 seven-minute episodes to start. The shorts are being created by Disney's London-based animation team and indie Xilam Animation. The shorts will be directed by Jean Cayrol and produced by Marc du Pontavice.
Disney's Live-Action/CGI Hybrid 'Rescue Rangers' Film Taps Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer for Director
The new live-action Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers film has found its director. — Akiva Schaffer of Lonely Island has closed in on a deal to helm Disney's live-action/CGI hybrid of Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman who produced The Muppets and Beauty and the Beast are producing the project.
'Rocketman' Tracking A $25 Million Opening Weekend
Taron Egerton's Rocketman which is a musical biopic of singer Elton John is tracking in the solid $20 million range for its opening weekend. — The initial tracking has Rocketman bringing in a opening weekend haul of $25 million.
Walmart's Vudu Creating Free Streaming Lineup Featuring Queen Latifah, Evangeline Lilly, and Variety
Vudu is creating a lineup of free, ad-supported original streaming content. They are hoping the slate will attract consumers to buy more products from parent company Walmart.
'Avengers: Endgame' keeps plugging along with $1.785 Billion as it heads into the weekend, Expected to make $137M-$177M
Endgame earned $121.4 million at the global box office on Thursday. — Avengers: Endgame is shattering box office records. The superhero film is now the fifth highest grossing film of all time, and it just recently passed Jurassic World ($1.67 billion).
Amazon's Head of Genre Sharon Tal Yguado Exits The Company
Sharon Tal Yguado has left her position of head of genre programming at Amazon. — The genre department at Amazon manages sci-fi, fantasy and genre series. One of the big priorities of the division was spearheading Amazon's effort with the Tolkien estate as Amazon looks to create new series based on Lord of the Rings. Tal Yguado lead the pitch to the Tolkien estate. She then hired writers JD Payne and Patrick McKay for the new series. Amazon made a significant commitment to the series.
'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Inks Massive Deal with Disney's 20th Century Fox TV
The This Is Us creator just signed a massive deal to stay with 20th Century Fox television. — Fogelman signed a five-year contract and sources say that the pact is in the $125 million range. Under his new deal, Fogelman will continue to develop drama, live-action and animated comedy projects. Fogelman's previous deal was in 2015, signing a four-year deal with 20th TV after a bidding war with ABC Studios.
YouTube Renews 'Cobra Kai' for Season Three, YouTube Premium Will Become Ad-Supported
All YouTube Originals will get ad-supported release. — YouTube has ordered a third season of Cobra Kai. The Karate Kid sequel series will return for more episodes after the epic cliffhanger of season two. YouTube is now adopting a new ad-supported strategy when it come to originals in order to get Cobra Kai and other premium content to a larger audience.