FIVE A DAY: August 4th, 2014

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

New cast members announced for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, a School Of Rock television series and news on Alice In Wonderland 2

 

Cast announced for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

It has been a long time coming, but finally, finally a big-screen adaptation for ‘romzomcom’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is starting to get a-shuffling. Downtown Abbey‘s Lily James has replaced another Lily (Collins) in the lead role as Elizabeth Bennet, with Maleficent‘s Sam Riley now on as Mr. Darcy. Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) are also in talks. The Jane Austen-undead mashup was first published in 2009; since then, author Seth Grahame-Smith has gone on to work with Tim Burton on the likes of Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – which happens to be based on another one of his novels.


Sony adding female superhero to Spider-Man universe

Following announcements of spin-off tales for various Spidey villains, including Venom and the Sinister Six, Sony Pictures are also concocting a female-fronted picture for 2017, with Lisa Jay Nolan (writer on Pushing Daisies, wife of Chris’ brother Jonathan) set to deliver a screenplay. No word yet on which super-heroine the film will focus on, although considering the feisty Black Cat has already been introduced into the canon – as played by Felicity Jones in this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – she seems the most likely contender.


Bill Murray will voice Baloo for Disney’s The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau’s live-action re-adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure The Jungle Book has found its most crucial player as Bill Murray steps in to voice the lovable bear Baloo. Disney’s update of their own 1967 animation has rounded up some considerable talent: alongside Murray on voice-acting duties is Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, with newcomer Neel Sethi as ‘man cub’ Mowgli. The film is due for release in October next year.


School Of Rock television series coming to Nickelodeon

Writer/director Richard Linklater may be lapping up the acclaim for his recent experimental drama Boyhood, but kidz outfit Nickelodeon Studios have got their hands on another one of his classics. No, not Dazed And Confused (unfortunately), but 2003’s musical comedy School Of Rock. Nickelodeon has ordered a thirteen-episode first season, with production due to begin shortly for a planned premiere in Spring 2015. The show will follow failed rock musician Dewey Finn (played in the film by Jack Black) as he poses as a substitute teacher and wins over the hearts and minds of his preppy class. Linklater himself will executive produce the series alongside Scott Rudin.


New plot details revealed for Alice In Wonderland sequel

Disney’s 2010 box-office monstrosity Alice In Wonderland was inevitable for the sequel treatment. Luckily, there’s actually a book for that, with Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass now shooting in England for a May 2016 release. The film will be directed by The Muppets‘ James Bobin in the absence of Tim Burton, but Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter all make a return (as Mad Hatter, Alice and the Red Queen respectively) alongside newcomers Rhys Ifans and Sacha Baron Cohen for an “all-new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in time”. Uh oh.

 

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