Did you forget that The Incredibles and Ratatouille director Brad Bird is working on a live-action/animated hybrid movie musical? Well, we’re here to remind you about it, because the project is still very much in the works, but it’s just in the early stages of development right now with composer Michael Giacchino working closely with the Iron Giant filmmaker.
While making the press rounds for the release of his short film Monster Challenge, composer Michael Giacchino was asked about his collaboration with Brad Bird on the untitled musical. He wasn’t able to reveal much, but you can find out what he had to say below.
Collider had a chat with Michael Giacchino about the developing Brad Bird musical, and here’s what he had to say:
“We are in the early stages of doing that, working on ‘Ok, what is this thing gonna be? What’s it going to sound like. Let’s come up with at least one idea we can start bouncing around and seeing how we feel about it.’ So that’s where we are. It is still early stages. But the idea is great, and, you know, it’s pure Brad Bird. It’s just really fun and emotional and exciting and silly – all those great things you expect from his movies. I am looking forward to that. I don’t know when it’s coming out… but yeah, we’re working on it!”
It’s been a year and a couple months since we first heard about the project from Brad Bird himself. At a BAFTA Tea Party, he wouldn’t give up any big details, but he did say:
“I don’t know anything about musicals so I figured I should do this, because I’m deathly afraid of it and it seems like a cool thing. It’s a project I’ve been wanting to make for a long time, it’s got about 20 minutes of animation in it.”
Considering the kind of work we’ve gotten from Brad Bird when he’s doing something original that he’s truly passionate about, we’re very excited to see what this project turns out to be. After all, there are sequences in Ratatouille that feel like they could easily be out of a musical, especially with the visualizations of flavors as Remy the rat talks about food. Hopefully Bird is bringing some of those sensibilities to this project, whenever it comes together.Source: Slashfilm.com
Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:
Rick Moranis confirmed for Shrunk: After more than 20 years mostly retired from acting, Rick Moranis will return for a sequel to his 1989 sci-fi comedy hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Deadline reports he signed on to reprise his role in Shrunk, which will be helmed by the original's director, Joe Johnston, and will co-star Josh Gad.
Guy Ritchie to direct Aladdin 2: Speaking of Disney sequels, Aladdin 2, which will follow last year's hit live-action reimagining, is officially in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guy Ritchie will again direct while Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their respective roles as the Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine.
Parasite wins Best Picture: The 92nd Academy Awards made history by naming the Korean movie Parasite as Best Picture, the first time a non-English-language feature won the top Oscar. Other big winners included Parasite helmer Bong Joon Ho for Best Director, Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger for Best Actress for Judy.
Cynthia Erivo to star in Carrier: Harriet double nominee Cynthia Erivo did not win any Oscars this week, but she remained in the news with the announcement via Deadline that she'll produce and star in a sci-fi thriller called Carrier. The movie will be based on the podcast of the same name, which features Erivo's voice, and she will reprise the character she plays in that audio version.
Margot Robbie to work with David O. Russell: Margot Robbie, who was also nominated for an Oscar this year, is joining the cast of David O. Russell's next movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The still untitled original feature will also star Russell regular Christian Bale plus recently added actor Michael B. Jordan.
Awkwafina to play real life gambler: The Farewell star Awkwafina, who won her own share of awards this past season, is tackling a biopic about notorious gambler Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun, who figured out a way to legally beat the system of a popular casino game. According to The Wrap, the movie is based on an article in Cigar Aficionado and is titled The Baccarat Machine.
Maggie Gyllenhaal to make directorial debut: Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with the feature The Lost Daughter, which she also wrote. Variety reports that Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman will star alongside Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson and Gyllenhaal's husband, Peter Sarsgaard. In other news, Variety also reports Gyllenhaal will play Elvis Presley's mother in a Baz Lurhman-helmed musical biopic.
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We still have a while to wait before the Loki Disney+ series arrives, and perhaps longer than expected depending on how long the current wave of production shutdowns throughout the business continues. But while we wait, we have some new details on the Marvel project from series creator and writer Michael Waldron. While the finer points of the story are being kept under wraps, Waldron has revealed what the show, in vague terms, will be about.
Michael Waldron was brought aboard the series last year. Loki will see Tom Hiddleston return as the trickster god, but what, precisely, we're going to see remains pretty mysterious. During a recent podcast appearance, Waldron explained that we'll see Thor's ne'er-do-well adopted brother going through something of an identity struggle. Here's what Waldron had to say about it.'I think it's the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be. I'm really drawn to characters who are fighting for control. Certainly you see that with Loki over the first 10 years of movies, he's out of control at pivotal parts of his life, he was adopted and everything and that manifests itself through anger and spite towards his family.'
Indeed, Loki, ever since we were first introduced to him in Thor, has had something of a chip on his shoulder that has guided much of his wrongdoing. He tried to conquer Earth in The Avengers because he craved power that he could never have as Thor's brother, for example. Yet, we've seen him, for brief moments, flirt with doing the right thing. It seems we'll see the beloved villain sort through some of this complex emotion in the show.
Joining Tom Hiddleston in the cast will be Richard E. Grant Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Owen Wilson Wedding Crashers, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Motherless Brooklyn and Sophia Di Martino Yesterday. What we know for sure is that Loki met his ultimate fate at the beginning of Infinity War at the hands of Thanos. Yet, he escaped with the Tesseract during the so-called time heist in Avengers: Endgame. So we're likely going to see him hopping around time and space. However, his fate is already sealed. There is a predetermined endpoint to his journey, which could make things interesting.
Some brief footage from the show was featured in a Disney+ teaser that showcased the upcoming Marvel shows that also included WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We saw Loki locked up in an off-world prison threatening to burn the place to the ground. Other live-action shows in the works for the streaming service that will tie in heavily to the wider MCU include She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and Hawkeye. As it stands, Loki is expected to debut in early 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. For more with Michael Waldron, check out his episode of The Writer's Panel podcast.