John Carl Buechler, who wrote and directed the 1986 cult classic film Troll has agreed to co-produce the full length 3D animated feature film and television series Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr. along with Peter Davy.
Patricia Arquette has signed on for the voice of the witch, and up-and-coming child actor Baxter Bartlett is slated to be the voice of young Harry Potter Jr.. Plans are underway to round out the remainder of the character. Cast members of the original 1986 live-action feature included Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, June Lockhart and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The film is being represented and distributed internationally by London based SC Films International, a sales, distribution, production and finance company. SF Films International has confirmed they are also in final negotiations with 3D animation studios in Canada and China to provide production services for the project.
The new animated feature will revisit the world of the wizardry originally created by in the 1986 Troll film, in which a wicked, magical troll wizard envisages taking over the world. Only Harry Potter Jr., with the help of a magical witch, can save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force.
John Carl Buechler said:
“The original TROLL film has achieved cult status, and based upon its success we believed that the timing was right to produce and updated 3D animated version for a whole new generation of filmgoers.”
Peter Davy, co-producer said:
“We are already in pre-production. We have the financing in place and a strong international distributor. We are envisioning a series of animated sequels along with an animated TV series.”
The film is slated to be released in early 2017. An animated TV series is also expected to go into production for release next year, with discussions ongoing with the Harbin “Window to Eurasia” theme park in Northern China for a Troll themed venus and branding program based on the film’s characters.
Simon Crowe, CEO of SC Films International said:
“We are hugely excited by this project. We see a 3D animated TROLL as having tremendous commercial value and huge appeal for family audiences worldwide.”
Here’s the following press release statement:
The reprise of TROLL: THE RISE OF HARRY POTTER JR. has not been prepared, approved or license by any entity that created or produced the J.K Rowling series of Harry Potter books or the Warner Bros. series of Harry Potter motion pictures. TROLL: the Movie LLC is not affiliated with J.K Rowling or Warner Bros. nor has this motion picture been endorsed or authorized by J.K Rowling or Warner Bros. The character “Harry Potter” and “Harry Potter Jr” depicted in TROLL are not related to, or inspired by, the book and film characters of J.K Rowling and Warner Bros.
Harry Potter and Harry Potter Jr. and his family were characters in the 1986 motion picture TROLL which was independently created and distributed 11 years before J.K Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was written and published.
Check out the new trailer that Lionsgate has released for their off-beat stoner action-comedy American Ultra starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, which can be seen down below!
The film centers on Mike (Eisenberg) a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
Written by Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, also stars Topher Grace, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale.
American Ultra hits theaters August 21.
Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards, Boston Legal) has joined the cast of ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three.
Zimmer will play the head of a mysterious new government agency that will cross paths with SHIELD as both seek out new Inhumans following the events of last season. This agency head will act as principal antagonist for Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson and might be more than that, though it’s unclear whether she will act as a friend or foe as the season plays out.
Jeph Loeb, Executive producer and Head of Marvel Television said:
“When casting this role, we needed someone that could go toe-to-toe with Coulson. Constance brings a level of wit and spark to the role we could have only dreamed of, and we’re beyond excited to add her to our already stellar cast going into the new season.”
In addition to Zimmer’s new character, fans can also expect Marvel comics villain Lash along with several other characters inspired by the Secret Warrior to play a prominent role in the upcoming season.
The show is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Loeb.
AGENTS OF SHIELD returns for a third season on Tuesdays starting Sept. 29.
Check out this new trailer that Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed for their upcoming crime drama Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, which can be seen down below!
Directed by Scott Cooper, the film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott and Juno Temple.
he film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott and Juno Temple.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Cooper said of Bulger, who was imprisoned with two life sentences in November 2013:
“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra– you never knew where he could strike. A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately. They got chills at [Depp’s] resemblance. Some of the couldn’t even look at him. It’s easy to be the mustache twirling villain but this performance couldn’t be further from that. He is truly gifted.”
BLACK MASS hits theaters September 18. Written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, produced by John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson, and executive produced by Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross.
Check out the very first teaser trailer and poster that A24 has released for their upcoming psychological drama Room starring Brie Larson, which can be seen down below!
The film also stars Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy. ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Tremblay) a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical– they are trapped– confined to a windowless, 10-by 10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room”. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.
Based on the award-winning global bestseller by Emma Donoghue, ROOM is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and will be released in October 16 in New York and LA, then nationwide November 6.
Check out the very first trailer that Netflix has released for their upcoming first original film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, which can be seen down below!
Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, the film debuts on Friday, October 16, the same day in Landmark theaters in the U.S and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the network is available.
Landmark theater marks include: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego.
Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation will also be in competition at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and will have its screening at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
BEASTS OF NO NATION is based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.
Produced by Amy Kaufman and Fukunaga (who previously worked together on Sin Nombre), Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media; Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films; Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall are executive producers for New Balloon; and Bill Benenson, Laura Bickford and Todd Courtney are also executive producers.
Check out these new photos that Empire Magazine has released for 20th Century FOX’s highly anticipated film, X-Men: Apocalypse, which can be seen down below!
Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Ben Hardy, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Munn and Lana Candor. Oscar Isaac stars as the film’s antagonist who recently confirmed that he will take on the multiple forms of the villain and will also assemble his horsemen.
Writer/producer Simon Kinberg writes from a treatment he wrote with Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris.
Said to be the conclusion of a trilogy started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Bryan Singer, the film hits theaters May 27, 2016.