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Skydance Animation Appoints Img As Worldwide Licensing Representative

Skydance Animation Appoints Img As Worldwide Licensing Representative
Exclusive: Img will serve as the global licensing rep for Skydance Animation and its upcoming feature film and TV lineup, which includes its first two movies, Luck directed by Peggy Holmes and Spellbound directed by Vicky Jenson.

The multi-year deal will see the Endeavor-owned licensing agency develop extensive product licensing portfolios for Skydance Animation’s slate and theatrical-quality animated TV series.

“As we prepare for the debut of our first animation projects in the coming year, we are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s premier licensing agency to develop consumer products franchises that extend our stories and characters across retail platforms,” said Luis Fernández, Head of Consumer Products, Skydance.

“Skydance Animation has assembled a team of legendary talent that is reimagining animation with some of the most exciting new feature-length film and series animation anywhere today,” added Bruno Maglione, President of Licensing at Img. “We’re proud to
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2021 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay [Updated: February 26]

2021 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay [Updated: February 26]
At the 2020 Academy Awards, “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for bringing Christine Leunens novel “Caging Skies” to the big screen. This award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, has gone to the adapters of 47 novels over the year. The most recent of these prior to 2020 was in 2018 when James Ivory won his first Oscar for his adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel “Call Me by Your Name.” (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2021 Oscars predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Original Screenplay.)

In between those two years, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee shared in the win for Best Adapted Screenplay for his written work on Ron Stallworth‘s memoir of the same name. In the 92-year history of this category, only a dozen adaptations of such books have prevailed. Five of those non-fiction books adaptations were
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Apple and Skydance Animation Formally Announce Multi-Year Partnership

Apple and Skydance Animation Formally Announce Multi-Year Partnership
Following Variety‘s exclusive report in December, Apple is officially announcing its multi-year content partnership with David Ellison’s Skydance Animation.

The agreement, which includes the previously announced feature films “Luck” and “Spellbound,” will also include what Apple billed as “first-ever theatrical-quality animated television series” for Apple TV Plus subscribers.

Skydance Animation is a division of Ellison’s Skydance Media, which is run by John Lasseter and president Holly Edwards. The deal reunites Lasseter with the Cupertino giant decades after he founded Pixar with the late Steve Jobs.

The first series up is “The Search for WondLa,” which scored a two-season order to start, based on the beloved book series by Tony Diterlizzi. The Apple original will be written and executive produced by showrunner Lauren Montgomery, with Chad Quant, Diterlizzi, and Gotham Group also serving as executive producers. Several other titles are expected to be announced in the coming months.
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See First Look at ‘Luck’ and ‘Spellbound’ as Apple and Skydance Animation Close Multiyear Deal (Photos)

See First Look at ‘Luck’ and ‘Spellbound’ as Apple and Skydance Animation Close Multiyear Deal (Photos)
Apple and David Ellison’s Skydance Animation have closed a multiyear partnership first reported to be in talks in December, and today, the studios have given a first look at the two animated films that will premiere on Apple TV+, “Luck” and “Spellbound.”

Apple has also ordered two seasons of an animated series from Skydance Animation, “The Search for WondLa.” Several other feature films and TV series will be announced over the term of the partnership.

Both “Luck” and “Spellbound” were originally slated for theatrical release in 2022 through Paramount, though no new release date has been set for either film.

Luck” is directed by Peggy Holmes and is about an unlucky girl who, after stumbling upon the never-before-seen world of good and bad luck, must join together with magical creatures to uncover a force more powerful than even luck itself. The film was written by Kiel Murray.

“Spellbound” is a
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Apple & Skydance Animation Set Multi-Year Feature Film & TV Deal

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Apple & Skydance Animation Set Multi-Year Feature Film & TV Deal
Apple on Wednesday unveiled a multiyear partnership with Skydance Animation to deliver kids and families animated theatrical features and TV series. Apple TV+ has a reach of 100 countries. The deal begins with the recent Apple acquisitions of Skydance’s upcoming animated titles Luck and Spellbound.

Additionally, Skydance Animation is making its TV debut on Apple TV+ with two seasons of The Search for WondLa, which is based on the book series by Tony Diterlizzi. The Apple Original series will be written and executive produced by showrunner Lauren Montgomery, with Chad Quant, Diterlizzi and Gotham Group also serving as executive producers.

Skydance Animation is a division of David Ellison’s Skydance Media and run by Ellison, Head of Animation John Lasseter, and Skydance Animation president Holly Edwards. Ellison and Lasseter will serve as producers on all feature films and executive producers on series.

Directed by Peggy Holmes and written by Kiel Murray,
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‘Mulan’ Exclusive Window on Disney Plus Ends Next Week

‘Mulan’ Exclusive Window on Disney Plus Ends Next Week
Starting next week, you won’t need to have Disney Plus to purchase “Mulan” — but it will still cost $30.

Disney debuted the live-action remake of the animated original on Sept. 4, initially available only to subscribers of Disney Plus ($6.99/month).

As of next Tuesday, Oct. 6, “Mulan” will be available on multiple digital on-demand platforms, and they’re already taking pre-orders. Disney’s “Mulan” costs $29.99 and is being offered currently by digital retailers including Amazon Video, Google Play, and NBCUniversal’s Vudu and FandangoNow.

That means “Mulan” will have another two-month run as a purchase-only release before the title becomes available to all Disney Plus subscribers as of Dec. 4, 2020, for no extra charge.

Bonus content in the digital release of “Mulan” will include featurettes such as a look at actor Yifei Liu’s journey to becoming Mulan and Ming-Na Wen (who voiced the heroine in the original animated film) reflecting on her
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Live Action Remake Of ‘Mulan’ Released On Disney+, Fans Gripe At $30 Price Tag

Live Action Remake Of ‘Mulan’ Released On Disney+, Fans Gripe At $30 Price Tag
After a significant delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Walt Disney Company’s live action remake of the 1998 animated film Mulan was released on September 4 through its streaming service Disney+. The remake was directed by Niki Caro and written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin. It stars Liu Yifei […]

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How Can You Watch Disney’s ‘Mulan’? It’s a Two-Step Process

How Can You Watch Disney’s ‘Mulan’? It’s a Two-Step Process
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One of the first wide theatrical releases affected by the international lockdown in March was Disney’s highly anticipated live-action “Mulan,” but the remake of the studio’s 1998 animated classic has now received an innovative rollout on Disney+.

The film, directed by Niki Caro and starring Liu Yifei as the legendary warrior, was originally supposed to be released on March 27, then was pushed to July, and as finally available as of right now. It is only available for Disney+ subscribers to access via a premium tier of the streaming service.

The short story: If you subscribe to Disney+ you can then pay $29.99 for Premier Access to “Mulan” — but it’s not a one-time watch or a 48-hour rental like other VOD experiences. Instead, the film will be available in
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Film Review: Homage & Reimagining! On-Air Review of ‘Mulan’

Film Review: Homage & Reimagining! On-Air Review of ‘Mulan’
Chicago – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on Wbgr-fm on September 3rd, 2020, reviewing the new live action film “Mulan.” This is the Walt Disney Studios adaptation of their own 1998 animated film, originally a March release, now leading off the Fall Season.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The 1998 animated film was based on the Chinese folklore, “The Ballad of Mulan,” and the live action rendering features Liu Yifei as Mulan, the eldest daughter in a family of two sisters. As she grows up, Mulan’s father teaches her the warrior ways of the Chi, symbolized by a Phoenix that rises. When Dad is drafted, Mulan takes his place by stealing his papers, and posing as a man. The army must battle the evil warlord Bori Khan (Jason Scott Lee) and Mulan’s Chi doppelgänger of doom, Xian Lang (Gong Li). It’s directed by New Zealander Niki Caro,
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Disney Plus ‘Mulan’ Early-Access Purchase Available on Amazon Fire TV

Disney Plus ‘Mulan’ Early-Access Purchase Available on Amazon Fire TV
At the 11th hour, Amazon has come on board as a partner for Disney Plus’ “Mulan” $29.99 early-access movie release.

Mulan” is available for purchase inside the Disney Plus app on Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablet devices, an Amazon rep confirmed Friday. As previously announced, Disney Plus subs also can buy access to the live-action remake directly through disneyplus.com as well as through Apple, Google, and Roku devices for $30 in the U.S. (on top of the $6.99/month subscription price).

Those who purchase Premier Access of “Mulan” will be able to stream the film for “as long as you are an active Disney Plus subscriber,” according to Disney. In three months, “Mulan” will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers for no additional cost.

Mulan” was originally set to get a theatrical release in March 2020. The film became available Friday (Sept. 4) after months of postponements because of the Covid pandemic.
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Niki Caro and Mandy Walker to take part in Wift’s ‘Mulan’ webinar

Niki Caro and Mandy Walker to take part in Wift’s ‘Mulan’ webinar
Niki Caro on set with Mulan (Yifei Liu)..

As Niki Caro’s Mulan launches globally on Disney+ tonight, Wift Australia and Wift New Zealand announced they are staging a virtual event with the filmmaker and Dop Mandy Walker.

Caro and Walker will discuss their collaboration on the live action tale of China’s legendary female warrior and share personal success stories and tips on maintaining creative drive during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Wift Virtual is honoured to offer members and a global audience the opportunity to listen and learn from these two talented women,” said Wift Australia chair Katrina Irawati Graham.

Mulan is a landmark for gender representation on set. We hope Disney’s lead inspires other production companies to hire more female teams.”

Yifei Liu plays Hua Mulan, eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, who steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun,
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“Mulan” Comes Vividly To Life For Disney

“Mulan” Comes Vividly To Life For Disney
When a live-action remake of Mulan was announced by Disney, there was a mix of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand, the epic feel of the story and the battle sequences were tailor made for the blockbuster treatment. On the other hand, however, would it feel different? After all, a notable contingent of Mulan fans love the animated dragon Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy, along with the musical numbers, and that wouldn’t fit this more realistic take. Well, with the movie hitting Disney+ tomorrow, this is a different feeling work than the animated classic, but it builds on that in interesting ways, making it an undeniable success. The film follows the same general plot as the cartoon classic, with a young girl disguising herself as a male in order to protect her father. Hua Mulan (Yifei Liu), the oldest daughter of a respected warrior, decides when the Emperor
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‘Mulan’ Review: Disney’s Spectacular Do-Over Deserves the Biggest Screen Possible

‘Mulan’ Review: Disney’s Spectacular Do-Over Deserves the Biggest Screen Possible
Of the dozen young women whom the Walt Disney Co. classifies as “princesses” — successors of sultans, chiefs and kings; kissers of frogs, beasts and princes Charming — one never quite fit the royal canon, or most conservative ideas of femininity for that matter: sixth-century Chinese folk hero Hua Mulan, who hailed from a humble family and won her family’s honor by enlisting to defend the emperor in her father’s place.

Sure, questions have been raised around a few of the others, but as Maui told Moana, “If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, then you’re a princess.” Even by that definition, however, Mulan breaks the mold. Unlike the ladylike beauties who picked up their skirts and threw down their hair, Mulan proved herself on the battlefield disguised as a man. That’s not to say she doesn’t belong among Disney’s most beloved heroines.
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Mulan Review: Disney’s Live-Action Remake Brings Epic Scope and Serious Tone

Mulan Review: Disney’s Live-Action Remake Brings Epic Scope and Serious Tone
Mulan! Take control of yourself!” These shouts greet young Mulan as she runs and leaps across her village, attempting to catch a wayward chicken. Set during the time of China’s Han Dynasty, Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated favorite Mulan is, in many ways, a film about characters attempting to control gender roles, internal conflict, and even warfare. Control, of course, is an element completely lost as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the world of cinema is no exception. Disney realized this after moving the film from its original July release date to another in August, and then, finally, to its Disney+ streaming service.

While watching Mulan at home, it is almost impossible not to wonder what the experience would have been like on the big screen. An ambitious, large-scale epic directed by Whale Rider’s Niki Caro, Mulan is without question a well-made success. Yet
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Composer Alan Menken Achieves Egot Status After Daytime Emmy Win

Composer Alan Menken Achieves Egot Status After Daytime Emmy Win
Alan Menken became the latest recipient of Egot status following his Daytime Emmy win on Sunday, July 26. Menken, who has eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and one Tony Award, took home the Daytime Emmy for outstanding original song in a children’s, young adult or animated program. Menken, pictured with Celine Dion at the “Beauty and the Beast” premiere in 2017, composed “Waiting in the Wings” for “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.”

His win makes him the 16th person to achieve Egot status — winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award. He joins the elite group of winners alongside John Legend, Tim Rice, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Helen Hayes, Marvin Hamlisch, Mike Nichols, Robert Lopez, Richard Rogers, John Gielgud, Jonathan Tunick and Scott Rudin.

Menken scored “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Enchanted,” “Pocahontas” and “Tangled” and many other Disney classics,
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Skydance And Paramount Pictures Will Release Animated Movies Luck And Spellbound In 2022

Skydance And Paramount Pictures Will Release Animated Movies Luck And Spellbound In 2022
Skydance and Paramount Pictures have announced that original animated musical fantasy Spellbound, which Paramount Pictures has committed to co-finance and release globally, is now slated for November 11, 2022.

Skydance Animation’s first original feature film, Luck, will be released domestically on February 18, 2022 with a worldwide rollout to follow.

This marks the continued expansion of the decade-long partnership between the storied Hollywood studio and David Ellison’s prolific media company, which now encompasses feature film, animation and television.

President of Skydance Animation Holly Edwards said, “Luck and Spellbound create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with audiences everywhere. It’s incredibly exciting to see our team of legendary creatives working around the clock and across the globe to bring these pictures to life.”

Luck and Spellbound mark the next phase of Skydance and Paramount’s commitment to feature animation for the theatrical experience,” said Paramount’s President of Domestic Distribution,
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Alan Menken Animated Musical ‘Spellbound’ Gets Fall 2022 Release From Paramount and Skydance

Alan Menken Animated Musical ‘Spellbound’ Gets Fall 2022 Release From Paramount and Skydance
Paramount Pictures is partnering with Skydance to co-finance and release the animated musical fantasy “Spellbound,” which features original songs and music from legendary Disney composer Alan Menken.

Spellbound” is now slated for global theatrical release on Nov. 11, 2022. This follows the release of Skydance Animation’s first original feature “Luck,” which will open domestically Feb. 18, 2022 with a worldwide rollout to follow.

In addition to Menken, “Spellbound” boasts a who’s who of animation royalty. It’s directed by “Shrek’s” Vicky Jenson and written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin (“Mulan”) and Linda Woolverton, with “Shrek” producer David Lipman recently joining the project.

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“Spellbound” is set in a world of magic, where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. Menken will write original music for the project,
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‘Shrek’s Vicky Jenson to Direct Animated Movie ‘Spellbound’ for Skydance, Paramount

‘Shrek’s Vicky Jenson to Direct Animated Movie ‘Spellbound’ for Skydance, Paramount
Paramount and Skydance have announced that the original animated musical Spellbound will hit theaters on Nov. 11, 2022 -- nine months after the release of Skydance Animation's first original feature, Luck. Vicky Jenson, who co-directed Shrek with Andrew Adamson, will direct from a script by Mulan scribes Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin as well as The Lion King writer Linda Woolverton. The story is set in a world of magic, where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. Shrek producer David Lipman recently joined the project, and Paramount will co-finance the …
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Paramount Dates Skydance’s ‘Spellbound’ & ‘Luck’ For 2022

Paramount Dates Skydance’s ‘Spellbound’ & ‘Luck’ For 2022
Skydance and Paramount Pictures announced the release dates for two animated features today: Spellbound which will open worldwide on Nov. 11, 2022 and Luck on Feb. 18, 2022.

Spellbound and Luck will be co-financed by Paramount. Luck reps the first title from Skydance Animation.

President of Skydance Animation Holly Edwards said, “Luck and Spellbound create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with audiences everywhere. It’s incredibly exciting to see our team of legendary creatives working around the clock and across the globe to bring these pictures to life.”

“Luck and Spellbound mark the next phase of Skydance and Paramount’s commitment to feature animation for the theatrical experience,” said Paramount’s President of Domestic Distribution, Chris Aronson. “These films not only continue our longstanding relationship with Skydance, but, along with Paramount Animation’s own upcoming films, mean we will be releasing event-level animated films for years to come.”

Spellbound,
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Kaleidoscope, ‘Mulan’ writers launch climate change animation ‘Danger Island’ (exclusive)

Kaleidoscope, ‘Mulan’ writers launch climate change animation ‘Danger Island’ (exclusive)
The film centres on a 16-year-old climate activist named Hanna.

UK sales firm Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has launched a children’s animated feature centred around the climate crisis called Danger Island.

The company has world sales rights to the feature film, which is the first property in a planned series including further features, three separate pre-school TV shows, and immersive experiences.

Danger Island will deliver in both 2D and 3D in Q3 of 2021; first materials from the film will be available through Kaleidoscope at this week’s online Marché du Film.

Casting is currently underway for seven major roles on the title.
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