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It was confirmed last October that Tim Burton had entered talks to helm the upcoming Beetlejuice sequel, but the pre-production process has been a slow one for the project. Since the announcement we have barely heard a peep about the project - but that doesn't mean work isn't still being done.
It would appear that Tim Burton is feeling very nostalgic these days. Last year he directed feature adaptations of both his favorite show as a kid (Dark Shadows) and one of his early short films (Frankenweenie) and now there are reports that he's in talks to direct a sequel to one of his earliest hits.
A couple of years ago, Burton got attached to the befitting YA novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and he reportedly came close to dropping that project recently to give himself time to get to this Beetlejuice follow-up, but he was able to formulate production schedules that allows for both of these films to be made.
Disney has been really good about re-releasing The Nightmare Before Christmas, rather than keeping it in the vault half the time. Though buyers can find other DVD and Blu-ray copies on the market, Walt Disney Home Entertainment will be releasing The Nightmare Before Christmas on to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD for a special 20th Anniversary Edition on September 10.
Huston has now officially signed on, and is now set to play Dick Nolan, who is described as a “burnt-out, heavy-drinking gossip reporter.” The character of Nolan sounds like trouble, and with Huston's unique blend of boyish charm and reckless swagger, he seems a great fit for the part.
The titular Big Eyes refer to the kitschy paintings of Margaret (Adams) and Walter Keane (Waltz), and the impending implosion of their relationship centered on arguments over the true creator behind those creepy children and their optical enlargements.
Burton's dramedy centers on the strained relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams), whose big-eyed children portraits were extremely popular in the 1950s through the 1960s. What's interesting about the back story is that the couple’s relationship was tarnished due to divorce and lawsuits trying prove who the actual artist actually was.
Now, in hindsight, we should have known better than to think a film with paintings of kids with spooky-big eyes could possibly be directed by anyone other than Burton himself.
Back in 2011, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith resurrected talk of a Beetlejuice sequel. In early 2012, Tim Burton bolstered the project's prospects among fans by confirming that Grahame-Smith's sequel had his blessing, and that Michael Keaton was slated to return as the moldering menace in the cartoonish striped suit. And we might have our first look at Keaton (or someone) in costume thanks to Grahame-Smith's twitter feed!
As a story full of magic and monsters, Pinocchio seemed the perfect fairy tale for Guillermo del Toro, the visionary behind Pan's Labyrinth to take on. But his Pinocchio collaborator Gris Grimly has dashed our hopes, announcing Pinocchio has had his strings cut…but not in a good way.
Those familiar with comic book movie lore likely know the tale of Tim Burton's failed Superman Lives. In the late 1990s the Batman director decided to try and take another stab at the superhero genre, and while his version of the Man of Steel never actually made it to theaters, it actually did make some serious progress in pre-production, most notably casting Nicolas Cage in the lead role and both designing and creating a new version of the suit.
The weekend before last I had the pleasure of driving down to Disneyland where I, along with my friend Roth Cornet of Screen Rant, were given the opportunity to sit down with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and discuss both his latest movie and his career. Check out or conversation below in which Burton talks about what made now the right time to resurrect Frankenweenie, the suggested death impulse in his work, and the value of limitations and how they’ve affected his career.
Last night the Disney animated movie Frankenweenie held its premiere at the beloved genre film festival Fantastic Fest-- which might seem like a weird place for a children's movie, until you realize Frankenweenie is a story about a dog risen from the dead. The movie looks to be Tim Burton's return to his roots
Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on October 2. Warner Home Entertainment is actually trying something pretty cool with the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-Ray disc. While a set of deleted scenes will be available in regular viewing mode, the nine bonus featurettes will be “points” in the separate, interactive viewing mode.
Based on his 1984 live-action short of the same name, Frankenweenie centers on an inventive young boy named Victor Frankenstein whose passion for science is only matched by his deep devotion to his dear dog Sparky. So when Sparky meets a premature end, Victor takes his scientific know-how to raise his beloved pup from the dead.
Excitement for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has been running high all day. The panel for the upcoming film kicked off with a trailer done as an homage to old horror films filled with creepy quotes, aggressive narration and a crack about it being in “The Third Dimension”. Those who were there began tweeting about the trailer immediately, with buzz being almost exclusively positive. The footage was later followed by two more clips which also wowed the crowd.
With The Dark Knight Rises heading into theaters next week, concluding Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, we here at Cinema Blend have decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the Caped Crusader’s previous films. We’ll be posting a new Batman Rewind article each day and we’re kicking things off with Eric’s take on Tim Burton’s 1989 classic Batman.
Inspired by Tim Burton's 1984 live-action short, Frankenweenie focuses on a young boy with an undying devotion to his recently deceased dog that inspires him to play mad scientist, bringing Sparky back to life. The look of this animated adventure has a distinctly Burton, and bring his creepy cartoon characters to life is a voice cast that includes some of his past collaborators...
Based on a script by John August, who previously worked with Burton on 2003's Big Fish, the new film is a twist on the classic Frankenstein story and centers on a young boy named Victor (Charlie Tahan) who is devastated when his dogSparky is run over by a car. Determined to see his best friend again, Victor tries an experiment that brings Sparky back to life, but when word gets around about what Victor has accomplished he is forced to deal with the consequences.