Tag Archive: Tim Burton


You’d think Disney would learn that some expensive projects (“John Carter”, “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp) just aren’t worth it. I mean, with Pixar, you’ve made “Toy Story”, “Up” and more. You have animated classics like “The Lion King” and “Cinderella”. For many, the animated “The Jungle Book” is on the list of their favorite animated films. Get ready for a new live action version of it. Now “The Jungle Book” was a live action film in 1994, but who remembers that one? Exactly. It seems to be a trend with Disney with “Maleficent” (“Sleeping Beauty”) and “Cinderella” also future live action films based on Disney’s animated classics. Don’t forget they made “Alice in Wonderland” from Tim Burton. Ugh. At least one of these films is going to flop…big time.

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Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” was a box office smash, even though it wasn’t all that great. But Disney of course is making a sequel called “Into the Looking Glass”. The sequel brings back Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Here’s the surprising news. Burton isn’t coming back. Instead, James Bobin (“The Muppets”, “The Mupets…Again!”) will helm the sequel.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Danny Huston (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is in talks to join “Big Eyes”. From director Tim Burton the film is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, who made famous creations featuring big eyed children. She eventually sued her husband who tried to take credit for her work. Amy Adams is playing Keane while Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) is playing the husband.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

2011’s “Hugo” from Martin Scorsese was one of my favorite films not only of that year but of this decade so far. Now stars Chloe Moretz (“Carrie”, “Kick-Ass 2”) and Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”) are set to star in “The White Circus”. Cinemablend says the movie is a dark adventure romance with black comedy scattered throughout, following a young pilot whose first mission ends up with him crashing in a war-torn town, where he becomes enamored by a cabaret singer, hangs out with a big talking bear and tries to talk the town into liberating themselves from a despot.

Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski are directing. The pair has been compared to Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam so I’m definitely excited for this one.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Remember back when Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” was going to be released in December? Remember how we were all excited to see Leonardo DiCaprio in possibly two great movies in this one and “Django Unchained”? Now that Gatsby is set to finally be released and the big question is: Is this the first bomb of the summer?

I know, how could a movie this grand with this much press and boasting a cast including Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan not be successful, right? Well, take a look at the second and third weekends in May. It hasn’t been kind to films (Just look at Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”). “Iron Man 3” is fresh off its $175 million opening weekend. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” has fans chomping at the bit. A week later, “The Hangover Part III”, “Epic” and “Fast and Furious 6″ comes out. Finally the month ends with ‘After Earth”. What am I saying? There’s a lot of high profile movies that fans are going to be rushing out to see. So where does that leave Gatsby? What would have likely been a hit in December may not even reach $100 million in the summer. There’s just too much hype surrounding all these other movies, too much backlash against Luhrmann because of “Australia” and too many people who aren’t huge fans of the book. The target audience is limited to begin with. Now with so many films coming out, could “The Great Gatsby” fail to crack $40-50 million its opening weekend? That might be tough. And if the film isn’t a total hit critically, it could wind up in the $80-90 million range. This isn’t “Battleship” bad, but with the first reviews of the film very lukewarm on Rotten Tomatoes, this could be the first financial disappointment of the summer.

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Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. were among the best parts of the hit comedy from a few years ago “Tropic Thunder”. Now the pair may be reuniting. RDJ signed on for “Pinnochio” with director Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland”, “Dark Shadows”) attached to direct. Burton is off that film and now Stiller is in talks to take over directing duties. Stiller’s upcoming directorial effort “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” gained a lot of positive buzz at Cinema Con so this could be an interesting pairing. Burton’s eye for visuals is pretty much unrivaled, but an argument can be made his eye for stories has faltered lately.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

At one point, the film “Big Eyes”, which is about artists Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings depicting women and children with wide eyes, was set to star Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon. Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewsk penned the script and were going to direct. Now Tim Burton is stepping in to helm the film and Reynolds and Witherspoon are out with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in. Frankly, I like the new actors and it’ll be nice to see Burton take a break from doing mega budget blockbusters.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Bad news for Oz

Disney is clearly hoping “Ox the Great and Powerful” will be its next “Alice in Wonderland”. But it’s clearly not going to be. The Sam Raimi directed film starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz earned $2 million from midnight showings. That was roughly half of Alice’s $3.9 million midnight showing.

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Do we have our first big blockbuster of the year? Or do we have another flop?

Sam Raimi and Disney are hoping people will be off to see the wizard in big numbers as “Oz the Great and Powerful” opens. Drawing comparisons to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, this film stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis. Oz is a powerful brand with a bunch of books and the classic 1939 “The Wizard of Oz”. But Raimi and Franco aren’t as big as Burton and Johnny Depp. And I get the feeling that this won’t open nearly as big as Alice did. But this one could wind up near $300 million if word of mouth turns out to be strong. And this will have the biggest opening of the year so far and become the top grossing film of the year until summer rolls around.

Opening weekend: $80-85 million

The other new film is “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. It’s a strong cast, but a subdued marketing campaign and going up against Oz will make this one bomb. Also, the last few crime films, “Snitch” and “Broken City” both tanked.

Opening weekend: $5-10 million

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Alejando González Iñárritu, the director of the magnificent “21 Grams” and “Babel” is trying comedy with his upcoming film “Birdman”. The film, according to FirstShowing, is said to follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he decides to take on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Chandler in order to reclaim past glory.

And who will play this role? None other than Batman himself, Michael Keaton, who played the caped crusader in the Tim Burton films. The film also has  Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis in it as well. This sounds like an amazing comedy. Can’t wait to see it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.