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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Bits o' movie news

it was reported today that Shia LaBeouf is in final negotiations to be in Indiana Jones 4. LaBeouf is rumored to be playing Indy's long lost son.

Of course, LaBeouf's biggest claim to fame is coming this summer, when he'll be playing Sam "Spike" Witwicky in Transformers.

Today, Disney also announced their official return to 2D, hand drawn animation.

Coming out in 2009 is The Frog Princess. The Frog Princess is writen and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. Musker and Clements are a dynamic duo of animators who were very much on the front lines of the Disney animation resurgance of the 1990s. Musker and Clements gave us The Little Mermiad, Aladdin, Hercules and Treasure Planet.

The story, which is an original concocted by Musker and Clements, is set primarily in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and they tell us that Cajun culture was one of the primary inspirations for the film. The princess of the title is named Maddy, a young African-American girl. They tell us that it's "from the heart of Louisiana's mystical bayous and the banks of the mighty Mississippi comes an unforgettable tale of love, enchantment and discovery with a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells and Cajun charm at every turn."

I'm there. Musker and Clements have proven their storytelling worth 10 times over.

Well, we're starting to learn more about the new Star Trek movie. In a recent interview, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman used the dreaded "r" word: "reimagining."

The Trekkies have been both hoping and dreading that this film will be a reimagining. There's that contingent that just doesn't want to give up on 40 years of continuity. But me? I think maybe that igonring 40 years worth of continuity might make things...simpler.

Orci and Kurtzman also tell us that it's going to be a lot more action-oriented that Trek films of the past. They also tell us that it's not going to be the Starfleet Academy tale that's been long rumored. Instead, it'll tell the tale of Captain Kirk taking command of the Enterprise for the first time, and following his first mission in the command chair.

And they also tell us that there's no subtitles with this film. It's going to be called, simply, Star Trek.

Speaking of, where did the term "reimagining" come from? I think the word was coined by Tim Burton back in 2001, to describe his "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes.

Back at the time, it was taken to mean "a remake that's been changed so much it no longer resembles the original." Now, I think it applies to taking something, stripping it down to it's core components, and starting over.

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