And now, the real news from D23 that had me SUPERSTOKED…
Disney is starting a new animation imprint titled Disney Double Dare You, to be helmed by one of this blog’s absolute favorites…Guillermo Del Toro.
The concept of Disney Double Dare You is to create “films full of thrills and chills for all ages”, so I anticipate it to be a darker, more fantasy filled imprint of animation from Disney.
The first project confirmed is a film called Trollhunters, based on an original Del Toro story. In an interview with Variety concerning the new imprint, he hinted towards some sort of connection between the films, saying that the films will be linked by ““one feature that shall remain secret, but that you shall soon be very familiar with.”
How Guillermo intends to balance an entire film imprint with the other projects he’s working on, I have no idea, but I am very excited.
If you told me ten years ago, that some of the most exciting movements in filmmaking would be coming from Disney, I’d call you crazy, but between Pixar, this new Double Dare You imprint and their purchase of Marvel, it’s looking to be true.
In another bit of news from the D23 convention this past weekend (which I’m just getting around to posting thanks to a nice bout of Strep, no fun.), Disney officially announced the theatrical return of THE MUPPETS!
The new flick, which has no official release date thus far, will be titled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made.
Based on a script by Forgetting Sarah Marshall star/Apatow Clan member/all around awesome dude Jason Segel, the film is apparently built around an unused story idea from Jim Henson, where Gonzo blows the movie budget on the opening credits, and then the rest of the film is shot on the same backlot, which is poorly disguised as the locations for the rest of the film.
Sounds great to me! As a child of the Muppet generation, I personally cannot wait for Kermit, Fozzie and the gang to be back on screen. Let’s just hope that if there are celebrity cameos (a Muppet staple), they’re of the Jason Segel/Seth Rogan variety, and not say…Heidi & Spencer. Ugh.