D23: Disney Announces New Movies And Big Voice Castings, Offers Details On ‘Finding Nemo’ & ‘Planes’ Sequels
Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.
A new Disney Animation movie, big-name voice castings, a new Mickey Mouse short, details on the Finding Nemo and Planes sequels, two new Tinkerbell pics – there was no shortage of news during day 1 of Disney’s annual D23 expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. John Lasseter revealed Zootopia, due in 2016. It’s described as being in the tradition of Mr. Toad, where animals wear human clothes. “I loved those movies,” Lasseter said. Director Byron Howard and writer Jared Bush described Zootopia as “a buddy action film” in which the animal characters inhabit in a world where “humans never existed.”
Lasseter and company unveiled some boldfaced voice talent for a handful of upcoming projects. Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will feature Raising Hope‘s Lucas Neff as star dino Arlo, John Lithgow as Poppa and Frances McDormand as Momma. Arlo’s siblings will be voiced by Hader, Judy Greer and Neil Patrick Harris. Lasseter said a new Monsters University short film, Party Central, will premiere ahead of Good Dinosaur when it’s released next summer. Fans at today’s panel got a sneak peak at the short, about what happens when the monsters try to throw a frat party.
EXCLUSIVE: Christina Hendricks is in final negotiations to star in Measure Of A Man, a coming-of-age drama to be directed by Terry Loane and written by A Single Man scribe David Scearce. Christian Taylor is producing under his Taylor Lane Productions shingle. UTA and ICM co-rep U.S. rights. The pic is based on Robert Lipsyte’s young-adult novel One Fat Summer. Set in the 1970s, Measure stars Riley Griffiths as a bullied teen negotiating the challenging path to manhood under the guidance of a reclusive Wall Street executive who gives him a summer job. Hendricks, nominated for an Emmy last year for her role on AMC’s Mad Men, will play the boy’s mother, who is undergoing marital woes sparked by her fierce independence and a new career path. Production is expected to begin this summer in Connecticut and New York. Deadline previously reported that The Fosters’ Madisen Beaty had joined the film.
Mad Men scored big in last night’s ratings race, gaining its biggest season-finale number and finishing its fifth season as the most-watched ever. But it also scored big at the TV Academy on Sunday night, when 150 members and their guests had to be turned away for an event that featured the screening of the final episode and a Q&A with creator Matt Weiner and cast members. At least those 150 who didn’t get in didn’t go away empty-handed: Organizers gave them a jar of “Mad Men Olives” (the kind that go so well with those three-martini lunches) that was the parting gift for members of the audience. One woman, apparently confusing the Academy with Whole Foods Market, said she didn’t like olives and was wondering if she could exchange them for pickles.
Weiner, who flew in for the day from the North Carolina location of his feature directorial debut You Are Here and flew back right after the reception, had not wanted to screen the Season 5 finale in advance of its airing Sunday night but agreed it could be shown at this AMC-produced special event for Emmy voters (but not officially sanctioned by the Academy) two hours before airing on the East Coast. It was followed by the Q&A that also featured cast members Christina Hendricks, January Jones, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, Jessica Pare, and Kiernan Shipka. Series star Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and Jared Harris were advertised but all were said to be stuck overseas filming and didn’t make it.
Myriad Pictures has acquired worldwide rights outside the UK for the Neil LaBute-scripted Seconds Of Pleasure. Mike Figgis will direct a film that will star Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks. Seconds Of Pleasure explores a series of intimate and emotionally charged events that occur among a small group of people traveling together on a trans-Atlantic flight from Chicago to London. LaBute adapted it from his novel, which weaves together the intertwined yet separate stories of the six couples searching for those moments that make life worth living. Seconds Of Pleasure is a production of Scotland broadcasting giant STV. Margaret Enefer, STV Productions’ Head of Drama, Bill Shapter and LaBute are the producers.
Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland have joined the cast of Brian Dannelly’s indie comedy Struck By Lightning, which was penned by Glee star and Emmy nominee Chris Colfer. Allison Janney also stars. The story opens with …
EXCLUSIVE: In the first major deal of the American Film Market, FilmDistrict has acquired North American distribution rights to Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed adaptation of the James Sallis novel that stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and is targeted for death after a heist goes wrong. Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks round out a strong cast. FilmDistrict was started by GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington and run by Peter Schlessel and veteran distribution exec Bob Berney. They hatched the company to generate or acquire films with strong casts that can play on between 1500 and 2000 screens. Drive certainly fits that bill. The film is about two weeks from wrapping and has a budget under $30 million despite shooting in Los Angeles. FilmDistrict will look to release in late summer or early fall, 2011. Michel Litvak’s Bold Films financed the picture with Odd Lot Entertainment ‘s Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough and Bill Lischak. Marc Platt is producing with Bold and Odd Lot. Several indie companies chased the film including Summit and Lionsgate, and WME Global’s Graham Taylor closed the deal.
Christina Hendricks, age 35, has been on a career trajectory more similar to Mad Men‘s Don Draper than office manager Joan Harris. She began her career playing the opportunistic intern on Showtime’s Beggars and Choosers, which led to a production deal with John Wells. Now she has her first Primetime Emmy nomination for drama supporting actress, along with Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Rose Byrne (Damages), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and castmate Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). Hendricks spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about fame, Emmys and why she’s proud not to be a Size 2.
Deadline Hollywood: Can you go anywhere without being recognized?
Christina Hendricks: It’s taken me some time to adjust to that. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind, going 0 to 60 in a couple of years. But what you strive for is career longevity. The success of the show hopefully contributes to that. I had done 4 series in four years leading into Mad Men, so I’ve been plugging away at things for quite some time. The show has built over our four seasons, and it’s pretty weird to all of a sudden have people recognizing my name for the first time. It’s a really surreal feeling. But I’m not quite at the point where I feel the need to wear disguises in public.
DH: Is it weird to be a sex symbol?
CH: You know, the good part about that is maybe I’ve contributed to helping women appreciate themselves the way they are, that we don’t all have to be a Size 2 to be beautiful. Anything I’ve done to help change people’s minds about that is something to be proud of, I think.
DH: And were you surprised by the Emmy nomination?
CH: I was. It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner] gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining.
DH: Can’t you complain about something?
CH: Well, it’s hard