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Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Film

BeautyDisney has hired filmmaker Bill Condon as the director for a Beauty & The Beast live-action film adaptation. Variety reports that screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has signed on to pen the script.

According to Nerdist, the details of the plot have not yet been revealed. Some speculate that the story for Condon’s production will be similar to the one featured in Disney’s 1991 animated movie. The screenplay for that project is based on Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont‘s classic French fairy tale.

As of late, Disney has been working on a number of live-action fairy tale movies. Maleficent hit the silver screen last week and has received great reviews. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has a release date set for March 13, 2015Jon Favreau will helm a live-action/CG hybrid remake of The Jungle Book. What fairy tale would you like to see get the live-action movie treatment?

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Disney Reveals Teaser Trailer For Live-Action ‘Cinderella’ Movie

Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer the live-action Cinderella film adaptation.

The story is based on Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale. A release date has been scheduled for March 13, 2015.

Thor director Kenneth Branagh took the helm of this project. The cast includes Les Miserables actress Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden as Prince Charming, and Downton Abbey actress Lily James in the titular role.

Trailer Released for Upcoming Tom Clancy Adaptation

Paramount has released the trailer for the movie, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The film will hit theaters on December 25, 2013.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

The late novelist Tom Clancy created Jack Ryan, and the trailer  was published after he died earlier this week. This hero first appeared in the 1984 novel, The Hunt for Red October; the author followed-up with seven additional installments.

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Masterpiece Theatre Executive Producer Lands Deal for Memoir

Longtime Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! producer Rebecca Eaton will publish her memoir with Viking in October. Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS will be written with Patricia Mulcahy.

Eaton has been an executive producer on Masterpiece since 1985, working on adaptations of many classic novels. Since she joined, the show has earned 44 Emmy Awards, 15 Peabody Awards, four Golden Globes, and two Academy Award nominations. Here’s more about the book from the release:

Eaton interviews actors, writers, directors and producers, and shares personal anecdotes—as well as photos from her own camera—from her decades-spanning career. She reveals what went on behind the scenes during such triumphs as Cranford and the highly rated programs made from Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her aggressive campaign to attract younger viewers via social media and online streaming. Along the way she also shares stories about luminaries such as Alistair Cooke, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Gillian Anderson, and Daniel Radcliffe, whose first TV role was as the title character in David Copperfield.

Sourcebooks Brings Shakespeare into the 21st Century

In a move to make Shakespeare more appealing to students, Sourcebooks’ has built The Shakesperience, an interactive collection of classic Shakespeare made for kids who have kids who have grown up with DVD extras and iPads.

AppNewser has more: “The interactive eBooks, which were created using iBooks Author, bring Shakespeare’s plays to live with legendary performances that  are embedded alongside the text. Tracks from actors including: Kenneth Branagh, Orson Welles, and Sir Laurence Olivier are among them. The eBook also includes embedded translations of terms into modern day words.”

Othello alone has more than 1,400 embedded terms.

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J.K. Rowling Reads ‘Peter Pan’ at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

The “Isles of Wonder” opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics (directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle) made a nod to British literature.

Actor Kenneth Branagh (who plays Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter films) recited a passage from William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. A parade of nurses, doctors and child patients with books followed in rolling beds.

Author J.K. Rowling read a selection from J.M. Barrie‘s Peter Pan. After Rowling’s reading, a giant-sized Lord Voldemort popped up. A crew of women dressed as Mary Poppins wielded umbrellas and banished the Harry Potter villain.

Click here to find out when you can watch the opening ceremony in your neighborhood. Follow this link to view photos from the ceremony. What do you think?

Kenneth Branagh May Adapt ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer has been picked up by Fox 2000. The article described the book as “a love story set in London and on the island of Guernsey shortly after WWII.”

According to Variety Marley & Me screenwriter Dan Roos wrote the script. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan have signed on as producers. Fox 2000 has approached Thor director Kenneth Branagh to helm the project.

In the video embedded above, Barrows discussed her novel. Branagh has directed and starred in adaptations of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Hamlet and Henry V. He also played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets.

The Hamlet Video Game That Time Forgot

To play video games or not to play video games? In 1997, EMME Interactive SA released Hamlet: A Murder Mystery video game (box pictured, click to enlarge).

The video game extended the plot of William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet, a tie-in with Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the classic tragedy. Did anybody play this game? We’d love to hear your story.

Here’s an excerpt from MobyGames: “As Young Hamlet, you must avenge the terrible murder of your father and become the new King of Denmark. Use cunning, courage and nerves of steel to survive five levels of gameplay and win the crown in a last and vicious sabre duel in cyber space. Become ‘whole and complete’ in body and spirit by collecting all ten wits of man. Your task is to kill the King, but prevent the deaths of the innocent!” (Via Mike Cane)

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Coming to U.S. Theaters

griltatoo23.jpgAccording to Variety, Music Box Films has purchased U.S. rights to the Swedish adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson‘s bestseller, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

The film has already collected nearly $100 million around the world, and was produced for a lean $13 million. The company plans to bring the film to U.S. theaters “early next year.”

Here’s more about the production, from the article: “Niels Arden Oplev helmed the pic, which stars Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace … The next pic in the trilogy, ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire,’ has already taken $16 million from four foreign markets.”