Walt Disney Pictures has selected to move forward with two fairly different projects: A computer-animated adaptation of author Philip K. Dick’s fantasy short story, King of the Elves, and a movie based on its famous Matterhorn theme park attraction (tentatively titled The Hill).
King of the Elves has been officially on the docket for the Mouse House since 2008, but is now prepped to begin moving forward after a lengthy delay. The Matterhorn film, on the other hand, is just the newest Disney ride-turned-movie project on the horizon.
Variety says that Horrible Bosses co-writer Michael Markowitz has been recruited to scriptKing of the Elves, which tells the tale of how an ordinary man from the Mississippi Delta is chosen as the leader of a group of tiny fantastical creatures – after he rescues them from a vicious troll.
Needless to say, the film will offer a rather different version of elves than the kind glimpsed in the Lord of the Rings trilogy or the upcoming Hobbit movies. Likewise, Dick’s King of the Elves story is a departure from the sort of mind-bending, philosophical sci-fi lore he’s best known for (see: Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall, etc.).
Bolt director/co-writer Chris Williams is “shepherding” the project, which presumably means he’ll be calling the shots on this computer-animated tale as well. Given the source material, there’s good reason to hope that both King of the Elves and next year’s new Disney/Pixar film, Brave, will prove themselves to be smart and sophisticated pieces of fantasy storytelling that offer appeal for moviegoers of all ages.
"Thor 2," a sequel to this year's superhero film from Marvel, will be released July 26, 2013, its distributor, Walt Disney Studios, announced Thursday.
Disney, which purchased Marvel last year, is taking over distribution of the franchise from Paramount.
Like this year's "Thor," it'll star Chris Hemsworth as the disturbingly fit warrior.
But the picture has no director. Branagh, who directed the first installment, reportedly is not returning.
Disney also announced Thursday that its movie "The Help" will be released Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, instead of Friday, Aug. 12.
Hemsworth is a busy actor lately: The Aussie stars in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," set for a June 1, 2012 release, as Thor in Marvel's "The Avengers" and as Jed Eckert in this year's Contrafilm remake of "Red Dawn," which MGM is distributing.