DISNEY TO REMAKE THE LION KING AS A CARTOON

HOLLYWOOD – Jon Favreau’s classic live action film The Lion King is to become a cartoon.

Jon Favreau‘s classic 2019 film The Lion King is to get a remake. Disney announced today that it is planning to film a new version of the classic tale as a cartoon. Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Pumba and Timon will all return. The songs including the hits Hakuna Matata and The Circle of Life by Tim Rice and Elton John will also feature.

Director Roger Allers told the Studio Exec:

We have the utmost respect for Jon Favreau and his team and what they did with the story. In fact, it’s quite daunting to think of following in the footsteps of the guy who made Iron Man 2. But Disney came to us and said, we like this story but do you think it could work as animation? Of course, I was nervous but I tried to hide it. I’ll do my best.

Will you use the same voice actors that Favreau used?

No, absolutely not. Donald Glover undoubtedly made Simba his own and there’s not much we can do to compete with that. So I’d rather try and strike out on my own and present a whole new generation of voices. For instance, Jeremy Irons is thinking of helping us out and the wonderful Matthew Broderick is on board.

Matthew Broderick told the SE:

I’m very excited by this prospect. In a way I feel it’s a return to familiar territory for me.

Because you actually played…

Ferris Bueller! That’s right. And Simba is the same kind of kid as Ferris. He’s witty and breaks the rules. And I can give him that cockiness.

However, not everyone is happy at the prospect. Jon Favreau recently told the New York Times:

This is bullshit. Why can’t they leave well alone. We spent two years creating photorealistic images of big cats and then they’re going to come along and remake it with what? Like drawings? Moving drawings? It’s totally bull crap and I don’t care who knows about it.

The Lion King is due out in 2024.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 2 GETS TRAILER

HOLLYWOOD – The trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody 2 has dropped.

Following Rami Malek’s Oscar win, Bohemian Rhapsody 2 dropped their trailer this morning. The new film will feature Freddie Mercury’s twin brother Elton John pursuing his own career in 70s rock. Although there is no sight of Rami in the trailer, there are rumors that he’ll return as a ghost.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody 2 comes out in the Fall.

SACHA BARON COHEN TO MAKE RIVAL FREDDIE MERCURY FILM

HOLLYWOOD – Sacha Baron Cohen announces Freddie Mercury film to rival Bohemian Rhapsody.

Don’t stop me now, says Sacha Baron Cohen as he signs on for a rival version of the Queen story. The British comedian was originally slated to play the lead singer in Bohemian Rhapsody when creative differences saw him leave the project. But his interest revived when he watched the Rami Malek film.

Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with The Studio Exec, the Borat actor had this to say:

What we wanted to do is so different from what they did that I realized that we could make the film and no one would even think of them being about the same person. They did essentially a straightforward and rather sanitized version. We wanted to see the excess, the parties, the extravagance, the decadence.

Sounds good. But will Queen let you use the music?

No obviously not. But we see that as an advantage. That way we avoid all those scenes in the studio and at the concerts and we can just concentrate on the orgies and the drugs. Plus our director is really prepared. Knows everything about Queen, has done the research.

Who is it?

Bryan Singer.

Oh.

He was going to do that Elton John movie with Tom Hardy, but once Tom left he decided to look into Queen and that’s why he’s so uniquely qualified.

Fat Bottomed Girls (You Make the Rockin’ World Go Round) will be released in 2020.

KAJAGOOGOO TURN DOWN TRUMP INAUGURATION

HOLLYWOOD – Eighties band Kajagoogoo have denied they will be playing President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to sources.

With their hits Too Shy and Hang on Now, Kajagoogoo ruled 1983 and part of 1984 like some very time specific version of the Beatles. Following Llimahl’s solo career and NeverEnding Story, the band broke up. However, a spokesperson for Donald Trump insisted that they were booked to play Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. A source close to the band however told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that they wouldn’t be playing:

We got the phone call and we were really surprised. We said no, primarily because I’ve forgotten how to play guitar it was so long ago. The man on the other end didn’t seem too concerned. He said they were going to try Ultravox next.  He seemed to be going down a list. I don’t think we were close to the top.

Meanwhile, Ted Nugent has already booked his hotel room.

The inauguration will take place on 20 January 2017.

FIRST LOOK AT TOM HARDY AS ELTON JOHN

HOLLYWOOD – The first image of Tom Hardy as Elton John has been revealed from the new biopic of the singer’s life, Rocket Man.

The image (above) shows Tom Hardy performing as Elton John and looking uncannily similar to the singer, identical almost. Sources close to the production told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that the Mad Max: Fury Road star performs the songs in the film. Apparently, Hardy has ‘an exceptionally good voice’.

Tom does a version of ‘Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road’ which is utterly amazing. I would say it even surpasses Sir Elton’s performance. Tom is such a professional and he’s very committed to the role. He shaved his head and walks around wearing Elton’s glasses and wearing his clothes and just becoming him. Then the other day he was on a tennis court and someone tried to take a picture of him. Tom went ballistic just the way Elton would have done. Beautiful.

Fans have reacted with a shocked silence, not a single one saying a word. Except for some who have claimed that the picture is some kind of forgery.

Written by Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall and directed by Michael Gracey, the film chronicles the singer’s battle with addiction and his early rise to fame.

Rocket Man will be released in 2018.

LES MISERABLES PREQUEL GREENLIT

PARIS – Following the critical and commercial success of Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of Les Misérables, Working Title Films have announced that they are developing a prequel, tentatively entitled Jean Valjean Begins.

The official synopsis reads:

Valjean and Javert are schoolboys together and best of friends in revolution-racked Paris. They lose touch due to arguments about the best way to sing even the most ordinary of sentences and Javert’s unrequited love for Valjean’s constantly pregnant sister (Renee Zellweger). Years later, when Valjean goes on a madcap bread-stealing spree for his sister’s children, their paths cross again as they pursue each other hilariously through the shit-strewn sewers of Paris.

oh God no!

Tom Hooper has said he is interested in returning, and some of the original cast may also come back, but Hugh Jackman has made it clear that he will not be playing the main role. 

It’s ridiculous. Why would anyone want to make a prequel. I mean, the original is an award-winning musical based on a novel by Victor Hugo; how are you going to compete with that?

 New songs will be provided by Elton John and Tim Rice, including titles which look set to be classics, such as: ‘The Life of a Policeman (is a very jolly thing)’ and ‘Steal me some bread dear brother (Really? What’s the Big Deal?)’.

We will give you all the Jean Valjean Begins news as it arrives.

OUTLAND REMAKE PLANNED

HOLLYWOOD – Sean Connery is set to star in an Outland remake to be directed by Duncan Jones, the Moon and Source Code director and son of ‘Rock Star’ Elton John, or David Bowie.

Peter Boyle is also set to return in the remake as well as Steven Berkoff, who has said that his performance in the 1981 masterpiece marked the zenith of his career.

The original film – directed by Peter Hyams – is set on Jupiter moon of Io and tells the story of a lone marshal’s attempt to impose order on the mining colony, in a High Noon – like stand off. A dangerous drug given to the miners to improve production is causing psychotic episodes and the Marshal is the only man who seems to care.

Jones told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

This is going to be a shot for shot remake. I want it to be as close to the original as it can possibly be. I’m not interested in adding anything at all. I don’t want any CGI, or jokes. I want the original cast as far as possible. This is going to be like Gus Van Sant’s version of Psycho, except it isn’t going to have Vince Vaughn in it and it is going to be good. We have alerted authorities and Colin Farrell is being kept away.

Studio Exec has learned that there is rival remake with Shoot ‘Em Up director Michael Davis at the helm. However, we hope that this is just some kind of parody film site wheeze.

The Outland Remake will be released in 2016.