Snow White and the Huntsman Sequel, Possible Madagascar 3 Triumph at Weekend Box Office: Biz Break
Also happening Friday morning in news, Warner Bros. is going for a new action-adventure project using Chinese mythology and Hugh Jackman takes a short leave at Les Miserables for Tony. RIP J. Michael Riva and Pinochet doc sparks protests in Chile.
Snow White and the Huntsman Sequel Gets Going
Universal is in talks with director Rupert Sanders about a return after directing the first version. The actors in the film apparently have options for two sequels, so more Snow White is apparently in the on the way, Deadline reports.
Warner Bros. Picks Up Temple of Heaven
The studio picked up the action adventure project thought up by former Disney execs Jason Reed and Michael Andreen. The story apparently combines bits of Chinese mythology to create an action adventure story, Deadline reports.
Madagascar 3 a Possible Prometheus Upset this Weekend?
Madagascar 3 from Paramount-Dreamworks opens today at 4,258 locations and is poised to fetch as much as $65M through Sunday. Fox's Ridley Scott Sci-Fi Prometheus, however has some tracking services giving the feature an opening of $40M - $45M though the film will bow at a comparative 3,394 theaters, Variety reports.
Hugh Jackman to Take off from Les Miserables for Tonys Appearance
Jackman is heading off the London set of the theater to big screen project to receive an award for his "contributions to the Broadway community at the Tony Awards this Sunday, THR reports.
Django, Spider-Man Production Designer Passes at 63
J. Michael Riva was nominated for an Oscar in 1985 for The Color Purple and won an Emmy in 2007 for The 79th Annual Academy Awards. He apparently passed away in a hospital, but no cause of death was immediately given. Django Unchained had been shooting in New Orleans, Variety reports.
Pro-Pinochet Documentary Spawns Protests in Chile
Titled simply Pinochet, the film will be screened in the South American country's capital Santiago on Sunday. The divisive leader who ruled Chile for 17 years is a hero to the country's right-wing who credit him from saving the country from communism, while opponents say he's responsible for kidnappings and murder, BBC reports.