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Disney Theatrical Productions and William Goldman To Bring ‘The Princess Bride’ To The Stage
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The Princess Bride

Disney Theatrical Productions is teaming up with William Goldman to bring beloved fairy tale The Princess Bride to the stage.

Disney will work with Goldman to adapt The Princess Bride—from both his 1973 original book and his screenplay for the 1987 classic movie of the same name—and it’s not yet clear whether the final product will be a musical or a play.

The deal was put together by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was involved with the movie adaptation while he was at Castle Rock Entertainment.

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D23 Expo: Lucasfilm Offers No New Details On ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
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Attendees at today’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA, were shocked and disappointed to discover that Disney and Lucasfilm had no new details to share regarding their highly anticipated Star Wars sequel, Star Wars: Episode VII (hence, I’m sorry to have to pass this disappointment on to you, dear readers).

The lengthy live-action presentation today at the main hall of the Expo, which included panels for other properties like Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Disney’s Maleficent, began this morning with the Lucasfilm panel. Immediately, it was announced that there were no additional details to be revealed on the forthcoming seventh episode of the franchise, apparently getting that bummer out of the way early. (I suspect Lucasfilm would have concluded the day’s presentation had breaking news been planned.)

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Harvey Weinstein & Walt Disney Studios To Develop Film Adaptation Of ‘Artemis Fowl’
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Walt Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein haven’t worked together on a project since Mirimax closed its doors in 2005. But now the two are getting ready to reunite for a film adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel Artemis Fowl.

Described as fairies meet Die Hard, the live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series. Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) will pen the screenplay, and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce.

Hit the jump for more info.

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Disney Possibly Planning A Reboot Of ‘The Rocketeer’
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Disney Plans Reboot Of The Rocketeer

Looking back at the early 90s, one of the films that I fondly remember wanting to see over and over again was The Rocketeer. The film about a stunt pilot (Billy Campbell) who stumbles across a rocket propelled jet pack and uses it to stop a top Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton) and save the girl (Jennifer Connelly) was just awesome to watch. But as time passed, the actor who played those characters got older and now that we are in 2012, asking for a sequel seems completely out of the question. So in a situation like this and in this day and age, it’s not so surprising to hear that a reboot might be in the works. Yes that dreaded word is rearing its ugly head again. But it might not be as bad as you might think.

According to Vulture, new Disney chief Alan Horn is more concerned about the older properties that Disney used to own than with the new ones like The Muppets or Marvel. Not to say that he will cast the latter two aside, it just looks like Horn wants to give Disney’s live-action department a much-needed recharge. But to start off with a film, like The Rocketeer, which did so poorly at the box office, is a bit questionable. Still the film has its fanbase, and that just may be the key to its success. Just imagine an older generation of fans (like myself) introducing the new Rocketeer to the newer generation.

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