Monday, February 9, 2009

Movie Briefs: Dreamworks & Disney Get Cozy, Inglorious Trailer(?), Tom Tykwer is the What

  • In very big news, Disney has bought Dreamworks from Universal. JoBlo reports that the deal will mean the Disney's Touchstone Pictures will release six Dreamworks films a year. While their animation department can't hold a candle to Pixar, they've made a couple good ones. Plus, this deal is all about the live action, and Dreamworks is pretty good there. The problem is that they're going for family films, and Touchstone pictures completely lacks in quality there. Hopefully everyone will work together and make great movies. Because we don't need another Swing Vote.
  • According to /film, director Tom Tykwer (the upcoming The International) is adapting Dave Eggers' novel What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. The novel is a lose telling of the story of Valentino, one of the Sudanese Lost Boys. As a Lost Boy, he "was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom", according to book description. I've always wanted to get into Eggers, and think this would be a good reason to start.
  • I'm really, really hoping Inglorious Basterds is not just good, but great. I'm counting on the trailer to give me hope. Even though trailers often give very different impressions then the actual film, it'll be nice to at least see the style of the movie. /film says that it's looking like we'll be seeing this teaser trailer as early as this week. Even though it's quite a while until its supposed debut at Cannes in May, the trailer may be featured with the Friday the 13th remake because, you know, they're both movies.

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