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05 Jun 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
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Bryan Cranston Develops ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ TV Series
Bryan Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment has optioned the rights to Conn and Hal Iggulden’s ‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ with the intent of developing it into a comedy series. Moon Shot is focused on producing drama and comedy series for broadcast and cable networks. The firm has a first-look deal with Sony Pcitures TV, where Cranston worked for the five seasons of hit series ‘Breaking Bad’.

‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’ is a collection of tongue-in-cheek stories and how-to advice on how modern boys can embrace keeping a youthful, adventurous spirit, for example, it teaches how to build a treehouse, how to grow a crystal and how to tell the direction from a watch. The best-selling book has sparked off several editions since.

There has been no word yet on a writer who will adapt the ‘Dangerous Book’ series treatment, though the series will apparently follow three boys as they use their imagination to grow up without a father. Cranston, who is working on the project with Moon Shot exec James Degus, has said that his goal with Moon Shot is to find unusual perspectives and storytelling techniques to relate the series.

Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’
With the smash hit that was ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and continuing success of newly-released Angelina Jolie-starrer ‘Maleficent’, it has recently been confirmed that Disney will also produce a live-action version of ‘Beauty and the Best’ with Bill Condon as director. Evan Spiliotopoulos will write the script while Mandeville Films will produce.

Oscar winner Bill Condon is best-known for directing hit musical feature ‘Dreamgirls’, as well as ‘Breaking Dawn’ (Parts 1 and 2) of the teen favourite ‘Twilight’ series. He is also known for his talents as a screenplay writer, penning the scripts for ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Chicago’, Liam Neeson-starrer ‘Kinsey’ and ‘Gods and Monsters’, for which he won the Academy Award. He most recently directed ‘The Fifth Estate’ with Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead.

Disney is also currently developing a live-action version of ‘The Jungle Book’, to which Jon Favreau (‘Iron Man’, ‘Chef’) has been attached to direct. A live-action version of ‘Cinderella’ will come out in March, directed by Kenneth Branagh (‘Thor’, ‘Much Ado about Nothing’) and starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

Trailer for ‘The Giver’
A second trailer has been release for ‘The Giver’, the upcoming film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s prize-winning children’s novel. The trailer features more of Meryl Streep, who plays the Chief Elder in a society which has been stripped of emotions and basic colours. It also shows the young hero, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites – ‘Maleficent’), meet The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who has memories of how the world used to be and reveals them to Jonas, with life-threatening consequences.

The film also stars Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift. It is directed by Philip Noyce (‘Salt’) with a script by Michael Mitnick. The Weinstein Company will release the sci-fi drama later this year.

See the trailer here:

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