Surprise! Disney is making a live-action and CGI hybrid movie that isn’t a remake of one of their established properties — it’s like Christmas in August, or maybe someone at the studio realized they have enough live-action remakes in development to get them through the next 30 years and into nuclear winter. In any case, Disney has hired End of the Tour and The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt to take on their latest live-action / CGI project, Wild City.
Major studios have been in nostalgia overdrive for years, with everything from Transformers to new Star Wars sequels to Disney’s live-action remakes of classic animated films, and even a…Power Rangers movie…yeah, sure, why not. But A24 has their sights set on a different kind of nostalgia with plans to revisit the golden age of MTV with James Ponsoldt, the director of The Spectacular Now and last year’s acclaimed drama The End of the Tour.
The cast for James Ponsoldt’s The Circle continues to get better and better — comedian / author / actor Patton Oswalt is the latest to join the lineup, which already includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, Karen Gillan and John Boyega. This group of people could sit in a literal circle and play bongos and we’d still totally watch it and find it completely compelling.
The cast of James Ponsoldt’s The Circle is shaping up to be a fairly exciting lineup: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega were previously announced for the adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, and now he’s gone and cast your favorite former Doctor Who companion and Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan. Ugh, this movie sounds terrible.
In a few months, more people will watch John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in its opening day than have ever watched his breakthrough performance in Attack the Block. He’s going to stop being a well-kept secret and start literally being a Movie Star overnight. So how does an actor with newfound career powers keep himself from getting stuck in a rut? Simple – you sign up to star alongside Tom Hanks in a movie directed by a very interesting filmmaker that couldn’t sound more different than a space opera.
Previously set to star Alicia Vikander alongside Tom Hanks, The Circle has been in the market for a new leading lady since Vikander’s scheduling conflicts forced her to bow out. But good news for director James Ponsoldt’s latest: Emma Watson has signed on to replace Vikander in the upcoming dramatic thriller, which she will film right after she’s done with Beauty and the Beast.
James Ponsoldt is one of our most talented and promising new directors, following his directorial debut with 'The Spectacular Now.' And while he has a couple of other projects in the pipeline, Ponsoldt is also adapting the new Dave Eggers' novel 'The Circle,' which has attracted the eye of actor and producer Tom Hanks. It wouldn't be the first time Hanks has starred in an adaptation of a Dave Eggers novel, either.
Sutter Keely is the kind of laid-back, party-hard guy you'd love to hang out with in high school. But when the party ends, where does his life begin? 'The Spectacular Now' answers this question with heart-breaking poignancy, where even the moments of levity are motivated by a particularly sweet kind of teenage sadness.
While at Sundance to premiere his new film, it's been announced that writer and director James Ponsoldt will write and direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of the young adult fiction novel 'Pure.'