Disney’s slate of live-action remakes continues to grow (and seemingly never stops), but here’s one live-action project that isn’t based on a story previously adapted by the studio. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will serve as a reimagining of the classic story, which has been told numerous times on stage and screen. For this particular re-telling, Disney has tapped Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom, best known for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? and The Cider House Rules.
In the thick of a varied career that’s brought him multiple Academy Award nominations, Bradley Cooper has nearly found a role he can really sink his canines into. The respected actor of dramatic and comedic roles, who has collaborated with such fine filmmakers as Derek Cianfrance, David O. Russell, and Clint Eastwood, is in talk to lend his vocal stylings to some sort of Buddhist dog in an upcoming adaptation of the popular novel A Dog’s Purpose. Written in 2010 by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose tracks the journey of a single canine as it passes in and out of several different lives, searching for its truest purpose in life with each new reincarnation.
The success of 'The Lucky One' has led to another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Thanks, America. This one is called 'Safe Haven' (which would be based on the 2010 novel), and it currently has Lasse Hallstrom as its director. Josh Duhamel, best known cinematically for fighting robots in Michael Bay's 'Transformers' movies is in talks to star.