Even More Disney Remakes

 Why Disney can’t stop making live-action versions of its cartoons

Disney is remaking The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, and now Mulan

by Adam Epstein at Quartz

Disney’s newest foolproof method of success is to re-imagine its classic animated films (as well as other books and musicals) with real actors. Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the company is developing a live-action Mulan. That’s another Disney princess crossed off the shrinking list that live only in animated form. The Little Mermaid. Aladdin and Pocahontas movies are likely to follow. And don’t be too surprised to see a live-action Frozen one of these years.

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Disneyland closing Innoventions

Disneyland to close Innoventions hall

What next for Tomorrowland?

by Hugo Martin at Los Angeles Times

The Innoventions exhibit hall in Disneyland will close at the end of March, reigniting speculation among theme park fans about a much-rumored makeover of Tomorrowland. Disneyland officials declined to discuss Monday what they have planned for the exhibit space, saying only that “we regularly make modifications and enhancements throughout the resort.”

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Disney Shareholders Meeting

Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Big Frozen and Star Wars news at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders

By Janelle Tipton of The Walt Disney Studios

Some big announcements were revealed during Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in San Francisco.

Frozen 2! After months of speculation, Bob Iger, John Lasseter and actor Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) announced from the stage that Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film will reunite the Oscar®-winning filmmaking team behind Frozen, including director Chris Buck, director/writer Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho. A release date and production details are yet to be announced.

Star Wars Bob Iger also announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII. Here’s the official recap from StarWars.com:

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Shanghai Disneyland delayed

Disney’s new theme park

Delayed and over-budget, but more amazing than ever

by Bradley Seth McNew at The Motley Fool

While U.S. theme parks drove most of The Walt Disney Co. theme park segment growth in 2014, investors have been waiting for 2015 — the year Disney’s largest theme park to date, located in mainland China, was initially set to open. Some investors hoped Disney’s release of Star Wars VII would accompany the park’s opening in 2015 to cap off another widely successful year.

Now, the park is over-budget (at a current $5.5 billion compared to the original $4 billion estimate), and the company announced that its grand opening will be delayed until 2016.

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New head of Parks & Resorts

New head of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Bob Chapek Named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

By Disney Post Staff, The Walt Disney Company

Bob Chapek has been named Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas O. Staggs, Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company

A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.

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Texas Disneyland fraud

North Texas man convicted in fictional Disney scheme

Disney had no intentions of opening a theme park in north Texas at any time.

by US Attorney’s office, Eastern District of Texas

A 35-year-old Plano, Texas man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

According to information presented in court, from 2006 to 2010,Thomas W. Lucas, Jr., devised and executed an elaborate scheme to defraud more than 100 investors out of approximately $60 million by telling them he had insider information regarding a Walt Disney resort and theme parks planned for the North Texas area. Originally, according to Lucas, the Disney Resort and Theme Park was to be called, “The King Ranch Project,” but that changed in 2007 to “Frontier Disney DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth),” both of which were completely fabricated.

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