Here's a brief roundup of the major stories in film news for Tuesday, March 18, 2014:
Disney-Pixar announces major sequels -- During Disney's annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed Pixar is working on sequels to "The Incredibles" and "Cars 2." With its 97-percent RottenTomatoes score, "The Incredibles" remains one of Pixar's most critically acclaimed films, meanwhile the two "Cars" films have raked in $1.021 billion worldwide. News of these sequels broke just after Disney announced that "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" will get a theatrical re-release in 3D.
Date set for filming of next 'Star Wars' film -- While casting news for the Star Wars: Episode VII continues to trickle out, Disney and Lucasfilm have announced the forthcoming "Star Wars" sequel will begin filming in London sometime in May. Apparently a new trio of lead characters will lead the next "Star Wars" film, which will be set 30 years after "Return of the Jedi." Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Sofia Coppola to direct live-action 'Little Mermaid' -- The "Lost in Translation" director is negotiating a deal to direct a live-action adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson classic tale for Universal Pictures and Working Title, according top Deadline.com. The upcoming film is getting a rewrite from Caroline Thompson, who also wrote "Edward Scissorhands." Coppola won an Academy Award for writing the 'Lost in Translation' screenplay and was also nominated for Best Director.
'Peanuts' teaser trailer released -- And finally, Blue Sky Studios has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming, full CGI "Peanuts" film. And fans of the old-school Peanuts cartoon can rejoice knowing the upcoming film will use archive recordings of Bill Melendez - the original voice for Snoopy & Woodstock - to once again voice the famed pair. The "Peanuts" movie is scheduled to open November 6th, 2015 -- the 65th anniversary of the comic strip's debut and the 50th anniversary of the television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas."