Malik's Crowning Moment of Awesome was when he got to say, "Damn, that shit is whack! Which was not entirely true; it was just that the main characters were all white. Samuel L. Jackson in the prequels may also be a example of this, as his character serves as little more than a background character until Revenge of the Sith excluding his excellent use in the Clone Wars shorts.
Casting Temuera Morrison, who is a Mori, as Jango Fett and by retroactive consequence, his clone Boba Fett and every single clonetrooper reduces all other characters in the series black, white or green to token minorities by sheer weight of numbers. The initial casting announcement for the first episode of the third trilogy included another black actor, but not Billy Dee Williams.
Meaning, as of this writing there are now three black guys in the Galaxy Far, Far Away, but in accordance with this trope, only one is allowed to be alive at any one time. Since then, they've also added Lupita Nyong'o to the cast of Episode VII but she voices an orange-skinned alien, so the actress's race is not visible.
While the historical film Flyboys was already heavily criticized for its historical inaccuracies relating to its World War I setting, one of the more amusing ones came from the film's fictional Token Minority, Eugene Skinner, a black boxer who joined the squadron to 'pay back' his adopted homeland.
Mainly because the end of the movie showed a picture of the real-life squadron which was composed of exactly zero minorities. A rare moment where a film actually seems proud to reveal when it didn't do its research. The Other Wiki's entry on the film points out that the film confuses the Lafayette Escadrille with the Lafayette Flying Corps with whom Eugene Bullard the real person Skinner was based on actually flew.
Harvey Weinstein loved using this trope for his productions back in the late 's and early 's. Starting with Scream 2, nearly all of his teen -aimed productions had at least one token black character often played by a rapper solely to bump up the box office. He seemed to stop this after Shall We Dance? Also a case of Black Dude Dies First. Rochelle in The Craft, the only black girl of the four member witches' Coven, not that it make her more sympathetic than the rest at the end though.
Literature The Animorphs series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was extremely unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone four of them. Rachel and Jake were Jewish, Cassie was black, and Marco was hispanic. It also got away with discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship and it was even acknowledged a couple timesand a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils or racism specifically, the society at the beginning of the third Megamorphs, and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time.
They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost never done. Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, K. Applegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.
One of those later books was the Remnants series, which had several black, Hispanic, and Asian characters, a character who had a messed up face because it was burned in a fire 2Faceand Noyze, who grew up deaf. They even tried to put a lesbian in this kids series frombut sadly, it didn't quite work as planned. Invoked in a short story "Papanin's Mauser" by Michael Veller. It depicts a drift-ice research unit of four people. Three of them are Russians and Communists and the last one is a nonpartisan German.
According to the Soviet laws three Communists is enough to constitute a Party cell, so every day they have to conduct a Party meeting, for members only. During these meetings the German has to leave the "meeting room", that is the tent where they all live and spend time tramping around it in the bone-chilling cold. Eventually he applies for membership in the Party to end this nightmare but is rejected on the following ground: as he is he symbolizes the international nature of the Soviet people and the unbreakable ties between partisans and nonpartisans.
Lheorvine is the only black man in Black Legion, and one of precious few in Warhammer 40, Before Matt Ward retconned their dark skin into a "mutation" the Salamanders space marines, and the people of their homeworld, Nocturne, were an entire planet of token blacks.
Post -Ward, it's assumed that the denizens of Nocturne are white, but "turn black" when they become Salamanders. In How to Build a Skydeck, fish-out-of-water protagonist Stan realizes that all his co-workers avoid him for being a Token Minority. Specifically, being the only white guy on the construction crew. Lord Wulfston in The Savage Empire books by Jean Lorrah is the only black person we see in the first five books or so.
On the other hand, nobody makes a big deal about it; he just has a hard time being anonymous. To Mrs. Rowling's credit, no ado is made of any that she's a transgender. She does this before providing little else in the context of the game.
I get that Terrans are space hillbillies, but wow Ace Combat series' Constructed World of Strangereal seems to have no equivalent of Africa or East Asia, yet some token characters obviously representing those regions' ethnic groups come included: The most egregious case is the Series Mascot Kei Nagase, who has appeared in some form i.
Harvest Moon occasionally has a few. For example, Harvest Moon 64 has a black fisherman and Ambiguously Brown Kai in a town full of mainly white and a few Asian people while Story of Seasons introduced the first explicitly gay character in the series.
Body Blows: The British boxer Junior is the only black guy among the human characters. Though Junior does make up for this somewhat as being a prominent character in that he is one of the only two characters to be in all of the games of the series. Web Comics Alice in the Loserz strip. As she says in one strip, one of the few black kids in school. Missi Fuller's ethnicity, while lampshaded in her intro comic, serves no plot purpose other than to bring a bit of variety to the cast and the sole black character who's particularly recurring, Eponine, only in later times started getting attention.
Grace and Nanase in El Goonish Shive. Sort of. Sensei Greg too, but he's become a Brother Chuck. And Nanase doesn't even look very Japanese. Clark is probably this in Shape Quest. Subnormality: Lets not forget to always give them One Award. Introduced as "The new friend", he has never moved, spoken, or been aknowledged by another character. He's even called the token black friend in the theme song!
Amusingly enough, he is actually the third black character introduced after Barack Obana and The Big Man, with both actually having at least a minimum of a role in the comics. Interestingly, in Homestuck itself, Word of God has given a similar, though less cynical, rationale for having Jade, Nepeta, and Equius be furries. Hilariously subverted in Errant Story by Bani, who's well aware of her status and doesn't want to become the black dude who dies first.
Axe Cop does it with as crazy a twist as everything else: When asked whether there will be "members of other races" in Axe Cop's team, they introduce a merman team member. Parodied in a Shortpacked! Jordan being approached to play the Human Torch. An irate comic fan complains to Jacob about this development and states that this would likely make the Invisible Woman Torch's sister black as well, and when Jacob doesn't see a problem with this, the fanboy responds by claiming that having two black people in the cast would be "unrealistic".
The fanboy then runs off screaming when Lucy, the strip's other major black character, shows up. Celebrity judge Oscar Wilde implies that Shange is only there because she is a black female, which Shange doesn't take kindly to.
Hilarity Ensues. The Channel Awesome sites: Krissy Diggs, a. That Chick With The Goggles, was the only black person on any of the sites doesn't help that her video postings are extremely sporadic. That is until The Rap Critic was added.
Angry Joe was the only Hispanic member as well, and Benzaie is the only open bisexual. He's now joined in the Hispanic representation by The Blockbuster Buster. Ma-Ti, the only non-white hero in Suburban Knights. Inverted in Funday Night Gaming's cast, as all but one of the main cast is gay. Achievement Hunter had Ray Narvaez Jr. Lindsay Jones ne Tuggey is the only woman who commonly appears on camera and for awhile was the only woman in Achievement Hunter, but they have since added Steffie as an off-camera helper.
There's also the very British Gavin Free. The Ultimate Sidemen have Vikram Barn Vikkstar as their only member who is neither white or black; he is of Indian descent. Part of the joke is that all the other characters think he's the token rich character the only one to regularly call attention to Token's blackness is Cartman, who has been shown in other contexts to be quite racist.
And his parents own the Hooters expy restaurant Raisins. Which is done as a deliberate subversion of this trope. For some reason, the Vampire kids have one Angry Black Man among their group, which leaves the goth kids slightly confused. The final season tried to address the black issue by replacing Black Vulcan with Cyborg of the Teen Titans, a character that Marv Wolfman and George Perez worked hard to create as a legitimate original character.
Less "token" because not only does he have the same nom de guerre as a major member of the original team, but he has worked with the League in a number of stories in the comics when he was Hal Jordan's backup, thus giving the character's inclusion some credibility. Furthermore, in the Unlimited phase of the series, the producers strove to dilute the issue by bringing in many of DC's other minority superheroes like Mr. Terrific, Vixen, Steel and Doctor Light. In addition, the second season of Unlimited featured the Ultimen, straight and far better done versions of many of the Superfriends token characters.
Shayera Hol Hawkgirlfrom the planet Thanagar, was deliberately given a Hispanic voice actor as well. Out of the Original Seven, Batman is the only one without super powers. But who needs that when he's Batman? The only people who aren't minorities on the team are Batman and Flash. Superman: The Animated Series had Angela Chen, who was essentially a race-swapped version of Cat Grant from the comics, right down to being a catty gossip columnist and Lois Lane's rival at the Daily Planet.
Beware the Batman looked to be doing this by using Katana as Batman's sidekick instead of Robin or Batgirl. Noticeable in that she was explicitly touted as "the new Robin" in press releases. Seeing how the show was canned after a mere 26 episodes, forbidden from being aired after September 28,and written off by the company we will never know. In order to have some racial diversity in the cast of Bionic Six despite the main characters all being relatedthe Bennetts were given two adopted sons who were African American and Japanese respectively.
Clerks: The Animated Series also added a token minority, Lando named for the only person of color in the original Star Wars trilogywho rarely did anything other than show up to showcase his non-whiteness.
This was expressly parodying this trope, however. The Extreme Ghostbusters team was compiled of all minorities. Roland a black man, Eduardo a Hispanic, Garrett a white guy in a wheel chair and Kylie a "Goth" chick. Egon was the only non-minority but he didn't always go out with the team, but held a figure head position. Their receptionist, Janine Melnitz is Ambiguously Jewish considering her last name. The original animated series, The Real Ghostbusters, had the movie version of the team so there is only a token black guy instead of a whole token team.
Talk about having your cake and eating it too And then there's Cleveland Brown, the token black guy who in the later seasons becomes a portmanteau for black stereotypes that had nothing to do with his established personality. And you can't bring up minorities on the newscast team without talking about "Blackuweather forecaster Ollie Williams.
One example when Cleveland is in the golf course the second time with a Richard Nixon mask. Album) parody in Futurama, where the characters sometimes watch the soap "All My Circuits", which features a cast of robots and a single token human. Fry: What's he do? Bender: Eh, the usual human stuff. He laughs, he learns, he loves. Fry: Boring! In Daria, Jodie Landon and Mack Mackenzie seem to be the only black students at Lawndale High, and they are apparently the only people other than possibly Andrea who Daria and Jane respect in that school.
Jodie and Mack are painfully aware of their status and are uncomfortable being effectively examples of their race; for instance, Jodie complains how she has to be "Queen of the Negroes" at school. This includes when they were dubbed school parade King and Queen consecutively over multiple years, which they suspect is possibly in part because it disguise how little real diversity there is at the school.
However, Jodie notices a little black girl looking awestruck at her being so honored, and decides she can put up with it for the greater good of inspiring other minority kids to dream.
On the other hand, Jodie's parents are a pair of jerks, Tiffany of the Fashion Club is an Asian Airhead, and the school's principal, Angela Li also Asian ethnicity is a strutting self-important dictator.
Spyke in X-Men: Evolution is not only the token black member of the team, he's related to the only other black person in the cast. Spyke was so unpopular that he was written out of the series and made to live in the sewer no, really. His eventual guest-star role as a vigilante was more well-received by the show's fans than his entire run as a cast member.
By that time they had balanced things out a bit by adding a few other minority kids to the cast, notably Sunspot Afro-BrazilianMagma Race Lifted into a dark-skinned Brazilian and Jubilee Chinese-American.
Though of course Jubilee herself was also Put on a Bus until the finale. Transformers Armada had token Hispanic Carlos. The fact that his catchphrase was "holy frijoles" should tell you how badly that turned out. Alexis was also supposedly Vietnamese, according to Word of God. Uh huh. Animaniacs has Dr. Averted amongst the humans in Transformers Animated, where there are a number of prominent nonwhite characters. However, it's notable that when the Autobots turn human in "Human Error", there's one black kid - and it's Bumblebee.
This is because of the voice actors - Bumblebee is the only main-cast Autobot with a black voice actor Bumper Robinson. The children's television series Dragon Tales has a dragon in a wheelchair, he can't fly either. Most of the plot of the episode where Lorca is introduced, "A New Friend", hinges on this. John Thunder, the Native American member of the Centurions. Maybe one of the best out there. Orange Blossom and Ginger Snap of Strawberry Shortcake, though later seasons introduce more characters.
Doozy Bots, the attempt to adapt Gundam to American audiences in the early 90s That thankfully never got past a short 5 minute preview video featured the Black Kid of the gang who also happened to be in a wheelchair.
Raven is an apparently white Half-Human Hybrid and the other two have orange and green skin though Beast Boy was born white before turning green. Herald and Bumblebee are black while Mas y Mens are Hispanic. However, many secondary characters are white. The show is set in Mexico or at least a Mexican-American communitywhere everyone is perceived to be "foreign" and "exotic" in some way. The show in general obviously tries to be very cosmopolitic.
Though one episode has the cast visiting the "Mexican Jewish Cultural Festival" so Danville might just have a particularly large population of Mexican-Jews The Famous Five were reimagined for a Disney cartoon series, starring the children of the original Five. George's daughter Jo Jyoti is half-Indian. Compare the extremely white originals with the next generation.
Anya didn't show up as often after the Five-Episode Pilot, but A. Spoofed in the Robot Chicken sketch 12 Angry Little People, when the lone black juror points out that not every black person needs to be a positive role model. The whole main cast of The Weekenders. Averted in Young Justice.
As of the end of season one, four of the core cast members are people of color Aqualad and Rocket are both black, Robin is Romani, while Artemis is half-white and half-Vietnamese.
Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats was black. Of course, she was this in the comic book beforehand. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! However, he sometimes goes whole episodes without saying anything. Some unused production art shows that at some point before the series finally aired, Black Goliath was apparently supposed to take Giant-Man's spot on the team.
Somewhat funny since in the comics, Falcon was added to the team to fill a diversity quota and quit when he decided he didn't want to be included simply for being black. Perhaps in response some of the complaints about the racial and gender disparity in the live-action movie, Avengers, Assemble! However, he has a very large role in the show, and is the Audience Surrogate of the team. Jonny from Ed, Edd n Eddy is implied to be black.
Rolf may count, as he's Ambiguously Brown. They might even be a light parody of this trope. Freight Train from Where's Huddles?. She is Indian.
Everyone in Bertha is white, except for the Indian Panjid. Elena of Avalor: Elena's best friend Naomi Turner, a pale, blond-haired, blue-eyed girl with an English name in the Spanish-style Kingdom of Avalor; almost everyone else is dark-haired and tan.
The Loud House has Lincoln and his family being white except for Lucy who has pale skin resembling a light shade of gray, Clyde being black with a black dad and a white dad, and of course, the Casagrandes as a Hispanic family with CJ having Down Syndrome. Inverted in Rango, where most of the inhabitants of Dirt seem to be anything but mammals.
Literature Lowly Worm from Richard Scarry's books. Of the "Pony Friends" Cutesaurus the Dinosaur is the only non-mammal. Princess Silverswirl from G2 has an unnamed pet dragon, which fans have nicknamed "Spike" despite the completely different design.
Inverted in SpongeBob SquarePants. Sandy Cheeks a squirrel and Pearl Krabs a sperm whale are the token mammals among the main, major, and supporting characters.
Donald Duck started out like this, though his love interest and many family members were introduced later on. Inverted with Sleepy Bat in Birdz, the only reoccurring non-avian. There were also anthropomorphic ducks in "Arthur's Almost Boring Day". Several episodes of The Get Along Gang included a turtle named Braker as an ancillary member of the Gang, with the Cartoon Over-Analyzations blog describing him as "the Furry equivalent of a Token Minority," as he was the one reptile in a group of mammals.
Zootopia has this as a significant part of the plot, with Judy Hopps being the first rabbit police officer of Zootopia and has to struggle against the label of being the Token Minority. He is not only explicitly said to be from New Zealand but also a Maori. Web Original In the cat video series The Six Cats Parade, Rico is the only black cat and the only without white color of the group in contrast with his three black and white and one siamese siblings and his mother, which is a gray and white cat.
Western Animation Pete and P. In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the majority of the population as well as the main six characters seem to be evenly distributed among unicorns, pegasi and earth ponies. However, there are several other intelligent species in the world.
Cattle, sheep, donkeys, mules, buffalo, zebra and possibly goats are all people just as much as ponies, and the same goes for some mythological beings like minotaurs and griffons. However, these beings only have short gag cameos or one-shot appearances. The only exception is Zecora the Zebra. Note that in the original book he's human by heritage; his parents are his actual parents.
He just happens to have been born with the approximate form of a mouse. How anyone worked out he was a viable life-form, let alone that he had the potential to grow up intelligent, when he was born so mutated and looking like a miscarriage is left to the imagination, because it is a children's book.
Western Animation Minerva Mink from Animaniacs. Also, Wilford B. Wolf is this when he transforms into a werewolf. Mousey Galore from Pinky and the Brain. In fact, Word of God has been needed to identify some of the black characters in the series. The other women are white. The two characters' nationalities definitely play a role in the series. Oddly, Alexis reveals in her thoughts that she knows that she was framed for crimes she did not commit because she was a poor black woman, but in the book starring her called Lethal Justice, that was not brought up at all!
Gone has a very large and very diverse cast, with multiple black, Asian, Latin, and gay characters, and even one character with severe autism. She is portrayed as a Soul Sister who speaks mostly in jive. Shaunee, the only black member of the "nerd heard" and the only black lead for the first several books and who we're constantly reminded is black. In the book "Come a Stranger" by Cynthia Voigt, the main character gets to be the only black girl at an exclusive summer camp.
After the camp gives her a lame reason for kicking her out, she gets asked "How does it feel to be an ex-token minority? Radar from Paper Towns; he even lampshades this by referring to himself as the "token black friend" of the group. Mike in Stephen King It see the film version. These characters are usually only in about half the episodes in any given season, onscreen for less than two minutes if they do appear and may not have any actual dialogue.
They occupy the roles of best friends of secondary characters. If they have dialogue, it almost invariably contains some reminder that they are gay.
The tokenism appeared to be broken in Season 3 with the introduction of gay werewolf Ethan. But he also occupied a minor role, did not always have lines and was only present for the one season. Worth noting that actress attended the same school of Mona Lisa Smile as listed above. The show also averted it in later seasons with the addition of M. Warner and Dr. Huang to the regular cast. As of Season 15 this trope is entirely averted, as of the five members of the main cast two are Latino and one is black.
Averted in Grey's Anatomy, in which almost half the regular cast is non-white. The production team is, however, very aware and tellingly proud of the fact.
The GA staff used racial-blind casting, when you start auditions without picking the ethnic background of the characters. However as the show continued and a load of new cast members were added, the majority of them were white. Brooklyn Nine-Nine averts this trope. Of the seven members of the main cast, three are female, two are Latina, two are African-American, and one is Jewish.
Captain Holt, is both African-American and gay, though neither he nor his partner fall easily into stereotypes. Argentine-born actress Stephanie Beatriz said that when she and Cuban-American Melissa Fumero realized they were both members of the main cast, they were sure there had been a mistake and that one of them was going to get fired Subverted on The Red Green Show, with the character of Edgar K.
Montrose, played by First Nations actor Graham Greene. Greene himself approached producer Steve Smith, asking to be on the show after enjoying it on TV. The role they gave him was essentially colour-blind - that of an explosives "enthusiast" who can't really call himself an expert, since experts have the proper license and permits, and more training in handling dynamite than just watching a lot of Road Runner cartoons.
Edgar was Too Dumb to Live, but that also described everybody else on the show. The only reference to Greene's ethnicity in his time on the show was a humorous Shout-Out in his first appearance, when Edgar commented about the film Dances with Wolves, and stated that the "Native guy" Greene himselfshould have gotten the Oscar.
However, this is incidental to his character; it's only brought up once, at the end of the first season, when Karen suggests going to a ticket scalper and he acts offended. Also, both bartenders Phil and Paul appear Cree. One of them speaks some Cree, enough to know the original name of Dog River.
Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager itself a very racially diverse show where Janeway and Chakotay discuss the issues involved in a ship crewed by both Federation members and Maquis separatists. Janeway notes that by making the Maquis Chakotay her second in command she hopes she has already shown that she can be tolerant of them, and Chakotay responds, "I have no intention of being your token Maquis.
The original pilot pushed further with a female second in command, and Spock was considered to be radical at the time as an Alien, especially with the original plans being for Spock to have either green or red skin.
Also notable that both lead characters of Spock and Kirk were played by Jews. Then there's the gutsy move of creating a Russian main character at the height of the Cold War. Deep Space Nine, with a somewhat varied cast itself, has an odd class example. Miles O'Brien is heavily played up as a Closer to Earth blue-collar NCO in a staff of implicitly elite Officer and a Gentleman types, complete with a labour-movement martyr in his ancestry.
Granted, one can call Captain Sisko upwardly-mobile, as the son of a restaurateur, but this was revealed much later and never emphasised. Though the Federation is supposed to be truly egalitarian, classless meritocracy, so the whole issue is a little murky.
Star Trek: The Next Generation of course had Worf as an in-universe example, the only Klingon in all of Starfleet, having been adopted by humans in his youth. Quite a bit of Character Development resulted from his dealings with born-and-raised Klingons who variously failed to live up to his idealized image of Klingon honor or disapproved of his choice to stay with the humans instead of returning to his people where his family was disgraced anyways. Another in-universe example would be Data as the only Android of the Starfleet and one of the very few Androids of the whole universe.
Pete Ross from Smallville is an especially funny example, as his comic book counterpart is white. Both radio experts on Hogan's Heroes were token black characters. Given that they were all prisoners and obviously not all from the same unit, WWII segregation wasn't really an issue. Kinchloe played by Ivan Dixon was more than the radio expert - he was second-in-command. He also had at least three episodes showcasing him.
And his role was prominent enough that the practice of cutting out the black characters for the "Southern Version" practiced up to the late 's wasn't usually possible. Baker played by Kenneth Washington was a better fit when he took Kinchloe's place, having previously been the one black guy in the mob of line-less background prisoners.
It is still notable that most of Kinchloe's spotlight episodes were the only ones to feature a black Girl of the Week an African princess and an old high school girlfriend respectively.
Saturday Night Live has been guilty of this at multiple points in its run. Garrett Morris in the 70s. Eddie Murphy in the early 80s. While certainly nobody would question Murphy's right to be there, the fact remained that the show felt no obligation to have another black in the cast as long as Murphy was there. In fact, Robert Townsend, who was originally hired to be the token black guy, was let go once Murphy showed up.
In the early 90s, the show for a change had multiple blacks in the cast. However, when SNL turned over most of its cast inthey kept Tim Meadows on primarily to avoid giving the impression that the show was trying to rid itself of all its black performers. For the past few years it's been just Kenan Thompson. Season 35 introduces Jay Pharoah alongside Kenan. As a matter of fact, he's beginning to take some precedence over Kenan, especially to play the skinnier, more handsome African-American celebrities such as Denzel Washington.
But it helps that his impressions are spot-on for nearly anyone. However there's also the non-black but non-white characters, like Nasim Pedrad, who is Iranian notwithstanding the controversy over whether Iranians should be lumped in with Arabs and other Semitic peoples, or whether they are "dark whites"or Fred Armisen who is part German, Japanese and Venezuelan.
The first Hispanic cast member was Horatio Sanz, a white Hispanic from the looks of him. He was often cast as Italian characters.
In lateSNL received a lot of criticism for their relative lack of black female cast members throughout their almost 40 year history.
They held a casting call and ended up casting Sasheer Zamata, who is only the fifth black female cast member in the history of the show and the only one on the show since Maya Rudolph's departure in Benson from Soap made in the 70s, mind was the only black character in the show for the first three seasons and he was the butler. He was never used to put across any racial message and if anything he was the Only Sane Man in the entire show. When Benson got replaced in season three, there was Saunders the Expy, also black.
In season three only there was Polly Dawson, a black woman who dates Danny who was there to try and push a racial message around. They do get some racial attacks and eventually Danny gets paranoid about everybody staring at the two of them in public. He even played a stereotypically Asian recurring character.
In fact, they are the only non-African-Americans of the cast. Token Black Buddy! Dreama black in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Both subverted and played straight.
Instead of bringing a token gay character onto the show, the writers had one of the three central characters turn out to be a lesbian. On the other hand, it wasn't until the seventh season that there was an important character who was black, and when he did show up he was the token black guy. Season 3 had the Genre Savvy and sadly under-used villain Mr. Trick, a modern black vampire who commented on the fact that there were very few people of color in Sunnydale.
There were also a few other black characters, like Absalom and Olivia, as well as Rona in season seven. Of course after her outing she became Twofer Token Minority. The U. Charlie's "token minority" status is particularly interesting in this case, as the only two of the shows main characters are white and Protestant and that is if one guesses on Sam, whose religion is not mentioned but can be presumed not to be Catholic or Jewish.
Two of the main characters are Jewish, four are Catholic, making the show's main cast far more diverse than the actual US population, even without Charlie in the mix. Star Trek: Enterprise, unlike the previous shows which were such aversions of Humans Are White they were often accused of being Five Token Bands by somehas a black guy, a Asian woman, and everyone else is white. And also note that, in order to make it obvious to the audience he was only on the show so they could say they had a Token Minority, the black guy was a glorified extra Subverted on ''Sue Thomas F.
Eye" where the main character is a deaf female FBI agent. Turk is photoshopped in twice to make it appear more diverse. Lampshaded in the episode My Long Goodbye when Turk struggles to think of other black members of staff.
Turk:This is a white-ass hospital. He then adds that if this were a horror movie, he'd be getting nervous. Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati, although the show made a strong effort to depict him as a well-rounded individual.
Parodied in an episode of The Real Husbands of Hollywood where George Lopez guest-stars as himself, with his introduction caption stating "Helping attract Latino audience. Having said that, Wilson, Cuddy and Taub are all Jewish to varying degrees of obviousness. And Thirteen is bisexual, and House is an atheist.
And his atheism is portrayed They do okay. Van-Pires had Snap, who is really blatantly this just look at that nickname! She has her own storyline for a bit, but it turns out to exist only to facilitate the white, male lead vampire's storyline. But Denver and Delilah is not content to simply create animation for more mature audiences. Besides its continuing involvement in Code Lyokoit is proud to announce, that debuting shortly on Nickelodeon, it will be involved in a breathtaking and wholly original new concept entitled Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Set against a dazzling backdrop inspired heavily by Chinese mythology and martial arts, the show tells the story of world, centered on the four elements of water, earth, fire and air, at war against the encroaching and tyrannical reach of the Fire Nation, where only the Avatar, the master of all four elements, can save them. But the road to such a victory is long and arduous, and filled with discovery along the way.
While development on massive tentpole features for such as Batman Begins and Memoirs of a Geisha have been underway, Springbok was in successful negotiations to officially purchase fellow production company Brandywine Productions, the group responsible for the Alien franchise, and which has been sitting dormant since the polarizing release of Alien 3 and a cancelled sequel to that film.
While it is far too early to say anything definitively, Springbok is confident that a legendary franchise can surely be resurrected to its former glory that the original two movies established.
After all, the success of the Disney theme parks attraction Alien: Terror Incarnate has demonstrated that there is a definite audience waiting for such an event. Springbok has also purchased Lexington Road Productions. An active financier in film, television and theatre, it is managed by sister company, East of Doheny East of Doheny will remain independent. The coin of Lexington Road Productions will help in financing and production of other projects, including the financing of documentaries by other producers.
In addition, it has been officially confirmed that negotiations to enter a three-picture deal with Mel Gibson's Icon Productions have concluded satisfactorily. We are truly blessed to be working with Mel, Bruce Davey, and the rest of the Icon family, the same team responsible for the likes of Braveheart and We Were Soldiers.
Mel's work behind the camera is truly something to admire, and we are proud to help make more cinematic history together. Kurt and Nirvana's very good friends Tenacious D, headed by actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass, are also considered important members of the Springbok family. Ever since assisting with the production and release of their self-titled album and JB's iconic role in the Springbok-produced hit film The School of Rockplans for a feature length Tenacious D film and a soundtrack album are proceeding quite smoothly.
Scheduled to be released by New Line Cinema sometime init promises to be hilarious and truly rocking. With the success of legendary lyricist and producer Jim Steinman's Dance of the Vampiresthe early workshop production of the forthcoming musical Lestatand impressive reviews for the film adaptation of The Phantom of the OperaSpringbok's musical theatre arm is naturally keen to continue to grow. Plans for a somewhat revamped stage version of Phantom for a North American tour and a Las Vegas spectacular are in the works, to incorporate some of the changes in the film, and possibly encourage the same to happen in the main New York, London, Toronto and L.
Springbok also plans to assist in a Broadway transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, The Woman in Whitecurrently playing in the West End, as well as mounting an American tour and later a full production of Whistle Down the Windhis collaboration with Mr.
Steinman, which broke box office records during its three-year run in London's Aldwych Theatre. Springbok has officially signed a deal with Walt Disney Theatrical to help work on their planned stage transfers of TarzanThe Little Mermaid and Mary Poppinsas well as an English version of their stage transfer of The Hunchback of Notre Damewhich played successfully for three years in Berlin, Germany.
Springbok has thrown money into though is not fully producing a film version of the successful Broadway musical adaptation of Mel Brooks' The Producersis fully producing additional stage versions of the same, and is working with Mr. Brooks on planned musical versions of Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.
In addition, Springbok is throwing money to produce a large-scale revival of Barry Keating's Starmiteswhich played on Broadway in and had a recent revival inalong with countless high school and college productions since.
They will be assisted by Mr. Steinman, who is Mr. Keating's oldest and best friend, as well as Mary Keil, who produced the original version and joined Mr. Steinman in producing Starmites Steinman is also keen to turn the legendary Bat Out of Hell trilogy into a full-fledged stage musical spectacular, based somewhat on his original Stuart Ostrow Musical Theatre Lab production Neverland at the Kennedy Center itself based on his Amherst College production The Dream Enginewhich evolved into the albums, which Springbok is eager to make a reality.
Sadly, despite rumors, Mr. Steinman's other big dream, a musical version of Tim Burton's Batmanwill not come to fruition, as Batman Begins has officially made Warner Bros.
Steinman composed melodies and which opened to indifferent reactions in Stockholm in September Springbok is keeping tabs on the announced collaboration between Stephen King and John Mellencamp, Ghost Brothers of Darkland Countywhich promises to be unlike any other musical in the past. It is also hoped that an English-language production of Michael Kunze's popular European musical, Elisabeth, will also be in the works. Herr Kunze wrote the original book for Dance of the Vampiresand he truly is an underrated talent that must be more renowned.
And long-gestating plans for film versions of the legendary musicals Sweeney Todd and Les Miserables are planned to be in Springbok's future. Exploitation Records plans to take advantage of its recent signing of Finnish glam metal band Hanoi Rocks to help bring them to the forefront. The band, which the members of Guns N' Roses have long acknowledged as being a major influence on them, were on the verge of megastardom when their drummer, Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, died in a vehicular manslaughter incident involving Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil in December The band broke up shortly afterwards, but inthe two key members, frontman Michael Monroe and lead guitarist Andy McCoy, decided to reform a "reborn" Hanoi Rocks, that did not involve any of the other surviving original members.
Their return album, Twelve Shots on the Rockswas initially released without any real traction. So, to take advantage of the release of their forthcoming new album next year, Exploitation Records will relaunch the entire Hanoi discography to give them the spotlight they deserve.
Oingo Boingo, the band fronted by Danny Elfman, who later went on to a renowned career scoring films, particularly his lengthy collaborations with director Tim Burton. Treating the group as an active entity, the entire Oingo Boingo discography will be relaunched with extensive promotion, including splashy, high-concept music videos combining footage from the pre-existing clips, live performance footage, and all new scenes in live action or animation to demonstrate the stories in the lyrics.
With all this, a band that toiled in obscurity its entire career will be admired and beloved by the public at large at last. And lastly, Springbok has officially decided to drop its hat in the ring of the world of video games, veering from simply throwing in money to help fund titles on a "special thanks" basis, to being actively involved in the development.
While the plans for this part of the company are admittedly empty at the moment, that will change in time. Springbok Productions, the five-year-old success story founded by Kurt Cobain and Charlize Theron, has announced as part of its aggressive expansion plans that it is expanding into the world of anime dubs and live action film and television adaptations of renowned anime series.
Dubbed Enima Studios called as such by His Masters Voice - Takahashi Jones - Divercity (File, because it is "anime" spelled backwards and also is clearly meant to be a humorous name, sounding like "enema"the new Springbok division is hitting the ground running.
It already announced a long-term partnership with The Walt Disney Company to be of assistance in the House of Mouse's distribution partnership in the films of Studio Ghibli, especially those of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. Currently, they are working on dubs for Nausicaa of the Valley of the WindPorco Rossoand the mid-length film The Cat Returnsa semi-sequel to the renowned film Whisper of the Heart though that film is definitely coming up soon on the list.
Both are also hard at work making the English dub for Miyazaki's latest film, Howl's Moving Castlewhich will be released in North America next summer. As for the film adaptation element, Enima is said to be looking into the rights for the recently-published manga series Death Note and to co-produce James Cameron's teased adaptation of Battle Angel Alita.
Cobain and his ex-wife Courtney Love are also inspirations for the main characters in Levy's recent manga series Princess Ai. This is all because of the company finding new allies with deep pockets who want a piece of the action. Among those investing in the young successful upstart founded by Kurt Cobain and Charlize Theron are the likes of Elon Musk, the South African-born creator of web finances service X. All together, this adds significant clout and deep funds to the company with which to fund its expansion and various projects.
Springbok is also known to reinvest 80 to 90 percent of its profits back into the company to further keep itself flush with capital. Springbok is quite pleased to announce that is shaping up to its busiest year yet! In the matter of live action films, there is plenty to share. Featuring Al Pacino as the infamous and reclusive genius producer who was also convicted of second-degree murder, the film moves to track the entirety of Spector's life and career, the agony and the ecstasy.
Thanks to resolving our differences of the past year, Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker will finally see the light of day on May 5. A passion project that Chris Farley has kept close to his heart for more than a decade, it is well past time for the silver screen to admire and fall in love with the well-intentioned, over the top, motivational speaker who lives his life in a van down by the river.
Christopher Nolan's latest film, Inceptiona pulsating cerebral and contemplative thriller, is set to be the summer tentpole when it is released. Quentin Tarantino's newest project, Inglourious Basterdsa World War II revenge fantasy involving a group of American vigilantes seeking a chance to kill MP3, is another uproarious, humorous, ultraviolent installment from one of the modern auteurs of our age.
Insanity Rowa big, bombastic action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, is another big release scheduled for the fall, sure to attract plenty of popcorn sales.
And James Cameron's latest passion project, Avataris certain to once again create a new paradigm in the world of filmmaking and visual effects, set amongst a world where humanity is seeking for raw materials to sustain their race on an alien world, and a man paralyzed from the waist down gets a chance to live once more using synthetic bodies called "avatars" to walk amongst the natives. The future is just as exciting as this year, to be sure.
Springbok is pleased to announce that it is working with Disney on a live-action sequel to Alice in Wonderlandthough using the same name because it's more marketable! Along with Sony's Columbia Pictures and producer Scott Rudin, Springbok has officially secured the rights to make a film franchise of the Millennium novel series by Stieg Larsson, who died before his books could be published.
Steven Zaillian is set to write the script and David Fincher to direct the first installment, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoowith hope to release it in The film, directed by Ridley Scott and penned by Jon Spahits and Damon Lindelof, will be released by 20th Century Fox in two parts in andand contains an impressive cast with the likes of Noomi Rapace who played Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish miniseries version of the Millennium novelsMichael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron will indeed have a significant role in the film.
Jeff Bridges, who has long been attached to the title role, is looking forward to finally having this adaptation ready to go in Though he will certainly be kept busy with Springbok for a while, as it will release the Coen brothers' forthcoming project, a remake of True Gritwith Bridges attached as Rooster Cogburn, and also featuring Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Richard Linklater is reuniting with Springbok to work on his latest work, a film examining the strange and true case of Bernie Tiede, a funeral service worker and local philanthropist much beloved in the town of Carthage, Texas, who was later convicted of murder.
Springbok is also in the midst of doing research for a projected film about the life and crimes of baby snatcher Georgia Tann, who used helping parents adopt children to mask her actions.
And of course, there are the forthcoming Enima adaptations of Sailor Moon and Inuyashaand its recent stake in the distribution deal between Disney and DreamWorks.
Regarding animation, besides our continued past projects still ongoing, Springbok is reunited with Robert Zemeckis and his ImageMovers company for his latest project, a rendition of A Christmas Carolto be released by Disney this holiday season.
Once again taking full advantage of the motion capture technology utilized to impressive effect on The Polar Expressthis also allows the same actor to portray various characters at the same time; featuring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge at various points in his life as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come; Gary Oldman as Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley; as well as the likes of Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright Penn in additional roles.
For television, while Springbok did have to deal with a major disappointment with the collapse of the CBS sitcom Looking for Lucky last year after two seasons of dismal ratings, there is still the massive of its continued work with Carmen Sandiego on PBS, the past success of Workshop and The Devil's Advocatebringing The Practice to a highly well-received finale last year, the taking over of the massive juggernaut House, M.
In the world of video games, Zophyre 2 is coming close to release, as are BioShock 2 and a sequel to Portal. A sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfareis also in the running to be one of the biggest success stories of the year, especially after the reception of last year's Call of Duty: World at War. Fortress has certainly expressed interest in helping take Springbok public in the past, but calls to the Fortress offices went unanswered.
It also announced that Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and his investment would be officially cut loose from Springbok, as he was being made to sell his investment stake. The notes have three tiers of interest rates and maturity dates. They come in at 2. Keyes expressed confidence that the debt will be taken care of in a timely fashion and assuming it at this moment in time makes strategic sense. And we will be able to repay all debt well before the maturity date. Springbok Productions will officially handle the marketing, advertising, special features, and restoration of the film from the original master reels, while Buena Vista Home Entertainment will remain in charge in distribution, as has been the case with each film.
The film, which was the first blend of live action and animation in cinematic history, has long been a flashpoint of controversy, regarding the treatment of the African-American characters, its depiction of life during the Reconstruction-era South, as well as regarding how African-American oral tradition and dialect was handled. Much like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnand early films like Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Windthe movie has long been dissected and analyzed to death, with scores of admirers and detractors from all walks of life, and been in the center of a debate regarding censorship and political correctness.
The film is also of course similarly afflicted by two tropes in cinematic storytelling that have long been condemned: the "Magical Negro", and the "white savior narrative", claimed to be showcased in films like Mississippi BurningDriving Miss DaisyThe Legend of Bagger Vance and Dances with Wolves.
After all, Disney has had little asides in their past films with depictions of other cultures that were less than enlightened, intended at the time as throwaway jokes, that rub modern viewers the wrong way, but they don't particularly detract from said film as a whole. The main difference with this movie is that it's washed completely in that depiction, so it can color a viewer's entire experience.
Entire featurettes about the history of the production, how it has been received, why certain depictions are considered wrong His Masters Voice - Takahashi Jones - Divercity (File, and the steps made towards tolerance and understanding in the modern world. These include interviews and commentary with historians, sociologists, and various figures, including actors and filmmakers associated with other films, such as the main figures behind Schindler's List : Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley.
Springbok Productions announced that it is officially walking out on a development deal that it had struck with WWE Studios to create theatrical film properties together. After nearly two years' worth of effort, the pact had borne no films being actively produced, though at least one appeared to be getting real close. As a result, we had seven scripts in the pipeline, and were getting ready to move to principal photography on the first. But Vince couldn't just trust the process. According to Springbok, the project getting ready to be filmed was a thriller entitled Jornada del Muerteset to star Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of WWE's eminent Superstars during the so-called Attitude Era of the late '90s and early s.
But McMahon would consistently try to override decisions made by Springbok and the WWE Studios executives about the film, and frequently make notes suggesting it to be more in line with standard action thrillers, changes that "would dumb down the plot to a ludicrous extent and be focused only on pandering to WWE fans, when crossover appeal was the intent.
Vince also made constant, disparaging remarks to many female employees of Springbok, constantly asking if any of them wanted a job joining the female WWE matches as a fallback position, and kept insisting that he knew better than anyone else what a film needed. And Vince simply can't admit failure on a lot of things. Apparently, McMahon's actions even derailed Springbok's efforts to find a studio distributor for the film, even attempts to launch it at a film market and presell it like an indie film.
Because of that, the film was basically dead in its tracks, and our supporting actors were getting ready to jump ship. As a result, it simply wasn't fixable. We certainly wish WWE Studios well with their efforts, but we strongly suggest to Vince that he needs some restraint and that it may come a time for someone else to take the reins.
Everything has always been done in good faith, and if there was any fault during the pact, it was that Springbok couldn't deliver what they promised. Our work stands for itself. By this point, Springbok Productions has proven itself a formidable powerhouse, and its division focused on anime adaptations, Enima, has already more than earned its stripes.
Currently, the division is filming the first installment in an intended franchise adaptation of Sailor Moon in Tokyo, with intent to release by DreamWorks Pictures via Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner sometime injust in time for the original series' 20th anniversary.
And with the likes of Diablo Cody working with original creator Naoko Takaeuchi on the script, Patty Jenkins directing, and Kim Basinger playing Queen Beryl, we've got quite a vehicle to attract the old fans and bring in new ones. Springbok is also deep in preproduction for a franchise adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyashaco-produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, to be distributed by Paramount in North America and 20th Century Fox internationally.
Todd admits that there is still not a lot of firm information to hand out. Nic Cage really is psyching himself to play the villain, Naraku, but we haven't gotten a firm commitment as of yet, to say nothing of the fact that no one else has been cast yet. We also don't have a release date in mind yet, but we're certainly getting there.
Enima is also continuing to help with Disney's English dubs of the films of Studio Ghibli, of which Springbok recently bought a 20 percent stake to create a North American division.
Of special importance is the upcoming film The Wind Riseswhich acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki has announced to be his last film. The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the inventor of the Mitsubishi Zero, the creation of a peaceful man who despised war but wanted to create flying machines he could be proud of.
Of course, of bigger importance is a project Enima has been circling around for several years now. Back inSpringbok announced its intent to co-produce an adaptation of Battle Angel Alitawritten and directed by James Cameron, who had announced his interest in such a project back in However, Cameron chose instead to focus on Avatarwhich ended up becoming the biggest box-office success of all time.
So where does this leave the Battle Angel film? He's got a lot of irons in the fire, and his head goes into many different directions at once. So, this project is going to take some time yet to come to fruition, but when it does, we'll be there. A prime example being the film Solarisbased on the novel of the same name, which ended up directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment production company also co-produced the recent Springbok project Prometheusa prequel to Alien directed by original director Ridley Scott. And it appears that they fully intend to branch out in many ways that will add to their profitability, starting with paying off the debt they incurred with a series of bond sales last year, which also takes care of that debt well before the maturity date.
Keyes crowed about this fact. We'll take our lumps, whatever those might be, and live with it. The multiple IPO debuts, and a stock price increase "pop" average of percent on each market, were held thanks to multiple massive financial roadshows by several teams, hitting all the financial markets in the world to talk up the mutual funds, VC funds, and financial services companies.
There was no shortage of investors, and it was made sure that the public would end up able to access the vast majority of the shares, with neither IPO allocators nor the company itself taking too massive a slice of the pie, that the shares wouldn't be flipped, and that the money raised would go to Springbok's coffers.
Springbok has recently made two significant purchases to add to the company's assets. Revolution Studios' output has long been considerably profitable for Sony, if very few of them were also critical hits, Springbok now will own all home video library rights for those titles, as well as international rights to the library of Morgan Creek, which Revolution purchased before it went dormant.
For much cheaper prices, Springbok is also entering deals for libraries only of certain other companies, among them Rysher Entertainment and the Disney-owned Caravan Pictures, which was founded by Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum in and shuttered inafter Birnbaum left to found Spyglass Entertainment. Picker, one of the main figures responsible for the gifting, is quite sanguine.
Springbok has shown themselves to be not only financially sound stewards, but artistically responsible ones as well.
Libraries are lucrative investments and there is so much money that comes on the home video, broadcast and streaming rights. But this also does not seem to be the end of it. The Revolution Studios and Artisan deals now position Springbok to be a film distributor along with production company, and it appears they are now making entreaties regarding acquisitions of cinema chains to enter the exhibition business as well.
We'd also make incentivized rates to make better deals and ensure these people aren't getting ripped off, and we'd operate quite differently from major chains like Regal, AMC and Cinemark in that regard.
We'd also choose not to make exclusivity deals with Coke or Pepsi, but instead have all soda brands represented and sold there. Springbok purchased the library and assets of the defunct record label Artemis Records, which had been founded by former Nirvana co-manager Danny Goldberg and Daniel Glass, future founder of GlassNote. Exploitation Records will remaster all the albums and re-release them. Autumn Deer Press, the book publishing division of Springbok Productions, announced that it is branching out into the field of magazine publishing with four different titles and focuses.
First off, it announced that it is reviving two dormant titles. New Westthe investigative magazine who is best known for breaking the first stories investigating Jim Jones and the People's Temple, creating the drumbeat of criticism and controversy leading up to the Jonestown Massacre ofshall be brought back, with the intent to focus on investigative journalism about world events and to cut a path differing from the mainstream media, with a voice and lens meant to be far more biting and more unfiltered and raw, unafraid to call things like they are.
The other title being revived is Georgethe magazine founded in by John F. Kennedy, Jr. That magazine started well enough at first, but floundered afterwards, particularly when many considered the execution of its concept to be strained and vapid, trying too hard to tie the likes of Madonna to politics. The magazine was on a downward trend when Kennedy died in a plane crash with his wife and sister-in-law in July Hachette took over the magazine and attempted to ride the wave of mourning to keep it afloat, but it did not last, and the magazine folded in January With a focus on hard-hitting investigative journalism, unafraid of the truth and unwilling to soften a message to toe the line of the mainstream, the new New West will become a paragon for other publications to follow.
And by taking a new approach and a new balance, the original aim of George can be achieved in a meaningful and impactful manner at long last.
Autumn Deer has also purchased the UK music magazine Vive Le Rockwith an intent to publish it worldwide and build it into a meaningful and serious competitor to the likes of Rolling Stonewith a focus on all genres of music, but especially rock, as well as commentary.
And lastly, Autumn Deer will found a magazine of their own, called Animation Dominationa sort of counterpoint to the long-running Disney Adventures magazine, which offers its readers in-depth and exclusive looks at its projects. This will be done for Springbok's animated, anime dub, and live action anime adaptation projects, though with a decidedly different voice, fused with sardonic humor and light sarcasm. Autumn Deer Press was launched in with release of the memoir of actress Anne Heche.
Besides auctioning for the rights for fiction and nonfiction titles like other publishers, the company has made real-world versions of book titles invented solely for films and TV shows. Its highest-selling title is a real-world version of Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooeya title that is the favorite of Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes. Back in March, Disney released a Springbok-produced live action film entitled Alice in Wonderlandwhich despite the title, was actually a sequel to, and not a remake of, the original animated film.
The movie, written by veteran Disney scribe Linda Woolverton and directed by Tim Burton, focused on an Alice in her late teens, who returns to Wonderland after a long, unremembered absence, to find it under the tyranny of the Red Queen, and unwittingly becoming the leader of a revolution to break her control. Buoyed by this success, Springbok and Disney are eager to keep it coming. The two companies have announced a new partnership deal with which they will create new, live action retellings of several of Disney's most popular properties, veering from straight remakes to bold new reinterpretations, and which other production companies are free to join in on through a case by case basis.
Among the projects strongly hinted to be in development are a reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of Maleficent, and a remake of Cinderella. It is also confirmed that both are also currently seeking Burton to do a stop-motion remake of his short film Frankenweeniea project that remains close to his heart.
But this is the first time Disney has truly decided to tackle the filmography that makes up what is considered its legacy, films that many consider near perfection and potentially sacrilege to do over again. The types of things that certain trolls on the Internet say are plot holes, even though they aren't, that are too ridiculous to believe, and other similar nitpicks that don't matter. Our idea, going in, is to basically Album) we're actually creating the original version, like we're mapping out these characters, their motivations, and their actions from scratch, and thus bringing a modern sensibility into reflection.
It also gives newer generations and newer audiences a window to access these stories, older ones to share their memories and the feelings they had seeing the original versions, and adding lots of new flair to them.
Make no mistake, this is not us moving to replace the original films in any way. We would never want anything like that. These films are complements to them, they will reinforce each other and build up each other's popularity. That's why we're doing this. Even with such films now coming on Disney's plate, the company is hardly relying on what some cynics may call retreading past glories. Their film distribution pact with DreamWorks Pictures through their Touchstone banner will continue to attract fare not directly suited for the family-friendly House of Mouse, as will future projects solely through Touchstone.
Disney is also seeking to create other live action films itself that bring fresh success, even if some projects being touted as in development are being dropped ideas for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and tackling The Lone Ranger have come to nothingthe so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to keep rolling out Iron Man 2 and a Captain America film, and while it has remained fallow for a while, MP3 Ltd.
Disney continues to seek to blaze new trails with its animated and Pixar slate, with the latest offering, Tangleda take on Rapunzel, expected to do quite well.
The Disney-ABC Television Group is also actively working to keep up beloved programming on their channels and create impactful new shows as well. With the success of Springbok's public stock offerings and side investments bringing fresh billions in revenue, as well as the recent acquisitions that have been made, Springbok is implementing a new shakeup in the corporate structure, to officially divide responsibilities and duties by territory, complete with new offices to match!
Springbok's main business will continue to be located in the North American division. Our official headquarters in Toronto will oversee the full structure of the company, all acquisitions and investments including the distributor and exhibition workfinancing for films, television series and video games by other production companies, and the accounting offices.
The main work will continue to be in our offices at the Playa Vista studio lot, overseeing all creative projects, where most of our executives and employees will report, and the official offices for Denver and Delilah Animation, which also maintains a secondary office at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. We will maintain offices on the different studio lots specially dedicated to overseeing our products released by them, scattered through Century City, Culver City, Burbank and West Hollywood.
The 20 percent minority stake in Studio Ghibli allowed the creation of Studio Ghibli North America, overseeing all the major work on English dubs of their filmography, with our offices located at Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, California. Springbok is also looking to buy a property for a secondary studio lot in Atlanta with plans to have it online by the middle of the decade, as well as establishing offices in both Orlando in Miami for both sales and other work.
All of our new international divisions will handle distribution deals both for ourselves in making deals with studios to release our work, and being direct distributors whenever neededand exhibition, where that applies. Springbok Productions announced today that Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise's longtime agent, former Disney executive Nina Jacobson, and former Paramount head Sherry Lansing are officially joining the film division. Records and Kaz Utsonomiya Virgin Records. Their foreign sales and acquisitions division, focusing on buying and selling projects at film markets, is also being shored up with that division's head, Brad Wyman, being joined by Bradley Fischer and David Glasser.
And joining as general board members, not tied to specific divisions but having a say in all project development include former HBO head Michael J. Between all of them, Springbok has gained considerable muscle and clout that many insiders consider a definite win for them. Cruise and Wagner also attempted to stretch themselves by taking control of United Artists, buying a 30 percent stake in the venerable studio owned by MGM, and moving to restore its luster.
However, their tenure was brief and bitterly disappointing. She has invaluable insight, and will only be a plus. As to whether we can get Tom signed on to any projects, that's hard to tell, especially since, because of previous disputes they had with Paramount, we don't own any part of future M:I installments. He's not the most highly paid star for nothing, and we'd really have to provide an extremely nice sweetheart deal to attract him here, but he'd certainly be worth every penny. Jacobson was part of the team at Walt Disney Studios, which overlooks the live action filmography, having sat through the tenures of Jeffrey Katzenberg, Joe Roth, Peter Schneider and the early days of Dick Cook and Meryl Poster, until her suddenly and controversially being fired by them while recovering from giving birth in the hospital in late Her final days at Disney were fraught with continuous headaches, where she oversaw the folding of Miramax Pictures into the Touchstone brand and subsequent partial rebranding after Harvey Weinstein's exposure, the shuttering of Caravan Pictures and Hollywood Pictures, which had ended up becoming Disney's toxic waste dump, the controversy regarding Mel Gibson's film Apocalyptoand a breaking of ties with M.
Night Shyamalan. The director, after having been credited as a wunderkind creative genius with films such as The Sixth SenseUnbreakable and Signsbegan to lose his groove soon after. His film The Village was found to be underwhelming, and Jacobson, among the rest of the division, refused to greenlight his followup film, Lady in the Water. As a result, Shyamalan broke the contract Disney had with his production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, and gave the film over to Warner Bros.
The film exceeded even Disney's worst fears when they passed, and Shyamalan then went to 20th Century Fox for his latest film, The Happeningwhich did even worse. Currently, the director, after having been denied a chance to direct a live action adaptation of Springbok's animated Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbenderis said to be working on a project with Will Smith. So far, however, only a f.
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