Question: Will Kevin McKidd be signing on for the Rome movie? Obviously, it won’t be a Rome movie without him, but I like certainty. —Liz
Ausiello: If there is a Rome movie, McKidd has every intention of being a part of it. “I hope it happens,” he tells me. “There is a definite pulse and some momentum on the project at the moment. We’re just trying to get the director nailed down. All the [actors whose] characters are still alive on the show are very keen to get back. And that is all that matters really.” He adds that the film would likely shoot during his 2011 Grey’s Anatomy hiatus, which would serve the movie well, he says, since the action is “set a few years from where the series [ended]… We’re meant to be a little older and wiser.”
Bear and the Bow (Pixar)
Possible re-title of this production
UPDATE: Following our initial report on the domain name and trademark registrations, Disney has also gone ahead and registered a few trademark applications specifically for DISNEY PIXAR BRAVE. Here’s an example. Note although the application was filed on March 12, it takes a few days for it to become accessible to us.
They did it to Rapunzel. Big signs are pointing to them doing it to Secretariat. And now it appears the next victim may be the Disney/Pixar original fairy tale The Bear and the Bow.
Once upon a time, it appears that Pixar director Pete Docter ’slipped up’ and referred to a project they were working on titled Brave. After much speculation then and what appeared to be much ado about apparently nothing, The Pixar Blog quoted a reliable source as noting Brave is simply an internal project name for The Bear and the Bow, as cryptic as one it may be. A Blue Harvest if you will.
But a recent move by the Disney Trademark department might suggest otherwise. Granted ‘Brave’ could be applicable to most anything and certainly may have nothing to do with the film from Pixar Animation Studios, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office experienced a flurry of Brave applications very recently — we counted fourteen (so far) — covering the full gamut of products and applications. Here’s just one example.
If we seem like we might be jumping the gun — er, bow — on this one, we won’t deny it. But while we often get the clue when Disney goes to register domain names, the recent activity is very reminiscent of the many trademark applications Disney also recently made for Tangled and Disney Tangled. For those of you playing along at home, however, it turns out that Disney did in fact register BRAVE-MOVIE.COM and BRAVETHEMOVIE.COM back on October 31, 2009 and to-date has registered ZERO domain names related to The Bear and the Bow according to our sources.