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Walden Family Theater is coming to Hallmark Channel

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Walden Family TheaterA few months ago, I learned that Walden Media was hoping to bring back the family movie night.  The goal is to do something similar to the Disney’s old family movie of the week.   It’s finally been announced as Hallmark Channel is launching a new family TV-movie series.

This will be in partnership with Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, Walden Media and Arc Entertainment, the cable network will unveil Walden Family Theater as a destination for family-friendly films.

According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, there will be six new films airing on Fridays throughout the year, in addition to a slew of favorites from Hallmark Channel’s library. Walmart will sell DVDs of the new movies the Tuesday after they air.

Walden Family Theater will debut March 15 with the world premiere of the Walden/Arc-produced film Return to Nim’s Island starring Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Walmart will sell the DVD on March 19. (The film is scheduled to hit movie theaters April 4 in Australia.)

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Return to Nim’s Island Release Details (plus Poster and Trailer)

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Return to Nim's IslandWe got an e-mail this week from Walden Media confirming details of the release of Return to Nim’s Island.

The sequel to 2008’s Nim’s Island will air on March 15, on the Hallmark Channel.

It will be broadcast at 6pm, with a repeat broadcast immediately following at 8pm.

It will then be released on DVD on March 19th in Walmart stores.

The sequel stars Bindi Irwin as Nim, alongside Toby Wallace, Matthew Lillard and John Waters.

Nim’s Island 2 producer hopes to make more Nim sequels with Bindi Irwin

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Nim’s Island 2 co-producer Paula Mazur is so impressed with Bindi that she hopes to make more Nim’s Island movies starring the talented teenager, who lives at her family’s Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Bindi starred in the 2010 movie Free Willy: Escape From Pirate Cove, has co-written junior wildlife novels and appeared on television many times including on the Oprah Winfrey show.

“There’s no one in the world better suited than Bindi Irwin, she was born to play Nim,’’ Mazur said.

“She’s an animal person, an outdoors person, she’s fearless, the right age, she’s beautiful, she’s everything we could have hoped for for Nim, she is a dream come true. She’s a real natural actress….I hope she continues with acting because she has a lot of potential.

“I can’t imagine another 14-year-old that has the worldwide stature that Bindi does.”

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Bindi Irwin hopes to make Dad Proud with Nim’s Island 2

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Bindi Irwin, in an exclusive on-set interview, said she instantly related to the lead role of Nim, who lives on a deserted island with her father Jack (Matthew Lillard) and best friends Selkie, a sea lion, and Fred, a bearded dragon lizard.

The 14-year-old said a highlight had been riding the two Sea World sea lions, who share the acting duties, and joked the sea lions “are better trained than me’’.

“Riding underneath the water has been the most incredible experience of my life,’’ she said.

Bindi revealed the last time she came “up-close and personal’’ with sea lions was when she made a documentary with her father Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray in 2006.

“I hope to make him (my dad) proud, that’s what I’m striving for,’’ Bindi says.  “When you lose someone whose life was so extraordinary like my dad’s, you have two options: You can curl up in a dark corner…or rise above it and dust yourself off and continue with their work. He will always be with me.’’

Bindi said she wanted to continue with acting especially when there was an environmental message involved. In Nim’s Island 2, inspired by Victorian writer Wendy Orr’s novel Nim at Sea, poachers arrive on the island and kidnap several animals including Selkie. Nim, with the help of new friend Edmund (Toby Wallace of Neighbour’s fame) launches a rescue mission.

“Nim is trying to protect her island and I can relate to that because we are fighting to protect the beautiful pristine area of Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in North Queensland which the mining companies are interested in,’’ Bindi said.

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Nim’s Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, begins filming in Queensland

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Family adventure film Nim’s Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, has begun shooting on the Gold Coast.

The film also stars US actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scooby Doo), who plays marine scientist Jack, the father of Nim (Bindi Irwin), as well as Aussie actors John Waters (Looking Through the Glass Onion, Offspring), Toby Wallace (Surviving Georgia, Neighbours), Nathan Derrick (Rush, Bed of Roses), Sebastian Gregory (Neighbours, Accidents Happen) and Jack Pearson (Winners & Losers).

The original Nim’s Island grossed $US48 million in North America and almost $6.2 million at the Australian box office. While it was shot in Queensland, it did not qualify as an Australian production, unlike the sequel which is now underway.

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Bindi Irwin to star in Return to Nim’s Island!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

We’ve found more information about the sequel to Nim’s Island. One thing that was kind of surprising, but I sort of expected, was that it appears most of the original cast will not be returning. In fact, currently the only cast member we know of is Bindi Irwin, who was last seen in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, which was the direct to video fourth film in the Free Willy series.  It appears that she will play the role of Nim Rusoe, the role that Abigail Breslin originated.  These are the only other details we’ve managed to find so far.  No word yet on whether Gerard Butler or Jodie Foster will reprise their roles from the original film.

Synopsis

The writer and producer of the smash hit NIM’S ISLAND brings you the much anticipated sequel, RETURN TO NIM’S ISLAND, featuring Bindi Irwin in a wild ride filled with pristine beaches, exotic animals, dastardly pirates, and all your favorite characters from the original.

After his cruise ship discovery of Nim and her beautiful island, Edmund tries to explain the wonder of his find to his classmates only to find that nobody will believe him. Frustrated, Edmund runs away and sneaks aboard the same fateful cruise ship as his last adventure and steals a row boat to make his way to Nim’s Island. At the same time, Nim’s world is turning upside down, as she’s faced with the possibility of having to move to the mainland for her father to pursue his scientific research. Left alone for her last weekend on the island, Nim finds Edmund, as well as the pirate animal poachers that followed him! Soon, Nim and Edmund are in a stealth battle of cunning and wits to rescue her beloved sea lion Selkie. With Nim’s know-how and Edmund’s bravery, they are able to defeat the pirates and maybe even solve the scientific mystery that would allow Nim to stay on her beloved Island.

FREE WILLY meets PETER PAN meets HOME ALONE – with loads of action and laughs – as Bindi Irwin defends the paradise of Nim’s Island!

Return to Nim’s Island – A Sequel to Nim’s Island in Development

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Screen Australia has announced a list of films receiving development support, and on that list is a film that I didn’t know was even being considered: Nim’s Island 2.  The sequel actually has a working title of Nim’s Island: The Return of the Pirates.

The creative team for the sequel isn’t the same group of people that worked on the first film.  The producers are Chris Brown and Tom Hoffie.  The screenwriter is Ray Boseley.  The film will be directed by Brendan Maher.

The website listed this as the synopsis: A sequel to the hugely popular family film Nim’s Island.

That isn’t a lot to go on, and I’m going to reach out to Walden Media to see if this is their production, and if it is at all connected to Wendy Orr’s sequel to Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea.  There’s also no word if any of the original cast will be returning for the sequel.  We can only hope!