Posted on Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of Akira has gone through so many rough patches at this point that it’s a struggle for us to even remember at any given time whether it’s on again, or off. But Jaume Collet-Serra hasn’t lost track, because he’s still planning to direct. In fact, it’ll “hopefully” be his next project.
Whether that’s good news or bad news for fans of the source material is another question. While Collet-Serra says he wants to be “respectful,” he’s not interested in being overly faithful. For one thing, he hopes to “bring strong characters” into the film because he doesn’t find any of the characters from the original to be interesting. Read his comments after the jump.
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Briefly: The output of Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli has been aimed primarily at movie theaters, but the company is aiming at television for its next project. In August, a television series based on Astrid Lindgren‘s novel Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, will air in Japan. The book has been turned into a film in Sweden, as well as a stage play and musical.
The series was created as a coproduction with Polygon Pictures, and Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro Miyazaki is directing. The book is about Ronia, daughter of robber chieftain, and in the novel she develops a relationship with the son of a rival chieftain. They spend time together in secret until a chain of events exposes their friendship. [via NHK]
Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
If Herc and Chuck were your favorite Jaeger pilot duo, Pacific Rim star Max Martini might have some good news for you. Also after the jump:
- Dermot Mulroney wants another My Best Friend’s Wedding
- Here’s why Steven Seagal isn’t in The Expendables 3
- Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead unveils a new poster
- It’s Rodrigo Santoro‘s turn to get a 300 character sheet
- Watch a teaser for the live-action Ruroni Kenshin sequels
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In March, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, From Up on Poppy Hill, comes to the US. Directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Hayao Miyazaki, the film is a coming-of-age story set in Japan’s transformative post-war days. The animation is characteristically gorgeous, while the real-world setting sets it apart from most of Ghibli’s output.
This first US trailer, which comes from new-ish Ghibli distributor GKids, features the English-language voice cast (Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Aubrey Plaza). Some of the previous trailers have been subtitled, but this will give you an idea of how the film will play in the States, should you happen to catch a showing with the English track. Read More »
In Japan, Cyborg 009 is basically the X-Men, Fantastic Four or Avengers. The first and most famous superhero team in Japanese history was created by the late Shotaro Ishinomori and follows a group of people who are given special powers by a huge corporation and then rebel against them. A manga has been running in various forms in Japan since the Sixties and, despite a brief English translation in last decade, has never been specifically adapted for American audiences. That’s about to change as Archaia Publishing has begun taking Ishinomori’s original concept and updating it for modern, American audiences. The parent company is also developing the project as a film. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
The fact that the first Expendables was an R-rated affair didn’t stop it from underwhelming some, so Sly’s confirmation that Expendables 2 will be R, not PG-13, after all still isn’t a guarantee of quality — but it probably helps. Also after the jump:
- Watch a trailer for the Starship Troopers: Invasion, the animated sequel
- Men in Black 3 drops a new promo image.
- TRON: Legacy orchestrator Joe Trapanese will return for TRON: Uprising
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Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
That Garrett Hedlund-starring remake of Akira may still be on hold, but Warner Bros. seems determined to delve into Japanese pop culture one way or another. Back in 2010, the studio acquired the live-action movie rights to Tite Kubo‘s manga Bleach, with Peter Segal (Get Smart) attached to produce. We haven’t seen much in the way of progress since then, but it looks like the project’s finally beginning to pick up some steam. Wrath of the Titans screenwriter Dan Mazeau has just been tapped to pen the script, with Segal now considering directing as well as producing. More details after the jump.
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In 2010 Studio Ghibli released a film in Japan based on Mary Norton‘s young adult fantasy novel The Borrowers. Next month, Disney is finally releasing the film in the US, with a voice cast that includes Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias.
The story features a family of tiny people who live in the hidden corners of human habitations, and who are perpetually trying to avoid discovery by humans. After the break we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, that shows what happens when the efforts to avoid human discovery fail. Read More »