Gran Turismo, one of the most celebrated racing franchises in video game history, is coming to the big screen. This we’ve known this for a while as Social Network/50 Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed onto the Sony franchise over the summer. The move makes sense, based both on the success of the Fast and Furious films and another popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, also heading into theaters.
Now, the next step in the film’s construction has taken place. Alex Tse, who adapted Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film and is rewriting Highlander, has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which is based on a real life competition that allows video game users to eventually build and race their own cars, just like in the game. Read More »
The reboot of The Crow that has been trying to get under way for over a year may have hit another roadblock. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), the director who was signed to helm the film in April, has left the project. Read More »
Courts recently decided that Relativity Media has the Crow remake production rights that the company had claimed, much to the consternation of The Weinstein Company, which was trying to claim ownership of worldwide ownership of The Crow.
So the remake that has Bradley Cooper attached to star and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) set to direct is now moving forward. Once upon a time, when Stephen Norrington was going to direct, the script in play was by Nick Cave — a seriously tantalizing prospect. Now Alex Tse, who co-wrote Watchmen for Zack Snyder, will write a new version. Read More »
Somebody is picking off those responsible for the big screen adaptation of Watchmen. Rorschach follows the trail to Watchmen creator Alan Moore. Watch the Funnyordie short Nobody Watches the Watchmen after the jump.
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Warner Bros will be brining Ninja Scroll to the big screen. The live-action big screen adaptation will be based on the popular 1993 Japanese Anime movie which spawned a popular animated series. Ninja Scrolls is considered one of the best Anime films ever produced. Yoshiaki Kawajiri‘s original action/thriller tells the story of a Journeyman ninja-for-hire named Jubei, who “stumbles upon a plague, an evil clan of demons, a national crisis, and a beautiful ninja girl.” He is forced to fight and old nemesis, the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers, and is hellbent on overthrowing the government. Kawajiri later went on to create Vampire Hunter D, and directed a segment of The Animatix.
Watchmen movie scribe Alex Tse has been hired to write the script. The film is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way, but DiCaptio supposedly has no plans to star in the film. The original film was given a rating equivalent to R in most countries (it was never rated in the U.S., but I have the feeling that Warner Bros wants to produce a broader version of the story. Ninja Scroll could definitely work if it wasn’t dumbed down and turned into a film geared towards kids. But I don’t have faith in Hollywood to produce an R-rated film based on this property. For an example, check out some of the images below.
It was once rumored that James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin was a Ninja Scroll remake, but that turned out to be untrue. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Wachowski Brothers-produced film spawns a new found interest in the Ninja genre. I’m sure a Pirates vs. Ninjas movie is just around the corner.