apu controversy

The problem with Apu doesn’t seem like it will be solved any time soon. The Simpsons, which just hit a record-breaking 636 episodes, has been criticized for the Indian stereotypes pushed by its long-running character Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart owner voiced by Hank Azaria. And while the Fox sitcom dismissed the Apu controversy in a recent episode — igniting even more controversy — some people are willing to do something about it.

Castlevania producer Adi Shankar challenged writers to “fix” Apu, starting a contest to rewrite the character without mocking Indian stereotypes. But just as Shankar took us in a step in the right direction, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening took us one step back, doubling down on the show’s polarizing response.

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assassin's creed animated series

Remember back in the day when we thought Assassin’s Creed could break the dreaded video game movie curse by actually being, you know, good? Well, so much for that. If a director as interesting as Justin Kurzel and a leading man as strong as Michael Fassbender can’t make it work, it may be time to pack it all in.

But no one told Ubisoft, the company behind the Assassin’s Creed series, who have recruited producer Adi Shankar to develop an animated series set in the world of the video games.

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Castlevania cast

Producer Adi Shankar, the guy responsible for bootleg short films like the R-rated Power/Rangers and Venom: Truth in Journalism, has been hyping his upcoming animated television adaptation of the popular Nintendo video game Castlevania for a while now, and when the teaser trailer was released last month, fans finally got a taste of what he was talking about.

Now, in a new video, Shankar and actor Graham McTavish (whom you may recognize from his role as The Saint of Killers on AMC’s Preacher) have announced the major Castlevania cast members – including McTavish himself, who’s voicing Dracula, and The Hobbit trilogy star Richard Armitage, who’s voicing the vampire hunter Trevor Belmont.
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Venom

If you have no idea what to make of Sony’s decision to make a solo Venom movie…welcome to the club. However, it’s not our job to figure out what this movie is going to be. That duty may very well fall to Adi Shankar, the always-busy producer known for both his big screen outings and his online “bootleg” shorts that take on franchises and characters he does not own.

According to one report, Shankar is on the studio’s short list of potential Venom directors, which is…well, weirdly appropriate in its own little way.

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R-Rated Power Rangers Animated Series

There’s a new big screen take on Power Rangers coming to shelves next month that looks like it’s in the same vein of the Transformers film franchise. The movie shouldn’t have any problem luring in kids to check out the latest iteration of the superheroes who originated on television back in the 1990s, but it remains to be seen how many adults will be lured in by their nostalgia.

For those children of the ’90s who find themselves disinterested in the new Power Rangers, there might be hope for something drastically different on the way. You might remember that almost exactly two years ago, producer Adi Shankar (executive producer of Dredd and Lone Survivor) released an R-rated Power Rangers short film directed by Joseph Kahn that offered a dark, gritty take on the TV characters. Now Shankar wants to dig deeper with an animated Power Rangers series that has the same mature style.

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castlevania netflix series

Yesterday Netflix announced Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming out later this year. Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and executive producer Fred Seibert (Adventure Time) are working on the animated series, which Shankar says has a “Game of Thrones vibe to it.” He also guarantees it’ll conclude “the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”

Below, read what else Shankar had to say about the Castlevania Netflix series.

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Judge Dredd Still Image

UPDATE: Dredd executive producer Jason Kingsley has revealed that Adi Shankar has nothing to do with the series at this point. This quote feels like a polite way of kindly requesting that we all stop paying attention to him:

While we truly do appreciate Adi’s enthusiasm for Judge Dredd, he has no involvement with the franchise and any future cinematic or small screen outings. Claims of him pushing forward a sequel to DREDD are not true and we don’t want fans to get excited only to have their hopes dashed. 2000 AD and Rebellion continue to work hard to bring the future’s greatest lawman back to screens.

The original article follows below.

We recently learned that producer Adi Shankar has been working on an animated adaptation of the Castlevania video game series for Netflix with two seasons already written by comic book legend Warren Ellis. That is astonishing news. I didn’t know those words could all fit together in the same sentence and in that order. However, wherever there’s Shankar, there’s probably an update on Dredd 2, which everyone involved in the original film has been chatting about for five years now. The latest tidbit: this purely theoretical sequel could be animated.

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castlevania show

Castlevania season 1, part 1 is coming to Netflix this year. This week, Netflix made more than a few announcements about their upcoming programming, including this video game adaptation. The “dark” and “satirical” animated series hails from producer Adi Shankar (Dredd), comic book writer Warren Ellis (Planetary), and the executive producer of Adventure Time, Fred Seibert, who’s also the founder and CEO of Frederator Studios.

Below, learn more about Netflix’s Castlevania show.

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castlevania

It’s hard to get too excited about video game movies right now, considering Hollywood’s still-pretty-terrible track record with them, but maybe a video game TV series will have better luck. It appears Castlevania could be making its way to the small screen, from Adventure Time executive producer Fred Seibert. Click through for more on the possible Castlevania TV series.  Read More »

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