ghost in the shell anime

While the rest of Hollywood is scrambling to adapt as many anime into live-action movies as possible, Netflix is starting to go the opposite route. Sure, they have to answer for that Death Note adaptation and possibly the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop series, but the streaming giant is getting some points with a new Ghost in the Shell anime series.

Netflix is developing a new Ghost in the Shell anime series titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 that is set to hit the streaming service in 2020 and features some anime heavy-hitters at the helm. And best yet — there’s no Scarlett Johansson in sight.

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I’ll admit, when I first heard another Starship Troopers film was being released, I had my doubts. Even the first trailer didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But with the animated Starship Troopers: Invasion now nearing its scheduled summer release, the Japanese trailer has come online and the film was obviously made for fans, by fans.

Written by Flint Dille and directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed), Invasion takes place ten years after the first film and returns Johnny Rico (above), Carmen Ibanez and Carl Jenkins (originally played by Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris) for an unexpected reunion featuring lots of bugs.

In the new trailer, you see a bunch of action and you’ll hear plenty of recognizable quotes. Come on you apes, you wanna live forever? Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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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A new Starship Troopers movie will be released next year, would you like to know more? Unfortunately, the answer to that question might be “No” considering the huge drop in quality the franchise has suffered since its first theatrical showing. Based on a masterful 1959 novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers is about an idealistic future where the human’s main adversaries are big alien bugs. The franchise kicked off with a bang in 1997 when the novel was turned into a cult classic film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, though, two terrible direct to DVD sequels followed in addition to a better – but not great – CGI animated series called Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles that lasted one season.

Sony Pictures, which holds the rights to the property, is hoping animation is the way to go with the franchise as they’ve officially announced Starship Troopers Invasion, an anime from the acclaimed director of Appleseed Shinji Aramaki, will be released in Summer 2012. Read the plot synopsis, see the full poster and more after the jump. Read More »