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Battle Angel Alita – James Cameron’s 3D adaption will have motorball according to Jon Landau

Posted by LiveFor on March 1, 2010

The last news we heard about the Cameron’s adaption of Battle Angel Alita was about some test footage for the film that may, or may not have been real.

Just to bring you up to speed, here is a little bit about what the story of Battle Angel Alita is all about:

Battle Angel Alita tells the story of Alita (“Gally” in the original Japanese version), an amnesiac female cyborg. This cyborg’s intact head and upper torso are found in a state of suspended animation by the cybermedic expert Daisuke Ido while he is out searching for useful scrap. Ido manages to revive her, and upon finding that the girl has lost her memory, he names her Alita after his recently deceased cat. The rebuilt Alita soon discovers that she possesses instinctive knowledge of the legendary martial art Panzer Kunst, although she has no other memories of her previous life. Alita uses her Panzer Kunst as a link to her lost past, which leads her to first becoming a mercenary Hunter-Warrior, killing cyborg criminals in the Scrapyard, and then a player in the brutal sport of Motorball. While pushing her limits in combat, Alita awakens memories of her earlier life on Mars. She becomes entangled in the machinations of Tiphares as one of their agents, and is sent to hunt those who wish to bring the floating city down. Foremost among these is the mad genius Desty Nova, who clashes with Alita before becoming her ally. Together, they take on the dark secrets of Tiphares.

Now we have some news that is a lot more reliable as it comes direct from the mouth of producer Jon Landau. He worked with Cameron on Titanic and Avatar so he knows what he’s talking about.

While speaking to MTV Landau went into more detail about the project. Firstly he would like the name to be changed to Alita and their biggest problem so far is deciding what part of Yukito Kishiro’s nine book manga series they want to adapt for the first film.

“We’re trying to pick what is the best story to tell,” explained Landau. “It’s sort of like when you do a biopic; you can’t really do a biopic that goes from cradle to grave, you have to pick out what is the important section in that person’s life, to tell that story.”

“I think we’ll tend to err on the earlier side, because it is the more fascinating side where Alita’s lost her memory and she doesn’t know where she comes from,” he explained. “And it’s when she discovers where she comes from, she’s terrified of it and doesn’t believe that that’s who she really is.”

“If people are familiar with the series at all, there’s something they call Motorball,” Landau said “That is something that Jim has always been dynamically excited about. It’s racing on a super track, with characters that are built and created in the cyborg world to race against each other in an arena.”

At this moment thoughts of the pod race in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace are ringing alarm bells in my head (the video below is to show some motorball and is nothing to do with the Cameron adaption – I just found it on a search through youtube).

“It’s almost like a gladiator match meets an Indy 500 race,” Landau added. “[Their mode of battle] depends on who they are. It depends how they’ve been modified as cyborgs; they’re not in cars — it’s their physical being that is out there. Some of them are on roller skates — and Alita participates in this, and she’s on roller blades, while other people might have different devices. It’s a wonderful, rich world to design and develop.”

At least with Cameron it should look good and they have an awful lot of story to choose from so the complaints about Avatar’s generic story should, hopefully, not be a problem with Alita. Oh and of course it will be in 3D.

“Jim’s gonna do all of his movies in 3D [from now on]; he’ll do even the smallest drama,” Landau confirmed. “I think even if Jim were to do ‘My Dinner With Andre,’ he would do it in 3D.”

Are you a fan of Alita? Will Motorball work in a film or should they choose a different part of the tale?

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Gantz – Check out the live action version of the Japanese manga

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2010

Gantz is a very violent and sometimes saucy manga and anime.

Above we see Natsuna Watanabe as Kei Kishimoto standing in front of the sphere known as Gantz. Natsuna certainly fills the black suit extremely well.

This from wiki should bring you up to speed:

A pair of high school students, Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato, are run over by a subway train in an attempt to save the life of a homeless drunk who had fallen onto the tracks. Following their deaths, Kurono and Kato find themselves transported to the interior of an unfurnished Tokyo apartment. The pair soon realize others are present and find that they are not able to leave the apartment. At one end of the room there is a featureless black sphere known as “Gantz”.

After some time in the room, the Gantz sphere opens up, revealing a bald naked man with a breathing mask and wires attached to his head, and three racks protruding from it, that offer various items for them to use. These include the custom fitting black suits Gantz makes for each of them, giving them super-human abilities, a controller which acts as a radar and stealth unit, and three types of guns.

When the Gantz sphere opens, green text appears on its surface, informing those present that their “lives have ended and now belong” to him. A picture and brief information is shown of some of the Gantz Targets, Gantz ordering them to go and kill them. All but one target shown thus far, have been aliens living on Earth, which take on a wide variety of forms. After a period of time which varies between missions, everyone except Gantz are transported to the location of the mission.

AnimeVice found the magazine scans and the film will debut in Japan in 2011.

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Akira – Fan film of the classic anime

Posted by LiveFor on January 26, 2010

Cool little film based on the very cool anime. Excellent and actually makes me more interested in seeing a big screen live action version of the film – although that keeps getting put through development hell.

Have a watch and let me know what you think.
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Holy Star Blazers! Live action Space Battleship Yamoto footage

Posted by LiveFor on January 1, 2010

SPACE BATTLESHIP ヤマトis the live action adaption of the old Japanese cartoon that was redubbed and called Star Blazers in the West. I remember watching some of it as a kid and I loved the fact it was an old ocean going battleship that was turned into a spacecraft (are you listening Peter Berg?) It was a cracking design concept.

Set in 2220, the pic will depict the evacuation of 300 million people from Earth to avoid certain death from an expanding black hole. The Yamato, a space battleship, is leading the rescue fleet when it is attacked by an alien force.

Takuya Kimura, the member of the SMAP entertainment unit known to Japanese fans as “KimuTaku,” will star as the main hero Susumu Kodai in the remake of the space opera classic. Kimura also starred as the title character in the Howl’s Moving Castle animated film released in 2004.

Check out the footage below. It looks bloody good.

Space Battleship Yamato will be released in December 2010 in Japan.

Source: Quiet Earth

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Ghost in the Shell heading for the 3D remake train

Posted by LiveFor on October 23, 2009

ghostintheshellDreamWorks has appointed Laeta Kalogridis to adapt the Japanese animated classic Ghost in the Shell into a 3D live-action film according to Variety.

Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and originally brought the project to DreamWorks.

Created by Masamune Shirow, “Ghost in the Shell” was first published in 1989. It went on to generate two more manga editions, three anime film adaptations and an anime TV series. The second anime film, “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence,” was released in the U.S. by DreamWorks in 2004.

Jamie Moss was the original writer hired when DreamWorks bought the property last year.

Kalogridis wrote and exec produced Martin Scorsese’s upcoming thriller “Shutter Island,” which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

Not sure about this news. Ghost in the Shell is a classic, so I don’t really see what they can bring to a live action film.

Still it could be good with the right director. Who could that be and who can star in it?

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Snoop Dogg’s ‘Hood Of Horror’, 2006 – Movie scnizzle review-izzle – 31 Days of Horror

Posted by LiveFor on October 21, 2009

Director: Stacy Title
Starring: Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Danny Trejo, Pooch Hall, Anson Mount, Jason Alexander, Billy Dee Williams
Running Time: 84 minutes
Score: 8.25 / 10

This review by Paul –all part of my 31 Days of Horror.

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You’ll have to bear with me here readers, this is a hidden gem! I found it on Halloween night after a nights graft in the pub. I came home, feet throbbing, mind far too sober for a friday night, and slammed on the magic Virgin TV box-thingy in the corner with lots of flashing lights.

‘Lets check out the 99p offers shall we?’ I suggested to myself, had a vote, and won.

This was the one that drew my eye instantly. I love Snoop, dont get me wrong, but I’ve never really given him much wieght as an actor (see Mr. Bones or Dr. Bones, it’s so shit I can’t remember the title). I paid my money, made me smoke, cracked the stella and settled down.

It was ace.

The film opens with a fantastic anime sequence, lasting about 10 mins if memory serves me right (regular readers will know that my eyes kinda go quite frequently). It was really top quality and so unexpected I couldnt take my eyes off the screen. Jaw dropping stuff, even Manga Snoop looked a nice balance of cool/evil/unspoken threatening. Then the film moved into the next phase, live action filming, but the film has an old style quality to it. The three interlinking ‘short scary stories from The Hood’ have the look of the 70’s Twilight Zone:The Movie. Bright jumpers, off-colour orange everywhere, ya know?

To be honest, I was outta phase when the live action was on, like stepping through the Time Tunnel, but each story was interspersed with more anime, a story within a story (I see plans within plans). Wish I could tell you more, but I can’t. Take my word for it, it was 99p and it really kicked arse. Seek it out.

It was a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there…

Previous 31 Days of Horror reviews: Christine, Pontypool, Diary of the Dead, Doctor Terror’s House of Horror, Wrong Turn 3, Zoltan Hound of DraculaHome Movie, The ThingVamp, Audition, The Fury, Blood Feast, Paranormal Activity, Braindead, Halloween, Friday the 13th Part 2, Martin, Fright Night, Zombieland

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New Studio Ghibli film announced

Posted by LiveFor on September 29, 2009

studio_ghibli_1Great news for fans of animation. Isao Takahata, one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli, has announced that he will be directing a new feature-length animated film.

It is called Taketori Monogatari, or The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, which is an adaptation of the classic 10th century folktale (known as The Tale of Princess Kaguya). He’ll be breaking his 10-year hiatus since last directing My Neighbors the Yamadas in 1999.

Hayao Miyazaki is “in discussions with studio staff to make two more feature-length films in the next 3 years.”

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is about a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant. She is said to be from Tsuki-no-Miyako (“The Capital of the Moon”) and has unusual hair that “shines like gold.”

Ghibli’s Ponyo was out in the States recently and it is just great to know they are working on another.

Source: First Showing

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Halo Legends Anime – A couple of trailers

Posted by LiveFor on September 25, 2009

Here are a couple more trailers for the Halo Legends Anime series that is due out at some point soon.

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First Squad (Первый отряд) – Trailer for Russian Anime

Posted by LiveFor on September 24, 2009

pervyjotrjadIt is 1942. The Red Army is putting up a violent and effective resistance against the German invaders. 14 year-old Nadya is a medium. In a deadly air raid the girl is shell-shocked. Recovering from her concussion, Nadya discovers her new gift – the ability to foresee the “Moments of Truth” – the most critical moments of future combat encounters, in which one person’s actions will decide the outcome one way or the other.Nadya’s ability is indispensable for the classified 6th Division of the Russian Military Intelligence, which is waging a secret war against the “Ahnenerbe” – an occult order within the SS. The Ahnenerbe summons from the realm of the dead the powerful prince of darkness, Baron von Wolff. With him on their side they hope to change the course of history and achieve world domination. To oppose the Baron Nadya decides to enlist the support of her old friends from the beyond – the Pioneers of the First Squad.

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Cowboy Bebop film getting a rewrite

Posted by LiveFor on September 23, 2009

SpikeSpiegel9Keanu Reeves is down to play Spike Spiegel in the live action adaption and he recently had some interesting news about the forthcoming film.

“There’s a draft of the script, but the writer did such a great job [that] in order to make the movie, you would need half a billion dollars,” Reeves told MTV News.

The writer in question is likely Peter Craig, who previously spoke out about how “extremely faithful” his screenplay was to the original anime series. Craig reportedly met with the anime’s producers back in December and went home with a detailed letter regarding the adaptation.

However, Reeves indicated that the writer’s adherence to the galaxy-spanning adventure of the full entire series might prove a little daunting for production.

“So the studio went, ‘This movie is fantastic and it would cost half a billion dollars,” laughed Reeves, “so he’s doing a rewrite.”

As far as who’ll be appearing in the film, Reeves hinted that everyone from Spike to Ein could factor into the movie’s storyline.

“Everyone is in there,” said Reeves.

“The only challenge was to make a satisfying western narrative out of the kind of storytelling that happens,” he added. “There’s a great draft, so we’re just trying to pull it back a little bit now.”

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