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Ghost in the Sealab

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010


Very cool and very funny mashup of Ghost in the Shell and Sealab 2021.

Thanks to the always excellent Topless Robot. Without them there would be so much sadness in the World.

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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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Maurice Jarre has passed away

Posted by LiveFor on March 30, 2009

French composer Maurice Jarre, best known for his music for Hollywood films, has died in Los Angeles at 84, after suffering from cancer.

Jarre, father of the composer Jean-Michel Jarre, rose to prominence relatively late in life.

His breakthrough came in 1962 when he wrote the score for Lawrence of Arabia, for which he was awarded an Oscar.

He won two further Oscars for Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India, and composed music for more than 150 films.

A further six Academy Award nominations came Jarre’s way for his scores on other high profile films, including 1980s hits Ghost, Gorillas In The Mist and Witness.

The musician also earned two Bafta Awards, four Golden Globes and a Grammy in a career rich with accolades.

His scores enhanced the work of some of the film industry’s greatest directors – among others David Lean, Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston and Luchino Visconti.

He also wrote symphonic music for theatre, ballet and television, including the 1970s mini-series Jesus of Nazareth.

Jarre, who moved to the US in the 1960s, was married four times and is the father of Jean-Michel Jarre, a pioneer of electronic music.

His other son, Kevin, is a screenwriter based in the US.

One of his final public appearances was at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where he received a lifetime achievement award.

At the time, festival director Dieter Kosslick paid tribute to Jarre saying: “Film composers often are in the shadows of great directors and acting stars.

“It’s different with Maurice Jarre – the music of Doctor Zhivago, like much of his work, is world-famous and remains unforgettable in cinema history.”

Source: BBC

Thanks to TeenyR for letting me know.

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Ninja Scrolls to go Live Action

Posted by LiveFor on October 27, 2008

This from First Showing.

First it was Akira, now it’s Ninja Scroll, too. Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will be producing a live-action adaptation of the classic anime movie for Warner Brothers. Screenwriter Alex Tse, who wrote Zack Snyder’s upcoming Watchmen as well as Michael Mann’s upcoming Frankie Machine, will be writing the script. No director has been announced yet, but considering Akira picked up a no-name director, I expect Ninja Scroll to probably do the same. At one point, it was rumored that James McTeigue’s Ninja Assassin was a Ninja Scroll remake, but that was quickly debunked. Now it’s actually happening.

Ninja Scroll is a Japanese action thriller anime written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The film was first released in Japan in 1993 and made its way to the US in 1996, where it quickly became one of the most popular anime movies in US history. The anime is set feudal Japan and tells the story of a ninja-for-hire who is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers. In addition to Akira, it’s regarded as one of the best anime movies ever made and is just as popular.

One of the biggest questions surrounding this is whether or not all of the violence, gore, sex, and nudity will remain intact in this translation. I’m expecting that Warner Brothers will try to make this PG-13, but then again, it could very well be R. I’m thinking they’re waiting to see how Ninja Assassin does in theaters, since that is a very hard R ninja movie. Either way, this is quite an exciting future for anime fans, with Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, and now Ninja Scroll all being converted into live-action Hollywood adaptations.

What do you think of that news?

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