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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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Akira – Live action film is back on and The Hughes Brothers to direct

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

Looks like The Book of Eli has done rather well for Warner Bros. The studio are now in talks with the Hughes Brothers to have a crack at the live action Akira movie according to Heat Vision. This project has been in development hell for years now with Joseph Gordon Levitt attached for a long time. Last September was the news that it was a script was being rewritten for it.

Since it’s release a few weeks ago The Book of Eli has made $93 million worldwide. Albert and Allen Hughes also made 2001’s From Hell. Both films are quite stylised so they may have the right view for the Akira adaption.

Warner Bros. has planned to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo’s widely praised six-volume comic into two live-action films since it acquired the property two years ago with Legendary Pictures (“The Dark Knight”).

As reported in September “Iron Man” and “Children of Men” writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have drafted the “Akira” script with Gary Whitta, who wrote “Eli.”

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way are producing with Andrew Lazar. Otomo is an executive producer.

Originally set in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, the new feature story line takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan, where two friends in a biker gang struggle with the after-effects of an accident that gives one of them psychic powers.

Do you think the Hughes Brothers are the right ones for a live action Akira? Who should star in it?

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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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