So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading
BANDAI NAMCO has officially announced Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, the most expansive Dragon Ball videogame experience to-date. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is currently in development at famed Osaka, Japan based videogame developer DIMPS (who previously developed the first Xenoverse title, among other Dragon Ball games) and will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year. Continue reading
The official Facebook for Adult Swim’s Toonami block announced on Thursday that it will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL with Production I.G. The 12 episodes will be a sequel to the 2000-2001 original video anime, and will be split into two seasons. The show is slated for late 2017 to early 2018. Series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will also return for the new seasons, which will air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Continue reading
A new screenwriter has been brought in to do an overhaul on the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, says the Hollywood Reporter.
The new writer is Jonathan Herman, who wrote this year’s Straight Outta Compton, the film about hip hop group N.W.A. Like for Ghost in the Shell, Herman was brought in to do a rewrite on that film after it had been tackled by several other writers.
Hollywood Reporter also dropped a few hints about the plot of Ghost in the Shell, which is set to open March 31, 2017: Continue reading
James Cameron has been wanting to get his big screen live action adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel off the ground for a very, very long time. Then he started work on all those Avatar sequels which have him tied up over the next several years. He’s obviously not going to have the opportunity to direct Alita: Battle Angel anytime soon, so he and his producing partner Jon Landau are going to hire someone else to do it. Continue reading
One of the more interesting anime-related announcements out of New York Comic Con came from Bandai Namco Pictures, which announced plans for a live-action Hollywood take on superhero anime Tiger & Bunny. The process is in very early stages—they’re still looking for a screenwriter, director, and all the talent involved—but Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are set up to produce the film at Imagine Entertainment. Continue reading
Industry news source Anime! Anime! Biz reported on Thursday that anime studio Manglobe filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday. The report confirms earlier speculation of Manglobe’s insolvency.
The report notes that Manglobe has been insolvent for some time, and was investigating ways to settle its debts, but was in a state where it was unable to continue its current business. The report mentions that work on current projects had been proceeding up until the company filed for bankruptcy. Continue reading
Anime production company Production I.G announced the acquisition of the original rights to the FLCL OVA, which made its debut back in 2000. Recognizing the international popularity of the six-episode anime—directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (Gunbuster 2), with I.G, Gainax, and King Records making up the production committee—and the exposure it got from its English-dubbed broadcast, The August 28th announcement notes the six-episode series’ international popularity and the exposure from its dubbed broadcast, before indicating I.G’s plans to take advantage of the acquired rights, with the possibility of a remake mentioned. Production I.G hinted at future plans.
One of those plans includes the possibility of a FLCL remake. We’ll have to wait and see if they actually go through with it, but the power is now in I.G’s hands, so we could see more FLCL in some form down the line. Continue reading
Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series “Naruto.”
The studio is in negotiations for the film rights to the “Naruto” series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, first published in 1997. The manga, which has sold more than 200 million copies in print, follows adolescent ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the village ninja, the community’s protector and leader.
Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad are producing through Arad Productions. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O’Malley will oversee for the studio.
“Naruto” has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, while the “Naruto: Shippuden” sequel has been airing since 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed 10 movies.
Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who has moved into directing. He’s been attached to several studio projects that are in development — Universal’s adaptation of the New York Times best-seller “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” his Elton John biopic, Rocketman, with Tom Hardy attached and Fox’s P.T. Barnum biopic, The Greatest Showman on Earth.
Though it was meant to be announced officially sometime during the Anime Expo 2015 convention, the appearance of an AX shuttle bus wrap revealed plans for the Parasyte anime to make its way to Toonami. According to Sentai’s advertisement, Parasyte -the maxim- will kick off on Cartoon Network’s anime block this fall. Continue reading