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Keanu Reeves has passed on the lead role in the project. Warner Bros has also fired much of the pre-visualization department. Does this mean the live-action Akira remake is dead? Unfortunately, probably not. Here’s the official statement from the big WB,

Production on Akira has not halted or been shut down, as the film has not yet been greenlit and is still very much in the development stage. The exploratory process is crucial to a project of this magnitude, and we will continue to sculpt our approach to making the best possible film.

I’m of the mind that Akira is film we should not tamper with. The animated classic is already in peak perfection, anything we Americans do will most likely only cheapen it. Hollywood is already attempting to white-wash the entire project by seeking non-Asian actors for the roles. Reeves himself was offered the starring role of Kaneda and he’s quite clearly not Asian. Neither were Brad Pitt, James Franco and Ryan Gosling who were offered the role before him. And it’s not that I think these actors would do crummy jobs, quite the contrary, but seriously, there is no Asian actor who could do justice to the role of Kaneda? Of course like most things in Hollywood they want a big name attached to bring in the big bucks. But money is the wrong reason to remake Akira, you schmucks!

It’s interesting they fired such a big chunk of their pre-visualization department, too. If they are still committed to the the project they want something different than what had been presented to them. The film has yet to be greenlit so much of it’s development is still up in the air.

Hopefully these little setbacks will give Warner Bros either the chance to not do to film, like they probably should, or at least give them a chance to do the remake right. What do you think are the chances of us ever seeing this long-rumored Akira film? And are you even interested?

source: /Film

Hollywood to Take on Live Action Starblazers!

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A couple of months ago Nerdbastards let y’all know about the Japanese Live Action Space Battleship Yamato; StarBlazers as geeky anime nerds (That’s Me!) of the United States know it. There was a bitching trailer and the film opened December 2010.  Space Battleship Yamato debuted at number 1 on the Japanese box-office, ousting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1). It was reported that the film made 11 million in the first five days, that’s half it’s reported budget.

Zac Bertschy of the Anime News Network rated the film a B, calling it “a thoroughly modernized adaptation, one that hits the gas pedal right out of the gate and doesn’t stop for a moment, unashamed to just try and entertain the hell out of you.”

So now David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has negotiated a rights deal to turn the 1970s American animated version Star Blazers into a big budget, live action movie. It’s expected that Christopher McQuarrie will write the script, with Ellison and Josh Kline producing. I wasn’t really impressed until I remembered that McQuarrie wrote one of my favorite movies, The Usual Suspects, as well as The Way of the Gun. Now many people will raise the “Whitewashing” question when this film gets cast with Caucasian actors. I’m OK with it in this version as it is an adaptation of an American adaptation. I guess twice removed is far enough away for me to just say, “I don’t really give a crap, just give me a fun movie.

My hope is that the film will be gritty and not that Flyboys type nonsense that Ellison was in before. Click through to see the video of my worst fears of an American Starblazers remake. I guess it could get worse . . . Jack Black could play the role of Captain Avatar, what a mess that would be. Farting on the bridge of the Space Battleship Argo during battle would just not be right.

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You know, people are already bitching about Zack Snyder being tapped to direct the upcoming Superman movie. It’s how comic fans are, I suppose. But you know, you really ought to be thankful for what you get.

Travel back in time to 1979. You had the first Superman movie a hit the previous year, and the Wonder Woman TV show was wrapping up a 4-year run. Tim Burton’s Batman movie wouldn’t be around for another 10 years.

What could DC Comics fanboys expect to see in the way of live-action superheroics? Well, not a whole hell of a lot. There was, though, a couple of live-action specials produced by Hanna-Barbera: Legends of the Superheroes.

It would be the first (and for many characters, only) time a lot of superheroes got the live-action treatment. Hawkman, Flash, the Huntress, and Black Canary were just among the few. Adam West and Burt Ward returned as the Dynamic Duo for the special. Surely it would have to be a show made of pure awesome, right?

Watch the intro and get back to me.

Still alive?

Okay, now you have some perspective. Whatever Zack Snyder’s Superman movie will be, at least it won’t be this.

And I didn’t even talk about the part of the show with Ghetto Man.

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By now we’ve all seen the live-action Simpsons opener that was used only as a specially produced, promotional tool. Well look’s like a new, actual, live-action episode being created by Fox. Just like every episode of ‘The Simpsons’ it’s gonna have a guest star, which is gonna be international sensation Katy Perry. By live-action we mean green screen and puppets which means Katy is gonna be in a special, Sesame Street style episode. Those folks at PBS must be slapping themselves silly since this is gonna be the best form of payback for Katy Perry.

According to EW, the Dec 5th episode, entitled The Fight Before Christmas, Katy will be involved in her own rendition of The 39 Days of Christmas. Also noted was the fact that she would also be playing the girlfriend of local bartender, Moe Szyslak. This might just be an actually watchable episode since their so-called ‘Glee’ episode sucked harder then Lindsay Lohan with a bottle of Jack Daniels. After all, Katy Perry’s sketch with Sesame Streets Elmo was pulled from being aired (but can be seen here) this is a perfect piece of universal karma.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Well, it seems that Gundam isn’t the only one that’s borrowing music talent from America as the new trailer for the upcoming live action Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) features a new single by Steven Tyler. That’s right the lead singer from Aerosmith will be singing a song for Japan’s space drama epic (as one of the earliest trailer describes the movie). Apparently Tyler created the song based on reading a translated script and watching some clips from the movie… yeah.

Anyway, the trailer features some more battle scenes and *gasp* death but it seems to be following the Anime. Also, all my worries about SMAP pretty boy, Takuya Kimura, playing the lead has pretty much disappeared as new trailers come out and reading more about the film. What do y’all think? You think we’ll see this come over to the states as the Star Blazers flick next year or will this be kept over in Japan with other live action anime films?

Source: io9

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Prepare for Trouble! And make it double as what you see above is Team Rocket from a “leaked” live action Pokemon movie trailer. The trailer portrays the pocket monster world filled with guns and explosions, which I have to say the Voltorb scene was pretty cool. It’s almost as if Michael Bay got his hands on the project and the result is what you see in the trailer.

Let’s be honest, there is no freaking way that this can be an official movie as I doubt Nintendo would allow one of its big franchise be represented like this. Apparently the movie did have a full screening at Anime Evolution this year and the trailer is now hitting the web which is making everyone crap on Hollywood (oh wait, we already do that anyway). What do y’all think about the trailer? Do you want this to come out in some form for the public viewing or is this just too ridiculous for your liking? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Source: GeekTyrant, Destructoid

TMNT Being Fast Tracked at Paramount

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Hooray (insert sarcastic voice) for Paramount, as they’re planning to get the live action reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick out and hoping for it to become a “popular franchise” like the Transformers films. Deadline.com got a tip on how Paramount wants the film to have a 2012 release. They have hired Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who both have written the first Iron Man film and the Highlander reboot, and must have the first draft of the script done by October.

Knowing that Platinum Dunes (Michael Bay’s production company) is responsible for the film, are any of you excited for the reboot? While I do love the Ninja Turtles, I’m not that excited for this film. Who knows, maybe I could be wrong and will enjoy the film but looking at Platinum Dunes track record, I’m not holding any hope for this one.

Source: Media Geek, Deadline

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Sometime last year, we got news on how there are plans for a live action Star Wars TV show that would take place between episodes III and IV. The show would focus on secondary characters that weren’t either Jedi or Sith. Earlier this year, we get news that the project may start production next year. Move forward to now, the project is being shelved. That’s right, after writing the script for all of season one, they realized that it’s going to be expensive to make the episodes since it’s Star Wars.

Wow, what a great excuse. It’ll be expensive because it’s Star Wars. It’ll be a freaking waste for the script to be not used since I’m actually curious. I guess it’s more the possibility of what the show could have been. What are you guys’ reaction to this? Are ya upset of the project being shelved or happy to hear that it is?

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Trailer For The Live Action Space Battleship Yamato

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While most live action adaptation of anime haven’t been too successful, such as Dragonball Evolution and Devilman, we do get a few decent ones, like Speed Racer and Death Note. Space Battleship Yamato, which was dubbed as Star Blazers back in the day over here in the US, is so far looking meh in the acting department. While they are going around saying that this will be Japan’s biggest Sci-fi movie by using the most up to date computer technology to recreate the awesome space battles the anime had, the special effects does indeed look good.

With the pretty good looking special effects and having Tsutomu Yamazaki (Tampopo) as Captain Juzo Okita, as well as Kazuki Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars) as Dessler, I do have some hope for the film. Of course, this film will do well in Japan because of Takuya Kimura, who plays the role of Susumu Kodai, since he is the well known pretty boy of SMAP. The film is set for a December 1st, 2010 release. What do ya’ll think? Is this a step up from the usual live action anime film or will this fail like the rest?

Source: /Film

Hank Azaria as Gargamel (Smurfs)

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If you were alive during the 80’s then you knew all about the smurfs! You might even know the studios decided to make a live action Smurfs movie based in a modern day New York City (if you didn’t know that you may have just dropped the “F” bomb).

So here is the first look at character actor Hank Azaria (Simpsons, Mad About You, Run Fat Boy Run) all decked out in this first look at Gargamel from the up and coming Smurf movie.

My two cents: I really hope this doesn’t rape me of my childlike sense of wonder like Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks did. 🙁