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The Hollywood and Japanese producers are joining forces on a live action, English-language version of the hit anime TV series.
Imagine Entertainment is partnering with Tokyo- and Hollywood-based All Nippon Entertainment Works (Anew) and Japan’s Bandai Namco Pictures to develop and produce Tiger & Bunny, an English-language live action feature version of the Japanese anime series and movies.
The film is being produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Anew’s Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailey, and, for Bandai Namco, Masayuki Ozaki. Ozaki produced the original Japanese Tiger & Bunny brand for anime studio Sunrise, from which Bandai Namco was spun off earlier this year.
With characters designed by manga artist Masakazu Katsura, Tiger & Bunny first appearedin Japan in 2011 as a late night TV series. Two animated features films followed in 2014. The stories take place in a near-future city where professional superheroes fight crime and old school veteran Tiger is forced to collaborate with cocky rookie »
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment has partnered with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Bandai Namco Pictures to produce a live action adaptation of “Tiger & Bunny,” a hit Japanese anime series.
The “Tiger & Bunny” franchise features heroic crime fighters operating in Stern Bild, a fictionalized, near future version of New York City. Announcement of the English-language project was made Friday at the New York Comic Con.
Created by Masayuki Ozaki and produced by the Sunrise studio, the franchise was launched in 2011 as both a manga and anime series that played on late night TV. It quickly gave rise to two feature movies and even a stage play in 2012.
The live action film adaptation is being produced by Grazer, Howard, Anew’s Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailey, and Ozaki on behalf of Bandai Namco Pictures. Imagine’s president Erica Huggins will oversee the new film on behalf of Imagine Entertainment. »
- Patrick Frater
I’ve always been fascinated by Bobby Fischer due to his vanishing rather than anything he accomplished at a chessboard. I’ve never been good at the game, yet I respect its complexity. The greats literally memorize past matches and maneuvers, so in-tune with the playing field that they can play out loud with nothing more than words. Fischer was a great—the youngest Grandmaster in history and the first American-born World Champion. Like most geniuses, however, the strain of intellect, pressure, and success brought with it a hefty price. For Bobby it was the deterioration of his mental health. And as it’s told in Edward Zwick‘s Pawn Sacrifice, he may have known this from the beginning. If he were to rise to the top, the time was now.
My knowledge of the man was always miniscule: a footnote to a 1980s film I watched religiously called Searching for Bobby Fischer. »
- Jared Mobarak
"Pawn Sacrifice," director Edward Zwick's biopic of chess prodigy Bobby Fischer, tells us that after only four moves, a chess game offers more than 300,000 billion options to consider. However, Fischer (by way of Tobey Maguire) later explains that those limitless possibilities are illusory. There is usually only one right move in any situation. And what made Fischer a "da Vinci from Brooklyn" was that he saw a different "one right move" than everyone else. On a micro level, cinematographer Bradford Young shared a similar illusion of possibilities while making "Pawn Sacrifice." With a camera truck crammed with 16mm, 35mm and Arri Alexa cameras and various flavors of film stocks, Young relied on his intuition in choosing the appropriate tool to make that "one right move" in each moment. The "Selma" and "A Most Violent Year" cinematographer spoke to Indiewire about his cache of "Pawn Sacrifice" formats, the »
- Matt Mulcahey
Bobby Fischer was a genius, a childhood prodigy who took the chess world by storm in the second half of the twentieth century. Fischer was also maddeningly erratic, possibly insane, and a fervent anti-Semite. Hollywood stalwart Edward Zwick (Glory, The Siege) and venerated screenwriter Steven Knight bring Fischer's story to life in Pawn Sacrifice. Set against the backdrop of The Cold War, Pawn Sacrifice details the events behind the world chess championship in 1972. Where Russian Grandmaster Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer played what is considered the greatest chess match of all time.
Pawn Sacrifice begins in the early 1950's during McCarthyism, The Red Scare. Fischer (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) was obsessed with chess as a child. His mother (Robin Weigert) supported her son's ambition, but she was a diehard communist and constantly watched by the government. As Fischer (Tobey Maguire) grew to young adulthood, he had soundly beaten everyone who faced him in chess. »
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have found their villain for Jack Reacher 2, with Variety reporting that Patrick Heusinger (Black Swan, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce) has signed on to star opposite Tom Cruise in the sequel.
The follow-up to the 2014 action thriller is set to go into production next month under director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), with Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton) on board to star and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) both in talks.
Jack Reacher 2 is slated for release on October 21st 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Jack Reacher 2 has found its villain. Patrick Heusinger, of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, has entered talks to join Tom Cruise in the action sequel, along with Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, and Danika Yarosh. Get more details on the Jack Reacher 2 villain casting after the jump. Variety broke the news. Ed Zwick is directing […]
- Angie Han
Paramount Pictures has been filling roles left, right and center ahead of the November start date for Jack Reacher 2, with Danika Yarosh and How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders both tapped for the action sequel. One part that had been left vacant, however, was that of the lead villain, though Variety reports that the studio has finally found the actor who will be causing all sorts of problems for Tom Cruise’s returning super solider come next year – that is, Black Swan and Quantum Break star Patrick Heusinger.
Joining the nascent project as “The Hunter,” Paramount has offered up precious few details about Heusinger’s true identity in the actioner, lest fans of Lee Child’s source material identify his character ahead of time.
- Michael Briers
Writer, producer, and director Ed Zwick is a singular presence in the American media landscape – and a presence whose gifts become increasingly valuable as they become less and less common. He’s a filmmaker committed to serious, important subject matter who never succumbs to didacticism or pat conclusions; he has never once compromised the complexity of the issues his films address or the people whose lives are affected by them. What’s all the more remarkable about his work is that he achieves this complexity via mass entertainments that are as straightforward and involving as they are ambitious and adult – […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Ed Zwick directs the film from a script he adapted based on Lee Child's book "Never Go Back". In the story, Reacher returns to his old military base in Virginia where the female commanding officer has been arrested.
He has also found himself being charged with assault and illegitimately fathering a child, though can't recall doing either.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Production on the second Jack Reacher film is due to begin before the year is out. Tom Cruise will be reprising the title role, and this time, his The Last Samurai director - Ed Zwick - will be behind the camera.
Patrick Heusinger, best known for the TV show Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce, is going to attempt to follow Werner Herzog by taking on Reacher. This time, the story will be based on Lee Child's novel Never Go Back, and Heusinger's character has thus far been described as 'the hunter'. Nothing more than that is known at this stage.
Jack Reacher 2 is due in cinemas in October 2016.
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With shooting scheduled to start in November, co-writer/director Ed Zwick is locking in the elements he needs for Jack Reacher 2. He now has Patrick Heusinger in talks to play the film’s villain. Zwick has been developing the sequel to Christopher McQuarrie’s film based on Lee Child’s book series. He and usual co-writer Marshall Herskovitz honed a Richard Wenk draft of the script adapted from Never Go Back, which finds Reacher (played once again by Tom Cruise) travelling from South Dakota to his old military base in Virginia, to be charged with a violent incident and faced with a paternity case, neither of which transgression he remembers. Heusinger joins Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Cobie Smulders in the likely list of Cruise co-stars, assuming all of their deals close. He’s been seen in such films as Frances Ha, Black Swan and The Nanny Diaries and »
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions' upcoming Jack Reacher sequel, which has Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) on board to direct, has found its lead villain in Patrick Heusinger. Details about his role are being kept under wraps, but his character has been described as "the hunter," so take from that what you will. Heusinger joins a cast that is headlined by 3x Academy Award-nominee Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and is also set to feature Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn). Outside of his breakout role on Bravo's Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce, the 34-year-old actor has also had roles in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and on several television series including The CW's Gossip Girl, NBC's 30 Rock, Fox's Bones, and ABC's Castle. Production on Jack Reacher 2, which is expected to adapt Lee Child's Never Go Back, »
Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series of novels. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds that his new commanding officer has been arrested.
Details surrounding Hodge’s role are under wraps at this time, other than »
- Justin Kroll
For your chance to receive one of five complimentary run of engagement passes to see Pawn Sacrifice beginning Monday, September 28th at Detroit-area Emagine theaters. But, hurry because the contest ends at midnight on Monday, September 28th! If you win, we’ll mail your passes to you.
About The Film
Pawn Sacrifice: In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire, whose players have dominated the game for decades. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world. »
Pawn Sacrifice takes us back to the days of the Cold War and to a time when chess prodigy Bobby Fischer was one of the biggest celebrities in the world.
Tobey Maguire plays the brilliant chess player in the film, who is ever so determined to become the world champion and defeat the Soviet Union, which has dominated the game for years. His journey to winning brings him face to face with the Soviet chess grandmaster, Boris Spassky (Live Schreiber), in what turns out to be the match of the century. But Fischer’s quest for victory soon becomes hobbled by his own obsessions and paranoia, and it comes to reveal a deep mental illness from which he may never recover.
- Ben Kenber
Hodge, who played Mc Ren in the N.W.A biopic, is set for an as-yet-unrevealed role in the sequel, which is being directed by Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai). Both Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn) are also in talks to appear.
Jack Reacher 2 will begin filming next month, and is slated for release on October 21st 2016.
- Gary Collinson
The Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice builds to the international psychodrama of the Fischer–Boris Spassky match in 1972 in Iceland. The joke — which isn’t portrayed as a joke but utterly straight — is that at a crucial point in the Cold War, when the U.S. was culturally and militarily devastated by the Vietnam debacle, the country’s propaganda hopes were pinned on a paranoid nutjob. With a paranoid nutjob in the White House, this could be depicted as strangely fitting, although political satire is not on director Ed Zwick’s mind. This is another moderately interesting but shallow biopic with an actor going for broke — to win, not to draw.As Fischer, Tobey Maguire has an eagerness to please — to deliver the goods — that’s at odds with the young Fischer’s tunnel vision. In a key scene, Zwick digitally substitutes Maguire for the real Fischer in a ’71 interview »
- David Edelstein
Legendary chess champion Bobby Fischer is a fascinating character. And in the latest look at Fischer and the paranoia that fueled him, director Edward Zwick has created the powerful Pawn Sacrifice. It is a compelling feature, and when we recently spoke to the director, he discussed taking on the project. With a terrific performance from Tobey Maguire, this is a fascinating story exporing the historic chess match... Read More »
The kid faces the champion, loses, fights his way back, and takes the rematch. It’s a familiar sports trope and Pawn Sacrifice, the biography of volatile chess champ Bobby Fischer, is as formulaic in its own way as Rocky (or if you prefer, Searching For Bobby Fischer). The good news is that it’s an intense and fascinating drama capable of involving those who know little about chess as well as avid players.
Raised by his single Jewish mother, Brooklyn native Fischer was born in 1943 and was proficient on the chess board by the age of six. A self-taught player, he continued mastering his game though his early teens, when he defeated star players. As an adult (played by Tobey Maguire) Fischer’s success at the game grows, but his mental state begins to unravel and he suspects the government is watching his every move. Two men enter Bobby »
- Tom Stockman
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