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Western, English-language, live-action adaptations of Japanese manga haven't so far fared terribly well. Things like Fist Of The North Star and Dragonball: Evolution are probably best forgotten, while Akira can't catch a break, talk of a Shane Black Death Note went nowhere until Adam Wingard picked it up recently, and we haven't even heard much about Dreamworks' Ghost In The Shell lately. Nevertheless, the vast Naruto franchise is the latest to enter American development, with Lionsgate negotiating for the film rights, and Michael Gracey in the frame to direct.First published in 1997, Masahashi Kishimoto's Naruto currently stretches to 72 volumes of manga and 220 anime episodes. Not including spin-offs like the ten anime movies. The manga has more than 200 million copies in print, and is the third best-selling in history, after One Piece and Dragon Ball.Obviously the story is far too vast to summarise quickly, but the basic premise revolves around the adolescent Naruto Uzumaki, »
With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…
The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.
Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »
- Neil Calloway
According to The Tracking Board, Lionsgate is set to adapt the popular manga Naturo into a live-action feature, with Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to produce and up-and-coming filmmaker Michael Gracey lined up to direct.
Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is the third-highest selling manga in history with over 200 million copies in print, and has spawned a hugely successful anime, as well as a series of animated movies – the eleventh of which Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set for release later this year [watch the trailer here].
Naruto will become the latest high-profile project for Gracey, who has moved from visual effects work into directing and is currently attached to a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man and musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate has been trying to mount a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Naruto for a long while, and that project is making some major advances today with word that up-and-coming helmer Michael Gracey is being tapped to direct by the studio.
The project is still expected to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja-in-training who hopes to one day become the Hokage, known as the most powerful ninja of his hometown village.
The Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto has become massively popular around the world, emerging as the third highest-selling manga in history. It has already been adapted multiple times, including as an anime series and in eleven animated features.
- Isaac Feldberg
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.
“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 »
- Dave McNary
"Naruto" has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, followed by the "Naruto: Shippuden" sequel which has been airing since 2007. Ten movies have also been produced.
Avi Arad is producing. Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who remains attached to several biopics in the works including the Elton Jonn-themed "Rocketman" with Tom Hardy, and the P.T. Barnum film "The Greatest Showman on Earth" at Fox.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
There are only a handful of movie producers that have ever come to be known by name in the general public, perhaps Jerry Bruckheimer, Avi Arad, Albert Broccoli or Saul Zaentz. One of those iconic producers is Jerry Weintraub, who produced a number of Hollywood features including the original The Karate Kid trilogy, the new Ocean's Eleven trilogy with an amazing ensemble cast, the comedy Oh, God!, the comedy Vegas Vacation, Soldier, the new Nancy Drew, Barry Levinson's Diner. Mr. Weintraub passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 6th at the age of 77 at his home in Palm Springs, reported via Deadline. He was producing David Yates' Tarzan and was also an executive producer on HBO's new comedy The Brink. Early on in his entertainment management career in The Bronx, a young Jerry Weintraub decided to start his own company and worked with the likes of musicians Joey Bishop, »
- Alex Billington
After more than five years in development, many fans hoped the video game adaptation Uncharted was on the right track, with Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) coming aboard to pen the script late last year. Unfortunately, the project has hit yet another speed bump, with Heroic Hollywood reporting that director Seth Gordon is backing out the project, after signing on in February 2014. The report reveals that Sony's new studio head Tom Rothman asked the filmmaker to deliver this adaptation on a smaller budget, reportedly causing him to walk. The Wrap reports that Tom Rothman wanted to take the movie in a new creative direction, which is what caused the departure, which could mean that the studio is seeking another writer.
Netflix has announced its latest expansion to its ever-increasing slate of original programming, which is set to include a new series of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi following its cancellation by TeenNick this month. Check out the official announcement from the streaming service below…
Keeping true to the spirit of the Degrassi franchise, which generations have known and loved since 1980, Degrassi: Next Class is a pull-no-punches dramatic series that tackles the real-life issues of high school students. Telling the stories of “Generation Z,” the series focuses on a group of teens as they begin their journey into adulthood. Pushing their own limits and testing the bonds of family and friends, the students each find their own way to deal with a range of issues: from homophobia, racism, substance abuse and violence to burgeoning sexuality, body issues, heartbreak and the complications of dating in the social media age. The series strives »
- Gary Collinson
In addition to expanding its original slate of dramas and comedies, Netflix is also looking to add new original content to its selection of children’s shows. (In case you didn’t know, Netflix has an entire section of its streaming site dedicated to kids under 12; other programming there comes from PBS, Disney Channel, Dreamworks, and more — but there’s no such thing as having too much TV content for kids!) [caption id="attachment_469345" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Netflix[/caption] One of the new shows is Tarzan and Jane, an adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories, but with a modern day take. The series, set to launch in 2016, features a 16 year-old Tarzan, who returns from the African jungle to a boarding school in London. There, he meets up with his soulmate Jane, who (according to a press release), “helps him solve environmental injustice, crimes, and mysteries.” The eight-episode season comes from executive producer Avi Arad, »
- Allison Keene
Netflix will soon have even more children’s programming to choose from among its already-expansive kids’ library of titles. The streaming video service has picked up four new animated series from studios around the world, aimed at kids and preschoolers alike.
The first new series on Netflix’s programming slate is Cirque du Soleil - Luna Petunia from Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil Media. The preschool-aged series will release 11 episodes surrounding the titular character Luna, who lives in the real world but plays and does the impossible in an other-worldly dreamland.
Netflix’s other preschool series is Puffin Rock from Penguin Random House, Dog Ears, and Cartoon Saloon; the 13 episodes of Puffin follow the bird Oona and her brother Baba as they explore nature in their native Irish island.
- Bree Brouwer
Under the deal, Paramount will handle the international release of “Ghost in the Shell” while DreamWorks will release the movie through its output deal with Disney on March 31, 2017.
Variety reported on Jan. 5 that Johansson was set to star in DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular anime title, with Paramount having the option to co-finance and co-produce.
The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime. During last month’s press day for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Johansson told Collider.com that director Rupert Sanders was expected to begin shooting early next year.
- Dave McNary
The Disney film will now hit Us cinemas on March 31, 2017 - two weeks earlier than first planned.
The shift means the film is now no longer clashing with Furious 8, which has a release date of April 14, 2017.
Ghost in the Shell is centred around a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which focuses on fighting technology-related crime.
It was originally published as a seinen manga series, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, and was later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The celebrated animated movie was released in 1995.
Watch a trailer for 1995's Ghost in the Shell below: »
According to Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, directors of "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street", will take 'Spider-Man' "...back to his graphic roots..." with a new animated "Spider-Man" feature, that will exist independently of the projects in the ongoing live-action "Spider-Man" universe:
'Spider-Man' will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' ('McU'). Sony Pictures will then release the next installment of its "Spider-Man" franchise, July 28, 2017, in a live-action film produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige and Sony's Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.
According to the studio, "...'Spider-Man', embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide..."
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- Michael Stevens
On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced on Tuesday at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.
As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (McU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.
The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, »
- Michelle McCue
During their CinemaCon presentation, Sony Pictures announced they're developing an animated Spider-Man feature film with Phil Lord and Chris Miller that will land in 2018, a year after their live-action revival of the webslinger. Come inside to learn more!
Following their success on The Lego Movie, the directing duo Lord and Miller have become incredibly busy. On top of working the story treatment for Warner Bros. The Flash movie, it's now been revealed that they're working on the script and production development of an all new animated feature film based on Spider-Man. Sony chair Tom Rothman made the announcement during Sony's CinemaCon presentation, revealing that the movie will hit on July 20, 2018. From the press release:
On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Though rumored a while back, Sony has now officially announced plans for a new animated feature based on Marvel superhero Spider-Man.
"The Lego Movie" and "22 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct the project, write the treatment and produce the film which is targeting a July 20th 2018 release - a year after the upcoming Marvel-approved "Spider-Man" movie hits cinemas on July 28th 2017.
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman says the film will 'co-exist' with the live-action Spiderman universe, but according to a press release: "The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing."
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Get ready for more Spidey — but in animated form.
During a panel at CinemaCon today, new Sony chairman Tim Rothman revealed that the studio would be releasing an animated Spider-Man film with The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to write the treatment and produce. There is no confirmation as to if the duo will direct the film.
According to the press release, the film will stand independently from the already announced 2017 live-action film that Sony is making with Marvel and Kevin Feige. This means that it won’t be apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and could be a one-off film. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal are set to serve as producers.
While the idea of another Spider-Man movie sounds mundane, the prospects of having Lord and Miller behind it has to make many people (even non-fans) excited. The duo have »
- Zach Dennis
Hot on the heels of the recent outing of the shortlist of actors in contention to play the next live-action version of Spidey, Sony Pictures has announced that The Lego Movie and Jump Street directing duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will be making an animated Spider-Man film, which is set to hit theatres on July 20th, 2018.
So far, the two filmmakers are only set to develop the project, meaning they will write and produce it. No word yet on whether or not they’ll direct, but you can bet that Sony is definitely going to offer them the position. There’s also no information on which direction the story will take, but we can confirm that the film will “exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”
Check out the full press release below and let us know your thoughts on Phil Lord »
- James Garcia
The movie hits theaters July 20, 2018.
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman made the disclosure at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Rothman said the film will “co-exist” with the live-action Spiderman universe, but the press release clarifies: “The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”
Rothman did not, however, reveal any news on the live-action “Spider-Man” from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that will debut on July 28, 2017. Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Pascal will produce that movie, »
- Variety Staff
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