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Is Akira Finally Emerging From Development Hell?

24 March 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Way back in 2002, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Katushiro Otomo’s classic manga/anime Akira. The film promptly sank into development hell though, with every attempt to begin production running into budgetary, scheduling or casting issues. Today, however,  it was revealed that the studio is eager to get the production moving again, no doubt fuelled by the anticipated success of Rupert Sanders’ Ghost In The Shell.

Akira takes place in Neo-Tokyo, a city built on the ruins of old Tokyo after a gigantic and devastating explosion. Its heroes are biker gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda, who become embroiled in a government conspiracy to unlock latent psychic talents. The anime beautifully combines sleek cyberpunk yumminess, body horror and surreal dream elements, all set to a cacophonously bizarre soundtrack of dissonant chanting.

Rumors are that Warner Bros. is approaching two directors – Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David Sandberd (Light’s Out). Both are currently hot properties, »

- David James

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‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate Visual Effects Society Awards

7 February 2017 10:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” took home major honors at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday evening.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, serving as host, brought the house down multiple times as more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate visual effects talent in 24 awards categories – and to mark the Ves’ 20th anniversary.

The Jungle Book” was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards. “Kubo and the Two Strings,” from Laika Entertainment and Focus Features, received the honor for top animated film. In TV, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” episode “Battle of the Bastards” was showered with multiple awards.

And “Boxer the Buster,” a hilarious and warm Christmas ad from British department store chain John Lewis, won top honors for TV commercial.

The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is notable because the live action — namely the young boy Mowgli — was shot on bluescreen, »

- Peter Caranicas

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‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Dominate Visual Effects Society Awards

7 February 2017 10:27 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney’s “The Jungle Book” took home major honors at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday evening.

Comedian Patton Oswalt, serving as host, brought the house down multiple times as more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate visual effects talent in 24 awards categories – and to mark the Ves’ 20th anniversary.

The Jungle Book” was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards. “Kubo and the Two Strings,” from Laika Entertainment and Focus Features, received the honor for top animated film. In TV, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” episode “Battle of the Bastards” was showered with multiple awards.

And “Boxer the Buster,” a hilarious and warm Christmas ad from British department store chain John Lewis, won top honors for TV commercial.

The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is notable because the live action — namely the young boy Mowgli — was shot on bluescreen, but »

- Peter Caranicas

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Is Jeff Robinov Looking for the Exit? What’s Behind Studio 8’s Slow Start

26 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Jeff Robinov launched his ambitious new movie production company, the former head of Warner Bros. film division declared that he would release as many as 24 movies over five years.  The scope of his grand vision — to one day rank alongside Hollywood’s seven other major studios — was clear in his company’s name: Studio 8.

But 26 months after unveiling his new millennium enterprise, Robinov’s would-be powerhouse has been associated with only one major film release – Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” — and it was a flop. The slow lift-off has many in Hollywood asking: What has become of Studio 8?

And now sources close to the situation say that the 57-year-old film executive has been drumming up conversations in Hollywood that suggest he is looking to extricate himself from his distribution deal at Sony Pictures. Several people have told Variety that Robinov is disillusioned with »

- James Rainey and Brent Lang

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