7 items from 2015
Adventure Time started out as a buddy comedy with a predominantly fantasy theme. The Simpsons started out as a traditional family sitcom. Neon Genesis Evangelion started out as a fairly straightforward mecha show. What all these examples have in common, is that they started off as one kind of show, and transformed into something quite different. Which begs the question, are animation audiences more tolerant of their favourite shows shifting genres? Live-action shows don't seem to be nearly as resilient. Shows that survive many seasons also stick to one genre, and make sure they are very good at it. New seasons of old favourites can find themselves on the chopping block quite quickly if they try and make too great an attempt to shift gears. Animated shows on the other hand, seem to be quite flexible when it comes to switching genres. The Simpsons is a great example of how that's true. »
- Charles Kenny
On the heels of Warner Bros.' success with the Godzilla reboot, the Japanese studio Toho, which originally brought this iconic monster to life in 1954, has announced their own Godzilla project, slated for release in 2016. The studio has brought on Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to direct. Toho has also released a teaser photo featuring one of Godzilla's massive claws.
Toho has released 28 Godzilla movies since the 1954 original classic, directed by Ishirô Honda. The studio last released Godzilla: Final Wars back in 2004, and licensed the rights to Godzilla to Warner Bros. for director Gareth Edwards' remake, which earned $525 million worldwide, $26 million of which came from Japanese markets. Given the renewed interest in the franchise, Toho has decided to produce another Godzilla project. Here's what a studio spokesperson had to say in a statement.
Warner Bros. may have already made plans for a Gareth Edwards helmed Godzilla sequel for 2018, but longstanding fans of the undisputed King of Monsters won’t have to wait too much longer before the gargantuan predator returns to the big screen, as Toho is developing their own rendition of the radioactive beast for the first time in over a decade.
Due to arrive in 2016, the legendary Japanese film company also confirmed that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi – co-directors behind Neon Genesis Evangelion and the forthcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan – will take the reigns for what is to be the studio’s 29th Godzilla feature film. In a statement released to Variety, Toho touched upon the renewed demand for the alpha predator, and hinted how it will differ from Hollywood’s more grounded-in-reality approach.
- Michael Briers
Anno will also be responsible for the screenplay while Higuchi will oversee the picture’s VFX. The two directors previously collaborated on "God Warrior Appears in Tokyo."
Anno worked on the animation of Hayao Miyazaki's "Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind," helmed the anime "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water" and created the legendary "Neon Genesis Evangelion" franchise. Higuchi made his feature directing debut on 2005's "Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean".
In a statement, Toho says: "Ever since Hollywood announced that 'Godzilla' was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla".
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- Garth Franklin
It's been announced that Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (The Sinking Of Japan) will co-direct Toho's first new Godzilla movie in twelve years. Besides directing, Anno is also writing the script for Godzilla 2016 (official title) and Higuchi is handling the film's visual effects. The duo previously worked together on God Warrior Appears In Tokyo. Toho on hiring Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi for the project: Ever »
- Jesse Giroux
I admit it: I love cyber-punk. Mostly of a Shadowrun flavor. But like many geeks who came of age in the early millennium, I also cut my teeth on the burgeoning American fascination with anime. “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “Akira,” "Battle Angel Alita," "Armitage III," and of course, “Ghost in the Shell.” So when rumor had it that Hollywood wanted to bring Motoko Kusanagi, the Puppet Master, and their world of New Port City to life, I was cautious. After all, this was the same town that tried to make “Akira” with Michael Fassbender and Andrew Garfield until George Takei stepped in to point out whitewashing is not okay. And we shall not talk about the "Dragonball" movie. It is stricken from the record. Turns out my caution was well founded. As of today, Scarlett Johansson is officially signed on to play the lead in the live action “Ghost in the Shell. »
- Donna Dickens
The year 2015 is upon us and it’s safe to say that we haven’t lived up to all the expectations filmmakers had for us. Some of their negative predictions might be reflective of what’s come to pass while other less pessimistic ones haven’t quite transpired. I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not the good outweighs the bad when it comes to where humanity sits in the grand scheme of things after watching a few or all of the movies I’ve listed which take place in the year 2015.
Let’s just get the most obvious one out of the way immediately. Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II takes place in three different times, one of which is 2015. In the movie, “Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955” to prevent catastrophic changes to 1985 after dropping in on 2015... “without interfering with his first trip. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
7 items from 2015
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