9 items from 2016
Ever since the first image of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” feature film was released, the live-action adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga series has received backlash with fans declaring another Hollywood whitewashing incident.
Now, Steve Paul, a producer on the film has spoken out about the criticism, telling BuzzFeed that he thinks fans will have a change of heart when they see the final product.
“I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it,” he told the website. “They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done with it, and I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed.”
The original “Ghost in the Shell” story follows a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg »
- Liz Calvario
20th Century Fox has hired Aron Coleite to bring “Amulet” to the big screen, Deadline reports. A series of graphic novels by Kazu Kibuishi, “Amulet” follows a girl named Emily who moves in with her great-grandfather and discovers a magical necklace that allows her to enter the fictional world of Alledia. No casting decisions have been announced yet, but anyone who’s seen Bella Ramsey’s performance as Lady Mormont on “Game of Thrones” knows the young actress is ready for the big time.
Read More: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Photos: Scarlett Johansson Debuts Controversial Look in Hong Kong
“Amulet” was previously in development at Warner Bros. with the involvement of Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment; his children Jaden and Willow were planned to star. As so often happens in this capricious industry, however, that iteration of the project never came to fruition.
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- Michael Nordine
Back in March it was announced that a live-action movie adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga series Fullmetal Alchemist is in development, and it seems that the project will avoid the “whitewashing” controversy that has plagued DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell, with director Fumihiko Sori revealing that it will have an “entirely Japanese” cast.
“The cast is entirely Japanese, but the setting is Europe,” states Sori (via Fusion). “However, their race and nationality isn’t expressed in a specific form. This is an alternate history where alchemy isn’t magic and Europe just has a slightly different name.”
Ghost in the Shell is not the only high profile release to come under fire for “whitewashing” lately, with Marvel also taking flak for the casting of white actress Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Marvel’s upcoming superhero origin story Doctor Strange.
The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie is slated for »
- Gary Collinson
With the debut today of the sixth episode of the excellent web series Star Trek Continues, Cinelinx looks at one of the most outstanding fan-fiction projects being produced today, as it reaches its third year. This show is not only a superb tribute to the original Star Trek, it’s a well-made and entertaining series in its own right.
Any fan of the original Star Trek TV series should enjoy this impressive follow-up, which continues the Five Year Mission of the USS Enterprise. It picks up after the last episode of the original show “Turnabout Intruder” (The final scene of which is recreated in a short video vignette that precedes the series) and chronicles the 4th year of Captain Kirk and his crew going where no man has gone before.
The creative minds behind Star Trek Continues have been putting out original episodes online since May of 2013. The latest release »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Full Metal Alchemist’s next film adaptation will be live-action, with fans of the extremely popular anime already getting fired up.
The filming will begin this June in Italy, with the release in Japan being scheduled for 2017. The movie will use a combination of real actors and CGI. Fumihiko Sori (“Ping Pong”, “Ashita no Joe”) will direct and the cast revealed is as follows:
Ryosuke Yamada (Asssassination Classroom) as Edward Elric.
Tsubasa Honda (Blue Spring Ride) as Winry Rockbell.
Dean Fujioka (Dance! Dance! Dance!) as Roy Mustang.
Ryuta Sato (Tokyo Tribe) as Captain Maes Hughes.
Yo Oizumi (Kakekomi) as Major Shou Tucker.
Yasuko Matsuyuki (Smuggler) as Lust.
- Panos Kotzathanasis
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The site reports that the film will be directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Ashita no Joe), while the role of Edward Elric will be played by Yamada Ryosuke, a member of the Japanese idol group Hey!Say!Jump. Filming is slated to get underway in Italy this June.
Fullmetal Alchemist has sold over 64 million copies worldwide, and has spawned two anime series and two full-length anime films, as well as a series of video games.
- Gary Collinson
Japanese entertainment publication Daily Cyzo (via Crunchy Roll) indicates that a live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's action-fantasy manga "Fullmetal Alchemist" is currently in development.
Fumihiko Sori ("Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker," "Vexille") will direct the film, while "Hey! Say! Jump" member Ryosuke Yamada will star as Edward Elric. The production will make heavy use of CG to recreate the fantastic elements of the comic such as Alphonse Elric's armor.
Hiromu Arakawa created the original manga which is set in a world styled after the European Industrial Revolution, a world where alchemy is an advanced scientific technique. The action follows two brothers searching for a philosopher's stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.
The Fullmetal Alchemist manga has sold approximately 64 million volumes worldwide. It has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films. Filming on »
- Garth Franklin
Gon’s father, long believed to be dead, is still alive and was once one of the greatest Hunters in existence. Gon believes he will be able to meet his father once he himself becomes a Hunter. However, before he can become one, he has to pass the Hunter Exam first, an exam made of numerous tasks and dangerous trials. Persevering and refusing to give up, Gon manages to reach the Hunter Exam, all the while keeping his innocent attitude. Throughout many of the tasks and trials of the Hunter Exam, Gon manages to make many unique friends. Kurapica, a sole survivor of his clan seeking revenge, Leorio, who wants to become a doctor, and Killua, a member of an infamous assassin family, all eventually join up with Gon in hopes of passing the exam together. Each of them have their own reasons for taking the exam, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
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