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Cameron finally landing on Forbidden Planet?

21 December 2008 2:04 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

James Cameron may be close to achieving his long-held dream of directing Forbidden Planet. Cameron has been chasing the idea of directing a new take on the film since around the time of Titanic (so that’s 10 years, in case you were wondering), and now IESB reports that he is seriously considering Changeling scribe J Michael Straczynski’s new script.  Of course, even if he does nab the film, we’ll have to wait for it – he’s busy with Avatar and also has Battle Angel Alita in development. Story... .

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WB Finds a 'Ninja Scroll'

27 October 2008 5:21 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Jubei Kibagami's strapping on the ninja gear and heading for theaters around the globe.

Variety reports that the acclaimed anime film Ninja Scroll will be adapted by Warner Bros. as a live action adventure. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way will produce the picture alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland. The film will be written by Alex Tse, who worked as a writer on Zack Snyder's Watchmen.

Set in feudal Japan, Ninja Scroll follows ninja for hire Jubei Kibgagami as he battles longtime rival Himuro Gemma. Gemma, who is seemingly invincible, dispatches a legion of dangerous villains to dispatch of Jubei, including the stone golem Tessai and the blind assassin Utsutsu Mujuro. Jubei is joined by the female ninja Kagero, the lone survivor of a team of killed Koga Ninja.

Ninja Scroll is one of the most beloved anime features to cross from Japan to American shores. It joins »

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Cameron's Avatar Follow-Up Already in Production

23 October 2008 6:45 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Despite the lack of a firm date on James Cameron's Avatar, the long-absent director is already working on his next project, a 3-D animated adaptation of the manga Battle Angel. Looks like the legendary director is planning to get back on the scene in a big way after his lengthy layoff since 1998's Titanic.

Concept artist Mark Goener spoke with Market Saw about the technical aspects of the project. The artist admitted to being largely under wraps via non-disclosure agreements, but offered praise of Cameron and his Lightstorm production company and said that he is working with production designer Martin Lang (Terminator Salvation, Titanic). He also indicated that, while the movie will pay homage to the original graphic novels, it will be altered to appeal to a more mainstream mass audience.

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Battle Angel talk

22 October 2008 3:07 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

At the rate he actually finishes things, it could be another decade before we ever see James Cameron's live-action movie based on the popular manga Battle Angel Alita (he originally announced it at Comic Con in 2002). Until he completes Avatar (and whatever underwater projects or tech advancements distract him) and gets rolling on Alita, we'll have to settle for whatever bits we can get. MarketSaw recently chatted with Mark Goerner, a concept artist who already spent a year and a half »

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Cameron's Next Movie Already Being Animated

22 October 2008 11:43 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Given how long it has taken Avatar to get going, and that it may still be delayed before we see it, I figured it'd be at least another 5 years before we saw another James Cameron project in theaters. But his 3D-animated adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, a Japanese manga series, has apparently already gone through production design and development, according to one of the movie's designers and artist's, Mark Goerner. Market Saw, a blog dedicated to all things 3D movies, sat down with Goerner to talk a lot of details about Battle Angel, which he has finished working on after a year and a half-- "Honestly, [Cameron] is one of the smartest and most resourceful people I've met," he told them. Much of the interview gets into the nitty-gritty details of computer animation, but the way moviemaking is going these days, we all may as well start learning about it. »

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