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Forget your $250 million budgets and A-list megastars, sometimes all you need to make a good film is a bit of creative thinking and passion for your characters (intellectual property rights optional).
With feature-length fan film Star Trek: Renegades setting fandom abuzz, here's a host of unauthorised movies that put Hollywood to shame.
1. Batman battles Predator
Back in the Dark Knight's movie wilderness years (thanks for that, George Clooney!), short Batman: Dead End made waves online thanks to a mega-twist that saw the Caped Crusader in a rain-soaked showdown against a Predator. If it bleeds, Batman can kill it.
2. A Judge gets back in the saddle
A tepid box office showing from 2012's Dredd means a sequel is probably never going to happen. However, hardcore fans had their thirst quenched by the moody Judge Minty, about an ageing Mega City One Judge striding through the Cursed Earth. Think of this as »
Producer Adi Shankar (Power/Rangers) announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he is producing an animated miniseries based on the popular video game series Castlevania. The project was described as "super-violent,' with Adi Shankar working alongside Fred Seibert (Adventure Time) and Kevin Klonde. The producer added that the show will be dark and satirical in his initial post, but wouldn't offer any further details. Collider reached out to Adi Shankar for more info, the the producer revealing that the animation company Frederator (Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents) acquired the rights to the video game. Here's what he had to say about the level of violence present in this miniseries.
"There will be a lot. The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to America and be America's first animated series for adults."
"Dredd" producer Adi Shankar, whose work includes the online shorts like "The Punisher: Dirty Laundry" and the much publicised "Power/Rangers," is planning to bring his dark and gritty approach to a new 'hard-hitting anime' mini-series based on the "Castlevania" video game franchise.
Speaking with Collider, Shankar revealed that independent animation studio Frederator ("Adventure Time," "The Fairly OddParents") is involved in the production which has acquired the adaptation rights to the Konami game series - or more specfically the game "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" which was released in 1989.
That game followed Trevor Belmont who was assisted by the young sorceress Sypha Belnades, the agile pirate Grant Danasty, and the dhampir Alucard. Asked about the violence level, Shankar says: "There will be a lot. The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to the America and be America's first animated series for adults."
Asked about the animated series that would influence the look of the show, »
- Garth Franklin
Shankar - also acclaimed for his work on high profile fan films such The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Power/Rangers and Venom: Truth In Journalism - has promised that his Castlevania show will be typically 'ultraviolent.'
"There will be a lot [of gore]" he told Collider. "The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to America and be America’s first animated series for adults," he added, before listing Akira, Ghost in a Shell, Ninja Scroll and Young Justice as inspirations.
The series will be based on Castlevania III, which first reached the Nes in 1989. Shankar answered in the affirmative »
Before it decides which television projects to bring to series, Amazon Studios usually organizes its pilots in competitive seasons, during which viewers can decide which shows they enjoy the most. With its latest pickup, however, Amazon is skipping the public pilot presentation altogether. Variety has reported Amazon’s decision to greenlight Trial, a courtroom drama that will star Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
In Trial, Thorton will star as a disgraced attorney who must argue against his former colleague (Hurt) in a wrongful death case. Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) will appear as a young, prodigious lawyer. David E. Kelley, known for his work on legal dramas like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, is the series’ creator.
As with other recent series presented by Amazon, Trial is the sort of show that could make some noise come awards season. Both Hurt and Thornton have received nominations at the »
- Sam Gutelle
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #363…
Welcome to you squaxx dek thargo! We are at issue #363 of Judge Dredd Megazine so it’s a happy time of Lawgivers, Demon-Hunting Nuns, Psi-Division on the Seafront and a backside kicking Colonial Marshall. Sounds like an average Wednesday really. Enough chat, on with the words!
Judge Dredd – El Maldito (Part 3)
After the murder of Cranston in the last issue and the attempted murder of Judge Dredd with the release of the forced stampede of the huge Beefallo, everything is rapidly moving up a gear as the security forces are taking to massacring people in the streets in search of El Maldito. Then when another attempt is made on Dredd’s life by a bomb on the H-Wagon and it soon becomes apparent that El Maldito may not be the evil behind the deeds in the town as the security forces are instructed to kill Dredd. »
Villordsutch Reviews Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #01 (10th Anniversary Edition)…
The first thing you’ll notice about this Complete Case Files #01 is that it’s fairly massive, this book is so big my Nexus 7 creaked when I uploaded it. Now quite a few of you may also have this book, as this is the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Complete Case Files #01, which is rather lucky for me as I had initially missed it. So being given the chance to read the starting stories of the genesis of Judge Dredd – from the founding Fathers – and not only that but to see the classic Dredd artwork is going to be an added bonus.
“Breaking Bad” alum Rj Mitte has joined the ensemble cast of “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” which marks the directorial debut of the executive producer behind “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor,” TheWrap has learned. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, comedian Andy Milonakis, WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page (“The Devil’s Rejects”) and, as TheWrap first reported, Denise Richards and Jane Seymour. Shankar and his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost are co-directing “Gods and Secrets,” which explores the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people. »
- Jeff Sneider
Reshoots, angry fans and reports of the director’s on- and off-set travails have plagued the production of Fox’s latest reboot for Marvel’s superhero quartet
Let’s pause before writing off the new Fantastic Four movie before anyone’s seen a single frame on the big screen. Similar negative buzz flurried around 2012’s Dredd, with reports that director Pete Travis had been locked out of the editing room by the studio while untried screenwriter Alex Garland took charge. Three years on, Garland is being vaunted as one of the most talented young film-makers of his generation after huge critical acclaim for Ex-Machina, and Dredd is widely considered something of a cult classic.
Related: Fantastic Four film-makers respond to criticism of decision to cast black actor
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- Ben Child
Yesterday we found out that producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, Punisher: Dirty Laundry) would team with Stewart Yost to co-direct a dark new superhero series for HBO titled Gods And Secrets, which is said to be (and very much sounds to be) inspired by Alan Moore's Watchmen. Now The Wrap reports that Denise Richards (Wild Things, Starship Troopers, The World Is Not Enough) and Jane Seymour (Live And Let Die, How I Met Your Mother, Battlestar Galactica) have joined the cast in unspecified roles. Gods And Secrets will focus on the exploits of a superteam known as the "Guardians of Justice", and will explore "the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people they protect and the famous heroes themselves." Former WWE Superstar Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga), Kellan Lutz (The Legend Of Hercules), Sharni Vinson (You're Next) and Andy Milonakis will also star, »
Producer Adi Shankar is set to make his directorial debut with a dark superhero drama for HBO titled Gods and Secrets. Besides producing feature films like Dredd, Lone Survivor and Killing Them Softly, Shankar was also behind the "Bootleg Universe" shorts, such as The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (video below), Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers. Gods and Secrets has been described as... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Denise Richards and Jane Seymour have joined the cast of “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” which marks the directorial debut of the executive producer behind “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor,” TheWrap has learned. “Twilight” stars Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone lead an ensemble that also includes “You’re Next” heroine Sharni Vinson, “Transparent” actress Alexandra Billings, comedian Andy Milonakis and WWE legend ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Shankar and his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost are co-directing “Gods and Secrets,” which explores the darker ramifications of a world filled with superheroes — for the people they protect and the famous heroes themselves. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following on from his work as a producer on "Dredd" and "The Grey" along with the much talked about "Power/Rangers" fan film, Adi Shankar is set to team with Stewart Yost for his directorial debut effort "Gods And Secrets".
The project is described as a dark drama akin to Alan Moore's "Watchmen" in that it will explore the darker logical underpinnings of superhero tropes in a world in which superheroes exist and the resulting celebrity culture are front and center.
The story deals with what happens when a tragedy strikes the super heroic team Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Adi Shankar, the producer behind the likes of Dredd and The Grey and the fanmade shorts Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism and Power/Rangers, is set to make his directorial debut with the “dark superhero drama” Gods and Secrets.
Deadline reports that the show “will mine territory similar to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, exploring the darker logical underpinnings of superhero tropes. In a world in which superheroes exist, personal foibles and the resulting celebrity culture are front and center. In the story, tragedy has struck the superheroic team Guardians of Justice, and in its aftermath secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and the war to end all wars begins.”
- Gary Collinson
Adi Shankar, the man who has produced the mainstream likes of Dredd and Lone Survivor, but is more likely to be found creating his own content with his Bootleg Universe shorts and series, has a new project in the works. He has Gods And Secrets on the way, with a cast that includes Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour and wrestling legend "Diamond" Dallas Page. Gods And Secrets is an indie production that dives deep into the world of superheroes and how their actions affect those around them. It’s designed to put a fresh spin on the comic book tropes and push the boundaries of what’s possible within the genre.Shankar is co-directing the instalments with Stewart Yost, working from a script by Shawn DeLoache, and the likes of Sharni Vinson, Alexandra Billings and Andy Milonakis are also among the cast. Gods And Secrets doesn’t however, »
Adi Shankar, the producer behind the 'Bootleg Universe' one-shot films Power/Rangers & The Punisher: Dirty Laundry and 2012's Dredd will make his directorial debut with HBO's Gods And Secrets. According to Deadline, Shankar will team up with Stewart Yost to co-direct this dark superhero drama that's said to be inspired by Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel, Watchmen. The drama will feature an original team named 'Guardians Of Justice', and explore the more secretive and shady aspects of celebrity culture by applying it to superheroes. The series is set to star WWE's Diamond Dallas Page, Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga), Kellan Lutz (The Legend Of Hercules), Sharni Vinson (You're Next) and Andy Milonakis. The core premise appears intruiging, while the project's placement on HBO should be enough to pique most people's interest. The cast is admittedly rather uninspiring, but Shankar has impressed in the past with his Bootleg one-shots. »
The UK firm will raise around $310,000 (£200,000) in UK production finance for Microwave International: Shakespeare India; projects, teams, mentors announced.
Media investment firm Bob & Co is the latest company to invest in Film London’s mentoring and development scheme Microwave International: Shakespeare India.
Bob & Co will raise UK production finance for the project through an Enterprise Investment Scheme (Eis).
The scheme’s aim is to finance one feature with significant Asian and British Asian involvement with up to $780,000 (£500,000) and to theatrically release the film in 2016.
Andy Brunskill, of Bob & Co’s subsidiary Sums London, brokered the deal and will executive produce the selected feature.
Bob & Co will raise money through the Eis scheme, along with India’s Cinestaan Film Company, who partnered with Film London on the initiative in April.
The project will involve six teams of Asian writers, directors and producers from the UK and India honing ideas for Shakespeare-themed features in an intensive week-long microschool, which »
Director: Pierre Morel
Running Time: 115 mins
Special Features: Featurettes / Interviews
A surprising feature of the mature action movie’s unexpected rise has been the calibre of names attracted. Oscar-winner Liam Neeson reinvented his career via the Taken franchise, and now director Pierre Morel nets Sean Penn for butt-kicking duties in The Gunman. Of course Penn is as known for his staunch political views as his acting, so there’s a bit more going on here than a simple case of a tin opener and a can of whup-ass.
He plays the hilariously-named Jim Terrier, who operates in the murky world of private security in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With one foot in the humanitarian end of the equation (alongside surgeon girlfriend Jasmine Trinca) and the other working at the behest of corporate interests, »
- Steve Palace
Having previously been destroyed by nuclear fire and dragged to hell by the vengeful spirits of those he had murdered, alien superfiend Judge Death has managed to return to the world. United with his ‘brothers’ – Judges Fear, Fire and Mortis – the quartet of terror have invaded The Mayflower – a starship populated by four thousand of Mega-City One’s richest citizens. Psi-Division’s Cassandra Anderson discovers that Death has returned and now she and Judge Dredd must travel into deep space in an attempt to stop the Dark Judges once and for all.
There are very few comic books better than one containing Dredd but it is rarer than hen’s teeth to find one better than a comic book containing Dredd going up against the Dark Judges. The latest graphic novel from Rebellion containing this evil gang is Dark Justice written by »
- Andrew Newton
A new sci-fi classic Ex Machina: Ex Machina is perhaps one of the most challenging science fiction movies in recent years, not because it contains some kind of Primer-esque plot that's going to require charts and diagrams to figure out, but because so much of the movie is affected by what baggage and preconceived notions the audience brings to it. On the surface the directorial debut of Alex Garland (who wrote Dredd, Never Let Me Go, and Sunshine) is about a brilliant billionaire (Oscar Isaac) who invites one of his employees (Domnhall Gleeson) out to his gorgeous, secluded estate to test out a mystery technology that just so happens to be a robot (Alicia Vikander) with a high level of artificial intelligence. Below the...
- Peter Hall
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