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Maker Studios has signed "Dredd" and "The Grey" producer Adi Shankar for a deal in which the multi-channel network will fully finance three digital projects that Shankar will direct over the next two years.
The first project will be an untitled animated project based on an original idea by Shankar that involves superheroes in developing countries. The second and third projects are unspecified and in development for 2016.
Shankar previously helmed short films for a 'bootleg universe' he crafted which takes on existing properties from "The Punisher" to "Power Rangers" and will soon see the release of his live-action directorial debut "Gods and Secrets" starring Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Denise Richards and Jane Seymour.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
UK sales outfit Embankment Films has boarded international sales on the $20m feature, which will now be directed by actor-director Saul Rubinek (True Romance) who has taken over from Sliding Doors filmmaker Peter Hewitt.
Also new to the English-language production is financier Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is making its first foray into international film production.
Tien Ran replaces Show + Share Investment as the film’s primary Chinese financier.
The Golden Era distributor Stellar Mega Films is due to release locally.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Adi Shankar is not your typical movie maker. Along with producing features, including Dredd, The Grey, and A Walk Among the Tombstones, he also worked on a number of short films, like Venom: Truth in Journalism with True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten, and the dark and gritty Power/Rangers short he made with Joseph Kahn. Now, he’s directing his first feature film, and it’s a superhero movie, no less. But what’s most interesting is the insane cast he's put together. According to The Wrap, the film Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets features WWE star “Diamond” Dallas Page, as well as Twilight stars Kellan Lutz (Emmett) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper); You’re Next star Sharni Vinson; comedian Andy Milonakis; Denise Richards; Jane Seymour; Breaking Bad vet Rj Mitte (Walter White Jr.); and Glee stars Max Adler (Dave »
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? The Warriors gets a new remake pitch, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials premiere is forced to move for a disgusting reason and the 80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, writer-director Max Landis offers his Man of Steel 2 pitch. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis has revealed a very interesting pitch for Man of Steel 2 for a Screen Junkies segment dubbed Dream Sequels. This pitch essentially ignores everything that will happen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it's still a »
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, award-winning director Shekhar Kapur and former WWE legend John Morrison have joined the growing ensemble cast of “Adi Shankar‘s Gods and Secrets,” TheWrap has learned. The project marks the directorial debut of Shankar, who executive produced “Dredd,” “The Grey” and “Lone Survivor.” Shankar is co-directing “Gods and Secrets” with his longtime collaborator Stewart Yost. “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 and, as TheWrap first reported, Denise Richards, Jane Seymour, “Breaking Bad” alum Rj Mitte »
- Jeff Sneider
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #364…
Hey Howdy Hey squaxx dek thargo! Here we arrive at issue #364 of Judge Dredd Megazine and with Judge Dredd El Maldito wrapping up inside these covers, we can look forward to a new Dredd series next month. However, we’ve still got running Demon Nic., Storm Warning and Lawless, so we’ll begin at the start and hopefully round up somewhere near the end?
Judge Dredd – El Maldito (Part 4)
This closing chapter seems unbelievably short! As Dredd and the infamous El Maldito wander through the streets, removing the over-zealous private security, whilst instructing the rioting workers that they’re to return home to await justice. Gordon Rennie brings this tale of the downtrodden workers to melancholy close as innocent blood is spilt. As ever Carlos Ezquerra’s artwork is perfect for Dredd and especially for pieces like this where his art is matches the mood so well. »
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd – Day of Chaos: The Fourth Faction…
With the much-loved mayor of Mega-City One presumed dead by the citizens, an election has been scheduled to choose his successor. Cadet Judge Hennessey has predicted that something terrible will happen on the Election Day and she may be right. East-Meg assassin Nadia has arrived in the Big Meg, carrying a deadly weapon that could destroy everything!
Those that know their Dredd will be more than aware of a little skirmish that occurred within the Dredd Universe – 1981 in real-time – called The Apocalypse War. If you’re not up to speed on this “bit of a do” I’ll recap. Before this war East-Meg had – unbeknownst at first – released a water born drug which launched a block war, which was dubbed Block Mania. Residents became manic; tens of thousands perished in these riots along with a large number of Judges, when »
Just because Dredd didn't catch on as hoped, it doesn't mean there aren't many 2000Ad strips that shouldn't be overlooked.
In 1977, a bearded young man made Star Wars, a little film you may have heard of. Said movie went on to imprint itself onto the public's hearts, and spawned a franchise that's (thankfully) never been stronger.
However, popular culture gained another iconic creation in that same year: 2000Ad, the self-titled Galaxy's Greatest Comic. It's fair to say that, while you could likely find a hermit in the world's deepest, darkest cave with some knowledge of Star Wars, 2000Ad has less global recognition.
Over the years, though, 2000Ad has continued to flourish, and has, recently, begun to expand its reach: the comic now has its own podcast (the Thrill-Cast, well worth a listen, featuring interviews with major creators from across the comic's run); an app for digital downloads is available; and »
Ever since the ultra-violent 2012 Karl Urban headlined adaptation of Dredd hit theatres, fans everywhere have been holding their breath for a much deserved sequel. Unfortunately their hopes have been dashed several times despite highly publicised campaigns aimed at turning the studios heads.
However, there may be some shining light at the end of the tunnel as co-creator John Wagner took to Facebook to answer some fans questions.
During a conversation on whether or not a sequel could happen Wagner commented, “There will be a new Dredd film…it’s just a question of when.”
While this may sound a tad ambiguous, it’s really the first time that the creator has spoken about a new film. Alex Garland, who wrote the screenplay for Dredd and also produced, has previously admitted that another adaptation of some sort is inevitable in the near future although he won’t be involved. Karl Urban »
- Gavin Logan
The chances of an official, fully-fledged film sequel to 2012’s Dredd have all but been extinguished over the past years, with even a strong campaign failing to persuade anyone to stump up the necessary $40m or so to make the project happen. As such, Karl Urban’s days as Ol’ Stoney Face seem done and dusted, no matter how keen the actor is to reprise the role.
“There will be a new Dredd film”, he posted on Facebook, “it’s just a question of when”.
That was pretty much the same line that »
20. Story of Ricky (Lik wong) – Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks, before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo Gore Police, Riki Oh’s tone borders on comedy, played up by bad voice dubbing, foolish plot lines, cartoonish gore and eccentric characters (including a one-eyed assistant warden with a hook for a hand). For a prison film, the movie never seems mean-spirited, and if anything it masquerades as a bizarre superhero flick. The effects are the main draw – Riki Oh exists simply to showcase several outlandish set pieces, ramping up the level of violence, gore and action with each new scene. Made before the days of CGI, director Lam relies simply on practical effects, »
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
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