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While still a relatively new medium, the world of online original video content continues to evolve everyday. Narrative web series are growing in prominence and popularity, giving actors, writers, and directors new opportunities to tell interesting stories. One company leading this charge is Machinima, which has been behind some of the web’s biggest hits, including the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy series from Kevin Tancharoen.
Today, Machinima released its latest online series, Chop Shop. The six-episode series, developed in collaboration with Paramount’s micro-budget division Insurge Pictures, follows an ex-car thief named Porter (John Bregar) who is pulled back into a life of crime by his former partners.
Chop Shop’s strong creative team begins with its production company Bandito Brothers, which was responsible for the surprise action hit Act of Valor. Elliott Lester (Blitz) directed the series based on scripts from writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson ...
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- Rob Frappier
Tired of watching Elf, The Polar Express and It’s A Wonderful Life back-to-back every Christmas Eve? Voltage Pictures may have just the thing for you, with news that the studio is moving forward with a ludicrous action flick titled The Guns of Christmas Past and has brought Kevin Tancharoen on board to direct.
The movie, very loosely inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, centers on a retired hitman who finds himself in Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of a friend. That night, the hitman realizes that he must fight three unlikely adversaries from his past, present and future if he’s to avenge his friend’s death and find out who he really is in the process. Andrew Hilton, who also wrote upcoming flicks Bullet Run and The Lost Patrol, penned the script.
Honestly, that premise sounds just nutty enough to work. Typical Christmas movies »
- Isaac Feldberg
Mortal Kombat: Legacy director Kevin Tancharoen is teaming up with Voltage Pictures for an interesting new project. Deadline is reporting Tancharoen will direct the action flick The Guns Of Christmas Past from a script by Andrew Hilton. The planned film is loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and will follow "a retired hitman who returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend, and during his mission, he must fight his way past three »
- Jesse Giroux
Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) has signed on to direct The Guns of Christmas Past. The script by Andrew Hilton is very loosely based on the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. The story centers on a retired hitman in Chicago on Christmas Eve. The hitman must fight three unlikely adversaries from his past, present, and future while on a mission to avenge the death of a friend. It sounds like a fun premise---after seeing his work in the Mortal Kombat realm, I am happy to see Tancharoen get a chance with a feature budget to make an action movie with a goofy story. Deadline reports Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier will produce The Guns of Christmas Past for Voltage Pictures.
- Brendan Bettinger
Tancharoen will direct from Andrew Hilton’s script, loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The story centers on a retired hitman who returns to Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his friend and faces unlikely enemies from his past, present, and future.
Tancharoen directed the second season of Warner Bros.’ digital series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.” He also directed “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” and the “Fame” reboot for MGM and decided last year to leave New Line’s “Mortal Kombat” movie after three years of development.
Tancharoen is represented by Verve and Myman Greenspan. Hilton is repped by attorney Craig A. Kessler.
News was first reported by Deadline. »
- Dave McNary
The plot centers on a retired assassin who returns to his hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve to avenge the death of his longtime friend. He finds himself going up against three adversaries from his past, present and future, while discovering who he really is in the process.
Andrew Hilton wrote the screenplay, with Voltage Pictures' Zev Foreman and Nicolas Chartier producing. Voltage is also developing Andrew Hilton's script Bullet Run, which Rob Cohen signed on to direct back in 2011. He also has The Lost Patrol set up at Legendary Pictures.
Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to Capcom's popular zombie video game franchise Dead Rising, and they are going to adapt it into a full-length digital feature film. This will be the first project to be developed by Legendary Digital Media, and it will stream on Sony's Crackle.
The film even got itself a huge producer with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who has been working on Michael Bay's Transformers franchise over the last few years. The studio has also hired Tim Carter to write and produce with Tomas Harlan through their Contradiction Films banner. They are still on the hunt for a director.
Contradiction Films most recently produced the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series, which turned out to be really good.
The story takes place during a massive zombie outbreak. "When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also »
- Joey Paur
Just shy of a year after the third installment of Capcom's hit video game franchise Dead Rising hit stores, we've just gotten word that the property is getting a feature film adaptation, which should put a huge smile on the faces of all who dig some good old fashioned undead mayhem.
Per IGN, Legendary has sold the domestic film rights for Dead Rising to Crackle, marking the first release from Legendary's digital division. The feature film will be exclusively available through the online distributor, followed by an Svod, DVD, VOD, and TV roll-out.
Content Media Corporation will distribute the movie in both feature-length and episodic formats for all international platforms.
Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic -- with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. »
- John Squires
The popular video game series Dead Rising is getting the feature film treatment, but not in the way you might expect. Instead of taking the challenge of turning this open world zombie video game to the big screen, the film will actually be a digital feature film that will stream on Sony's online entertainment website Crackle. Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will executive produce the film with a script from Tim Carter adapting the game set in a massive zombie outbreak. The film will follow four people avoiding the infection and pursuing the root of the epidemic, leading to a government conspiracy. As we always say, video game movies are tricky, but maybe there will be less pressure by crafting this a digital feature, especially with Contradiction Films behind the project. That's the company behind the digital series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," which has been pretty solid. In addition, Content »
- Ethan Anderton
Ever since I bought the original Dead Rising when the very first wave of Xbox 360 consoles hit the streets, I knew the incredibly cinematic game was perfect for a big-screen adaptation. Honestly, I’m surprised it took a studio this long to develop the content for film, especially with the popularity of zombie culture in recent years, but Legendary has finally decided to pull the trigger on this now three-game franchise. So, who will play photojournalist Frank West? Or Motocross superstar Chuck Greene? Or mechanic Nick Ramos? Well, the answer might be a little surprising…
Legendary has announced that their Dead Rising movie will be a “full-length digital feature” that will premiere on Sony’s service Crackle before hitting Blu-Ray, TV, and VOD services. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers movies) will be the executive producer on the project, and while no director has been announced yet, Tim Carter and Tomas Harlan »
- Matt Donato
Crackle has picked up the U.S. rights to a film adaptation of the popular Capcom zombie survival video game series "Dead Rising".
Set during a large-scale zombie outbreak, four people must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic and the government conspiracy behind it.
Tim Carter is penning the feature and will produce with Tomas Harlan through their production company Contradiction Films (which produced web series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy"). Lorenzo di Bonaventura ("Transformers," "G.I. Joe") will executive produce.
Crackle will debut the feature-length film in the United States, after which it will be released on Svod, DVD, VOD and TV. Content Media will also make the work available in feature-length and episodic formats on all international platforms.
Source: Coming Soon »
- Garth Franklin
Legendary Pictures has announced that it has sold domestic rights to a feature-length movie adaptation of Capcom’s zombie video game franchise Dead Rising to Crackle, making the studio’s first release from its digital division.
The Dead Rising movie is being executive produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers), while Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy) will script and produce alongside Tomas Harlan. The official press release describes the movie as the following:
“Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic — with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy.”
“We are excited to be working with Legendary and Lorenzo, who have both created immersive properties for fans around the world,” said Carter and Harlan. “As avid players of the game, we’re extremely thrilled »
- Gary Collinson
Legendary Pictures has plans to bring a Dead Rising video game adaptation to Crackle. The project marks the first project by studio's Digital Media department.
The Capcom zombie survival video game is set during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to prevent the spread of the infection, the four government leaders must evade infection while pursuing the root of the epidemic. All signs are pointing to a government conspiracy.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the film with Mortal Kombat: Legacy's Tim Carter, who is also writing the project. A director has not been set. The movie will be released on Svod, DVD, VOD and TV after it makes its run on Crackle.
Legendary Digital chief Tom Lesinski had this to say about the project.
"Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary's brand. »
It has been revealed today that Legendary Pictures are financing and producing a movie based on the video game, Dead Rising. Crackle will distribute the film, while Content Media will sell the international rights. Tim Carter has been tapped to pen the screenplay, while Transformers' Lorenzo di Bonaventura is set to exectutive produce. Carter will also produce the movie alongside Tomas Harlan, and their company, Contradiction Films, actually produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy, another video game adaptation. Dead Rising is described as being set during a zombie outbreak, as four characters must outrun the disease's spread and search for its origins. "We are excited to be working with Legendary and Lorenzo, who have both created immersive properties for fans around the world," Carter and Harlan said in a statement. "As avid players of the game, we're extremely thrilled to take the popular franchise that millions have embraced and give them »
Legendary Entertainment will finance and produce a movie based on the video game “Dead Rising,” the first project to be made by the company's growing digital division. Crackle scored exclusive distribution rights to the film, while Content Media will sell the international rights. “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will executive produce “Dead Rising,” having already executive produced a web series called “Higher Power.” Tim Carter will write the movie and produce alongside Tomas Harlan. Their company, Contradiction Films, produced “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” another video game adaptation. Also read: Legendary Hires Former Endeavor Agent Greg Siegel to Develop Digital Series “Dead Rising” is set during. »
- Lucas Shaw
A full-length digital feature based on Capcom’s zombie videogame franchise “Dead Rising” will stream on Sony’s Crackle. Film is the first project to come out of Legendary Digital Media.
“Transformers” franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will executive produce the film that Tim Carter will write and produce with Tomas Harlan through their Contradiction Films banner. Director is not yet set.
Crackle will have the domestic rights to “Dead Rising,” which will be distributed internationally by Content Media Corp.
Contradiction most recently produced the “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” digital series. Content Media distributed Microsoft’s “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” digital show and will handle the upcoming “Street Fighter” series, both also based on popular videogames.
“Dead Rising” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, »
- Marc Graser
Dead Rising, the popular Capcom zombie survival video game, is being adapted into a feature film. Legendary Entertainment sold the domestic film rights to Crackle, where it will premiere in the U.S. The feature will be written by Tim Carter, who will also produce with Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner. Contradiction most recently produced the hit digital series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
The post Dead Rising is Getting the Movie Treatment on Crackle appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
I don’t know about you, but E3 got me Super stoked to slap Mortal Kombat X into my PS4 next year! In my excitement I went back and watched one of the few video game movies that actually encompasses the feel of the original material. That movie? You guessed it, New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat! Well, despite having a lot of input from original game creators Ed Boon and John Tobias, there are a few things in the film that aren’t quite canon, so here is my list of the five biggest things they did differently than the original storyline for the games. I am not including parts from the rebooted timeline, however, since the movie wasn’t based on that timeline. (Also, we’re only gonna talk about the first Mortal Kombat movie, because Annihilation got so much wrong this article would have to be printed in hardback… »
- Jake Smith
Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist is here. The fan web series based off of Capcom's classic series of fighting games has debuted on Machinima, where the first season is now available in its entirety. Assassin's Fist is a Street Fighter prequel that takes place during the formative years of close friends and protagonists Ken and Ryu. In the first episode, they train alongside their master, Goken. The series is based off a fan film created by Joey Ansah, who is also the creative force behind Assassin's Fist (and co-stars as Akuma). Through Machinima, Ansah will be able to easily reach his target audience. The first season of Assassin's Fist consists of 12 episodes (plus a prologue). Its similarities to Mortal Kombat: Legacy have been noted, though Assassin's Fist features a slower pace and a lot more character development.
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- Sam Gutelle
Almost four years ago, a fan made Mortal Kombat short made its way online which lead to both a resurgence in interest in Mortal Kombat and eventually two seasons of Mortal Kombat: Legacy which lived on the Machinima YouTube channel. While there were some hiccups in the storytelling and even continuity between seasons, no one […]
- John Carle
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