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Posts tagged “production

Production on Akira Remake Stopped

Production on the live action American adaptation of Akira has stopped, will this be the end of the project entirely or is it just another speed bump?

Work on the Akira remake has been anything but smooth, it’s already had its budget slashed from $150 million to $90 million, changed director and been rewritten by several different writers.  However, now Warner Bros have stopped pre-production of the film completely.  Some think this is the end for the project, despite statements released saying that it was not, though maybe that’s just wishful thinking from the diehard fans that have been, understandably, anxious and critical of the remake.

At first it was thought that production had stopped due to another budget cut, but now it’s been reported that it is more rewrites that are causing the halt.  It’s worrying to think that it’s taking so many people to write something that has already been made, but hey that’s Hollywood.  It could be taken as a sign that some major changes to the story have accorded, hopefully not though as Akira has a huge fan base that want the story to be respected in this, and every other, version.

Reports suggest that Warner Bros are eager to get the project up and running again, but it has been in production since the rights were bought back in 2008.  Since then, there have been a series of stop and starts, which means that it could be a few years before filming actually begins.  However, it seems unlikely as casting has already started with Garrett Hedlund in the lead role, as Kaneda, and Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Watanabe in negotiations to appear in the film.  Also the part of the second lead role, Tetsuo, has been narrowed down to two actors; Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt.  The decision was supposed to be announced after Christmas, but the break in production has no doubt caused this to be delayed.

Regardless of all of the problems they’ve encountered, there is still a big chance that this film will be made, and maybe even on time, but if they don’t respect the source material then is there really a point in remaking the film in the first place?

What do you think?  Are you an Akira fan?  Would you like production to be cancelled permanently?  Who do you think should play Tetsuo; Dane DeHaan or Michael Pitt?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow, click the like button and follow me on Twitter.

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Paranormal Activity 4 Confirmed

Paramount has confirmed that a fourth film, in the Paranormal Activity series, is in production.

This news comes as a surprise to just about no one, these movies are so cheap to make and rake in millions.  It’s not hard to see why they’d want the franchise to continue, but how long can they keep going before they’re just forcing something, that should have ended a long time ago, into our faces?  Final Destination comes to mind, though I am a sucker for those films, and I’m not saying Paranormal Activity has reached that point yet, just wondering if they’ll stop before it does.

The first Paranormal Activity introduced the viewers to this couple, Katie and Micah, and we learn, along with the Micah, that Katie is haunted by a demon.  As the two, especially Micah, play around with the spirit the haunting gets worse.  We are then, in the second one, shown Katie’s sister, Kristi, and her family being haunted, which provides some answers about the demon.  The third instalment explores Katie and Kristi’s childhood, thus further going into the origin of the haunting, but leaving many unanswered questions about the characters in the present day.  This is potentially what the fourth film will focus on and if so this could, and probably should, be the end of the series.

Paranormal Activity is, in my eyes, a great franchise.  It takes everything good about old ghost stories and just looks at it in a different way.  There’s nothing really overly complicated, though the plot does get deeper as the films go on, and there’s something very scary about keeping things simple.  It’s like how bad practical effects are classic, but bad CGI is laughable.  My only hope is that they don’t mess it up.  Keep going for the story and the characters, not for the money and the fans.

What do you think?  Are you excited about Paranormal Activity 4?  Have you seen the other 3?  Do you think they’re scary?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  P.S. I have a Twitter account, just saying nonchalantly.


Production of Two and a Half Men stopped midseason

First just want to say that this was a big day for the Irish, I hope everyone that could vote voted.

After hearing comments Charlie Sheen made on The Alex Jones Show, the show’s producer has ceased making the show.  Sheen insulted him on air, saying things like he’s not as evolved.  This outburst was the last straw for producers.

Production stopped yesterday and since then Sheen has made various comments.  Some are on the verge of being anti-Semitic.  Sheen then went on to talk about his upcoming HBO show, the only problem is HBO had no idea they were making said show, so don’t hold your breath for that one.

Is this the end of Two and a Half Men?  Does anyone even care at this point?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.