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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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Stephenie Meyer’s The Host is coming to the big screen

With the end of the Twilight saga in sight men everywhere can take a sigh of relief that their girlfriends can no longer drag them to see another film based on a Stephenie Meyer book.  Well actually it’s not over yet.

The Host, Meyer’s other book, is about to be adapted into a movie and Saoirse Ronan is going to star in it.  Twilight fans will no doubt be delighted by the news, as the last film in the Twilight saga will be hitting cinemas soon.  However, following in Harry Potter’s shoes, Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies.

The Host does not actually take part in the Twilight universe.  It has its own unique story and is completely free of vampires.  The book tells the tale of an Earth that has been invaded by a race of aliens that take over host bodies and, in time, erase everything about the person and take over the body.  Although most of the world has been taken over, there are still rebels fighting against the alien invasion.  Wanderer, one of the aliens called souls, takes over the body of a rebel named Melanie Stryder, but is overwhelmed by the human mind and quickly learns she is not fully in control.  She grows fond of Melanie’s memories and searches to discover if Melanie’s loved ones are still alive.

As with Twilight, the film will follow the same plot as the book.  Though I’m not a fan of the book, it seems to me that Ronan does not fit the character description very well.  This isn’t uncommon with book to movie adaptations, but the age difference between Ronan and the character leads me to believe that the change was made to try maintain the young girl audience that Twilight brought in.  Ronan is 17 years old and the character is 20, which would probably have made the love story aspect a little mature for a 12 or 13 year old girl to understand.

I have to admit that the plot does sound interesting.  I think it’s clever that Meyer uses the idea of aliens taking over your body to explore body image.  The characters in the book are lucky to even have a body and it is shown that people took them for granted before losing them.  The book has received much praise, not nearly as much as Twilight, but at least feminists haven’t complained about this one, like they did about Twilight.  A release date for the film has yet to be announced, but perhaps the movie will cause a sequel to the book to be written.  Right now The Host is a standalone book and the end does leave it open for a sequel.

What do you think?  Is Saoirse Ronan right for the part?  Should Stephenie Meyer write a sequel to The Host?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Gantz Live Action Adaptation

I thought as a sort of tribute I’d focus on a Japanese movie tonight.  I’m a big fan of Japanese movies; I could talk about them for days, there’s just something about them that I love.  The movie I’ve chosen to talk about is the live action adaptation of Gantz.

Two friends, Kei and Kato, both die in a train accident.  They are then transported to a room full of other people who have recently died and a big black sphere known as Gantz.  They must then defeat aliens, to gain points in order to free themselves and return to their lives.  They need to survive long enough to get a hundred points, but when a friend dies Kei must decide whether to use his hundred points to resurrect them, or save himself?

The trailer looks great.  The graphics are respectable, they may not be as good as Hollywood’s, but they do hold their own.  Two movies of the Gantz franchise, which has already spanned a manga and anime series, are being made.  The first came out in Japan on the 29th of January 2011 and the second is set to be released of the 23rd of April 2011.  Fans of the series had a few problems with the first movie.  Though it did keep relatively close to the source material, due to time restraints parts of the story obviously had to be cut.  These cuts, apparently, seriously reduce character development.  Some aspects of character’s personalities were also changed, most likely because it would make development impossible in such a short space of time.  It’s important to remember that if a character grew and changed over the course of two movies, as much as they did in the entire run of a manga series, it wouldn’t feel believable.

An official worldwide DVD release date has not yet been announced, but there are many companies interested in buying the distribution rights so it shouldn’t be too long.  The first movie had a limited, dubbed, run in North America, so maybe the second one Gantz: Perfect Answer, will do the same.  If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the screenings, don’t miss your chance to see it.

Do you live Japanese movies?  Are you a Gantz fan?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

The trailer has subtitles.


Super 8

It’s not a secret that J.J. Abrams has a unique advertising style, considering the first Cloverfield trailer didn’t even give the film’s title.  This time Abrams has refused to give any details of the plot of his latest film, Super 8.  However the trailer does give enough information for people to form conclusions, hopefully wrong ones.

The trailer shows a train, which is transporting material from area 51, being derailed when it collides with a car.  Then the side of one of the train cars is burst off by something.  It does not explain why the creature inside needed the train to be stationary before it could escape.  However we do learn that the film is set in 1979, which is the same year Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq (just a random fact, probably won’t come up in the film, but might you never know with Abrams).

When the trailer was first released, rumours began to spread that this movie was a sequel (or prequel) to, 2008, Cloverfield.  Abrams has since come forward to say that this is not true.  The film will pay homage to Steven Spielberg and the science fiction films that he made in the 70s and 80s.

No big name actors have been cast in the film, which is always a good thing in my eyes.  The film stars Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota Fanning, Amanda Michalka, AJ from former band Aly & AJ, and Kyle Chandler.  The relationship between the characters has not been revealed; in fact we haven’t even been given their names yet.

The secrecy surrounding the film really adds to the, normally painful, waiting process.  The movie is scheduled to hit cinemas on the 10th of June 2011.  By then we may know a little more about the plot, then again we may not.  If you’re a Super Bowl fan, you’ll be happy to know that a new 30 second trailer will be airing during one of the commercial breaks.  Getting this trailer to air during the Super Bowl cost Paramount $3 million, so they better make the most of that time.

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