PORTLAND, OR, 01/11/2018 — Superstar creators Gail Simone (Red SonjaSecret Six) and Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman ‘77Smallville Season 11) will release CROSSWIND, VOL. 1 from Image Comics this February. CROSSWIND is in development for a television series, with Simone slated to write as well as executively produce and Staggs to serve as a consulting producer. Continue reading

Snowpiercer” has been ordered to series at TNTVariety has learned.

The series is based on the Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film of the same name and stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, and Lena Hall.

“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”

“Snowpiercer” is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, along with CJ Entertainment. The pilot was directed by Scott Derrickson and was written by Josh Friedman. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

Based on DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

Production designer Martin Whist has reportedly boarded the long in the works live-action film adaptation of the classic manga series “Akira” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Omega Underground.

At last report filmmaker Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) was in talks with Warners to direct, but he has yet to either formally commit or pass on the project. He has indicated a desire to follow the original comics closer rather than the iconic 1988 anime film which only adapted a part of the story.

Waititi has also said that if he directs, he won’t whitewash the leads as was done with last year’s controversial “Ghost in the Shell” live-action film. Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), Justin Lin (“Star Trek Beyond”) and Daniel Espinosa (“Life”) have all been previously linked as potential directors of the film.

Whist’s last six films as a production designer have been filmed at one of the big studios in Canada which offers a good indicator “Akira” could film there too. Whist’s work includes “Super 8,” “Cloverfield,” “Warm Bodies,” the “RoboCop” remake, and most recently Shane Black’s “The Predator”.

Source: New “Akira” Gets “Predator” Production Designer? – Dark Horizons

The road to EPISODE #200 BEGINS HERE!!!

In this episode AJ is joined by NeeHigh100, Alfred, Andrew, and James.

First up comes discussion of the Fox/Disney merger.

Next, AJ and crew give their top lists for 2017.

And finally, the guys review Star Wars The Last Jedi.  All of this on the final episode of the year!!

I’ve been asked, more than a few times over the last decade; “why Star Wars?” from people who just don’t get it. They either never saw the films at all, or did see them, under duress, and continued to hate them out of spite and a sense of superior bitterness.

This week, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” opened in theaters. A new chapter in a 40 year old tale has been laid down as cannon and, as always, many “outsiders” are taking the opportunity to  vocalize their distain for the franchise as a whole. As it does every time someone’s fandom becomes popular, the haters take over social media. They are hard at work belittling the joy and excitement of fans with nasty comments and boisterous claims about how “adult” they are because they don’t like Star Wars, have never seen Star Wars and how, somehow, that makes them super cool, more mature, etc.. These are the folks who say, “Why? Why be into a series of movies about characters who have a made up religion with light up swords?” …as they go about their very “adult” business of watching chick flicks and binge watching Sons of Anarchy with a sense of superiority.

For all that bitterness, it does bring us to an important question. Why does *this* story create the feelings, the power it does within us? I thought as a former Star Wars hater turned super fan, I’d take a moment to chat about this. Why Star Wars?

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Director Chad Stahelski is teaming up with his John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk to bring to the big screen Kill or Be Killed, a comic book from Winter Soldier creator Ed Brubaker.Dan Casey, who previously adapted the Brubaker comic Incognito, now set up at Columbia, is attached to write the script.

Iwanyk will produce with Erica Lee of the duo’s Thunder Road, the company behind awards contender Wind River as well as the Wick action movies. Jeff Waxman (mother!) is also producing. Brubaker will act as executive producer.

The project tells of a depressed college student who attempts suicide. He survives due to unlikely events but is soon visited by a demon who explains that he was the one who spared the student’s life. But there’s a price to be paid: Going forward, the young man will be allowed to live one month for every person he kills.

Sean Phillips draws the comic, which is currently being published by Image Comics.

Brubaker is the prolific comics author perhaps best known for his work that revitalized Captain America in the 21st century and also reintroduced the character of Bucky Barnes as assassin Winter Soldier, who was then featured in Marvel’s Captain America movies.

Brubaker often focuses on the crime and thriller genres and in recent years has garnered acclaim for his comics such as The Fade Out, a Hollywood noir, and Fatale, a supernatural noir. He is repped by UTA and Katz Golden.

Casey wrote Kin, a crime thriller produced by Shawn Levy that Lionsgate is releasing in summer 2018. He is repped by CAA and Writ Large.

Stahelski, repped by WME and Gang Tyre, is the stunt coordinator and second unit director who put his action knowledge to good use with the 2014 breakout John Wick. He followed that up with this year’s John Wick: Chapter Two and is now in preproduction on John Wick: Chapter Three. He is also attached to direct the Highlander remake.

 

 

Source: ‘John Wick’ Director Tackling Ed Brubaker Comic ‘Kill or Be Killed’ (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter

Netflix has acquired the film rights to John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated modern sci-fi six-book series “Old Man’s War” with plans to develop the first novel as an original film for Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment.

Set centuries in the future, older citizens are given a choice: age and die on Earth or permanently leave the planet and join the Colonial Defence Forces which will transfer their minds into super-charged, battle-ready versions of their own younger bodies.

The story follows 75-year-old widower John Perry who, in his new body, leads his platoon through gruelling battles against hostile alien races. When he meets a soldier who looks like a younger version of his beloved deceased wife, everything he thought he knew about his new life and the war he’s fighting is turned upside down.

Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner will produce. Previously the books were being developed by Wolfgang Petersen as a film for Paramount, before the US SyFy channel took it over with hopes of spawning a TV series. Neither version took off.

Source: Empire Online

Source: Netflix Options “Old Man’s War” Novels – Dark Horizons

Marvel Entertainment has unveiled “Marvel Rising,” a new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes which will launch in 2018.

The program will begin with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising with heroes like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno. Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors,” will premiere later that year.

Distribution partners for the content will be announced at a later date. Voice talent includes Dove Cameron, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others with Chloe Bennet reprising her role of Daisy Johnson from “Agents of SHIELD”.

Future stories and content are also being developed across Marvel’s digital and publishing platforms and will be announced at a later date.

 

 

Source: “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors” Announced – Dark Horizons

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