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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

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

The Umbrella Academy” series at Netflix has found its main cast, Variety has learned.

The series is adding cast members Tom Hopper as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, David Castañeda as Diego, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five. They join previously announced cast member Ellen Page, who will play Vanya.

The live action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

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Los Angeles-based Dynamic Television is joining forces with Grid Labs and Element 8 Entertainment to produce and distribute “Stryx,” a live-action TV series adaptation of best-selling French graphic novel “Le Chants des Stryges.”

“Stryx” is being written by John Harrison, a renown writer/director of science fiction and horror who frequently collaborated with George A. Romero and worked on the Emmy-winning adaptation of “Dune” and Netflix’s mini-series “Residue,”.

Holly Hines, senior VP of original content for Dynamic, described John Harrison as “a master story-teller.”

“Stryx” follows a disgraced American secret agent on the run who teams up with a mysterious female mercenary in his effort to clear his name. Together they uncover a web of powerful interests that transcend governments, and a race of super creatures that have long inhabited the Earth.

The series is based on “Le Chants des Stryges,” 17-volume series which was published by Delcourt Group, has sold millions of copies over the last 20 years and spawned five spin-off series totaling 42 books, according to Dynamic.

The franchise has been translated into nine languages with the English language version available on Amazon’s comiXology.

Daniel March and Hines of Dynamic will serve as executive producers along with Mark Mertens and Peter Lories from Grid Labs and Jin Ishimoto, Harvey Myman and Patty Ishimoto from Element 8.

“It is rare to find a wonderful intellectual property that, while originating in Europe, has all the inherent qualities to expand into a global phenomenon, with unique characters, riveting action and great commercial potential,” said Mertens.

Source: Dynamic Television Boards Sci-Fi Series ‘Stryx’ – Variety

Harley Quinn, the breakout character from the Warner Bros/DC film Suicide Squad that already is set up for a spinoff movie, is getting her own animated TV series. Warner Bros’ upcoming DC-Branded direct-to-consumer digital platform has ordered 26 episodes of half-hour adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn, from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey via Warner Bros. Animation. Continue reading

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