The film biopic about Yasuke has gotten its writer. Lionsgate has arranged forHighlandercreator Gregory Widen to scriptBlack Samurai. The film is being produced by Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux as a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.
The film based on the historical tale of Yasuke, a historical black samurai who was among the first foreign born samurai to serve a warlord in Japan. He served under Oda Nobunaga in the mid-1500s, and has been referenced in other historical works and video games as recently as this year.
Netflix Japan has released a teaser trailer for Devilman crybaby, a new anime adaptation of Go Nagai’s iconic manga Devilman, said to be coming spring 2018. Known for it’s graphic violence, Nagai’s Devilman has inspired countless adaptations since it’s 1972 debut. In Nagai’s story, we follow Akira Fudo, a pure of heart youth who, embracing the fight fire with fire advice of his best friend Ry? Asuka, willingly integrates with an unlucky demon to prevent an impending resurgence of demons.
“To fight a demon, one must become a demon“.
The official Netflix description is as follows:
“A demon possesses a boy’s dead body to do evil. But after falling in love with a human girl, he has a change of heart. Based on Go Nagai’s hit manga.”
Directing the new anime is Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time, Ping Pong, Mind Games) and he appears to be embracing the Devilman spirit with open arms. Yuasa is well known and respected for his off-model deranged animation as well as his use of Gainax Endings. Produced by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning (Go Nagai), Devilman will be available in 190 countries/territories, dubbed in 9 languages, with subtitles in 25.
Jumping into the world of foreign horror films can be a daunting task. There is always the chance that the message will be lost in translation and odds are you will be halfway through the movie when you realize it’s been stealing not just your time but your soul. To save you the anguish of such an occurrence I recommend the following flicks.
Dumplings 2004 (Hong Kong)
This one is definitely not for the squeamish, unless of course the thought of aborted fetuses garnishing your dinner plate gets your gears going. Director Fruit Chan (Tales from the Dark 1, The Midnight After, Made in Hong Kong) serves up the evils of human vanity on a silver platter. Fallen actress Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung) is desperate to regain the love and affection of her adulterous, cradle robbing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and maintain her status as an elite housewife. To regain her youth, Mrs. Li seeks out former mainland gynecologist Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), who specializes in restorative services through means of rare culinary delights. Mei’s rejuvenating fetus-stuffed dumpling’s fall short of Mrs. Li’s high expectations however and Mei must procure something a little more potent. Just like with a good whiskey, age is everything and when a very pregnant victim of incestual rape shows up on Mei’s doorstep begging for an abortion… well, you can do the math there. Soon after the potent dish is served Mrs. Li begins to suffer some unsavory side effects as her life takes an unexpected turn.
Blood Glacier 2013 (Austria)
Practical effects and B-movie charm get the blood flowing in this creepy crawly eco-horror directed by Marvin Kren (ABC’s of Death 2, Rammbock, Schautag). A group of scientists in the Austrian Alps are violently confronted by the next phase in evolution after a glacier emitting a blood like substance begins to mutate the local wildlife. While much of the research team is concerned about the negative impact the discovery of these genetic hybrids may have on their funding, site technician Janek (Gerhard Liebmann) is adamant about the dangers of keeping such a thing secret. Things really get messy when Janek’s former love interest Tanja (Edita Malovcic) enters the scene with Prime Minister and company in tow. Oblivious to the dangers ahead Tanja leads her group right into the hands or mandibles rather of the bloodthirsty hybrids.
Baby Blood 1990 (France)
Beautiful show of Kensington Gore as an art medium in this parasitic blood festival by director Alain Robak (Adrenaline, Vertiges). After an “unborn” parasite takes up residence in her uterus, abused and dejected Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou) embarks upon a mercilessly bloody journey to return the parasitic creature to the sea. The two quickly come to terms with their symbiosis, although it’s really more of a standoff if you ask me. As the snarky little parasite baby grows, so does Yanka’s taste for murder and she wholeheartedly embraces her new role as victimizer. Through quirky bouts of dialogue, and an intense shared bloodlust the two form a seriously peculiar bond and leave a respectably bloody wake.
Zavvi is taking pre-orders for a new Limited Edition Steelbook version of the Super Mario Bros Movie, which will be exclusive to them as a retailer.
The Blu-ray will contains a lot of extras in addition to the movie. For example, there is a new 60-minute documentary with many from the production, including co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, producer Roland Joffe, and actors John Leguizamo and Richard Edson. As well, there are archive interviews with Bob Hoskins and producer Jake Eberts and there will be the original electronic press kit and behind the scenes / storyboard galleries included as well.
After being put in to a “development purgatory” last year when the movie’s previous director, Seth Gordan(Horrible Bosses), and writer Mark Boal(The Hurt Locker) left. Now Sony has found a new writer for the Uncharted movie, Joe Carnahan, who is also directing the new Bad Boys 3 movie. Coincidentally Carnahan is unable to direct to the new uncharted movie because Bad Boys 3 and Uncharted have conflicting schedules. “In a perfect world I would love to do both, but right now, I’m only on board to write the script,” he told Variety.
At San Diego Comic Con today, a new trailer was released for the upcoming Justice League movie. The trailer shows off the various cast members and hints at the plot threads that will be present. You can check out the trailer below,
At San Diego Comic Con 2016 Marvel Entertainment revealed a new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Strange film. The movie looks to be coming along nicely and has that Ditko feel to it. You can check out the trailer below
Coming out of San Diego Comic Com is the trailer for the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel “American Gods”. The series is being adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and stars Ricky Whittle as protagonist Shadow Moon. Check out the teaser trailer below
Legendary Entertainment has acquired the rights to make a Pokémon movie. Their first planned project is a film based on Detective Pikachu which is to be fast tracked into production
On the heels of Pokemon Go fever, Legendary has closed a deal for the film rights for the iconic Japanese property.
Legendary and The Pokemon Co. on Wednesday announced that they will launch the first Pokemon live-action film franchise based on Detective Pikachu, a new character in the Pokemon universe.
Details on the plot and story of the character are being kept under wraps. The film will be fast-tracked to start production in 2017.
While Pokémon has had many movies based on the franchise, it will be interesting to see a western take on the series, especially with Detective Pikachu as a film project. Detective Pikachu tells the story of a Pikachu who has learned to speak human language and solves mysteries with his human sidekick. There was a fan campaign at one point for the English localization to have Danny DeVito as the voice of the lead character