Another work of manga is being adapted into a feature film. Gentosha Comics, the Japanese publisher behind the thriller manga series "6000: Rokusen" or "6000: The Deep Sea of Madness" is said to be partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Mike Medavoy, the producer of "Black Swan," to work on the film adaptation of the said series.
The film, which will be done in English, will be about an underwater research facility situated 6,000 meters below the sea somewhere in Southeast Asia, according to Variety. It is the setting of a mysterious disaster that apparently trapped and killed the crew. After its closure, a Chinese company buys the facility and tries to re-open it. It sends a new crew composed mostly of Japanese engineers and technical people to set it up and have it running again. As they try to do this, they encounter more strange and dangerous things inside the facility and this causes tension among the new crew members.They are holed up under the sea without any other place to go.
According to Medavoy, the fact that this was a thriller was what drew his attention to the series. more >>
With different types of film adaptations abound, from animation to live-action and vice versa, it is still kind of surprising to hear that something so common as "emojis" are getting their own animated movie. The news comes after Sony Animation won a bidding war recently to do just that – make an animated feature film about emojis.
Emojis are small digital icons or images used in electronic communication such as e-mail, chat and social media, to express an idea or an emotion. Most popular of these of course is the smiley face. They were originally used mainly in Japan, but its usage eventually spread outside and became very popular. But is this popularity enough to generate interest about a movie about these icons?
A Deadline report said that Sony Pictures Animation bested two other major studios in the bid, namely Warner Brothers and Paramount. The bid was over a pitch that was prepared by Anthony Leondis, who apparently presented storyboards on what the movie would be about. According to the report, it was Sony who was gung-ho about getting the project, with express authorization from Sony chief Tom Rothman. more >>
The "Minecraft" movie adaptation has been in the works since late last year. It just got another big push after it found its director in the person of Rob McElhenney, who is better known for his role in the sitcom "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The announcement about McElhenney signing on to the film was made by Mojang COO Vu Bui through the company's website.
According to a report in The Verge, Vu Bui mentioned that this was the reason why the actor was seen "hanging around MINECON in London a couple of weeks ago." McElhenney is rumored to be replacing Shawn Levy of "Night at the Museum," who was earlier attached to the project.
McElhenney confirmed the news after via his Twitter account, tagging Mojang and saying "let's do something strange and wonderful." more >>
Lucasfilm and Disney have started casting for the next installment of the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy and reports are saying that Benicio Del Toro is being considered for a villainous role in the upcoming sequel. This was reportedly all part of Disney and Lucasfilm's plan to put together "A-list" talents for the upcoming film.
Del Toro is reportedly being eyed to play a yet unknown villain in "Star Wars: Episode VIII," accordiing to The Wrap, who cited several inside sources privy to the casting process. This film is said to follow the events after "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which will be released in theaters this holiday season. Aside from Del Toro, another report in Variety said that Joaquin Phoenix was likewise approached to be part of the cast. There are also reports that Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen has been cast as well.
"The Force Awakens" cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac will be reprising their roles in "Episode VIII," according to Variety. Director Rian Johnson is set to pen the script as well as direct the upcoming film. more >>
Christian actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron celebrated 24 years of marriage to his wife and love of his life, Chelsea Noble, on Tuesday, declaring God has "given me so much more than I deserve."
"I was only 20 years old when I married the love of my life ... 24 years have passed from the day we took this picture. Tonight, we celebrated at home with our six children over one of our favorite dinners — turkey tacos! To me, still being together and in love is the best gift of all. God has been so kind and given me so much more than I deserve," Cameron declared in a post to his Facebook page with a picture of him and his wife.
If reports are true, fans may soon see what used to be rival boy bands 'NSync and the Backstreet Boys collaborating on something more than just music. The two boy bands have reportedly put off their long-time rivalry to work together on a movie.
Nick Carter is pegged to pen the script for the movie, which will be under the same studio that brought the hit franchise "Sharknado" on SyFy.
When asked what the movie will be about, Carter told Rolling Stone that it was a "zombie Western futuristic horror movie." His character, he added, was "still being worked out right now, but I'm a good guy that's going to help save the day." more >>