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Because if it does suck, Sunrise won't approve it. That is the face-saving clause that the Japanese studio insisted on including in the contract it signed with 20th Century Fox, for the upcoming live-action movie based on Cowboy Bebop. As the 1998 anime's original creator, Sunrise seems to have played hard to get with the American giant, as the negociations dragged on for two years "until agreeable contract terms were drafted", according to a report from last week's Tokyo Anime Fair (via ANN).

The Cowboy Bebop live-action film adaptation was officially announced earlier this year, and the reason for all the hub-hub around it is Keanu Reeves's fervent involvement in the project. In fact, Sunrise president Kenji Uchida admitted that the passion of the Christ Keanu Reeves was the deciding factor for the deal. (...)

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Having seen Twilight just a couple of weeks ago, and being pleasantly impressed with it, I wish I could say I see the point of an anime adaptation. But I don't. Then again, I don't see the point of many other anime out there, so don't mind me. Instead, better dedicate your utmost attention to the movie's director Catherine Hardwicke, who seems to think that a Twilight anime is in the works.

Hardwicke dropped the hint in the commentary track from the movie's upcoming DVD version (releasing on March 21), according to Sci Fi Wire. Soon to be named SyFy, by the way. (...)

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Most of us may only be familiar with the 2006 anime film version of Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), but prior to that there were three live-action movies based on the same story already, between 1983 and 2002. And as the title says, the collection is about to get even larger.

Thanks to Zepy's randomly keen eye, we're told that the ever-elusive "they" are looking to hire extras for a new live-action TokiKake movie. Filming for it is starting right about now, and will go on until late April 2009.

Curiously, part of the movie allegedly takes place in 1974, which could mean that the movie is going to stray away from the anime version. But just how far away? (...)

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And that's not counting Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, Production I.G's next fantasy animation film planned for a summer 2009 release in Japan. Although for that one, Mamoru Oshii is only writing, not directing - as he has done for the Ghost in the Shell films, the Patlabor films, or last year's The Sky Crawlers, among others.

So counting only his future projects as director, we're left with three films: one animated, and two live-action. Oshii outlined his generic plans yesterday during a Sky Crawlers DVD / Blu-ray launch event. Apparently he had just started work on a new anime film, but he doesn't expect it to be "feasible" until 2011.

As for his live-action theatrical duo, these seem to be two entirely different productions. While one of them will be a low-budget movie aimed at film connoisseurs, the other one promises to be an action-adventure epic of "eroticism and violence". I wonder why Mnemosyne popped up in my mind just now...
- Like they did with the other two Death Note live-action movies, Viz Pictures will also be screening the spin-off movie L, Change the WorLd in American theatres. This time, though, fans will have two nights to see it, instead of just one. The first screening will be on April 29 (the subtitled version with original Japanese audio), and the second one on April 30 (the English dubbed version). Details about tickets and stuff in this press release.

- Nanoha fans will be glad to hear that a 4th series is about to begin this April... and maybe not so glad to hear that it's only a new manga series, not a new anime. Not yet. The inaugural issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Nyantype magazine (out on April 30) will be home to this new manga series titled Mahou Senki Lyrical Nanoha Force (Magical War Chronicle Lyrical Nanoha Force), in which Nanoha has reached the retirement-entitling age of 25. Also, details about the upcoming Nanoha movie should pop up in the same issue.

- Over on the FMA front, we have several news of interest. First off, the seiyuu cast for this year's new Fullmetal Alchemist anime was announced, and apart from the core duo which remains unchanged (Romi Paku and Rie Kugimiya as the female-voiced Elric brothers), most of the other voice actors / actresses are being shuffled. Gia has a handy comparison between the new cast and the original one.
- Next up, we have yet another trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), for the first time showing some precious few frames with Winry.
- And finally, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Death Note, Nanoha, FMA'...
As we are struggling to decide what's worse between Western movies adapted from anime, or anime adapted from Western movies, here's another one to ponder upon: a Mad Max anime (huh?) was revealed to be in the making, by none other than the movies' original director / writer George Miller, recently turned 64.

The way Miller puts it in an interview with the MTV Music Blog, he plans to resurrect the 4th Mad Max film (which was cancelled several years ago) and turn it into a 3D anime. Now, considering that he also directed the 2006 Oscar-winning CG movie Happy Feet, it remains to be seen if the old man's idea of "anime" resonates with ours. On the bright side, (...)

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Yet another Street Fighter anime short was announced on the upcoming live-action movie's Japanese website, and in all fairness, it's been announced more than a month ago. But for some reason, the news remained unnoticed by most Western anime website, and would've probably stayed that way, had it not been for an unofficial Street Fighter blog. So as it turns out, the Japanese version of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (the Hollywood-made live-action movie) will be screened together with a new anime short that focuses on Sakura - the ass-kicking high school girl from Capcom's games franchise.

The Legend of Chun-Li premieres at the end of this week both in the US and Japan, and apparently the new anime short will run immediately after the movie ends. At least in Japan it will, since there's no word on an international version. And speaking of which, I've just added the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li trailer locally... Not impressive, not one bit.

Other "technical specifications" for this Sakura anime short (...)

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As Dragonball Evolution's April 2009 premiere nears, more and more generic "stuff" arises, titillating the fans' excitement - at least those optimistic enough to believe in the success of a Hollywoodian live-action movie. Coming in March is an unimpressive PSP game based on the movie, as well as some horrendous-looking toys / action figures. They're not totally useless, though: they'll make for a great gift, if you really want to hurt somebody's feelings.

Anyway, that's not why I bothered digging up this topic. The real news this weeks comes straight from the mouth of ill-chosen leading actor Justin Chatwin (Goku), who revealed that there's already a script in place for a second Dragonball live-action movie. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Dragonball Movie Sequel, PSP Game, Toys, HD'...
In more imminent live-action movie news, Viz Pictures have announced that their DVD release of Death Note II: The Last Name is now estimated for February 10, 2009. This is the second live-action movie based on the Death Note manga / anime franchise, that originally premiered in Japan at the end of 2006, and was briefly shown in American theaters for two nights only in mid October 2008.

From what Viz tells us, the DVD will feature both the original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles, as well as an English dubbed version. Bonus features include a special segment, "Making of Death Note II" and the original Japanese theatrical trailer. Hmm... I think we missed that one, but we still have the Engrish Death Note 2 movie trailer, along with this here story copy-pasted from the communique: (...)

>  Continue reading 'Death Note II Movie DVD Next Week, From Viz'...
A live-action film adaptation of Cowboy Bebop has been known to be in the making ever since a deal between anime studio Sunrise and film producer Erwin Stoff (The Matrix, A Scanner Darkly) was revealed last summer. But it wasn't until last month that Sunrise officially announced the Cowboy Bebop movie, confirming their collaboration with 20th Century Fox (and 3 Arts Entertainment), as well as Keanu Reeves' presence among the cast - presumably as Spike Spiegel.

Back in December when Keanu Reeves expressed his burning desire to play the lead role, he also revealed that the live-action Cowboy Bebop movie will be based on the "Red Eye" storyline from the anime's beginning. Other than that, not much else is known about the story. But there's probably no need to worry, seeing how the production team includes (...)

>  Continue reading 'Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Movie Official'...
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