Just as the title suggests...yes...they turned another anime into a live action film. Of course, DeathNote was a big hit and was well cast but how will DragonBall fair against something like that. Written by Ben Ramsey and directed by James Wong, DragonBall has already been released in several countries overseas. The popular anime turned card game and multi-facited franchise will be debuting the PG-rated film in the states April 8th. Chow Yun-Fat, whom was in movies such as Bulletproof Monk and Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End, will be playing the role of Master Roshi, the perverted hermit and Goku's mentor. Other than Chow, the cast is a mish mosh of actors/actresses from various medias.
The story begins with Goku, who seeks out upon his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls. Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does.
Only recieving 4.5 out of 10 stars on the International Movie Database scale, it seems it might make a splash dive into the deep end without it's waterwings. Although most of the related material and mangas are no longer produced, it's still new to us. We'll have to wait and see if it can stand up to it's following and name in the US.
Escape from City 17 is a short film series filmed guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500. You'll find a mix of machinima style game footage and a with real actors. I'd encourage you to open the youtube link and watch in HD instead of this little window.
I don't get it. I just plain don't get it at all. Supposedly, Superman is being "looked" at by Hollywood to be revamped/rebooted/recooked/remaimed.
By the Wachowski Brothers.
According to AICN, "the Wachowski Brothers had been approached to re-boot the franchise as a trilogy and they are currently reviewing their options."
I mean I understand Bryan Singer not wanting to be involved with the franchise after his semi-failed attempt to reboot the series, but the Wachowski's? Did we all collectively forget the Matrix sequels? (I know that I have tried to.)
Superman is an ideal. An ideal that has to maintain very concrete standards in order to achieve any sort of commerical and fanatical success. Throwing him in bullet time does not equal success. I think the Superman franchise should be dropped altogether. There are so many good stories out there, so many new ideas, there is no reason under our yellow sun to keep trying to reboot obviously unsuccessful franchises. Hollywood: Please try something new. Like Alfred Bester. Or Joe Haldeman. Or Richard Morgan. Or Neal Asher!