Daniel Radcliffe To Star In “Tokyo Vice” Movie
It looks like Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice is not only getting a live-action film, but it already has its leading man. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will star as the author, as the adaptation details Adelstein’s real-life story of being an American who covered the Tokyo Crime Beat and the Yakuza.
Tokyo Vice is a personal favorite of mine, and while I don’t really see the resemblance between Radcliffe and Adelstein, I’m sure he’s got the acting chops to do the film justice.
Production is scheduled to begin next year.
As reported earlier in the week, Disney moved in to purchase Lucasfilm from George Lucas. This left a mixed reaction among Star Wars fans, especially also considering the announcement of episodes 7 in 2015, followed by episodes 8 and 9, along with the plans to feature films every 2-3 years.
Many questions were raised as to why Lucas would sell his companies, but with his retirement announced earlier in the year, it should have come off as a smoke signalling Lucas’ separation from his beloved franchise.
The selling of Lucasfilm should pretty much signal the long debate of who truly owns the Star Wars universe: George Lucas or the fans. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,” Lucas said, “I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.” That in essence — though ownership now belongs to Disney — pretty much reinforces this idea that Star Wars is now a universe of the people and for the people.
Hit the break to check out part 1 of a 3-part segment on my thoughts on where I think Disney may go with Star Wars in film after their acquisition of Lucasfilm.
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“When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign… that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.” ~Jonathan Swift
For the fourth time in my lifetime, a film adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces (my favorite book of all-time) has a director, screenwriter & star.
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According to blu-ray.com, Harry Potter producer David Heyman is setting his sights on another British literary icon, Paddington Bear.
The Mighty Boosh director Paul King will be helming, with Heyman producing, the story of the bear from “Deepest, darkest Peru” who travels to England and is adopted by a family that finds him in Paddington Station. Not much is known beyond the fact that it will apparently be a cgi/live-action hybrid film in the vein of Yogi Bear & Scooby-Doo, but hopefully, you know, better.
Deadline updated their original story with this news, so I’m updating here as well. Apparently they’ve signed Coraline director Henry Selick to direct. Resume happy dancing!
According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney has just paid a ton of money to make an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. As an avid reader of Gaiman, I can tell you that this book is pure awesome sauce.
It’s a twisted take on The Jungle Book where an orphaned boy is raised by a rowdy pack of ghosts in a graveyard, and while it sounds like a horror story, it’s actually not that scary once you get past the boy’s origins. It’s incredibly sweet and is a beautiful way to introduce children to the concept of death. As a parent, I’m glad that there are authors like Gaiman willing to take a risk and trust that kids are smarter than the world tends to give them credit for.
Hopefully Disney retains this spirit as well…
Wow, they’re really going no-holds-barred on Zelda’s 25th anniversary. This recent release in Japan is loaded with 275 pages of Hyrulean eye candy and brain food. The book is loaded with concept art and even a 32-page manga.
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Avatar Aang is Making a Comeback!
If you, like me, are a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender and you, like me, miss having Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and Zuko in your life, then get excited!
While there is a new series within the same universe, Legend of Korra, in the works, it still doesn’t have a release date. So in the case that it may take a while to hit the airwaves, pick up a copy of Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Promise - Part 1! According to the site, it starts to bridge the gap between the ending of the first series and the beginning of the second. Easily a must-have for any fan of the series, the book is set for release January 25, 2012.
Pre-order your copy today at the link below!
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After the conclusion of TV show Game of Thrones, fans of the series and book alike expressed worry that the show wouldn’t catch up with the rest of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series before being canceled.
In a recent interview, HBO’s co-president Richard Pierpier stated, “We told [Martin] we’d go on as long as he keeps writing.”
This statement was backed up by Michael Lombaro, the programming president: “I hope it lasts for 20 years. I promise you we won’t stop it before it’s ready to stop … There’s a great relationship fans have with the show and we appreciate it. We’ve never seen people get so excited about casting.”
At the moment, HBO is unsure about how many season the show will run, given that Martin’s books are notoriously long. It also seems they will be sticking to 10-episode seasons.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I can heave a huge sigh of relief now that I know the series will continue for a long time to come.