Daily Archives: 10/20/2011

Death from above! “Assassin’s Creed” movie going forward at Sony

Joystiq today reports that Ubisoft  are this close to making a deal with Sony to bring the “Assassin’s Creed” series to the big screen.

Where's my "Doctor Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine" movie, dammit?

Sony also have their own “Uncharted” series moving forward with Neill Burger helming – the scale and settings of an “Assassin’s Creed” game probably call for a director comfortable with (SPOILERS) sci-fi world building and period detail (SPOILERS END) – anybody fancy knocking up a time machine and nabbing a post-“Duellists”/pre-“Alien” Ridley Scott from the 1970s?

 

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“Gears of War 3” – second DLC announced.

Got your “Gears of War 3” season pass yet?  Me either.  I wasn’t entirely convinced by the promise of the first “Horde Command” add-on (out in November) but the second one – the just-announced “Raam’s Shadow”-  seems like it might be more to my liking.

It's the master of disaster, Sera's Reaper, the Locust with the mostest - General Raam!

A three-hour side-story which lets you play as the antagonist and Torque-bow sponge from the first game, “Raam’s Shadow” also adds 250 sweet cheevos, new protagonists and – be still your hearts – chocolate weapons.

Chocolate weapons?  Toblerone Lancer? Twix Hammerburst? The mind boggles.

It’s due out on December 13th, by which time I might have made some actual progress in ‘Horde‘.  Hope springs, and all that.

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Warner Brothers are making a live action “Akira”.

On a day which also saw the Wachowskis announce their return to large-scale SF film-making, Warner Brothers have now confirmed a green-light for the live action adaptation of the hugely influential anime and manga “Akira”.

If they cast Shia LaBeouf in this, I'm quitting the planet. Does Saturn have good wi-fi?

Working with a troubling budget of $90 million – that doesn’t sound like a whole heck of a lot to mount a science fiction blockbuster set in a foreign country in the future with tons of pyrotechnics (literal and figurative) – is the director of sleeper hits “Orphan” and “Unknown”, Jaume Collet-Serra.  I confess to being wholly unfamiliar with his work, but that’s my oversight.

Down town Sheffield, yesterday.

A previous script draft was worked on by awesome nerd Gary Whitta (former editor of PC Gamer, contributor to the “Tested” podcast and writer of “The Book of Eli”) but this latest iteration is in the very safe hands of Steve Kloves, who wrote the lion’s share of the “Harry Potter” series.

Your man Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company is producing and the major hurdle to be addressed now is one of casting – are we going to see a cast of Anglo pretty boys in lead roles or does Warner Brothers have the foresight to at least stay partially true to the source material and cast Asian actors?

The rumour that Garrett Hedlund – who I really enjoyed in “Tron: Legacy” – has been offered the role of Kaneda suggests that the issue of ‘race-bending’ is still with us, unfortunately.

 

 

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