We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but unfortunately we have to say it again – there’s still an American live action movie adaptation of Death Note happening over at Netflix. We don’t know why it’s happening, but maybe the god’s have decided that we’ve had it too good all this time.
We’re forced to bring it up again because earlier today the streaming giant tweeted out the first teaser for the film, and it’s pretty much exactly what we expected. So we’re telling you about it. There, job done.
So we here at Nerd & Tie haven’t exactly been excited for the American Produced Ghost in the Shell movie. But we finally got our first five teasers. So here they are…
So yeah, some scenes out of context… and an uncomfortable reminder of just how white-washed this film is. I’m not sure what I make of this. Like is this supposed to generate buzz? What was the point of #4 anyway.
Anyway, the American Live Action Ghost in the Shell is coming in 2017, whether we want it or not.
I keep forgetting that this movie is happening. Then things like that happen and I feel like I have to talk about it. So how about the Green Goblin as a death god? Well that’s what you’re getting since Willem Dafoe will be providing the voice of the apple-loving god of death Ryuk, in the upcoming film.
Dafoe has a great voice, so that’s actually pretty exciting. He’s also the biggest name on this cast list so far which also features Straight Outta Compton’s Keith Stanfield and that kid from The Fault in Our Stars.
You didn’t ask for this. I didn’t ask for this, but apparently someone did. Skydance Media (Star Trek Beyond) announced today that they have acquired the global live action rights to the still popular light-novel-turned-anime Sword Art Online, with the intention of making it into a TV series.
For those who aren’t familiar Sword Art Online follows a group of young people trapped inside a fantasy-based MMORPG where Game Over means you actually die. Obviously, this is not the first series to use this premise, but its certainly one of most popular and has spawned tons of imitations in recent anime. That said, I’m having trouble not seeing this as silly. Honestly, when I hear this idea, the best case scenario I can imagine is The Guild trying to take itself seriously. Add in the cringe-inducing idea of harem anime elements done with real people, and this just feels uncomfortable, but its not up to me. There it is, whether you want it or not.
The pilot is being written by Laeta Kalongridis, the executive producer on Birds of Prey so there’s that too.
Look out for live action Sword Art Online in the near future.
Live action anime movies have been on the up-and-up recently.Be it the Battlestar Galacticaesque Space Battleship Yamato, the shockingly period-accurate Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, or even the Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow which was based on Hiroshi Sakurazuka’s All You Need is Kill, it’s clear that live action anime have come a long way since Dragonball Evolution.
It should also come as no surprise that Attack on Titan, one of the most popular series of the last five years, would get its own live action film too. With a cast of great characters and a director like Gamera-trilogy veteren Shinji Higuchi, what could possibly go wrong?
For several years its been rumored that the manga mega-hit Death Note would be getting its own live action American Movie, but after little news since Warner Brothers acquired the rights in 2009 the film finally has a director and it Good Will Hunting’s Gus Van Sant.
Van Sant doesn’t have a perfect track record, (looking at you shot-for-shot Psycho remake.) but his background with solid art house films could mean good things for this movie. Heck, this could be the first live action anime movie with good prospects in…. …ever. Its too bad Death Note hasn’t actually been relevant since 2011, but you can’t win everything.