Hope (?) for the Live Action Akira Film

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In case you've forgotten, Warner Bros has been trying to make a Westernized, live-action version of the 1988 anime Akira for years.  Widely regarded as one of the most groundbreaking and well-loved animes of all time, most fans don't see the need for an American Akira, especially not with big Hollywood names like Chris Pine, James Franco, Andrew Garfield, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson rumored to be attached to the project.  Things have been pretty quiet on the Akira front for a while, but a new name has cropped up, and one that isn't so bad. 

Netflix's Daredevil season 2 showrunner Marco Ramirez has apparently been hired to write a screenplay for the film.  In addition to the new Daredevil series, Ramirez has also written for Orange is the New Black and Sons of Anarchy.  There's no questioning his talent; Ramirez can certainly pen a good script, but the question remains of whether or not this film should even be made.

 Does Ramirez's involvement affect how you feel about an American Akira?  Would you watch it?

The American Adaptation of Death Note is Moving Forward, Now Has a Director!

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If you haven't already heard, I've got some groan-inducing news for you: there's going to be an American adaptation of Death Note, courtesy of Warner Bros.  

Adam Wingard, director of The Guest, has signed on alongside writer Jeremy Slater, who penned The Lazarus Effect and the Fantastic Four reboot due out later this year.  Based on their previous work, it seems like the film is in fairly capable hands, but there are just some adaptations that don't need to be made.  If you're unfamiliar, check out trailers for The Guest and The Lazarus Effect below.



The Rock Joins the Cast of Moana

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Dwayne Johnson has announced his role as the male lead in Disney's upcoming Polynesian mythology inspired film, Moana. His role has not been officially announced, but he will likely play the god Maui, travel companion and guide of Disney's first Polynesian princess, Moana. Not only is he acting in the movie, but he's singing too. Wondering if he's got the pipes? Yeah, he totally does:

Jason Segel to Helm LEGO Spinoff Movie, 'Billion Brick Race'

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There are already three new LEGO movies coming out in the next few years, and we're about the get a fourth.  

Jason Segel is to write and direct Billion Brick Race alongside Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce.  Segel helped write the Muppets film that he starred in in 2011, so his foray into the world of LEGO isn't terribly out of character.  Billion Brick Race will follow Ninjago in 2016, The Lego Batman Movie in 2017 and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018, but no release date has been set.