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Animanga in the News: 2/19/11

+ posted by vintagemistakes in Anime/Manga News on Feb 19, 2011 17:05
Here you will find a run down of today's anime and manga news! If anything sent waves through the anime and manga world today, you'll find it in this post! By the way, I am not saladesu, and will just be trying to fill her shoes for a day. Hopefully, the fact that I was convinced to dress in drag to try and impersonate her for this won't scare you away?

If you would like to help in finding and translating news of this nature, please contact saladesu via PM ^^ Feel free to PM me any interesting bits of anime or manga news you find floating around the internet, too.

Harry Potter Scripwriter is Hired for Live-Action Akira Movie

The producers of the planned live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira science-fiction manga have hired Steve Kloves to polish the latest draft of the scripts. Kloves wrote the screenplays for all of the films based of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels except the fifth one. He also wrote the Wonder Boys film, and he wrote and directed The Fabulous Baker Boys film.

Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell, The Book of Eli) is attached to direct the project for Warner Brothers. The project's cast and release date have not been established yet.

Screenwriter Gary Whitta was previously attached to the project, which actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Inception) is producing through his Appian Way production company. According to ComingSoon.net, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby also worked on the films' scripts before another writer, Albert Torres was hired to script the most recent draft last year.

Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar, DiCaprio, Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hughes, and his brother Allen Hughes will produce the project. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed. Otomo will serve as an executive producer of the live-action version through a deal signed by his publisher, Kodansha.

Source: ANN & Variety


The New York Times Manga Best Seller List.

The list will be appearing in the February 27, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending February 12, 2011 in the United States. Both print and digital formats are incorporated into the rankings. If you are interested in past rankings, please head over to the New York Times Manga Best Sellers thread located in Otaku Shoten.

Spoiler: Rankings

1 - NARUTO, VOL. 50, by Masashi Kishimoto.
2 - BLACK BIRD, VOL. 7, by Kanoko Sakurakoji.
3 - BLACK BUTLER, VOL. 4, by Yana Toboso.
4 - BAKUMAN, VOL. 3, by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
5 - FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, VOL. 24, by Hiromu Arakawa.
6 - HETALIA AXIS POWERS, VOL. 2, by Hidekaz Himaruya.
7 - D. GRAY-MAN, VOL. 20, by Katsura Hoshino.
8 - VAMPIRE KNIGHT, VOL. 11, by Matsuri Hino.
9 - HETALIA AXIS POWERS, VOL. 1, by Hidekaz Himaruya.
10 - ONE PIECE, VOL. 56, by Eiichiro Oda.

Source: New York Times

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#1. by baboysai (Pink Warrior)
Posted on Feb 20, 2011
more and more news about the coming of Akira, I cannot deny it anymore. But I have come to like Leonardo, I think he's a respectable man with the eye for the art. I'm keeping my hopes up a bit.
#2. by saladesu (in absentia)
Posted on Feb 20, 2011
Thank you Vinty! :3
#3. by vintagemistakes (Vintage Reboot)
Posted on Feb 21, 2011
My pleasure. ;)
#4. by benelori (The Hero MH Deserves)
Posted on Feb 22, 2011
I'm having my hopes up for this Akira project...it seems that Warner Bros are planning to do lots of manga-related stuff...IIRC, they want to do Bleach as well right?

Anyways thanks sally! Akira is a manga and I think it would be a nice adaptation even if history tells us otherwise

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