I just got the list of Viz’s manga releases for the first half of 2010, and it’s a long list. So, rather than give you my fun, yet abridged synopses of these undoubtedly great titles, especially since I have yet to read any, here’s the initial installment straight from the mouth of PR:
TWILIGHT franchise producer Wyck Godfrey told THE LOS ANGELES TIMES that the fourth book in Stephanie Meyer's series, BREAKING DAWN, could begin shooting this fall.
Sony's ARMORED, which opened in theaters Dec. 4, was accidentally released on the company's PlayStation Network over the holidays, VARIETY reports.
Peter Jackson may be taking on a project to adapt Philip Reeve's fantasy novels MORTAL ENGINES for a film, THE DOMINION POST reports.
The rights to Daniel H. Wilson's unpublished manuscript ROBOPOCALYPSE have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios and Doubleday, COMINGSOON.NET reports.
Walden Media is acquiring the film rights to the bestselling book series The Berenstain Bears. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Nelvana and Walden Media will produce the family comedy which will be a live action film mixed with computer generated characters.
David Lindsay-Abair, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playright, has been tapped to write the adaption of THE GUARDIANS for DreamWorks, VARIETY reports.
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, expands its popular SHOJO BEAT imprint with the release of Kyousuke Motomi’s BEAST MASTER manga on November 3rd.
Ann Peacock is signed up to write the adaptation of the novel AIRMAN for Disney and ImageMover, Variety reports.
Press Release from Aardman Rights
Aardman Rights has secured a deal with leading publisher and distributor of practical books, manuals and DVDs Haynes, to produce a brand new Wallace & Gromit manual.
The series of books will finally reveal the exact inner workings of Wallace’s vast array of vehicles, inventions and contraptions which feature in the duo’s award-winning TV series and films. The first format will be released autumn 2009.
Stephen King has inked a deal to turn his novella THE COLORADO KID into an hour-long TV series, Variety reports.
Entertainment branding/consulting company ThinkTank Emporium has teamed with Charlesbridge Publishing and author David Biedrzycki to identify and develop licensing and media opportunities based on the ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE series.
Leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion has been appointed to represent the licensing rights to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s much-loved literary property THE LITTLE PRINCE in the U.K. and Eire.
With the DC Comics sale firmly in place, WB has created a new company known as DC Entertainment, notes the Hollywood Reporter.
In the latest excerpt from Maya Plugin Power, author Mark Jennings Smith shows readers how to create stitching effects using Seamour plugins from ticket01.
Michael Douglas' Further Films is developing Shirley Jackson’s 1962 novel, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE.
CASTLE tells the tale of a reclusive, potentially murderous family and was adapted for Broadway in the 1960s.
The HollywoodReporter notes Further will produce with Literal Media, the firm that reps Jackson's work. Laurence Hyman, Jackson's son and literary executor, also will have a role as producer.
Press Release from Disney Book Group
Los Angeles, CA -- July 21, 2009 -- Disney Book Group announced today the PRINCE OF PERSIA graphic novel anthology, the first-ever graphic novel written by the creator of PRINCE OF PERSIA, Jordan Mechner. Todd McFarlane (SPAWN, SPIDER-MAN) created exclusive art to be featured on the cover, and interior art will include some of the most talented names in comics.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
From Hollywood blockbuster to striving independent filmmaker, from mobile phone games to characters advertising products on television, from pseudo live action through to virtual environments, animation is able to transcend boundaries to reach new audiences.
New book ANIMATION IN PROCESS shows how artists, designers, filmmakers, programmers, directors, writers, and producers have seized the chance to entertain using a versatile and compelling medium.
Press Release from Comic-Con International
SAN DIEGO, June 18 -- A new hardbound collector's book entitled COMIC-CON: 40 YEARS OF ARTISTS, WRITERS, FANS AND FRIENDS begins pre-sales today.
Two years after being killed, Marvel Comics will bring back to life Captain America, according to the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (via IESB.net).
"The original Captain America is finally coming back," Marvel Comics editor in chief Joe Quesada said. "We've been patiently planning for this moment for 21/2 years."