Benderspink and producer Josh C. Kline are set to adapt the classic Japanese anime STAR BLAZERS into a live-action feature, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Known as SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO in Japan, the 1970s franchise spun off three television series, five animated features and a host of merchandise. Voyager Ent. brought the series to the U.S. in the early 1980s.
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Paramount has tapped J.J. Abrams to produce, write and direct the 11th STAR TREK feature, scheduled for a 2008 release, reports VARIETY. Damon L Lindelof and Bryan Burk, Abrams' producing team from LOST, also will produce.
Abrams will co-write the script with MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE III scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The story will focus on the early days of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.
In conjunction with the release of the fully re-mastered POOH'S GRAND ADVENTURE THE SEARCH FOR CHRISTOPHER ROBIN on Disney DVD April 11, 2006, Winnie The Pooh receive his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This being the characters 80th Anniversary the unveiling will take place at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Leading Irish game developer, Star Cave Studios Ltd. is heading to GDC to showoff their portfolio of games. Among the products Star Cave Studio is bringing is a AAA online & multiplayer atmospheric, combined FPS shooter and RTS game named TERRA : FORMATIONS, which is in development for PC and scheduled to appear on leading next generation game consoles.
In TERRA : FORMATIONS, players take control of a marine on a mission to stop an alien race from taking over the galaxy. The game is available at GDC by appointment only.
LucasArts and TT Games announced their plans to release LEGO STAR WARS II: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY [working title], the sequel to one of the best-selling videogames of 2005. Created by TT Games and developed by Traveller's Tales, LEGO STAR WARS II is slated for release this fall across seven platforms PlayStation 2, Sony PSP, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Windows.
Kristen Bell (VERONICA MARS), Jay Baruchel (MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Chris Marquette (JUST FRIENDS) and Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS) are in final talks to join the cast of FANBOYS, which follows a group of STAR WARS geeks, who attempt their dying friends wish of screening the yet-unreleased STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Dan Fogler (forthcoming SCHOOL OF SCOUNDRELS) has already been cast as a hot-headed pizza boy.
ADV Films is releasing five titles on Jan, 17, 2006, beginning with the 10th and final volume of GANTZ! Other Jan. 17 releases include the first volume of KALEIDO STAR: NEW WINGS, new volumes of AREA 88 and GODANNAR and the new thin-packed GRAVION COMPLETE COLLECTION.
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, VOL. 2, released earlier this month on DVD (Fox Home Ent., $19.98), picks up with the third season from Cartoon Network and bridges the gap between EPISODES II and III.
The Jedi are smarting from the battle with General Grievous. The Jedi Council reluctantly makes Anakin a Jedi Knight and he continues being drawn to the Dark Side of the Force. We learn many things about Grievous (how he gets his cough and obtains his collection of lightsabers) and other plot points that help set up and explain REVENGE OF THE SITH.
A spoof of science-fiction classic STAR TREK distributed free over Internet has become Finland's most viewed movie, REUTERS reports and has reached more than three million viewers in less than two months.
STAR WRECK: IN THE PIRKINNING is a full-length feature (with English subtitles) made by a group of students and other amateur filmmakers on a few home computers to create elaborate special effects on a minimalist budget.
In just one week of release, STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH on DVD and the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II videogame brought in sales of $210 million in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Latin America, capping a record-breaking year for the STAR WARS franchise.
The two newest STAR WARS home entertainment releases debut in four more major international markets through Nov. 23.
Graham King's Initial Ent. Group has obtained international distribution rights for Revolution Studios' Philip K. Dick adaptation, NEXT, according to VARIETY. As part of the deal, King will gain a producer credit on the film along with star Nicolas Cage, Norm Golightly, Todd Garner and Arne Schmidt.
REVENGE OF THE SITH, the last of the STAR WARS prequels, hits DVD shelves in a two-disc set Nov. 1, 2005 (Fox Home Ent., $29.98). EPISODE III, with stunning vfx from ILM 1,269 shots and more CGI than many animated features is a reference quality disc, thanks to its dense, beautiful, digital imagery.
KB Toys announced its annual Hot Toy List for holiday 2005, featuring a wide selection of the season's "must have" toys. Four animated or visual effects franchises BARBIE AND THE MAGIC PEGASUS, BATMAN, CINERELLA and FANTASTIC 4 made the lists in general. Three specific STAR WARS items also made the list as well as the audio BRATZ CD.
KB Toys HOT Toy List FOR HOLIDAY 2005 (alphabetical)* Aquadoodle (Spinmaster) * Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (Mattel) * Batman (Mattel) * Bratz Rock Angelz (MGA Ent.)
Peter Plantec explores with a host of artists why ZBrush 2 is changing the modeling landscape in the VFX world.
THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. is developing, in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts and developer Mikoishi, the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE game based on LucasArt's STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, the best-selling STAR WARS game ever.
Lucasfilm is seeking screenwriters for its STAR WARS TV series, reports IGN FILMFORCE. The live-action show will take place during the rise of the Empire between the REVENGE OF THE SITH and A NEW HOPE films.
Keeping tight security on the story, writers will work out of the Skywalker Ranch. Lucas and STAR WARS feature producer Rick McCallum will produce the series. Filming is set to begin in Australia in 2007.
Nancy Cartwright discusses and gives advice about an important, but little talked about area of the voice acting business promotions and marketing.
Making Nov. 1, 2005, STAR WARS day around the globe, Fox Home Ent. and LucasArts have announced that STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH will be released day-and-date with videogame STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II. The SITH DVD will be released in most major markets either on the first or around it. The double-disc movie DVD will include a feature-length documentary on the making of the film.
Beverly Hills auctioneer Profiles in History will auction treasures from the archive of filmmaker Gary Kurtz on July 29, 2005, at 11:00 am PDT. Kurtz was the producer of STAR WARS and STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, as well as AMERICAN GRAFFITI, RETURN TO OZ and DARK CRYSTAL. He received two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (STAR WARS & AMERICAN GRAFFITI). Working closely with George Lucas from 1973-1981 as vp of Lucasfilm, Kurtz was instrumental in developing the STAR WARS trilogy and bringing the first two blockbuster films to the silver screen.
Lucasfilm has sent out a letter to potential network buyers inviting bids for the TV broadcast rights to the STAR WARS film franchise, reports VARIETY. The price tag for the six-film series could go as high as $50 million.
Ben Burtt, sound designer for all the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES films, is headed to Pixar Animation Studios, reports THE POST-STANDARD. Burtt said that he worked at Lucasfilm on a project-to-project basis and no new projects were in the works. Pixar gave him "the most attractive" of his offers, so he took it. One of the perks he cited was Pixar's Bay Area location, which has been his home for years.
STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH has tied SPIDER-MAN 2 for the fastest feature to reach $200M in only eight days. The final STAR WARS saga has tallied $200.4M domestically and $356.9M overseas for Fox, according to boxofficemojo.com.
Kellogg and Lucasfilm Ltd. have teamed to supply new Kellogg's products inspired by the May 19 release of STAR WARS: EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH.
Discovery HD Theater takes extraterrestrial coverage to the next level to the high definition level as it presents ALIEN PLANET on May 14, 2005 at 8:00 pm, the networks first ever simulcast event with the Discovery Channel. Continuing its out-of-this-world theme, on May 18 from 8-11:00 pm, Discovery HD Theater will present THE SCIENCE OF STAR WARS, a special that reveals various types of Star Wars-like equipment in use today and in the development stages.