eOne Picks Up Manga ‘Black Jack’ For TV Series

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 11:17am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Black Jack is coming to a TV near you. Entertainment One has acquired the worldwide rights to a television series based on the popular Japanese manga. The LA/Toronto-based indie studio, that produces ABC’s Rookie Blue and … Read More »

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Longtime Exec Sandy Climan Leading Global Campaign For Japanese Entertainment

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 8:57am PST

EXCLUSIVE: One of the industry’s top deal makers, Climan has been named CEO of a new enterprise, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), that vows to drive the most ambitious effort yet to spread Japan’s entertainment to English-speaking audiences. “Japan has … Read More »

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Warner Bros Taps Shane Black For Japanese Manga ‘Death Note’

By | Thursday January 13, 2011 @ 9:12am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has hired Shane Black to direct a live action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note. Black will oversee a script that’s being written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, his accomplices on Doc Savage, a … Read More »

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Illumination Entertainment And Universal Eye Japanese Manga ‘Pluto’ For New Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment are teaming with Tezuka Productions to turn the Japanese Manga Pluto into a live action/CG hybrid film. Pluto, which married a beloved Japanese cultural figure with the writer Naoki Urasawa and artist Takashi Nagasaki, has sold 8 million copies in Japan. The series updates characters from the Osamu Tezuka-created Astro Boy and sets the action in a world populated by giant robots and cybernetic citizens. Illumination, formed by former Fox Animation head Meledandri, came out of the gate this summer with a hit in Despicable Me. Meledandri follows with Hop, a live action/CG mix that bows April 2, 2011, with Russell Brand voicing the Easter Bunny. Right behind that is Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, the Ricky Gervais-created Flanimals, a new stop-motion version of The Addams Family with Tim Burton directing, and a sequel to Despicable Me, which has so far grossed north of $360 million worldwide. Read More »

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Alex Aja Goes From ‘Piranha 3D’ To ‘Cobra: Space Pirate’

By | Wednesday August 18, 2010 @ 2:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Director Alexandre Aja has emerged from the Piranha 3D fish tank determined to next sink his teeth into Cobra—The Space Pirate. While not well known in America, the Buichi Terasawa-created Japanese manga was turned into an animated series that was … Read More »

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