Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lost in Translation

The new year brings new news.

The anime /Death Note/ is being turned into a musical with music by Frank Wildhorn (Broadway play Jekyll and Hyde, Whitney Houston's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?") and .This isn't the first musical about a serial killer.Sweeney Todd was at one point a ballet.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt may star and co-produce the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.Gordon-Levitt may even direct the feature.David S. Goyer will also be on board as co-producer.

Hasbro has been trying to regain the movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons from Sweetpea Entertainment.Sweetpea was responsible for the plus the far better direct-to-DVD sequel and was working on a script based on Chainmail, D&D's progenitor game.At issue is who currently holds the movie rights.The original contract required Sweetpea to release a sequel within five years of the original movie, but Hasbro does not count the direct-to-DVD works while Sweetpea does.

It's not a new .Now, though, with best sellers and adaptation rights bringing in money to publishers, the desire to continue an author's series is growing.

Not that unexpected, considering that Disney owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm.Dark Horse had a great twenty-year run, though, and set a standard that will be difficult to match.

Lucasfilm's Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper on Twitter) heads the group tasked with getting the canon straight.The story group will have to work out how the movies, TV series, comics, books, role-playing games, video games, and toys all work together.Interestingly, West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game is still an influence on Star Wars despite WEG's bankruptcy in 1998.

This isn't as dire as it sounds.As a collectable card game, has a setting that has been developed since 1993, and storylines in each expansion set.As long as Fox, the studio making the movie, can keep the familiar elements and introduce them to people who haven't played while still keeping fans of the game not-annoyed, the adaptation stands a chance.

The Wonder Woman prequel TV series has been cancelled by the CW.The network left the possibility of a future Wonder Woman series open.It looks more that the CW doesn't want to botch the series and is being cautious.

The Adam West TV series will, at long last, see a DVD release.Warner and Fox have worked out the legal differences over rights.No specific date has been set.

Warner delayed the release of the movie, still untitled, until May 2016.Start of production won't start until second quarter of this year.

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