Given the recent success of Alvin and the Chipmunks, other studios are now jumping on the live-action/CGI bandwagon.
Warner Bros. has just announced that Marvin the Martian will be the next cartoon character up for the big screen treatment. The Looney Tunes character - which was first introduced 60 years ago - will reportedly get his own Christmas-time feature.
Although Marvin’s plans to destroy the Earth were usually ruined by Bugs Bunny, it doesn’t appear the carrot chomper will be included in the adaptation. As the film is currently conceived, the white-gloved one will become trapped in a gift during his attempt to ruin the holiday.
No target date has been announced for the project.
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Back in January, we found out which stars would be taking on the live-action version of G.I. Joe. Now we’re getting our first glimpses of some those actors in character.
The Paramount film is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7, 2009.
Pictured above: Dennis Quaid (General Hawk), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Sienna Miller (The Baroness)
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Anime fans are in luck. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, will be the next graphic novel to get a live-action treatment.
Warner Bros. has plans to turn the classic manga - which had been released in six volumes - into two films. The first of which is scheduled to be released in 2009. Leonardo DiCaprio will serve as one of the series’ producers.
Although the original storyline was based in a post-nuclear “New Tokyo”, this updated version will be set in “New Manhattan”. The city was rebuilt with Japanese money after being destroyed decades earlier.
Otomo, the man who also directed the 1988 animated adaptation, will be on board as executive producer for the two installments.
Casting has not been announced for the projects.
Read More | Variety
I still remember Saturday mornings watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, the cartoon, on TV. I even remember the special show the series did about the Berlin Wall – truly heady stuff for a show designed only for children. Every year around this time, you’ll hear their Christmas tune on the radio. Now, someone has taken the bold step to answer the question which plagues my generation: does Alvin still want a hula-hoop?
Okay, that’s not really the burning question. A better question would be, what madman thought a live-action version of the chipmunks would work? And WHY? But like it or not, the live-action version of Alvin and the Chipmunks is indeed coming to theaters, and as soon as December 14. What can fans expect from this barely-publicized flick?
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