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Mighty No. 9 animated adaptation in the works

I don’t how this will impact the planned live-action adaptation, but Comcept and Digital Frontier have announced they’ve begun work on an animated adaptation of Mighty No. 9.

The project is still in the early stages, but Digital Frontier wants to create an “action-packed comedy aimed at kids 6-11″ that they hope will appeal to adults as well. If the teaser video above is any indication, I think they’ve got a shot at doing just that. Produced for this weekend’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the video is a neat little taste of things to come. However, according to an FAQ posted on the official Mighty No. 9 site, no one has officially signed on to the animated adaptation as of yet. Digital Frontier is still looking for writers, a director, and voice actors. Because of this, we don’t know when Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series will make its television debut.

But hopefully the announcer sticks around, he’s pretty awesome.

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Legendary Pictures will develop a Dead Rising movie for Sony’s Crackle service

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Legendary Pictures, the film company behind Man of Steel, Godzilla, and the long-gestating adaptation of BioWare’s Mass Effect, has picked up the rights to develop a film based on Capcom’s zombie smasher Dead Rising. However, rather than aiming for the silver screen, the project is the first to emerge from Legendary’s Digital Media division. The company is working with producers Tomas Harlan and Tim Carter of Contradiction Films, who were previously responsible Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Carter will also write the screenplay, although there is no word on a director just yet.

The film will initially be distributed via Sony’s Crackle streaming service in North America, while Content Media Corp. has snagged the international distribution rights. Content Media also released Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and is distributing the much-anticipated Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist oh home video formats. Tom Lesinski, President of Content and Distribution at Legendary Digital Media, spoke highly of both companies, as well as the source material:

Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.

After its run on Crackle, the Dead Rising film will be released on DVD and become available to download through On Demand services.

[Source: Variety]

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Sixth Resident Evil movie will be subtitled “The Last Chapter”

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Speaking to Collider, director Paul W.S. Anderson has revealed that he has begun work on the sixth Resident Evil movie. The film is currently without a name, but Anderson’s working title is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so we might be looking at the final Resident Evil film adaptation:

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may end up being the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script. I’m right in the middle of [the first draft].”

And like the previous films in the franchise, Anderson plans to film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 3D:

“I firmly believe that you have to start thinking about the 3D even in the writing process. You cannot make a great 3D movie by just—it’s not some special sauce that you can sprinkle on. You make the dish and then you make hot sauce on top—it doesn’t work well like that. Yes, you can do a last minute conversion. You can not shoot the movie thinking about 3D and do a last minute conversion and it can be a 3D movie, it’s just not gonna be a great 3D movie.”

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter doesn’t have a set release date yet, but when asked if it’ll premiere in 2015 or 2016, Anderson replied: “Depends how fast I write, I guess.”

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Video Games: The Movie will be released in July

I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again: it’s an exciting time for video games and the people who play them. Hollywood has finally caught on, and now Video Games: The Movie, a documentary produced by Zach Braff (and narrated by Sean Astin, squee!) has been picked up by Variance Films and will make its way to theaters – and your living room – in July of this year. There are lots of amazing people interviewed in it, including Cliff Bleszinkski, Alison Haislip, Hideo Kojima, and my personal favorite, Nolan Bushnell.

Director Jeremy Snead told The Hollywood Reporter: “Games are a part of the human experience and permeate our culture now more than ever before. I’m thrilled that my film will expose the world to a never-before-told story of the men and women who built this industry, as well as what it has become and what it will continue to evolve into, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Variance to bring it out to the world.”

While this isn’t the first time this story has been told – unless Snead doesn’t want to count the books written on the topic, that is – it looks like it’s going to be an amazing documentary.

Video Games: The Movie will be available on Tuesday, July 15th through On Demand services, and in theaters in Canada and the United States on Friday, July 18th.

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Sony @ E3 14: Ratchet & Clank movie, PS4 game announced

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We already knew the Ratchet & Clank movie was coming soon, but what came as a surprise is that a remake of the first game in the franchise, also titled Ratchet & Clank, will be released for the PS4 in early 2015. Which is roughly the same time as the movie.

Makes sense.

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Sony @ E3 14: PS4 original programming show Powers announced

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Not just happy with showing video games, Sony showed off an original show, Powers, a television show based on the popular graphic novel.

Powers is a show about homicide detectives that work cases specifically centered around superpowers. Think of it as “Law and Order: Dead Super Heroes Unit.” The show is being run by Brian Michael Bendis, the creator of the original comic series, so expect it to stay very true to the source material.

More info will be dropped throughout the Summer. The show itself will hit the PS4 this December.

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MS @ E3 14: Microsoft confirms Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming this Fall

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Do you remember that Halo: The Master Chief Collection rumor that cropped up a few weeks ago? It’s real and it’s more than we could have ever hoped for.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will include remastered and remade versions of Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. The Collection will include every multiplayer map ever to grace a Master Chief Halo game, more than 100 in all, along with six maps from Halo 2 that will be recreated exactly as they existed in 2004. For those who are interested in the campaigns, every level from every game will be unlocked right from the start. And Microsoft has said that players will be able to create a unified playlist of their favorite levels across all four games. So if you’re one of those vocal folks who hates “The Library,” now you can skip it. And as with Forza Horizon 2, all four games will run in crisp 1080p.

The compilation will also include access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and the Halo: Nightfall live-action series (it has a name!).

Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available this Fall.

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E.T. games recovered from landfill will be curated, sold

etatarilandfillWhat was once a rumor became truth last month, when copies of the infamous Atari 2600 games, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, were recovered from a landfill in New Mexico. According to Polygon (who also posted that awesome image above in another article), 100 copies were given to Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment (the production companies producing a documentary on the dig); 700 copies will be appraised, certified, and put up for sale; and the rest will be distributed to local museums. About 1,300 copies in total were removed from the site, and not all of them were E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

Susie Galea, the mayor of Alamogordo, said that the New Mexico Museum of Space History is going to help prepare the games for sale, which will include registering them and giving them a certificate of authenticity. The method of sale has not yet been determined. Galea also said this has been a boon for the small town, and that she hopes the city commission will turn the site of the dig into a tourist attraction.

There are still over 700,000 cartridges in the landfill, but those will not be recovered as Galea said they were too difficult to get to. Original estimates put the cartridges at 18 feet down, but instead, the dig team had to go to 30 feet. “We’re going to leave the remaining games as-is,” Galea told Polygon. “The hole has already been filled back in.”

What would you pay for a piece of video game history – living proof of the bungles of the great video game crash?

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