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Another Tekken movie in the works

Hollywood Reporter revealed in a story earlier today that movie studio Crystal Sky is working on another Tekken movie.

The film, entitled Tekken: Rise of the Tournament, will act as a prequel to the 2010 live action Tekken film.

Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew has been lined up to direct the film, though no script or casting has taken place. The story states that the producers of the film want the cast to use actors that resemble the game’s characters rather than star performers.

It also looks unlikely that the film will receive a theatrical release, though Crystal Sky CEO Steven Paul has hope that it will.

Should it come to fruition, Tekken: Rise of the Tournament will be the fourth Tekken movie to date.


Rampage movie still happening

A string of recent commercial failures isn’t going to stop the Rampage franchise from making the leap to the silver screen. New Line Cinema is behind the film, and hopes to make something along the lines of disaster pic Independence Day.

According to Variety, movie exec-cum-screenwriter Ryan Eagle (On a Clear Day) will be writing the script and John Rickard (Horrible Bosses) will be producing. Apparently film is a priority for New Line parent Warner Bros. who also owns the Rampage IP after their consumption of Midway’s leftovers.


Reflecting on the Super Mario Bros. film with the SMB Movie Archive crew and writer Parker Bennett

Time is proving to be the vindicator of the existence of Super Mario Bros. The first ever big budget silver screen adaptation of a video game rubbed audiences the wrong way with its unique interpretation of the Super Mario Bros. universe, but other video game to movie adaptations make it seem marvelous (thanks Uwe Boll!).

Two people with great appreciation of the Super Mario Bros. film are Ryan Hoss and Steven Applebaum, who run the website Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive. Hoss started the site to “help its viewers understand what the filmmakers were trying to do with this movie, and at least appreciate the immense amount of thought and respect that went into creating it.” A nice change of pace from the standard Internet vitriol.

After running a story on the Super Mario Bros. Movie Archive’s recent script acquisitions, I was contacted by Steven Applebaum who had a little bit of a surprise in the works – an interview they had conducted with one of the writers on the Super Mario Bros. film – Parker Bennett. The full interview has just gone up over on their site, but we got to have a look at it first.
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Tekken Hybrid coming this Spring

Namco Bandai has announced that Tekken Hybrid project – the Bloodline Vengence film and Tekken Tag Tournament HD compilation – will be heading to Australian shelves in Spring, exclusively on the PlayStation 3.

The company has also thrown a third element onto the disc – an early taste of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which will be released on the PS3 next year.

If you can’t wait until then to see Tekken: Bloodline Vengeance, you might still be able to catch the screening of the film tomorrow – if you live in Sydney.


Early Super Mario Bros. movie drafts found

Some people have fond memories of the Super Mario Bros. movie. Others call it the “worst piece of shit movie” they’ve ever been involved with. Whatever your stance is, you may be curious to read about how the film evolved while it was being written.

A site dedicated to the film, Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive has unearthed four early drafts of the film’s script. One of the scripts is a major departure from the final film, actually being closer to the source material.
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Space Invaders movie rights optioned

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker have optioned the rights from Taito and Midway to produce a feature film based on Space Invaders.

Di Bonaventura is responsible for bringing Transformers and G.I. Joe to the big screen, while Pritzker is a producer who brought us gems like Green Street Hooligans. You know, the one where Frodo Baggins is a soccer hooligan. Her family runs the Hyatt hotel chain. Read the rest of this entry »