In 2014, Sega announced plans to expand into TV and Films. We already know that Sega is planning a live action/CG Sonic the Hedgehog film. Now according to Variety, we’ve learned that Sega is planning TV shows based on Altered Beast and Streets of Rage. Stories International, Sega’s multimedia wing, is partnering with Circle of Confusion (Feat the Walking Dead, Powers, Dirk Gently) to create tv shows based upon the two properties. Altered Beast was an arcade game that hit the Genesis as a pack-in game. Playing as a resurrected warrior, players gain the ability to kill demons and absorb their essences to mutate into animal forms. Streets of Rage was a popular beat-em-up franchises starring a group of undercover cops attempting to clean up the city.
Sega is also attempting to bring several other franchises to tv and film, including Virtua Fighter, Crazy Taxi, Shinobi, Golden Axe, and House of the Dead. Coincidentally, House of the Dead was Sega’s first attempt at bringing its franchises to the screen. Uwe Boll directed the disastrous 2003 film while Michael Hurst (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Ash vs Evil Dead) directed 2005’s even worse straight to dvd sequel. After that debacle, Sega can’t go anywhere but up. However when it comes to movies based on games
Young Justice, which ran 2 seasons from 2011 – 2013 chronicled the adventures of DC’s sidekicks such as Robin, Superboy, Artemis, and Aqualad as they battled covert threats. Despite the shows fanbase, it was cancelled prematurely due to poor merchandise sales. Since then, fans have been vocal about wanting to see the series return, and with the series being shown on Netflix, more and more DC fans can see what the fuss is about.
With Young Justice returning, this could open the door for more fan-favorite shows to make a return, such as Firefly, Constantine, and Agent Carter.
At New York Comic Con this past weekend, Marvel Entertainment announced that Ultimate Spider-Man will be ending its run in early January at the end of its fourth season. It’s replacement series New Spider-Man will debut later in 2017. Produced by Robot Chicken’s Kevin Shinick and supervising director Philip Pignotti, New Spider-Man will feature a Spider-Man who has just started out as a superhero. Along with New Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy will get a second season, which features a storyline teaming them with the avengers. Avengers Assemble will also return for an all new season, and will feature cameos by Black Panther, Ms Marvel, and Agent Carter, who will be voiced by Haley Atwell.
By now most of you have made your way through Luke Cage. You won’t have to wait much longer to see his partner and fellow Defender Iron Fist in action, as Marvel’s upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series has a release date, as revealed in this teaser. Of course there isn’t much in it, but we now know how much longer we’ll have to wait to see Danny Rand in the small screen.
Although Marvel’s Most Wanted and Agent Carter have been cancelled, Marvel is on a roll with several new television series. Legion is already on its way to FX, while Cloak and Dagger was announced this past April. It looks like several more members of Marvel’s Pantheon of heroes could be joining him on the small screen as well. Click after the jump to learn more. [Read the rest of this entry…]
The rumors have been officially confirmed. Gabriel Luna (True Detective, Matador) will be taking the role of Robbie Reyes, a.k.a the Ghost Rider on Agents of Shield this forthcoming season. For those who don’t read the comics, Robbie Reyes is the most recent person to take the mantle of the spirit of vengeance. After losing his parents, Reyes lives along with his younger brother Gabe. When he is gunned down by gangbangers, Reyes becomes the Ghost Rider after being bonded with the spirit of Eli Morrow, a victim of gang violence. Rather than using a motorcycle like his predecessors, Reyes instead drives a souped-up muscle car. Instead of having a flaming skull, he wears a skull helmet that’s on fire.
If you’re disappointed that Ghost Rider is a character on Agents of Shield, remember, Reyes isn’t the only Ghost Rider in the comics, and it’s still possible for Marvel to make a movie or Netflix series with the original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze (and of course Nick Cage would be nowhere near it this time). While Ghost Rider is an odd choice for Agents of Shield, but then again so were Deathlok and the Inhumans, and they fit quite nicely. It’s great to see Marvel TV dip more into the comics to supplement Agents of Shield.
Walter Hill’s cult classic The Warriors, which was based upon the novel by Sol Yurick, will be getting a TV series adaptation on Hulu courtesy of the Russo brothers, whom poweteers know as the directors of the last two Captain America films and the next two Avengers films. The original film, released in 1979 told the tale of the Warriors gang as they had to fight their way back to their home base of Coney Island after being framed for the murder of a charismatic gang leader. The film became famous for its outlandish gang member outfits. The film was quite controversial for its day, as acts of violence broke out in a small amount of theaters showing the film. The film gained a following among hip hoppers as well. Craig Mack’s Flava in ya ear remix video opened with the familiar “come out and play” bottle clacking, and the video for Jim Jones/Diplomat’s “Crunk Music” featured scenes inspired by the film. As of now not much is known about the film save that the directors promise that it will “honor the original film while adding its own unique brand of grit, pulp, sex and violence.” Coincidentally, today is also the day that Rockstar’s critically acclaimed video game adaptation is available on the PLaystation 4 as a Playstation 2 classic title. The 2005 brawler served as a prologue to the film, and players got an in-depth look at the Warrior’s world. The game features 1080p upscaling as well as trophies. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll want to check it out.
While Agent Carter and Marvel’s Most Wanted have been canceled, next year will see at least one new Marvel character hit the small screen. An 8 episode season of the X-men spinoff Legion has been ordered by FX, and it will be produced as a joint effort between Fox and Marvel Studios. With showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo) at the helm, Legion stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the title character, who in the comics is the illegitimate son of professor Charles Xavier. He’s a mutant with multiple personality disorder, and each personality has it’s own power. Longtime Marvel fans know he’s responsible for not one, but two Alternate realities, the Age of Apocalypse, and the Age of X. It remains to be seen how this is incorporated in the show. The status of Marvel and Fox’s other show, Hellfire, is up in the air as it’s two showrunners, Evan Katz and Manny Coto departed to work on 24 Legacy.