GANTZ, a live-action Japanese feature event, is making its world premiere in 325 movie theaters in an exclusive one-night Fathom event on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Following the feature, GANTZ’s two leading actors, Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City) will participate in an exclusive live interview that can only be seen at this event.
Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Presented by NCM Fathom and NEW PEOPLE, in association with Dark Horse Comics, GANTZ (English dubbed) tells the story of childhood friends Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato who are accidentally killed while trying to save another man’s life. Rather than find themselves in the hereafter, however, they awaken in a strange apartment in which they find a mysterious black orb they come to know as “GANTZ.” Along with similar abductees, they are provided with equipment and weaponry and manipulated into playing a kind of game in which they are sent back out to the greater world to do battle with alien beings, all while never quite knowing whether this game is an illusion or their new reality.
The Hollywood Reporter carried the story that Skydance Prods., Dark Horse Entertainment and producer Mark Gordon will turn the upcoming Dark Horse comic The Strange Case of Hyde into a feature film.
Written by screenwriter Cole Haddon (THIEVES OF BAGDAD), the as-yet-unseen comic book will debut at Comic Con this weekend.
It’s a not an adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This version is a different take on the Jekyll & Hyde mythos that will make the dual character “the center of a Victorian-era action-adventure that sees him go head-to-head against a historical villain.”
Sounds a little bit like THE LEAGE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN’s Hyde— more the movie version than the graphic novel’s.
If the idea is to make Mr. Hyde into a transformational superhero, that’s been done before, too. There was minor golden-age superhero called The Terror that used that shtick.
One of Stan Lee’s main inspirations for The Hulk was the Jekyll/Hyde idea, suped-up for the atom age.
The Francis Ford Coppola (DRACULA)-produced DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1999) starred Adam Baldwin as a heroic Jekyll who transformed into Mr. Hyde to track down his wife’s killers in the Far East.
But the Hyde as hero angle—if that indeed is what this might be—is a workable idea, and might make for a fun comic and movie.