As streaming services focused on narrow slices of content like Korean drama and Japanese anime continue to proliferate and find a critical mass of users, Hollywood can’t help but notice the appeal of devoted niche communities. Anime company Funimation distributed Japanese film “Your Name” in the U.S. last month, where it reeled in a respectable $4.7 million (the film made $354 million worldwide). “We were actually the number four movie on a per-screen average,” Funimation Chief Operating Officer Mike DuBoise told TheWrap, mentioning the film’s strong opening.
A live-action adaptation of the iconic manga comic (also filmed as a seminal 1988 anime) has been in Hollywood development hell for decades with many huge names including Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, and Christopher Nolan all linked with the project at various stages. 1982-1990 – Katsuhiro Otomo launches his original manga. Set in Neo-Tokyo, 2019 after the nuclear apocalypse, it tells the epic story of youngsters Kaneda, Tetsuo against the backdrop of gang violence, psychic kids and motorbike chases.
The writer of 2009 anime ‘Dragonball Z Evolution’ has come out and written a heartfelt apology to fans for how awful it was. Screenwriter Ben Ramsey was tasked with adaptation the beloved anime into a live-action movie, but spectacularly failed when the film was loathed by pretty much the entire Dragonball Z community and graces IMDb with an embarrassing score of 2.7 out of 10. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life.