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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Janina Gavankar Nabs Key Role in Eli Roth’s Borderlands Movie

    Janina Gavankar nabs key role in Eli Roth’s live-action Borderlands movieAs production continues on Eli Roth’s Borderlands movie, Deadline brings word that Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting) has officially been cast for a key role in Lionsgate’s upcoming live-action film adaptation of the popular video game series. Gavankar is set to portray the role of Commander Knoxx, who is a all-new character created just for the film.“An all-new character I named specifically for this story. Janina will play Commander Knoxx, who followed in her father’s footsteps when she joined Atlas’ private army, the Crimson Lance. She is, in a word, badass,” Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford teased.If you know me, you know that this movie will be a lot more than just another gig for me. I’ll be carrying every writer, dev, voice actor, and gamer that has worked on and played Borderlands, in my heart, as I head to Pandora.  https://t.co/uUK1WNFBmJ— janina gavankar (@Janina) April 12, 2021Even though this project will mark the actress’ first major feature role in an action film, Gavankar is no stranger to the video game world as she previously lent her voice to a few video games such as 2014’s Far Cry 4, 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, 2019’s Afterparty and 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II, with the latter also featuring her likeness.RELATED: Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam MovieThe movie will be based on the bestselling PC and console gaming franchise from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games. It centers around a  group of unlikely heroes called Vault Hunters led by Lilith and Roland, who have been recruited for a retrieval mission.  According to Gearbox Soffware CEO, the film will exist in a different universe than the game that is why the film’s story will stray away from the first Borderlands game.Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.The Borderlands film adaptation will be led by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis, Jack Black as Claptrap, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg, Olivier Richters as Krom, and Haley Bennett in an unknown new role for the series.RELATED: Sony Pushes Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Two MonthsDirected by Eli Roth from a script written by Craig Mazin, Borderlands will be produced by Avi Arad and Ari Arad through their Arad Productions banner, and Erik Feig, through PICTURESTART. Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of the Gearbox Entertainment Company is executive producing and is joined by Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive. Lionsgate’s James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project along with Arad’s Emmy Yu and Picturestart’s Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby.Borderlands is one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, with more than 57 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2, which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, which launched in September 2019, already sold-in nearly 8 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for “Best Multiplayer Game” at Gamescom.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    Eli Roth’s Borderlands Movie Adds Olivier Richters as Krom

    Eli Roth’s Borderlands movie adds Olivier Richters as KromFollowing the recent casting of Golden Globe nominee Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that professional bodybuilder Olivier Richters has been tapped to portray another villain character in Eli Roth’s upcoming film adaptation of Borderlands. The Dutch athlete-turned-actor is set to play the role of Krom, who is being described as the terrifying leader of the psycho bandits that rule Pandora. The character only appeared in the first installment of the Borderlands game, where he was voiced by Oliver Tull.This marks Richter’s first major movie role as he is only set to have minor appearances in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow and 20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man, which are both expected to debut this year.#DutchGiant #OlivierRichters #MuscleMeat pic.twitter.com/Nz4LBLiL2K— The Dutch Giant (@OlivierRichters) April 9, 2020RELATED: Sony Pushes Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Two MonthsBased on the bestselling PC and console gaming franchise from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games, the movie will center around a group called Vault Hunters led by Lilith and Roland. Lionsgate recently released the film’s official synopsis, centering around unlikely heroes recruited for a retrieval mission. Character details including Cate Blanchett’s Lilith and Kevin Hart’s Roland are also teased in the synopsis.Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.The Borderlands film adaptation features a star-studded ensemble including Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis, Jack Black as Claptrap, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg and Haley Bennett in an unknown new role for the series.RELATED: Sony Pushes Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Two MonthsBorderlands will be directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Craig Mazin. Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing through their Arad Productions banner, and Erik Feig, through PICTURESTART. Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of the Gearbox Entertainment Company is executive producing and joined by Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive. Lionsgate’s James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project along with Arad’s Emmy Yu and Picturestart’s Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby.Borderlands is one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, with more than 57 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2, which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K. The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, which launched in September 2019, already sold-in nearly 8 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for “Best Multiplayer Game” at Gamescom.

    Star Wars: Republic Commando Switch Review: Starts Fun But Falls Apart

    Rating: 6.5/10Click here to purchase your Nintendo Switch copy of Star Wars: Republic Commando!Star Wars: Republic Commando Review:Over 15 years ago, LucasArts continued its expansion of the larger Star Wars universe with the Xbox and PC game title Republic Commando, an experiment of testing the tactical shooter formula in the sci-fi series and the initial result was great. Sure, its controls were a bit finicky at times and the sound design faltered under the franchise’s rules, but its overall presentation proved to be a fun ride for Star Wars fans, garnering a cult following in the years since and the titular group even being worked into the larger canon, which made the prospect of a port for the Nintendo Switch all the more enticing. Sadly, though, this port could’ve used a bit more time in the oven as it tends to fall apart as the game goes on.Players step into the shoes of Delta-38 aka Boss, the leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos comprised of demolitions expert Scorch, hacker and technical expert Fixer and sniper Sev, as they are thrust into the chaos erupting throughout the galaxy on missions to infiltrate, dominate and annihilate the enemy in the Clone Wars. Traveling between Geonosis, Kashyyk and the derelict spacecraft Prosecutor, the Delta Squad must battle a variety of enemies and follow Boss’ orders to achieve victory.Upon booting up the game on both the handheld iteration of the console and dock connected to my television, I initially found myself quite impressed by the up-resed visuals, with the opening planet of Geonosis, the rest of my Delta Squad and the enemies all looking quite impressive still and the green blood splatters on the screen from the insectoid warriors of the planet being killed up close by my melee weapon and rapid fire rifle. The stages explored in both Kashyyk and the Prosecutor are still quite exciting to behold, although the rain element from the former and the larger groups of enemies in the latter makes for some horrific instances of frame drops.While the environments of the planet remained pretty much the same across the entire level, it’s forgivable given its desert planet setting, but there was one thing introduced in the level that would carry over and mark a larger problem for the game: repetitive waves of enemies.Though the enemies certainly vary from stage to stage and some prove to be exciting to battle against as a fan of the franchise, namely the droidekas, the problem is the level progression essentially boiled down to being in one place and facing wave after wave after wave of similar or increasingly-tougher enemies and it’s a rather dull formula. To make matters worse, given the game’s short runtime, players will frequently come upon truly ridiculous difficulty spikes inserted in a (frustrating) effort to pad the hours put into the game. The fact that some enemies players can encounter back-to-back in a level will take two or more clips from the base DC-17 pulse rifle before going down and extra ammo being sparse for the rifle in certain zones will leave some wondering what the intended plan of attack were in the encounters or why Apsyr didn’t elect to nerf the health and defense numbers for certain enemies.One element of gameplay that should’ve come in handy for these more difficult scenarios — keep in mind, I was only on medium difficulty — is the ability to command your squad mates to conduct certain tasks, but unfortunately this system appears to be broken in this port. Where players are supposed to hold down a button to bring up the list of commands for the team, holding down the button certainly shows them, but the D-Pad directions set to each directive doesn’t work, leaving players to hope their cohorts are following behind and shooting down any enemies (which they do surprisingly well). Aside from this broken command system and a still finicky aim sensitivity, the controls overall do at least hold up, with the custom mapping option making it much easier for players to adjust to their more modern control schemes and making it relatively easy to move and shoot through the levels.While it features some of the franchise’s iconic tracks and its own unique score, good weapon effects and great voice work, the sound design could’ve used a little refining. A number of lines of dialogue tend to run over each other, but even more distracting is the fact that the members of the titular group are voiced by different actors, despite the fact they’re all clones of Jango Fett and original actor Temuera Morrison even voices a handful of characters in the game, including player character Boss. With the other expanded medias of the Star Wars franchise, especially The Clone Wars, keeping the voice work consistent as one of two people for the clones and Morrison back in the fold with Disney+’s The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, it seems a bit surprising and disappointing they didn’t just bring him in to record the necessary lines, especially given the varied voice work was a complaint upon the game’s original release for breaking lore rules.Whether stemming from my own nostalgia for the title or desire for a return to the classic LucasArts games days, Star Wars: Republic Commando certainly isn’t quite the awe-inspiring title I remember and while its excessive difficulty spikes and mildly finicky controls might not win any newcomers, it’s sure to at least entertain fans desiring to bring this title with them on the go.

    Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Deep Dive Trailer Released

    Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Deep Dive Trailer Released Ubisoft has released a new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Deep Dive trailer exploring the upcoming video game, including how to grow your settlement, customizing your Vikings, and journeying to new worlds as players explain their clan’s influence throughout England and beyond. You can check out the trailer now in the player below and pre-order your copy here! RELATED: Ubisoft Unveils Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gameplay Video! Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is an open world action-adventure game, structured around several main story quests and numerous optional side missions where the player takes on the role of Eivor, a Viking raider, as they lead their fellow Vikings against the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in 873 CE. The player will have the choice of playing Eivor as either male (voiced by Magnus Bruun) or female (voiced by Cecilie Stenspil) and is able to customize Eivor’s hair, warpaint, clothing, armor, and tattoos. The variety of weapons available to the player has been expanded to include weapons such as flails and greatswords, with combat also being changed to allow dual wielding of almost any weapon, including shields and every piece of gear that the player collects is unique. The Eagle Vision mechanic of previous titles will return in the form of “Odin Sight,” with the player’s companion animal being a raven named Synin, which is Old Norse for “insight,” and can be used to scout the nearby areas, much like previous avian companions had done in Origins and Odyssey, identifying foes and aspects of the game world from afar before Eivor engages in combat. RELATED: Aiden Pearce Returning for Watch Dogs: Legion! Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the eleventh installment in the primary Assassin’s Creed franchise, was released in October 2018 to very positive reviews from critics and fans for its expansive world-building, strong gameplay and intriguing story. The game, set in the years 431-422 BCE, saw players take control of a mercenary who fights for both Sparta and Athens in an attempt to unite their family. The game will be available on November 10, 2020, on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, the Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, as well as on UPLAY+, Ubisoft’s subscription service, and Stadia. Valhalla will release on PlayStation 5 alongside the launch of the console from November 12, 2020. 

    Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered Gets a New Face For Peter Parker

    Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered Gets a New Face For Peter Parker The graphics aren’t the only thing getting a facelift in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered when it hits Playstation 5 later this year. James Stevenson, Insomniac Games Community Director, revealed via Playstation’s official blog that John Bubniak is no longer the facial model for Peter Parker. Instead, Ben Jordan’s likeness will now appear in the game as Peter. However, Yuri Lowenthal’s vocal performance as Peter remains in the game (via SuperHeroHype). The net effect makes Peter seem much younger in the Remastered Edition. Jordan’s resemblance to MCU Spider-Man Tom Holland is also hard to ignore. You can see for yourself in the clip below. It features an important scene between Peter and his mentor, Otto Octavious. This is also an early glimpse of Otto’s transformation into Doctor Octopus.  Insomniac Games creative director Bryan Intihar issued a statement on Peter’s radically different look in the PS5 remastered update, which you can view below (via SuperHeroHype): A few words from me on today’s news… pic.twitter.com/PpdWVuw4Mm — Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) September 30, 2020 Additionally, Stevenson spoke about the upgrades for the city in the game. “The team has done the painstaking work of updating the city’s environment to take advantage of the new console. Beyond improved models and materials, one of the biggest things we have brought to the game is ray-traced reflections and ambient shadows. We now have true reflections on the windows of buildings, and it looks stunning with our new skies and weather.” RELATED: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gameplay Footage Revealed! Finally, Stevenson unveiled the first of three new costumes in the remastered edition. Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man suit from the Amazing Spider-Man films. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will be a digital release included with the Spider-Man: Miles Morales Deluxe Edition. Both games will hit stores on November 12. Pre-order your copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Launch Edition here! Pre-order your copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Launch Edition here What do you think about the new Peter Parker model in Spider-Man: Remastered? Did you prefer the original model? Let us know in the comment section below!

    October 2020 Free Games for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold

    October 2020 Free Games for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold Sony and Microsoft have both announced the slate of October 2020 free games that will be available to subscribing PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. PlayStation Plus members will receive two titles, the racing video game Need for Speed: Payback, along with the supernatural horror adventure Vampyr, both available from Tuesday, October 6 until Monday, November 2.

    Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Teaser Released for Netflix’s Original Horror Series

    Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Teaser Released for Netflix’s Original Horror Series Netflix has released a new teaser for Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, an original horror anime series based on the Capcom video game franchise coming to the streamer in 2021. You can check out the teaser now in the player below along with the teaser art for the upcoming series! RELATED: Spiderhead: Chris Hemsworth, Jurnee Smollett & Miles Teller Join Netflix Drama Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be a horror-action series based around the stories of the two popular franchise characters, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. By adding suspense into dynamic action scenes, Netflix says the series will reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before. The series will be produced and supervised by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who is responsible for bringing numerous titles in the Resident Evil series into existence. TMS Entertainment will produce the series, while Quebico, led by Kei Miyamoto, the producer of Resident Evil: Vendetta, will be in charge of the full 3DCG animation production. RELATED: The Midnight Sky: First Look at George Clooney’s Netflix Drama Since the first game was released in 1996 on Sony PlayStation, the Resident Evil series is nearing its 25th anniversary. The massive franchise is known as the gold standard of survival horror games with over 100 million units from the game series shipped worldwide.

    New Resident Evil Village Video Shows Gameplay, Environment & More!

    New Resident Evil Village video shows gameplay, environment & more! After teasing more story details at the PlayStation 5 Showcase, Capcom has unveiled a new video for the highly-anticipated Resident Evil Village offering a new look at the gameplay for the next installment of the survival horror franchise as well as other new details regarding the title. The video can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Resident Evil Village Trailer: Fear Surrounds You The new game will pick up a few years after its predecessor and see Resident Evil 7: Biohazard‘s Ethan Winters living with his wife Mia in a new, peaceful location, but just as they feel they’re free from their past nightmares, tragedy befalls them once again. Chris Redfield, who appeared in DLC content for RE7, is reacquainted with the couple, only to horrible disrupt their life and leave Ethan devastated and seeking to uncover the mysterious new horror that plague a once peaceful village. Rumors regarding development on a new installment in the Resident Evil franchise began springing up earlier this year and, much like its acclaimed 2017 predecessor Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, was reportedly planned to be an installment in the Revelations off-shoot series but was transitioned into a mainline title after positive reception. The announcement trailer did show a number of threads similar to RE7 in which the story moves away from the general Raccoon City events and characters, though in a setting very reminiscent of Resident Evil 4, set in a mysterious and seemingly medieval and isolated village, though technically set in present day. If certain shots are believed to be gameplay footage, the trailer also reveals that the new game will continue to utilize a first-person perspective similar to its predecessor. The past decade for the Resident Evil franchise started with a mixed bag of entries, including the the poorly-received Resident Evil 6 and generally well-received Revelations spin-offs before nearly coming to a full-stop with the Call of Duty-esque shooter Umbrella Corps in 2016. After the success of RE7, Capcom turned their efforts to remaking Resident Evil 2 and 3 for current-gen consoles, with the latter seeing critical acclaim while the latter received generally favorable reviews. RELATED: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Revealed for PlayStation 5! Resident Evil Village is set to hit shelves sometime in 2021! [embedded content]

    Yakuza: Sega Developing Live-Action Adaptation Predicated on GAMING Franchise

    Yakuza: Sega Developing Live-Action Adaptation Based on Video Game Franchise Sega is reportedly developing a live-action adaptation from its Yakuza video game franchise (via Variety). The project also hails from 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content, who are seeking writers for the screenplay. RELATED: Marvel’s Avengers Update Fixes Thousands of Glitches The first Yakuza game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu being released from a 10-year prison sentence after taking the fall for the murder of his family’s patriarch. After the entire Japanese underworld is pulled into the search for $100 million stolen from the vault of his former clan, Kiryu is forced back into the lawless world of the yakuza. “Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before,” 1212 said. “The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal – a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption.” The game has been widely praised for its story and character-driven plot in the unique setting of the streets of Japan’s most notorious urban nightlife districts and its portrayal of the real-life yakuza, its history, code of ethics, criminal enterprises, and unique characteristics. Yakuza is Sega’s bestselling video game franchise following Sonic The Hedgehog, with the first installment released on PlayStation 2 in 2005. The franchise grew with an additional seven main title sequels as well as eight spinoff titles on all major gaming platforms. RELATED: New Cyberpunk 2077 Footage Takes You on a Tour of Night City Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Long are set to produce.

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