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By Miscellaneous | Trade News | January 7, 2009 |


Happy New Year, everybody! Sorry for the dearth of geekiness around here, but I had some things come up. It seemed 2008 wanted to screw with me and mine one last time. But now I am in the ‘09 and feelin’ fine!

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Now I must satisfy my extreme boredom, and you can only watch so much torrented anime before you are all caught up (by the way, Black Lagoon kicks ass). So here is your first Weekly Geek News for the New Year!

First up, the Japanese (who are obviously still pissed after seeing what passes for Dragonball) decided to show us gaijin how to do live-action anime right, with the teaser trailer for Goemon, from director Kaz Kiriya (the overlong yet quite pretty Casshern).

Did I tell you? I love the Japanese.

The Wachowski Brothers are hard at work on their next film, Ninja Assassin, directed by their protégé James McTeigue (The Invasion). McTeigue worked with the brothers on V for Vendetta, which, while no LXG, did little to convince Alan Moore he was wrong about Hollywood. Ninja Assassin (last mentioned during Comic-Con) stars Korean pop star Rain, mostly known to American audiences from his part in Speed Racer and as the one-time DDR foe of Lord Stephen Colbert. He plays Raizo, who happens to be the eponymous ninja assassin seeking revenge on the secret clan that trained him. It also stars Naomie Harris, Rick Yune, and legendary action star Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja). Oh and it is written by some dude named J. Michael Straczynski, whoever the hell that is. The film is shooting for a 2009 release at last check, and while there is no trailer yet, some lucky SOB managed to get some footage of their stunt training, as well as some gratuitous shots of Rain working out shirtless, for those of you into that sort of thing:



Update on a previous Weekly Geek item: The Jonah Hex movie just got a new director: Jimmy Dix Hayward, former Pixar animator and director of Horton Hears a Who. This will be Hayward’s first live-action film, using original helmers Neveldine/Taylor’s (Crank) script. This is kinda confusing, seeing as how Neveldine/Taylor left the project over “creative differences”.

This week’s featured trailer is a weird little treat that I can’t seem to figure out if I want to see it. On one hand, it is a CGI film (wait, come back AB!) that started as a short dialogue-free film in 2005. On the other, it has both Tim Burton and Timur Bekhambetov as producers, and it has a Little Big Planet vibe going (I played a bit in-store demo once, and it is tempting). Plus, the little bastards seem pretty badass.

Because America is simply not ready for a big-eyed super-cute artificial protagonist who doesn’t talk much wandering around a post apocalyptic wasteland (not my joke, sadly), the powers that be have made Shane Ackler (the creator of the original short) add some big-budget voices such as Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connolly, and Crispin Glover.


Here is the trailer for 9.



And for the curious and/or bored at work, here is the original short.


Claude Weaver III, aka Vermillion, is broke as hell and can’t take it anymore. How come that old dude is always going to Africa, with there are plenty of starving black folks here, huh? He can be sponsored for only several hundred thousand pennies a day on his blog, Vermillion’s Brain Receptacle.

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RRRAAAAAAIIIINNNNN!!!!!

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