It has come to my attention that BioWare will be teaming with FUNimation to make an anime Dragon Age movie (EA.com). Production has supposedly recently started, and the movie is planned to be released on home video some time in 2011. Dragon Age may be a bit overshadowed by its BioWare sibling Mass Effect which, if all goes according to plan, will be getting the big screen treatment. Still, it is a strong young franchise itself, and the game is being kept fresh by considerable new downloadable content continually being made available (I may get around to playing some of it...after I've dealt with Mass Effect 2's latest DLC). Home video is a reasonable venue for a movie continuation of the world of Dragon Age, and anime should be a cool medium for the storytelling. I'll be keeping an eye out to see what comes of this.
Despite the fact that director Guillermo del Toro stepped down last month due to delays, production on The Hobbit goes on (Studio Briefing). Apparently, cave-like homes are being constructed near Matamata, New Zealand for use in the movie, though it's not apparent who is funding the construction. And now, the word is that Peter Jackson is in talks to take over the direction of the two planned films (EW). Nothing is set yet, and MGM, which owns half the rights to the film, continues to have financial troubles. Still, it is good news that The Hobbit is at least getting itself a new director. I was excited at the idea of del Toro bringing something new and different to the franchise, but Peter Jackson has more than proven himself capable of handling Middle-earth.
This last bit isn't so much news, but it's something on my mind I wanted to share. Today's daily poll at IMDb asks which of the many comedies being released before the end of the year we most want to see. At the top of the results--the only movie with more votes than "I am not interested in any of these movies"--is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Even though I have never read the comics, I have to say I agree. I don't know what a few of the comedies on IMDb's list are, but of the ones I do know, the only one I'm actually excited for is Scott Pilgrim. I like a lot of the people involved, and I found the trailers hugely entertaining.
Furthermore, today I came across the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Avatar Creator site that has been linked to by many people of late, which, as its name suggests, allows you to create a Scott Pilgrim-esque avatar for yourself. Well, I couldn't resist...
Anyone recognize the outfit? (Sadly, pointe shoes were not an option).
As it says, in theaters August 13. It's supposed to be epic.