Director Justin Lin Developing Lone Wolf and Cub Film

The Hollywood Reporter trade magazine reported on Monday that director Justin Lin "is developing Lone Wolf and Cub, an adaptation of the acclaimed epic samurai manga, with Marissa McMahon, the burgeoning producer and daughter-in-law of WWE CEO Vince McMahon. The duo is in the midst of packaging the project."

  The Taiwanese-American director is best known for helming the last three entries in The Fast and the Furious movie franchise. He made his feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed 2002 film Better Luck Tomorrow, and he also directed three well-regarded episodes of the American television series Community ("Introduction to Statistics," "Interpretive Dance," "Modern Warfare").The Hollywood Reporter's article focused on Universal Studios' two-year deal with Lin's new Barnstorm Pictures production company. Under the deal, Universal will have the first look at Barnstorm Pictures' projects before other studios can approach them. Other projects on Lin's slate include Fast & Furious 6, the spy film Leading Man, an untitled project about a World War II Japanese American battalion "that is the most decorated unit in American history," an untitled science-fiction/crime film to be directed by Robert Glickert. Lin is also attached to the fifth Terminator film, but it does not have a studio backing it yet.Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan) previously tried to secure the film rights to Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's Lone Wolf and Cub manga. According to Aronofsky in an MTV article in 2009, "the rights from Japan were never cleared. They tried for a while. I don't think it's getting out of there anytime soon."

  The Variety entertainment trade magazine reported in 2003 that Aronofsky and his Protozoa producer Eric Watson were attached to a proposed Lone Wolf and Cub project with Paramount and the Mutual Film Company.Dark Horse Comics releases the original manga in North America, while Media Blasters licensed a Japanese live-action television series based on it. Previously, AnimEigo licensed a Japanese 1972 live-action film version and its five sequels.

Evangelion: 2.0 Film's TV Debut Garners 13.1 Rating

The television edition of the Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance film premiered on Friday with a 13.1% rating in Tokyo's Kanto area, according to the survey firm Video Research. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha) is the second film in Hideaki Anno and Khara's four-part remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime series.


  After airing the film, the broadcast station NTV ran a preview for the third film, Evangelion Shin Gekijō-ban Q Quickening. The preview revealed that the third film will open in Japan in Fall of 2012.The second film's Kanto rating was higher than that for the first film, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. The first film had its television premiere in July of 2009 on the same station and earned a 12.7 rating.Mayu Watanabe, a member of the all-female idol group AKB48 who is known by her nickname "Mayuyu," was named ōen-taichō (support team head)  for the television premiere of the second film. She appeared in commercials and a short segment to promote the broadcast.Just as in other NTV Friday film broadcasts, the "TV version" of Evangelion: 2.0 had an optional, onscreen "scene guide" with text data linked to the scenes of the film as they played on digital televisions.


  The scene guide also displayed a graph for a special campaign called "Synchronization Rate Test" (a reference to a plot term in the anime). The graph rose or fll depending on how viewers do in an "Eva Cult Quiz" that ran simultaneously with the airing. When the quiz answers broke a certain threshold, the Synchronization Rate Test entered Berserk Mode. People who participated in this campaign could enter a giveaway for presents.The film screened in American theaters in January, and FUNimation Entertainment released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in North America in March.

Fate/Zero TV Anime's Waver/Rider Ad Streamed


The official website for the Fate/Zero television anime series began streaming the second of seven commercials on Friday. The second 15-second commercial centers around the master Waver and his servant Rider. The commercial premiered on Japanese airwaves last Saturday.The anime adapts the prequel novel by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Phantom - The Animation, Blassreiter) to Type-Moon's Fate/stay night visual novel software. The story is set a decade before Fate/stay night and reveals the 4th Holy Grail War that sets the stage for the war in the software. Director Ei Aoki (Hourou Musuko, Ga-Rei: Zero, Girls Bravo), the anime studio ufotable, and composer Yuki Kajiura (Madoka Magica, .hack, Kara no Kyoukai) are all involved in this anime which will premiere this October.

New Eva Films' Khara Animates Virtual Duo Meaw's Video


The digital department of Khara, the studio that director Hideaki Anno founded to produce the four-film remake of his Evangelion anime, is animating the "pair*" music video for the virtual idol duo Meaw.


  The duo's official website is streaming a short version of the song's Factory Mix, as well as an audio sample of the songs on the "pair*" maxi-single.Meaw debuted last November under King Record's Starchild Records label. Yuusuke Kozaki (Speed Grapher, Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes game) designed the twin girls in Meaw, and Momoiro Clover Z choreographer Yumi Ishikawa contributed to their dance moves.In the back story created for the duo, the pink-haired Me (pronounced "mei") and the light blue-haired Aw (pronounced "ū") came from Thailand to Tokyo at the age of 14 to become idols. For two years, they have been training on their dancing and singing. (Not conicdentally, Starchild also hosts Neko Jump, two real-life twin sisters from Thailand who formed an idol unit and came to Japan as teenagers.)Ohta Publishing's web magazine Pocopoco posted a roundtable discussion between Kozaki and members of Khara on the making of the music video.


  The magazine also posted the video's storyboards. The magazine CG World posted another behind-the-scenes article about the video.The "pair*" single, the second maxi-single from Meaw, will go on sale on Wednesday (after a two-week production delay).