FD News: Red carpets, whitewashing, and Sonic blue
Sonic the Hedgehog glides into production
Beloved SEGA game Sonic the Hedgehog will be spin dashing into production at Paramount studios. Neal H. Moritz just signed a first look deal with the studio and is set to produce. Paramount snapped up the project after Sony Entertainment relegated it to the turnaround pile.
The story centers around Sonic and his BFFs Tails & Knuckles as they take on the evil would-be demagogue Doctor Eggman Robotnik. Fans (especially those of a certain age) love Sonic, with more than 80 million copies of the game series being sold over the years. Paramount hopes that Sonic and his cronies will hit Boost Mode for their profits in 2019.
Red carpets cancelled for Blade Runner 2049 & Marshall world premieres
There will be no red carpet tonight at the world premiere of Blade Runner 2049 in a proclaimed sign of respect towards those who lost their lives in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday evening. The red carpet for Marshall was also cancelled last night.
In a statement released yesterday, Warner Bros. stated, “In light of the tragic events of last night, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Alcon Entertainment are canceling the red carpet for tomorrow’s screening of Blade Runner 2049. We join the rest of the country in sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.”
J.J. Abrams caught up in whitewashing furore
Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams was on board to helm a live-action remake of the beloved Japanese anime movie Your Name, the internet has been atwitter with whitewashing rumors – before any casting decisions have even been announced. Abrams will be working with the original producer of the low-budget, high-grossing flick Genki Kawamura, who is pretty excited about the project. “The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie,” Kawamura gushed.
We know Hollywood has been responsible for some pretty audacious casting mistakes in the past (year), including Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, some white dude in Netflix’s adaptation of Death Note, and Finn Jones in Iron Fist, but why waste air complaining before there is something to complain about? The world will be watching these casting choices very closely.