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Batman: Arkham Asylum Delayed

  • Eidos and Warner Bros Interactive have confirmed that the game has been pushed back. Speculation pegged the new date in the fourth quarter of 2009, and many thought that meant a definite holiday release. Eidos has now said the game will actually release at the “end of summer 2009,” which means it has to release by September 21, still (barely) in third quarter. –1UP.COM

Turtles in Time remake coming to XBOX LIVE

  • The Turtles in Time remake was unveiled at last week’s “Galabunga” event in New York City (via Ninja Pizza), which had been scheduled to debut the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van. It’s still in alpha, but from the looks of it, it’s already fairly far along. Two playable stages were offered at the event.
  • Notable is that this remake does not appear to be based on the Super Nintendo port, but the original arcade game. One difference between the two is that Tokka and Rahzar (from the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II) were bosses on the pirate ship stage, and not Bebop and Rocksteady. That could mean certain elements are omitted, such as the battle with Rat King and the Technodrome.
  • At the moment, it’s scheduled for release on the Xbox 360. A Wii version is apparently also in the works, though it’s unclear whether it’ll be the same sort of remake. –1UP.COM
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PRINCE TURNS DOWN DIGITAL LONGEVITY VIA GUITAR HERO

  • Prince would rather we put down the plastic controller and pick up the real thing.
  • “I ain’t mad at them. I hear it made, like, USD 2 billion and they came to us and offered us a very small portion of that,” the performer said on PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show (via GameSpot).
  • “I just think it’s more important that kids learn how to actually play the guitar.” –1UP.COM

THE HOST remake:news bits

It looks like I was on the right track, Universal Studios is going to remake the Korean film, THE HOST. Another first time director is helming the project, his name is Fredrick Bond. He’s mostly done commercial work, so we’ll see if he can do the movie justice. I have faith. Thanks to Firstshowing I found out that SLASHFILM.COM has posted a few of his commercials on their site. Mark Poirier, the writer of SMART PEOPLE, is credited for the script. The big selling point for this movie is undoubtably going to be that George Verbinski, director of the PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN movies, is producing. So expect to see that plaster all over the American posters and the commercials.


SAMSUNG NAMING BLU RAY SHELF LIFE?

Sony is betting the PS3/Blu-Ray platform will be enough to drive sales for a full ten-year lifecycle, but don’t tell that to Samsung. The South Korean maker of everything from TVs to Blu-Ray players thinks the HD disc format won’t survive past five years.

“I think it [Blu-ray] has five years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10”, said Andy Griffiths, director of consumer electronics at Samsung UK told Pocket-lint.

New format

At that point in time, Griffiths believes Blu-Ray will be replaced with a new format or technology (*cough* digital distribution).

But first, Samsung is prepared to make bank on Blu-Ray in 2008, a year in which it expects the format to peak and make the most money for the industry.

“It’s going to be huge”, he said. “We are heavily back-ordered at the moment.”

It sounds like Samsung thinks Blu-Ray is a sprinter, not a marathon runner. It will be successful, it just won’t last. Do you agree? Is your Blu-Ray collection blossoming in 2008?

pcworld.com


Babylon A.D. Director Mathieu Kassovitz Blasts Fox Over His Film

Babylon A.D. hits theaters on August 29 and of all people that should be happy about it, the director, isn’t. AMC has posted an interview with French director Mathieu Kassovitz, who expressed his dissent over the finished product.

“I’m very unhappy with the film,” Kassovitz says. “I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.”

Kassovitz was attracted to the book Babylon Babies, by French author Maurice Georges Dantrec, because, “the author was very much into geopolitics and how the world is going to evolve. He saw that as wars evolve, it won’t be just about territories any more, but money-driven politics.” However, Kassovitz said the film strays from these messages.

“It’s pure violence and stupidity,” he admits. “The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters… instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24.”

Kassovitz said that the studio made things more difficult for the production and that they cut about 15 minutes from the film, leaving just a 93-minute runtime. The director doesn’t despise his new film completely, though.

“I like the energy of it and I got some scenes I’m happy with,” he says. “But I know what I had — I had something much better in my hands but I just wasn’t allowed to work.”

-amc.com

My two cents:

These are the kind of stories that I always felt should happen more. When I make a movie and it turns out horrible, by no overt fault of my own, I’m going to blast anybody who screwed it up. I mean making movies is a very personal art, if done for the right reasons, and if it comes out to be crap then the director/writer/or whoever should be allowed to vent. The funny thing is that now I actually want to watch the movie…