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Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way

Ryan Lambie


80s cyberpunk anime series Bubblegum Crisis is set to become a 3D live-action movie…

Published on Nov 5, 2010

Unless you're seriously into 80s anime, you may not have heard of Bubblegum Crisis. Starting as an OAV (Original Animation Video) series in 1987, Bubblegum Crisis could be best described as an animated take on the future-noir of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

Set in a 2033 Tokyo torn in two by an earthquake, the anime introduced the Knight Sabers, a quartet of female mercenaries, and related their ongoing battle against the GENOM Corporation and their army of robots called Boomers.

Best remembered for its distinctive, slinky character designs by Kenichi Sonoda, Bubblegum Crisis spawned several spin-offs (including Bubblegum Crash), tie-in videogames and a Dark Horse comic series courtesy of writer/artist Adam Warren.

According to Bleeding Cool, a 3D live-action adaptation of Bubblegum Crisis is in the works, with Anthony LaMolinara in the director's chair. LaMolinara is best known for his animation effects work on the first two Spider-Man movies, and Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man.

Set to commence shooting next year, the film, called Bubblegum Crisis: Knight Sabers, is a (deep breath) Canadian-Chinese-English-Australian-Japanese co-production. The visual effects will be handled by Canada's Mokko Studios (who worked on X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Darren Aronofsky's divisive The Fountain), so it should certainly look the part.

No word yet as to who will play the Knight Sabers themselves, but with shooting expected to begin next May, we should have some casting news very soon.

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Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By Nocturne 1 November 5, 2010 10:52:56 AM

Dear God No, Crash was awful and while 2040 was OK, it was still nothing compared to the original 8 eps. I would have to disagree though while Sonoda's designs are fantastic I'd say it's the music that struck a chord with fans especially as tracks like Konya Wa Hurricane are still popular for anime Karaoke

Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By RobGordon23 1 November 6, 2010 08:34:23 AM

Well, at least the effects will be cool. If you want to sell this to anyone, change the title! No on is gonna watch something with bubblegum in the title just out of principle! Haven't seen the anime though, so my comments are stricly about the film...could be good i suppose...

Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By Nocturne 1 November 6, 2010 10:38:48 AM

I can understand your reservations regarding the title. Changing it through risks pissing off the fans. The Bubblegum part was meant to signify the city being on the edge of about to burst like a bubblegum bubble.

Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By rottenjohnny 1 November 7, 2010 11:21:32 PM

Nothing good can come of this...

Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By rottenjohnny 1 November 7, 2010 11:23:05 PM

There's only one film genre with a worse record than adapting videogames to film, and that's live-action versions of cartoons.

Re: Bubblegum Crisis 3D live-action movie on the way
Posted By Nocturne 1 November 8, 2010 12:15:41 PM

I wholeheartedly agree RottenJohnny, a really good example is the Ninja Turtles films the first one was great where it took its lead from the comics but they got worse as they started using the cartoon as a template.
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