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Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Big Screen Kung Fu!

 

 

(Courtesy of: The Hollywood Reporter)

 

Following word last week that Legendary and Universal Pictures are moving forward with a big screen adaptation of the '70s television series Kung Fu comes world, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct.


The TV series, set in the Old West during the 19th Century, starred David Carradine as a monk traveling across America looking for his father facing all sorts of foes using his martial arts. It ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975 with Bill Paxton previously set to direct a movie based on a script by John McLaughlin. Other writers who have come and gone on the project include Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes, who is involved with writing Marvel's upcoming "Iron Fist" show for Netflix.


Luhrmann, best known for spectacle-laden projects like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, most recently directed The Great Gatsby for Warner Bros. Pictures.  Kung Fu is being produced by Jon Jashni, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull and Vincent Newman.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

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April 12, 2014

 

Amazon Acquires ComiXology!

 

(Courtesy of: Forbes)

 

Amazon yesterday announced that it would be acquiring ComiXology, a combo app and store for comic books on digital devices. Think of it as an iTunes for the Marvel and DC crowd.  The app is quite popular with tablet owners that consume comics. Anyone who’s ever read a comic knows that they’re typically formatted with several panels per page, and the ComiXology app uses a patented technology called Guided View that lets users follow the action one panel at a time, making for a very linear and elegant way to present a story.

 

In addition, ComiXology’s store offers most mainstream titles at the same time that they hit physical store shelves, usually at the same price.  But the part that Amazon is likely most interested in is ComiXology’s self-publishing platform, that allows independent authors and artists an avenue to get their comics in the hands of fans while making a bit of money at the same time.

 

According to David Steinberger, ComiXology’s CEO, the brand would remain as it is as a subsidiary of Amazon. This is good news to digital comics fans, as for many, the app’s ecosystem has completely replaced the purchase of paper comics. But some questions remain for readers.

 

“I worry about where that leaves digital partners,” says Jason Lamb, a Seattle-based digital comics expert. “There’s a program that lets local stores sell ComiXology digital comics [and they receive] a small percentage. That was a really great gesture from ComiXology, they being retail’s direct competitors. I think that’s out of a love for all things comics on their part.”

 

I asked if he thought it was likely Amazon would keep that program going, and Lamb told me, “I don’t see Amazon being so kind regarding that initiative. In the recent past, Amazon had a deal with DC so that it could sell their collections through the Kindle store exclusively. I would think that had something to do with the physical distribution side, as it doesn’t make practical sense when ComiXology has far more readers, exposure, and cross pollination of brands.”

 

There’s also concern that Amazon may hinder further development on non-Kindle tablets, like the Apple AAPL -0.73%’s iPad. That seems unlikely, though, as Amazon has been pro-active on making apps for other platforms. It’s quite easy to read Kindle books on a Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example.

 

Still, Amazon isn’t being very forthcoming with information about the acquisition. “I hope they’ll invest in better reading experiences, such as higher resolution scans, or a better user flow,” Lamb said. A spokesperson refused to comment on Amazon’s plans by the time this story went live, and Amazon’s silence is making some fans nervous. “That makes me suspicious about this acquisition.”

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Pierce Brown, author of Del Rey's Red Rising, makes a first appearance on Fictional Frontiers.  Blending YA, science fiction, and the best of George R.R. Martin, Pierce's first chapter in The Red Rising Trilogy has proven to be a critical smash...and will soon be headed to a theater near you.

 


 



 


 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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