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Keanu Reeves Explains Why BRZRKR Is Getting Live-Action Movie & Anime Show

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At SDCC’s BRZRKR panel, Keanu Reeves spoke about his comic’s planned anime adaptation and explains why it is getting a movie and a series.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Keanu Reeves spoke about the decision to adapt his BRZRKR comic book into an anime series in addition to a live-action movie. The 12-issue comic series was created by Reeves in collaboration with comic book writer Matt Kindt and is drawn by Ron Garney. Published by Boom! Studios, the story follows a cursed immortal warrior known only as B who agrees to work for the US Government in exchange for learning the truth behind his bloody and long-lived existence. The debut issue subsequently became one of the highest-selling comics of the last decade.

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In March last year, Netflix announced that they were adapting the property into both a live-action film starring Reeves in the leading role and a follow-up anime series. In October last year, screenwriter Mattson Tomlin, who assisted Matt Reeves with writing The Batman, was officially announced to be providing the script for the hyper-violent live-action feature. When Reeves first revealed Tomlin’s involvement in the project, he also suggested that the film would be an R-rated feature that would not be a direct copy of the comic book material.

Up until recently, however, further details have been few and far between until the BRZRKR panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Confirming that the follow-up animated series is currently being produced by Production I.G, the same Japanese anime studio behind Ghost in the Shell, Reeves spoke about his love for the animated medium. Admitting that he originally watched anime as a kid and didn’t understand what it was, he would later be introduced to films like Akira and Ghost in the Shell by the Wachowskis while working on The Matrix. Calling anime “some of the coolest shit I’ve seen as a human being,” he applauded the medium’s ability to portray not only action but also to expound upon morality tales about who we are and what we’re about.


With BRZRKR doing so well in the comic sphere, there’s no doubt fans will be more eager than ever to see Keanu not only appear as B in the live-action film but also lend his vocal talents to the upcoming anime. No stranger to high-action properties, Reeves’ previous work on films like The Matrix and John Wick franchises will put him in good stead for Netflix’s plans for his comic book property. Moreover, the choice to pursue an anime style of animation for the follow-up series fits perfectly with the comic’s violent nature, and it will likely serve to translate the action well.

While no official release dates for either the BRZRKR film or anime series have been revealed as of yet, Reeves still has his plate full with his return to the role of John Wick slated for March next year. With San Diego Comic-Con currently in full swing, Lionsgate took the opportunity to tease Reeve’s return in a first-look image and even a John Wick 4 teaser trailer. Now with BRZRKR also on the horizon in multiple formats, it would seem that Reeves certainly has his plate full for the very near future.




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Jessica Klein, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Producer and Writer, Dies at 66

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Jessica Klein, an award-winning television writer and producer who was a key contributor for six seasons on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Beverly Hills on July 13. She was 66 years old.

Klein’s death was confirmed by her daughter, Shira Rose, who shared that her mother died “fulfilled, surrounded by her biggest fans, her family.”

After moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, Klein married Steve Wasserman, her writing partner. The duo collaborated as writers and executive producers on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” launching Klein’s career in prime time.

Klein collaborated on “Just Deal,” Sk8″ and “Scout’s Safari” with Tommy Lynch, her creative partner after Wasserman’s death in 1998. Other notable credits include “Northern Exposure,” “Mancuso,” “FBI,” “Gabriel’s Fire,” “As the World Turns” and “Secret Central.”

Born in Manhattan on March 14, 1956, Klein was raised by her mother, a senior administrator at Weill Cornell Medical College, and her father, the co-founder of Barton’s Candy and a Holocaust survivor. Klein graduated from Harvard Radcliffe in 1977 with a degree in psychology and social relations.

Klein first ventured into the television industry as an assistant on “Sesame Street” before teaming with Wasserman. Later in her career, she worked as a writer and producer on “One Life to Live” and head of creative on “Make It Pop” and “The Other Kingdom.”

Klein married again in 2000, wedding painter and audiovisual expert Isaac Levenbrown. In 2011, the couple moved to Virginia, where Klein began to teach screenwriting at Drexel University. After Levenbrown’s death, Klein relocated to Toronto and then Los Angeles once more.

Klein is survived by her daughter, Shira Rose; her stepchildren, Josh, Brittany and Jonathan; her grandchildren, Shayna, Mendel, Zisi, Asher, Lily and Elliott; and her brother, David.



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Reshoots Wrap On Latest Nick Fury MCU Project

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Samuel L. Jackson announces that reshoots have wrapped on Secret Invasion, the Disney+ MCU series in which he is playing Nick Fury yet again.

Samuel L. Jackson has announced that reshoots are wrapped on his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series Secret Invasion. The Academy Award-nominated actor has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning, appearing as the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader and Avengers founder Nick Fury in the original 2008 Iron Man. He has gone on to reprise the role in more than a dozen other MCU projects, including a voice-only role in the animated series What If…? and a major appearance in 2019’s Captain Marvel under layers of de-aging technology. He is often spotted working with former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, the character introduced in 2012’s Avengers, played by How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders.

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Both Smulders and Jackson are set to re-team in Secret Invasion, which is currently expected to premiere in early 2023. Part of the upcoming Phase 5 of the MCU, the six-episode series will focus on the former S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel attempting to track down an alien menace after they discover that shape-shifting Skrull have been impersonating various humans across the globe in a clandestine takeover. The cast of the series includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo, and Dermot Mulroney, with appearances by MCU veterans Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Don Cheadle as War Machine, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos.


On his official Instagram page, Jackson just shared a picture of himself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Nick Fury’s face. In his caption, in addition to announcing that he was wearing “pachy-pants” with elephants all over them, he revealed that it is wrap day on Secret Invasion. While Nick Fury “chills,” he will be heading to Broadway to play Doaker Charles in the August Wilson play The Piano Lesson. Check out the post below:

Considering the fact that Jackson is committed to a major role away from the set of Secret Invasion, it is safe to say that the bulk of filming is well and truly done. This spells out good news for fans who are eager to see Marvel’s take on the body snatcher trope. The series has now moved fully into the post-production phase, with the additional footage joining the early footage that has already had the opportunity to be edited.


Now that Secret Invasion has progressed to the next step, it is likely that Marvel will begin the slow drip of promotion for the series. There are quite a few MCU projects coming between now and the release of the series, including She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, so it likely will be some time before an official trailer is released. However, now that everything is in the can, they will have the ability to start sharing production stills and other tidbits from the series while fans wait.

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Robyn Griggs, Soap Opera Star in ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Another World,’ Dead at 49

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Soap opera star Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles in One Life to Live and Another World, has died at 49 years old, according to a post on the actress’ Facebook page. 

“With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the post began. “However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.” 

Going on to pay tribute to Griggs’ passion, the post continued, “I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so.”

The soap star had previously been open about her diagnosis with cervical cancer in 2020, last month she shared that she had four new tumors. On August 11, Griggs’ father announced via Facebook that she was entering hospice care. The post explained, “She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational.”

In April 1991, Griggs took on the role of Stephanie Hobart in One Life to Live, she was featured on the famed TV series for six episodes. The actress then landed the role of Maggie Cory in Another World, in which she starred in for two years. 

In addition to her soap opera career, Griggs appeared in Severe Injuries (2003), Dead Clowns (2004), The Absence of Light (2006) and Hellweek (2010).

 



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