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Quint gets Ronny Yu to talk a bit about his Live-Action upcoming film... BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE!!!

Published at: Aug. 10, 2003, 6:11 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here -- Quint's day started off at a hotel with up close and personal time with Robert Englund, Sean S. Cunningham and Ronny "I Spill Lots of Blood" Yu! Let it also be noted that Quint spared many a look at his legs by wearing long pants. The Kraken had been hoping that Quint would arrive in his pleated blue cheerleader bottoms, but Quint was... modest this day! Here he is with some potentially ass-kicking news!







Ahoy, squirts. Quint here just returned from the AICN FREDDY VS JASON super-awesome camp event. The thing was a blast (with the only deterrent being a loud, obnoxious cocksucker wearing a milk cow white and black cowboy hat who thought he was God's gift to comedic film commentary that sat beside me through all of FvJ and the first half of the glorious SLEEPAWAY CAMP... you know who you are and you should be ashamed of yourself!!!).  

This morning I interviewed Robert Englund, Sean S. Cunningham and Ronny Yu... Those full interviews are in the process of being transcribed, but I thought I'd give you folks this cool bit of news I got from Ronny Yu. Here's a bit from my interview with Ronny and Sean that I'll finish transcribing and have into Knowles in the next 2 or 3 days...  







 

QUINT: I KNOW YOU'RE DEEP INTO PUBLICITY ON FREDDY VS JASON, BUT WHAT HAVE YOU GOT LINED UP NEXT?  

RONNY YU: I read a comic book, a Japanese comic book, a long time ago... not too long... three, four years ago, called BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE. There an animation movie... And I'm trying to adapt that one... trying to get the rights to that one...  

QUINT: DOES IT TAKE PLACE ON A MILITARY BASE?  

RONNY YU: Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.  

QUINT: I'VE SEEN THAT ONE. IT'S PRETTY DAMN COOL AND CREEPY.  

RONNY YU: That's what's really interesting. You've never seen a vampire that took place on the... the... the... army base. The military base.  

QUINT: I REMEMBER THE DESIGN OF THE VAMPIRES IS WHAT GOT ME... KINDA LIKE A MIXTURE OF TRADITIONAL WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES.  

RONNY YU: It's a bit combination. So, I'm trying to develop a script of an English version.  

 

I don't know about you folks, but this has gotten me terribly excited. I have never seen the comic book version, just the short cartoon, but after watched FvJ I am completely confident that Yu is the right man for this (presumably) live action adaptation. I had one or two very minor problems with FREDDY VS JASON (on the whole it was a kick-ass flick), but none of them lay with Yu's direction. I can't really imagine how much fun he'd have with a project like BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE... If the amount of blood spilt in FvJ is any indicator, then he's going to need an Olympic-sized swimming pool filled with corn syrup and red dye #5 to take on a project like BLOOD...  

At any rate, I'm very tired. I'll get to work on these transcriptions very soon as well as my full review of FREDDY VS JASON. 'Til that day, this is Quint bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu.  

-Quint

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  • Aug. 10, 2003, 6:14 p.m. CST

    does the comic have a beginning and end?

    by Nexus-6

    or a plot even? the cartoon sure didn't. it looked fantastic, but that's all i can really say about it.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Ronny Wu or Ronny Yu?

    by Vic_

    might want to fix the title on this post here. 'Tis all.

  • "It wequire total concentwation, bwother."

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 6:36 p.m. CST

    The Manga does have the "begining" and "end" that the film lacks

    by funnylookingdog

    The Manga does have the "begining" and "end" that the film lacks. It tells you Saya is and why she works for the Govt. It also leaves several questions unanswered that are supposedly answered in a PS2 game.

  • I swear, the really intriging film projects I always seem to hear about are the very ones that fall by the wayside. I might be mistaken on the name of the director, but I don't think so. I would also like to add that asian directors always seem to be overrated when it comes to live action.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 6:38 p.m. CST

    It would seem Ronny Yu has found his niche.

    by Harry Weinstein

    Polio survivor, Ohio University grad, and former ABC News employee Ronny Yu's THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR is his best known Hong Kong film in the west, and while not straight-up horror, it definitely has its horiffic elements. Ever since he came to the west, his biggest successes have been in the horror genre. He's the man for the BLOOD gig, no question - too bad his former right-hand-man, cinematographer Peter Pau, fancies himself a director now. Peter, you're one of the very best DPs, but please, I saw THE TOUCH. Stick to your day job. To echo sentiments previously expressed, it will be nice to see this story have a beginning and an ending - the animated version seems to have been mostly a test project for Production IG's 2D/3D animation technology, later seen in such things as GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Now I've GOT to see FvJ

    by sorcery23

    I wasn't sure about seeing it or not, but if this guy's doing a live action Blood, I've got to see what he's capable of. I'm already having fantasies of whom they might cast as Saya...

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 7:37 p.m. CST

    If there's anything worse than anime, it's live-action versions

    by Sherlock_Holmes_

    The stories usually don't have enough substance to get by without the style in the first place, but even if you have a great story, it just doesn't work. Remember Guyver? Fist of the North Star? Street Fighter? Hello???? It never works.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Freddy vs. Jason is being compared to the "Godzilla vs." movies

    by Terry_1978

    I probably wouldn't go that far as to put it in the same category with those, but sheer curiosity is gonna be what gets me along with other people into the theatre this friday.

  • Box office gold baby. Cannot wait, details would be cool.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 8:54 p.m. CST

    For those not familiar with Benkyo Tamaoki...

    by FD Resurrected

    He's a well-known mangaka in Japan, specializing in hentai doujinshi. Some of his individual sexually explicit drawings aren't for the faint of heart or conservative prude, bit I find his style refreshing, especially in punk-cum-body-piercing art. http://www.angelfire.com/ne2/benkyotamaoki/main & Benkyo's official web site http://get-ugly.jp/pornostar/ A word of warning, though: a few of his artworks contain pedophilia (at least legal in Japan because it is DRAWN as an artwork), if you live in North America and some other countries you get blocked automatically from some of his most offensive and distasteful artworks in Japanese section based on IP location - there's a way to get around that. Oh, BTW he puts out pretty good hentai stuff in English called The Sex-Philes from Eros Comix (eroscomix.com) As for Blood The Last Vampire it's nice in terms of technical and visual impression but a pretty flat anime overall. Why Ronny Yu would want to do Blood the live action movie is beyond my comprehension like proposed English live-action adaption projects Lone Wolf and Cub (that guy who directed Pi and Requiem for a Dream) Dragon Ball (no big-name attachment), Akira (that guy who directed LXG and Blade) and dead-in-the-water Mai the Psychic Girl (Tim Burton). 1995 English version of Crying Freeman live action version sucked big donkey balls - stick to reading Ikegami/Koike's ludriciously perverted manga masterpiece of sex, violence and revenge of Shakespearean proportion.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Guyver. Fist of the North Star. Street Fighter.

    by McCormic

    Dragon Ball Z.

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Saya casting.....

    by scrivenusx

    There is no better casting for Saya than Fairuza Balk. PERFECT

  • Aug. 10, 2003, 9:43 p.m. CST

    how about someone do something ORIGINAL!

    by Jon E Cin

    Why! OH why! Remake something that has been out for less then 3 years!

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I agree....Fairuza Balk would make a great Saya...

    by iamarayya

    Ever since i say her in Gas Food Lodging as a kid I was in love with her. :)

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 2:22 a.m. CST

    BLOOD and remakes

    by Harry Weinstein

    Live-action remakes of anime are old news in Japan, where it's been done time and again. While generally I find the idea somewhat obnoxious (christ, I hope that American STAR BLAZERS atrocity never, ever comes to pass), there are a handful that could potentially be worthwhile, or at least interesting. This is one of 'em. AKIRA and DRAGON BALL Z, for example, are not. They're stories best served by animation. Though the animation in BLOOD is excellent, there's nothing in it that wouldn't be equally effective if done well in live-action. The animated version is good looking, but it's just too damn short. It has no real beginning or ending - there's clearly more to the story that is not presented there. A feature could expand on it to satisfying effect, and Yu's a good director for the job. I'll certainly give it a chance, based on Ronny's track record alone.

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 2:50 a.m. CST

    I loved the Guyver anime and the movies were just funny

    by UberSpectre

    I loved the animated version of Guyver the movies were pretty sad but are really fun to watch... Also I will be in a theatre watching Fvs.J on friday and tonight I saw a moive called the Princessblade, has anybody else seen this movie? It was pretty good when the action started

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 3:43 a.m. CST

    that movie is great!

    by CuervoJones

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Chaffro! Very Cool Nod to "Kentucky Fried Movie"

    by hipcheck13

    Where else can you find "A Fistful of Yen" AND a Hulk Hogan reference?

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 3:27 p.m. CST

    blood: the last vampire

    by elviskilledjfk

    when I saw the anime version of Blood, I didn't realize that the run-time was only around 30 minutes. I was impressed by the artwork, but when it ended at the 30 minute mark, I was baffled, asking myself "what happened to the rest of this movie?" It's kinda sad that someone wants to make a live-action adaptation of this. Granted, I haven't read the manga, and I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say that it's probably good... but seriously folks... what happened to making new movies with new ideas rather than recycling old ideas? I am pretty intrigued by the James Cameron, Battle Angel project though.

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 4:03 p.m. CST

    FD - you were right

    by Caine

    His artwork IS pretty twisted. Not that that is a BAD thing - its just pretty twisted. The piercing/tattoo artwork is interesting, but you can see the same at many tattoo parlors. On a slightly different note, I thought the age of consent In Japan was/is much lower than it is in the West. Which is kinda twisted anyway.

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 7:54 p.m. CST

    not a big fan of the BLOOD anime

    by beamish13

    I wish it was a full-length film. The animation is stellar, of course, but there are no surprises.

  • Aug. 12, 2003, 4:40 a.m. CST

    I don`t know about the comic, but the Blood cartoon sucks!

    by chien_sale

    If you thought Scoobe-Doo was compelling and Scary, then that`s for you.

  • Aug. 12, 2003, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Asian hottie Fann Wong as Saya....

    by Monkey_King

    Why cast an American as the female lead and why ugly Fairuza Balk? Yuck! Fann Wong is 32 years old, but could play the ageless Vampire killing machine as envisioned in the Katsuya Terada manga.