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Pics From The Silver/Wachowski/Straczynski NINJA ASSASSIN Project Are Now Online!!

Merrick here...
JoBlo has a cool pic from NINJA ASSASSIN, the new film from director James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA)...written by BABYLON 5's J. Michael Straczynski from a draft by The Wachowskis, who are producing along with Joel Silver. This is Rain as he'll apepar in the film. We recently saw him in SPEED RACER as Taejo Togokahn. CLICK to significantly embiggen.
JoBlo has another image from the film which you can find HERE! Look for this in theaters January 2009 at the earliest.

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  • July 22, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    The Wachowskis lost me after Matrix 2

    by Captain RawBeard

    Get Tony Jaa in and then I might show interest

  • July 22, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by StrokerX

    looks cool

  • July 22, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard

    by Conans Sword

    yeah what the fuck happened to the sequels. on another note will Straczynski be putting a Vorlon in this? i bet he does....he totally will

  • July 22, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Nice pic.

    by LoneGun

    My interest on this flick just went up a notch.

  • July 22, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Sounds good.

    by SkeletonParty

  • July 22, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    the wachowskis will...

    by dingus khan good again. if they were directing this, i'd say this is the one. you can't make a movie like 'bound', then 'matrix (1)', and then drop off the face of the earth. by the way, is there a good ninja movie out there?

  • July 22, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    The Wachowskis lost me.

    by SkeletonParty

    They never found me. I've lead a life of solitude.

  • July 22, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    As Stephen Colbert would put it...

    by theredtoad


  • July 22, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    The Wachowski's

    by Mr. Profit

    Are talented. I don't care what anyone says. I still think they have the possibility to make an awesome action movie. They did it before. Also, Speed Racer may have bombed, but I'll say it again, the fight sequences in the film were very well choreographed and shot.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    prepare to get SLAPPED!!

    by Romoehlio

    not by Ninja but by BITCHES!!! best trailer E V E R

  • July 22, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    where's Michael Dudikoff?

    by just pillow talk

    Ninjas are cool..and yet so silly when put on film. <p>I'm there!

  • July 22, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    "from a draft by The Wachowskis"

    by Aeghast

    ..So, basically, it will suck. Movin' onnn

  • July 22, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    immediately after this picture was taken

    by ArcadianDS

    his bowels spilled out.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    He better take care of that or it's gonna get infected.

    by Dogmatic

  • July 22, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Never understood the love for ninjas..

    by wowsah156

    The real Ninja in feudal Japan were really evil bastards. They were like the Nazi SS of their time. Things like slow painful poisoning and murdering babies were the NICER things that the ninja were pad to do. Someone needs to do a proper movie on the true history of the ninja and show them for the nasty cruel bastards that they really were.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    No way WOWSAH...ninjas were much better than

    by Dogmatic

    samurais for example. Yeah there were those that were murderers and assassins of innocent people but mostly they were assassinating people that called "nobility" and such. <P> We get the historical perspective of them being "bad guys" b/c the history we have of them comes from Japan itself where stealth and methods they used were considered dishonorable compared to the samurai's more open style of combat. <P> But in truth they were the rebels of Japan like the Rebels from Star Wars. They worked with what they had...made weapons our of farm implements...weapons designed specifically for defending against samurai...and waged the only warfare they could...guerilla warfare against a "noble" culture so fucked up that to test his sword a samurai would call a peasant over so he could take a practice swing and if it didnt kill in one blow he knew it wasn't good enough to take into battle against other samurai yet. <P> Yeah, so i'll take ninja anyday. They were heroes of feudal Japan as far as I am concerned. A few bad apples does not ruin the entire tree in this case.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Ninja Assassin: The most redundant title of all time!

    by blackmantis

  • July 22, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by Conans Sword

    hell no, aint you seen samurai jack!! or afro samurai. lone wolf and cub? zatoichi? samurai rule! no one is gonna be afraid of ninja jack or the afro ninja, being a samurai is how you know their badass!! all big swords an shit WHOOO

  • July 22, 2008, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Was that dude fighting a sandwich?

    by Forallthecowsff

    That ninja needs to eat something.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Good start

    by Cobbio

    I like that pic. McTeigue did a great job with "V for Vendetta," in my opinion, so I'm looking forward to "Ninja Assassin".<p> Anyone heard whether it'll be R-rated?

  • July 22, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I grew up on caucasian ... not asian NiNJa

    by debrislide

    Guess its time to shake up the establishment. Where is his ninja outfit and stars and cool ninja stuff. stupid.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The title sounds like a crappy 80's VHS tape

    by brock landers baby

  • July 22, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    is a good start. Gotta be R-rated

  • July 22, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Is that Tony Jaa?

    by fireclown

    If it is, I'm totally in. That guy should be a megastar right the frak now.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Estelle Getty died!

    by Trazadone

    Damn, I love The Golden Girls.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    if he was doing a FLAMING LEG KICK

    by just pillow talk

    then it would be Tony Jaa. <p>He would be enjoying grilled ninjas with a splash of lemon.

  • July 22, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    as long as Chan doesn't appear with his slapstick unfunniness

    by donwillymo

  • July 22, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    brock, the title is SUPPOSED to sound like that

    by terry1978

    Like one of those 80s action martial arts b-flicks. I think that's the point. And it works.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Estelle Getty is gone

    by terry1978


  • July 22, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Will Stephen Colbert play Rain's rival ninja?

    by fiester

    I would go see it then.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Anybody remember Peckinpah's The Killer Elite?

    by skimn

    They had ninjas when I didn't know what the fuck a ninja was.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Wtf? Staczynski?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    So maybe the Wachowski brother's were listening to people's complaints after all. Did you hear Shyamalan is doing something similar? He's producing films based on his ideas, but written and directed by others.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Estelle Getty died?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Ah, that's sad. You know she was nearly the same age as Beatrice Arthur, who played her daughter?

  • July 22, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    V for Vendetta was pretty bland

    by kwisatzhaderach


  • July 22, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    paddington bear > rain

    by ironic_name

    flaming jarv, buddha crush!

  • July 22, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The Wachowskis lost me with Matrix

    by SpencerTrilby

    and won me again with Speed Racer. Those pics look ok, but the director is not. V for Vendetta was to the political allegory what Iron Man was to RoboCop: a neutered epigone.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    B for bale is badass

    by ironic_name

    throw momma from the train remake!

  • July 22, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by Iamagoodguy

    Why does everyone on internet forums hate everything even stuff they should like? Do you guys secretly make movies and shit that are awesome but don't show them to anybody?

  • July 22, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    paddington bear < flurries

    by just pillow talk

    The pussy needs to be bundled up in a coat...NOT A REAL BEAR!

  • July 22, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by TenaciousDoc


  • July 22, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Should like? Haven't you heard of Sturgeon's Law? Ninety percent of everything is crap.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Needs more Dudikoff

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    or Tony Jaa breaking all the ninja's arms in this movie or I will not watch.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    wowsah & dogmatic

    by Slaphappy Slim

    Wowsah, you have ZERO idea what you're talking about. Do the research. Start with a search on the Bujinkan, the only authentic ninjutsu tradition left. You might learn that the real ninja of old Japan were quite analogous to the Native Americans and the position they found themselves in after the arrival of the Europeans. Dogmatic, thanks for chiming in with a little perspective. That said, there has never been a film made outside of Japan that has dealt with the authentic art(for instance, its unarmed combat techniques look nothing like karate or kung fu) or its history. This looks to be more of the same cartoon/video game/evil assassin bullshit.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Estelle Getty...

    by mr_macphisto

    ...thank you for being a friend.

  • July 22, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    With the talent behind this movie, why such a shitty title?

    by Judge Briggs

  • July 22, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Ninja Insurance Salesman?

    by MaxCalifornia.

    I'm glad someone brought up the issue with the redundant title. I don't know much about the hierarchy of Ninja society, but I'm assuming there are some Ninjas who need to do the everyday jobs to support the Ninja Assassins, presumably there must be people like Ninja Postal Clerk, Ninja Guy at the McDonalds drive-thru window, Ninja Theater Usher, Ninja Proctologist and so on. I'd like to see the Wachowskis explore this aspect of the Ninja in this movie.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Genre Freak

    by frongbak

    I love all these genre pics coming out lately. Hopefully Rain will stick as a viable action star then we can work on some cross-over with the Jaa. He would be a great villian, like Jet Li in Lethal Weapon. I still have faith in the Ws. They make cooler looking shit than most, and really have great ideas about shooting action.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Sarcastic Jewish octogenarian fetishists will be sorry.

    by V'Shael

    And so will I. <p> But I repeat myself.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Ya want Ninjas vs. Samurai?

    by bswise

    Check out 1965's "Samurai Spy" (Masahiro Shinoda). Great flick!

  • July 22, 2008, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Mortal Kombat Kalled......

    by Oriba

    They want Liu Kang back

  • July 22, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Stunt Double for Liu Kang in Combat?

    by frongbak

    Tony Jaa

  • July 22, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Best movies of the Summer So Far...

    by frongbak

    1. Wall - E 2. Iron Man 3. Speed Racer I'm watching Dark Knight tonight at Imax so this list will change, but Speed Racer was the shit.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    SPEED RACER Bombed, But It Was Great

    by LaserPants

    Great I tell you!

  • July 22, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    very bad title.


    very vhs 80's. the only worse title i could think of is lazer warrior.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Stallone's mom died?

    by Gilkuliehe

    That's sad, yo.

  • July 22, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    This will be awesome

    by Harry Weinstein

    It has Sho Kosugi in it.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    THE TITLE IS NOT REDUNDANT - it is all in how you read it

    by Bass Bastardson

    The title is only redundant if you are attributing the ninja with being an assassin, but if you are attributing the assassin with being a ninja it makes perfect sense. For example; "What kind of ninja was it? It was a Ninja assassin!" Would read as redundant but "What kind of assassin was it? It was a ninja assassin!" would not. Also, the title could refer to one who assassinates ninjas.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    the wachowskis lost me...

    by floatybrownthing

    when one of them went batshit crazy and decided that life was better without his junk.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Not really redundant title:

    by fiester

    Because he assassinates ninjas--so the title is descriptive. Yeah, ninjas are assassins, but how many ninjas assassinate other ninjas and hence become ninja assassins? There ought to be a Japanese word for that (if there isn't already).

  • July 22, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    ALSO - SPEED RACER was fucking awesome!

    by Bass Bastardson

    Fuck all the people who come into these talkbacks pretending to have watched Speed Racer but are really just making assumptions based upon the trailers and what they read at rottentomatoes. I don't give a fuck whether it only got 36% - that's only because people just didn't get it. Real vision goes over peoples heads sometimes. Remember, Blade Runner and Tron both got horrible reviews when they came out too. I thought the trailers for Speed looked like crap and because of my anger over the Matrix sequels, I was really hoping the movie would bomb. But then I saw it and I was blown away. It may not be the best movie I'll see this year, but I don't doubt it will remain the most daring and unique. I know that there are people who legitimately did not like the film and that is fine - everyone is entitled to their opinions... if they bothered to watch the movie. The thing is, I would bet good money that at least one out of every two Speed Racer haters in the AICN talkbacks hasn't actually seen it and is just a fucking liar.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    yeah, but we really care about speed racer?

    by floatybrownthing

    I saw it, and all I kept thinking was "fuck me, that's the dude who puked to death in the shower in v for vendetta!"

  • July 22, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by _SnakePlissken_

    haha, childhood memories..

  • July 22, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    this is bullshit

    by _SnakePlissken_

    its set in modern day, i was hoping for a ninja movie set in feudal japan

  • July 22, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Why does this project make me think of American Ninja?

    by Wcwlkr

    Does anybody remember that movie how many of those did they actually make? And for some reason this reminds me of that.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    hrm..American Ninja

    by floatybrownthing

    Wasn't it like 5 movies? Chuck Norris has a lot tanswer for, with the trends he starts.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Even though Speed Racer bombed

    by Wcwlkr

    I freaking loved that movie, I don't give a damn what anyone says. I loved every minute of that movie.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ninja Gaiden movie, here we come

    by terry1978

    You know it's only a matter of time if this thing does even remotely well.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    J. Michael Straszynski

    by Buckys_Kick_Ass_Arm

    This guy can write. Check out his Thor and The Twelve series. hell check out his IMDB file. this guy is finally hitting the top.

  • July 22, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by floatybrownthing

    well yeah we know he can write. he made a little show called babylon 5...maybe you've heard of it bucky?

  • July 22, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    From the guy who ruined spider-man?

    by David Cloverfield

    Who the what now?

  • July 22, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    "From the Guy Who Raped Gwen Stacy..."

    by robzass

    seriously, this guy still gets gigs? And don't get me started on the Wachowskis.

  • July 22, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I didn't know JMS was involved

    by MisterE

    I didn't know that JMS was involved with this project. My interest has grown from 0% to, um, something more than 0%.

  • July 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    holy hell that guy is ripped!

    by BadMrWonka

    I think his body fat percentage is actually negative...if you walk near him you actually get a little bit fatter...

  • July 22, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    SPEED RACER WIll Endure As A Cult Film On DVD

    by LaserPants

    Bank on it. I can't wait till it comes out. Too bad it probably won't have all the doo-dads and extras I want to see. ;-(

  • July 22, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I want to see the Ninja Gay Den movie.

    by debrislide

    it comes as a double dvd set with Dishonorable Discharge.

  • July 22, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    This is exactly why I love the talkbacks

    by kungfuhustler84

    People arguing about nonsense that is COMPLETELY inconsequential to real life, like "Who is more evil? Samurai or ninjas?" as if it was accurate to classify entire occupations together and say everybody is the same. I'm sure there were just as many ninjas and samurai as there were "evil" ones. Then again, who really gives a shit? And Speed racer was so much fucking fun. I liked it over Iron Man actually. That being said, why is Rain getting any acting gigs at all? He doesn't even emote that well in his pop music. Dude's ripped though. Hot damn.

  • July 22, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    and where's Hawaiian Organ Donor?

    by kungfuhustler84

    He's one of the few guys who's opinion I actually care about on this movie. Fuck all you morons who are saying you "just want Tony Jaa" or "Just a Liu Kang clone." Ignorant sluts. Seriously dude, I need another bloke actually well versed in Asian cinema!

  • July 22, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    and where's Hawaiian Organ Donor?

    by kungfuhustler84

    He's one of the few guys who's opinion I actually care about on this movie. Fuck all you morons who are saying you "just want Tony Jaa" or "Just a Liu Kang clone." Ignorant sluts. Seriously dude, I need another bloke actually well versed in Asian cinema!

  • July 22, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    sorry about the double post

    by kungfuhustler84

    total accident. I'm not that needy.

  • July 22, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    or am I?

    by kungfuhustler84

    *just as many ninjas and samurai with good intentions as there were "evil" ones. Maybe I'm on here too much...better go fuck my girlfriend to check.

  • July 22, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    @Bass Bastardson

    by ianrewel

    Don't mean to be an asshole, but please tell me what is it that I didn't get. In MY opinion,SR's story wasn't that interesting, yes the first couple of minutes were really fun, specially with the tour of the company, and some of the races were cool even though they looked like Mario Kart on crack; but EVERYTHING took forever and seemed uninteresting: The whole corporate aspect was boring, the whole Asian guy and his sister subplot didn't interest me AT ALL and neither did the Beno Führman scenes as some sort of handler for Racer X. Matthew Fox was maybe the best thing in the movie, but then radical plastic surgery? come the fuck on. And I also wanted to kick the shit out of that annoying brat and his monkey. I used to really like the cartoon and went to se it with an open mind, but the whole time I was thinking that Dexter's Laboratory did a far better job adapting the source material in 20 minutes, that the Wachowskis did in 3 FUCKING HOURS

  • July 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Violence...

    by MisterE

    ...JMS didn't come up with the "Selling your soul to Satan is better than getting a divorce" story line in Amazing Spider-man. That idea came from the Editor-In-Chief, Joe Quesada. Straczynski was the writer of the book at the time and did what he could to make the idea work. According to a couple of posts from JMS, whatever script he did turn in for the story was significantly reworked by Marvel before it saw print, so he isn't even fully responsible for what was published. The story was a misfire dictated from an office much higher than the one occupied by JMS. <p> Now, I will lay most of "The Other" and "Sins Past" at JMS' feet. I kinda liked the Spider Totem stuff that JMS was doing with the book, but "The Other" was terrible. To me, "Sins Past" was unnecessary trash produced by a talented writer that should have known better than to write that $#!+. <p> To be honest, as much as I like JMS' work, I consider most of his Amazing Spider-man run to be pretty bad.

  • July 22, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I'd rather eat my own shit

    by Drunken Rage

    than see another WB self-indulgent movie. Now, fuck off.

  • July 22, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Violence...

    by MisterE

    I can't argue with your sentiments. Well said. <p> You could spell his name Q's'da. It would almost be a 4-letter word and would then meet one of the requirements for common profanity.

  • July 22, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I suck yo dick!

    by dr sauch

    No seriously though, this looks cool.

  • July 22, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by the milf lover

    well, one of the many ninjas from Mortal Kombat is named Rain... maybe that's how they got confused into hiring a korean singer.

  • July 22, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • July 22, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    This shit is going to toss your salad

    by Hawaiian Organ Donor

    So long as the film isn't castrated by the studio, you can bet your ass this will rock even with a Korean pop star as the lead. And since Oldboy and The Host failed to propel the Korean movie industry in North America like I had hoped, more Korean exposure can't hurt.

  • July 22, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Isn't "Ninja Assassin" redundant?

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Yeah... I thought so, too.

  • July 22, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Isn't "Ninja Assassin" redundant?

    by g-ride9000

  • July 22, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    do I know what rhetorical means?

    by g-ride9000

    DO I know what rhetorical means?

  • July 22, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Yeah not redundant

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • July 22, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah not redundant

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Lets not hit enter this time. <p> In Japanese the title would probably be "Ansatsu sha no Ninja". Where Ansatsu sha is someone who kills for a living, and Ninja means "hiding person". Ninja predominant role being spies rather than assasins.

  • July 22, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by DURANGO66

  • July 22, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Has anyone ever known a ninja who DIDN'T kill?

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    ...There you go. :)

  • July 23, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    speed racer

    by snitchseeker

    was pretty awesome.

  • July 23, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Does someone want

    by Jaybob

    to tell me why I'm not supposed to like the Matrix sequels? 1 was outstanding, 2 and 3 I thought were good..(dodges scorn)...

  • July 23, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Die in Fire Prettybaby

    by Lost Jarv

    fucking spamsters.

  • July 23, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Dijjot

    what an amazing title for what I'm sure will be an amazing movie. I do think Speed Racer was underappreciated, though. "zomg but its the wachowskiz" Matrix 2 and 3 were overwrought, not the worst criticism for a movie. But meh.

  • July 23, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I liked V OK....

    by The Eskimo least it's look and feel, if not the pretentiousness of the whole thing. The W-bros on the other hand are liable to screw this up. Hopefully their influence will be limited.

  • July 23, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    isn't James McTeigue just their alternate pen name?

    by Spandau Belly

    Like Richard Bachman or whatever?

  • July 24, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Ah, The Wachowskis...

    by BiggusDickus

    Are they still working after Speed Racer?<p>How? Why?