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Warren Ellis Has Something To Do With Four (!) New Marvel Anime TV Series, Including An IRON MAN And A WOLVERINE!!

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The brilliant funnybook writer and novelist Warren Ellis (“The Authority,” “Global Frequency,” “Planetary,” “Astonishing X-Men,” “Ignition City,” “Mek,” “Red,” “Reload,” “Iron Man: Extremis,” “newuniversal,” “Ultimate Fantastic Four,” “Ultimate Galactus,” “Ocean,” “Orbiter,” “Jack Cross,” “Ministry of Space,” “Fell,” “Gravel,” “Dark Blue,” “Scars,” “Wolfskin,” “Blackgas,” “FreakAngels,” “No Hero”), appears to be involved in scripting four (!) new Marvel Anime series, one of which deals with Iron Man and another that follows around Wolverine. These are apparently being made for Japanese TV, but I can’t imagine they won’t find their ways to English-speaking territories if Ellis is scripting them. Ellis’ involvement may have something to do with the success of his recent and acclaimed PG-13 animated movie “G.I. Joe: Resolute.” Look! Press release!
Marvel Entertainment Inc. and Madhouse Present an Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Re-imagining of Marvel’s Legendary Super Heroes MARVEL ANIME TV SERIES AT COMIC-CON Get an Exciting First-Look at the All New Anime Iron Man and Wolverine At the Marvel Animation Panel on Friday, July 24 at 4:30 PM
CULVER CITY, CA (7/15/09) - Marvel Entertainment Inc., has partnered with renowned Japanese animation studio Madhouse (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) to create four all new anime versions of classic Marvel Super Heroes. Get an exciting first glimpse of two of the planned four series at this year’s Comic-Con International, the country's leading comics and popular arts convention. The Marvel Animation Panel will be held on Friday, July 24, and will include an exclusive first look at official teaser trailers for two of these new series, hosted by writer and multiple-Eagle Award winner Warren Ellis, who will appear to discuss writing the all new adventures of these re-imagined Super Heroes. These Marvel Anime TV series are being created as a way of merging the beloved Marvel Super Heroes of western culture with the bold animation tradition of Japan. The resulting product will be four visually groundbreaking anime series featuring popular Super Heroes redesigned and repurposed as emerging from the fabric of Japanese culture. The series is expected to begin appearing on the Animax channel in Japan in spring of 2010. The Marvel Animation Panel with run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the San Diego Convention Center. An autograph signing with Ellis will follow the panel at Marvel’s Comic-Con booth #2429. Madhouse, Inc., established in 1972 with offices in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Beijing, is one of the top animation studios in the world working exclusively with some of Japan’s top anime directors. They have created many well-known titles such as worldwide hits Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, Trigun, Tokyo Godfathers, and Metropolis, Japanese successful TV series such as “Death Note” and “Nana”, as well as Paprika (an Official Selection at the 2006 Venice Film Festival) and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Film – Animation) Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online.
No word yet on how many episodes will comprise each series, nor how many episodes, if any, Ellis will be scripting. Ellis’s panel, which frustratingly runs opposite the LucasFilm and Whedon panels, will be held in room 6BCF.
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  • July 15, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    HA! Ellis at Comic-Con?

    by Jobacca

    There will much smoking,drinking,and unleashing of arse eels. Prepare thyself California!!!!!

  • July 15, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    And cursing....

    by Jobacca

    Lots of evil British sure to bring the kids!

  • July 15, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Come on!

    by Jaka

    You list his credits and leave out "Transmetropolitan"!? Also, I love Ellis and own a vast majority of the work he's published. Unfortunately 2/3 of his work could all be one series. Fortunately, half of that 2/3 of fucking genius! However, I fuckin' hate Marvel and hate anime, so color me unimpressed.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    What the hell do you guys have against Doktor Sleepless?

    by Johnny Smith

    Is it too good for you or something? You never list it when talking about Ellis' many, many works.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    What the hell do you guys have against Doktor Sleepless?

    by Johnny Smith

    Is it too good for you or something? You never list it when talking about Ellis' many, many works.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Bring on the Marvel Anime...

    by Jobacca

    I'm betting at least half of it will involve Doc Ock and disturbing metal tentacle rape. Also,all of the female Marvel characters will inexplicably grow a penis and use them to rape Spiderman!!!!

  • July 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Wow. Apparently I'm so passionate about Dok I double-posted.

    by Johnny Smith

    My bust.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    This could be interesting

    by paulrichard

    It sounds like Ellis could be involved in reimagining and creating a new mythology for these characters

  • July 15, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST

    NO HERO Spoilers

    by Johnny Smith

    I just can't wait for Ben Grimm to rip out Victor von Doom's spine and use it as a replacement wang.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Doktor Sleepless IS good,good stuff....

    by Jobacca

    But my dickhead comic book store owner dropped it because I was the only one reading it. Fuck you Zed and Maynard's Comic Book store,and God bless Things From Another com!!!

  • July 15, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Anime- the nerdy adult word for cartoon

    by Heckles

    Changing the name doesn't make it less lame.

  • July 15, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Mockingbuddha

    was amazing, as was much of Ellis' writing. He will be missed.

  • July 15, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Anna Mercury

    by amrcanpoet

    Taking the time to list the majority of his best work, and you skim over "Anna Mercury?" Fer shame.

  • July 15, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Gi Joe Resolute was sheer quality

    by reflecto

    These will be even better.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    I like Ellis, but...

    by xsi kal would be nice if he actually got his comic issues out in some semblance of a schedule, before he took on more work.

  • July 16, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Yeah, somebody *cough*...

    by Jaka

    ...needs to bone up on the Ellis backlog. Left out several of his best works (imo, of course).

  • July 16, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Resolute was rather lame

    by Ash Talon

    This doesn't really interest me. Resolute was rather boring, and I didnt' find it to be very well written. It was painful at times. Sitting through the Storm Shadow "7 Steps" flashback was pure misery. <p> Notice it also says "redesigned" regarding the characters. <p> I have absolutely no faith in Marvel's animation projects. They're usually rather terrible. Whoever is running that department isn't doing their properties much justice.

  • July 16, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    Best comic series of the decade. We really need that final issue. It's been two years.

  • July 16, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Emmy talkback, this will be, until Herc puts up the official one

    by PennsyDeux

    Hosted by Keyser Soze, because we're gonna see a LOT of usual suspects in the next 25 minutes. Far too many of them from HBO. Not anywhere near enough for BSG.

  • July 16, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    How bad is this...

    by PennsyDeux

    That the Emmy PR guy is asking for applause when the nomination ceremony goes live?

  • July 16, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Drama Series

    by PennsyDeux

    Big Love, Breaking Bad, Damages, Dexter, Lost, Mad Men

  • July 16, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Actress, Drama

    by PennsyDeux


  • July 16, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Actress, Comedy

    by PennsyDeux

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Applegate, Sarah Silverman (??????) Tina Fey, Toni Collette, Mary-Louise Parker

  • July 16, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    G.I. Joe: Resolute was awesome. Where's the DVD?

    by NinjaRap

    Seriously. I can't believe someone is putting this out to capitalize on the new movie release.

  • July 16, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by Series7

  • July 16, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    m still pissed

    by Series7

    I missed that GI Joe thing on Cartoon Network. RE AIR IT DAMNIT!

  • July 16, 2009, 8:56 a.m. CST

    G.I. Joe for Best animated movie

    by shutupfanboy

    This shit is better then that Jap or Pixar crap. Pure awesome and still in my DVR. I have faith in him with this project as well. Astonishing X-Men not so much.

  • July 16, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Fam Guy

    by Series7

    With Best Comedy Show emmy nod. Yes. Again Family Guy proving how awesome it is. Even though the last season was probably its worst.

  • July 16, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Hopefully better than that Tony Stark: Iron Man cartoon

    by D.Vader

    God that's just HORRIBLE.

  • July 16, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by TOASTERslayer

    Herc! I wanna read your reactions! BSG get nominated for Directing (as usual) but gets snubbed for writing (4 of the 5 noms in that category went to Mad Men, yawn). McDonnell snubs stings hard (that category is the same ol same ol). No FNL writing nom is a travesty. Boring, boring, boring. Not many (good) surprises this year for genre fans.

  • July 16, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    So does this mean Northstar shonen ai/BL/yaoi?

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Um yeah... had a blast writing this Deadpool/Death Note crossover- Light pissed himself matching wits with Wade.

  • July 16, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    BSG shoulda gotten 20+ nominations this time

    by PennsyDeux

    Shame, Emmys. Shame.

  • July 16, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Spider Jerusalem =

    by gavdiggity

    one of my top five comic book characters ever.

  • July 16, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Resolute woulda been better

    by BizarroJerry

    If they hadn't killed so many people. That didn't really make it more "mature".

  • July 17, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    I'm sorry, but if you mention ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR and don't mention DOKTOR SLEEPLESS and ANNA MERCURY, you officially need to be bitchslapped by Brock Lesnar.

  • July 17, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    And no mention of TRANSMETROPOLITAN is simply unforgivable.

    by SpyGuy

    That deserves as ass-raping by Lesnar.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Killing Joes = Awesome

    by shutupfanboy

    I always felt there was too many Joes and if someone like Storm Shadow or Cobra Commander killed a few nameless ones I would be ok with it. I will killing Cobra guys was a bit unnecessary considering who died. Yet, you got the feeling that was a no fucking around GI Joe movie. I would prefered if they did kill Cobra Commander, but I guess if they want to do more they need him. I do think the deaths added more to the tone of the film though.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST


    by Philvis

    So it's going to be that japanimation/anime crap style then??? Very overrated.

  • July 17, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    ANIME Iron Man?

    by Snookeroo

    You've got to be kidding.<br><br> FAMILY GUY gets an EMMY NOD??<br>Yeesh, it's the Apocalypse.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, that pilot was not only fucking AWESOME (because Michelle Forbe IS Miranda Zero), it nailed what made the GLOBAL FREQUENCY concept so great - that no matter who you are, if you are great at what you do, you may get a phone call, and Miranda Zero will ask YOU - yes, ordinary old YOU - to save the world. That pilot communicated that fact very well. And then it got shitcanned by a suit with more fucking neckties than IQ points. Fuckers.<P> So no matter how good this is, they've already done a perfect Warren Ellis comic onscreen, and those fuckers at the WB stomped it out of existence.<P> GGAAAAAARRGHHH!!! BAAAAASTAAAAAAARDS!!!

  • July 17, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    They should make ORBITER

    by spud mcspud

    And get Duncan Jones to do it. After how amazing MOON is, Ducan Jones HAS to do ORBITER. Just pure sci-fi epic brilliance.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Warren Ellis' IRON MAN: EXTREMIS is great too...

    by spud mcspud

    Having the suit be in Stark's body in nanomite form is just genius. DO THAT STORY!

  • July 17, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Oh, and do ULTIMATE GALACTUS again properly...

    by spud mcspud

    ...Not like that sack-less kiddified attempt to pilfer from it in FF2: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. THAT is why doing an R-rated story in a 12A movie will NEVER work - that story needed the kind of dark edge that TORCHWOOD - CHILDREN OF EARTH had, not that fucking primary-colours aimed-at-the-5-year-olds tone the movie had. Remake! REMAKE NOW!!!

  • July 17, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Anna Mercury?

    by DennisMM

    It was fun, but more an excuse for Ellis to pull out the old ultra-violence and shove another of his obscure scientific theories up all our arses. <P> Now, Doctor Sleepless is good. I don't always understand it, but it's good. <P> And Global Frequency was genius stuff and needs to have more comics and another shot at TV.

  • July 18, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Anime isn't bold...

    by lynxpro

    I'm of the impression that Anime fan/cosplayers are even below the geek social strata of furries. After all, the furries do get laid.

  • July 18, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    as for GI Joe Resolute...

    by lynxpro

    It wasn't as hard core as the original Marvel Comics. But it is truer to the source material than that kraptastic film about to debut. I'm only going to see it because I like most of the cast. I despise the character changes they've made in it though.

  • July 19, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    This is probably the offically slowest moving Talkback in AICN history.<P> Seriously - how many people DON'T know who Warren Ellis is?!? WHY is this TB being ignored? Other than disappearing up his own arsehole a little due to all the blind fan worship his oh-so-"alternative" fans throw at him all the time, every now and then Warren Ellis comes up with something truly awesome. Some of his Marvel Ultimates work has given ailing superheroes a new jolt of life when htey needed it - and GLOBAL FREQUENCY is everything THUNDERBIRDS would be if it were R-rated and didn't mind killing a few for the sake of the many.<P> So why the no-showing? There's some explaining to be done, TBers.

  • July 19, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Spud - it's cuz

    by finky089

    school's out and most of the majority of regular TB commentors are away at sleepaway camp. ; ) <p> Cheers!

  • July 20, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    ellis is returning to the con???

    by bacci40

    fucking sell out

  • July 20, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Agreeing with SpyGuy

    by frozen01

    C'mon... Transmetropolitan is one of my absolute favorite comic series, and so far my favorite of Ellis' work. You mention two dozen and don't drop Transmet in there? What's wrong with you?