G4 ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE DEAL WITH SONY PICTURES TELEVISION FOR FOUR NEW ANIME SERIES BASED ON MARVEL CHARACTERS Original Series "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" to Make U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011 Los Angeles, CA, July 26, 2010 - G4 will be the exclusive U.S. television home of four brand-new anime series featuring some of the most successful and iconic brands from the Marvel Universe. Produced by Madhouse for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ), these four original series will feature iconic characters from "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" in an edgy new anime world. These series will premiere on the network in 2011, it was announced Friday at San Diego ’s International Comic-Con. "We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures and Marvel to bring these incredible icons to G4," said Neal Tiles , President, G4. "Marvel has shattered box offices around the world and captured the imagination of our G4 viewers. Combine that with the passionate following the world of anime brings with it, and we believe this project has incredible potential for the network”. Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President, Head of Television at Marvel Entertainment said, “Bringing Marvel and our characters to G4 is such an awesome opportunity. The size and scope of the animation from top-flight studios Madhouse and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan is nothing short of mind-blowing. We look forward to the start of a beautiful friendship and can’t wait to see the reaction from our worldwide fan-base.” Each of the four new anime properties - "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" - will air as standalone series made up of twelve 30-minute episodes. Guided by multiple Eagle award winner Warren Ellis, the four shows will feature a matrix of interlinked storylines and shared guest characters that further enhance this intellectual roller coaster ride for G4 viewers. "Iron Man" In an effort to make amends for his weapons manufacturing past, Tony Stark has dedicated himself to building the world up rather than tearing it down. Traveling to Japan to build a new arc reactor that will deliver unlimited free energy to the Japanese people, Stark is challenged by the Japanese government and the media when he attempts to import the necessary nuclear priming device. And when the reactor-in-construction is repeatedly attacked by the mysterious Zodiac consortium, Stark must gather his allies to take on Zodiac and its mastermind. "X-MEN" The X-MEN are reunited following the death of a teammate, and are summoned by Charles Xavier to Japan following the abduction of Hisako Ichiki (Armor). There, they confront the U-MEN, a lunatic cult that steals and transplants mutant organs to further strengthen their own army, and the battle for justice is on. "Wolverine" Based on the popular graphic novel by Frank Miller, the series begins in Japan , where Logan is challenged by Shingen Yashida, the notorious leader of a powerful mafia clan. When Shingen's employee Yukio, a female assassin, falls out of Shingen's favor, she must kill him or be killed. Teaming up with Logan , the pair seek out the villain to exact their revenge. "Blade" Eric Brooks -- known as Blade -- seeks revenge on Deacon Frost, the vampire lord who killed his mother while she was still pregnant with Eric. With all the powers of a vampire and none of their weaknesses, Blade's quest leads him throughout Southeast Asia in search of Frost, and, in Viet Nam , he discovers a vampire plot that threatens to take down the whole world. The new "Iron Man," "X-MEN," "Wolverine" and "Blade" series will be produced by Madhouse and Marvel Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, and will make their exclusive U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011. Sony Pictures Television is the distributor. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, 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 entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com. About Comcast Entertainment Group Based in Los Angeles , Comcast Entertainment Group operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable, inspiring and transformational lifestyle programming; and G4, offering the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and "geek culture" for the male 18-34 demo. E! is currently available to 97 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and the E! Everywhere initiative underscores the company's dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to radio to VOD. The Style Network currently counts 65 million cable and satellite subscribers and Mystyle.com keeps women up to date on all the latest fashion and beauty news on the web. G4 is available in 70 million cable and satellite homes nationwide and G4tv.com is a top web destination for video game news and information. About Sony Pictures Televison Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 122 channel feeds, which are available in more than 140 countries reaching almost 438 million households worldwide. Additionally, SPT owns premium video website, Crackle.com, Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row, an HD movie channel and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, a new 3D channel, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.
July 26, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
Finally soimethign to watch g4 for. Wis it was in HD though.
July 26, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST
If I remember correctly, Wolverine looks like a girl in these so I think I'll pass.
July 26, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST
Somebody shoot me
July 26, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
wish they made a deadpool anime or at least dr.strange
July 26, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST
July 26, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST
Fuck the bastards that have been killing him off in everything as of late.
July 26, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST
I wonder if they'll run into each other and have some green tea or noodles. Anyway, looking for to see what this brings.
July 26, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
a season 2 for 'Wolverine and the X-Men'
July 26, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST
July 26, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST
by Dave I
But I'm sick of Wolverine. Not so much the character as the bandwagon. Them realizing he's a fan favorite, putting him in like EVERYTHING, not to mention changing who the character actually is (or at least was). I'm all for character growth, but he's a short bestial anti-hero with an attitude. Some of the depictions don't even seem like the same character (except for the claws & the hair), and he's freakin' everywhere! Not that I'm opposed of the adaptation of the Frank Miller comic, just saying. <p><p>-Cheers
July 26, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST
I totally agree with your point about Wolverine over-saturation. That said, I cannot wait to see Frank Miller's classic in animated form. This could be the coolest Wolverine movie/tv project ever. I hope it lives up to expectations!!
July 26, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST
by Dave I
It could be cool if they pull off the whole four-stand-alone-mini-series-with-interconnected-plotlines and keep the storylines tight. Not a huge fan of this as anime, but if they end up with a good story and it's not ridiculous looking, could be cool. Then again, I'm not in their target demographic, so they could probably care less what I think. <p><p>-Cheers
July 26, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
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July 26, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST
12 x 4 x 0.5 hours = 24 hours
July 26, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST
...then it has to be at least pretty good. I mean, the guy is a creative genius.
July 26, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST
But a lot can go wrong here so I'm being cautiously optimistic. Warren Ellis gives me a lot of hope, and Mad House studios has some of the best animators in the world, so that's good. Still the decision to put Jeph Loeb in charge of Marvel's TV adaptations is an awful one, so that's bad. Luckily his involvement in this seems minimal.
July 26, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
But I'd add EVERY friggin' comic book character to that rant as well. ENOUGH . . .
July 26, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST
G4 is a pathetic excuse for a network.
July 26, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST
are any of the other series based on existing comicbook storylines? I didn't recognize the X-Men plot, but I'm not as familiar with Iron Man or Blade.
July 26, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST
Damn, Marvel is screwed.
July 26, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST
It was a brilliant book. Wasn't it optioned?
July 26, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST
amc...make it so
July 26, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST
...pretty damn disappointing.
July 26, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST
If memory serves, Sony's original deal with Marvel says the characters have to be used or they revert back to Marvel (now owned by Disney) after a certain length of inactivity. I get the feeling a big chunk of this project is Sony trying to make sure they retain the rights to these characters.
July 26, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST
is up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Q7xgxDJh4 Spare yourself the god-awful Wolverine trailer.
July 26, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST
Planetary, Global frequency, The Authority, Supergod;etc can do no wrong in my book. Plus, I also would love to see a Planetary series that covers the entire comic.
July 26, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST
July 26, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST
Two titles of his own, Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, X-Men: Vampire bullshit, X-Force: killing stuff, New Avengers and Secret Avengers. Jesus. Kill him off already.
July 26, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST
I'm tired of comic book movies and tv shows in general.
July 26, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST
The X-men plot sounds like the Grant Morrison story he did for an X-men annual during his run. Pretty sure that was in Japan and they were called U-men in that.
July 26, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST
http://marvel.wikia.com/Comics:New_X-Men_Annual_Vol_1_1 <P> Looks like i was mostly right - i remember that it was printed sideways, in "new widescreen Marvel-scope" <p> Didn't catch on.
July 26, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST
That is it for that channel. X-Play is the only thing on there remotely interesting.
July 26, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
woulda been cool if they had managed to get Wesley Snipes to do the voice. but i think an animated series may fare better than the live action one. not sure if G4 canada will air any of these but i'll check em all out once and see.
July 26, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST
...when DC rejected his school shooter storyline for Hellblazer, he walked. Now I understand Didio's gonna finally have it printed. Of course Didio's an even bigger asshat than Paul Levitz, but in this case, he made the right move.
July 26, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST
A bad mofo like Blade should have a name like Tyrone Slaughter or Antonio "AssKick" Jackson... something like that. Eric Brooks sounds like a 32 year old account manager at Citibank. Fail!
July 26, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST
I mean come on. I think Red Garden is the first anime i've ever seen that was set in America and not in Japan or implied to be in Japan.
July 26, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST
by Nerd Rage
They must've used Bryan Singer's X-movies for inspiration.
July 26, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST
July 26, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST
That is fucking funny. Horrible name. Sounds like Aaron Brooks, the quaterback from Virginia that nearly killed off my already dying at the time New Orleans Saints. He looked like a pussy. Now the US goverment should be fucking ashamed for letting Snipes sit and jail while people that have done worse are free to run through life. I aint saying the mans a saint but fuck me, he aint not criminal. Free Blade!!!!!!
July 26, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST
This will be written by Warren Ellis, who hates comic books, Americans, & comic book fans. His drug habit must be through the roof for him to sell out this badly.
July 26, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
...really makes them sound like a pimp hustling up work for their aging, arthritic whores. I know it's just semantics, but when they say Marvel "utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing," all I read is "For $25, Professor X will appear at the opening of your mini-mall, and for an additional $5, he will fellate everyone that shows up." They don't create comics anymore, no, they utilize and leverage proven franchises to engage valued demographics with dynamic genre product. Whoever first invented that corporate/marketing product-speak has a bag of scaly dicks waiting for them in Hell. Enjoy your test-marketed superhero-product!
July 26, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
dont think they ever used his last name in the movies but i do remember that his mom calls him Eric at the end of the first movie. though i guess it could have appeared written somewhere, like maybe his FBI profile in Trinity.
July 26, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST
why these animated series never quite look like their comic BOOK counterparts? I don't think any have even come sort of close. I'm talking Dave Gibbons - Green Lantern quality.
July 26, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST
by Dave I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLYjywXyyDI&feature=channel <p><p>Yeah, I saw that one quite a while ago. Really, it looks flat-out irredeemably (see what I did, comic-book cross-referencing, see I just, ah, nevermind) awful. Sure, feel free to do something different. But really, giving Wolverine some really bad 80's hair (what, is that a grown-out faux-hawk?), the uber-skinny look, and making him look tall enough to try out for the NBA? They thought that was a good idea? Awful! <p><p>-Cheers
July 26, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST
Rogan-san, why you call yourserif Woo-vo-reeen? Change name to Panda! Fierce warrior, very furry! Me can't wait for Jubi-ree 2D pirrow for sexy home time!
July 27, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST
On G4 - so you know nobody's watching!
July 27, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST
Who the fuck was that skinny child with Wolverine claws?
July 27, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST
July 27, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST
July 27, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST
G4 will be just fine when Olivia leaves. They have plenty of other talented female hosts, they're just not famewhores like Munn.
July 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
sounds stupid because of that.
July 27, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST
But for everyone who keeps yelling about TV shows and movies adapted from comic books: Why? No, seriously, why? Is there a particular reason? So you say you're "sick of them", but that doesn't make any sense. Comic books are just the source material... it spans tons of genres, from superheroes to historical fiction. It's not like we have the same plot and characters over and over again. So why pick out comic books specifically? Why not get mad about all the novel adaptations, or the game adaptations (video OR board)... or rehashing of 80s cartoons and toys? <p>In the long run, there haven't even been that many comic book adaptations, when you look at percentages and take into consideration the enormous amount of material from which they could take. <p>I just don't understand the hate, especially when the genre has provided us with some genuinely good and enjoyable movies. If you had your way, we'd never see the likes of The Walking Dead, which is highly anticipated and, oh, a comic book adaptation! They've only just scratched the surface of what's available, and underneath there is some truly, truly wonderful stuff that deserves the exposure that films and TV shows will offer. So why kill it now? Frankly I'm glad that comic books are finally getting out of the dark ages when only immature or unintelligent people read them.
July 27, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST
Totally agree with teegee420. G4 will be just fine without her.
July 27, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST
why the hell is it on G4? Lots of Childrens programming on G4? Like international sexy ladies show, or its 'effin science , or Campus PD (you know the one where the drunk college girl flashes her thonged ass in the commercial)
July 27, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST
by Dapper Swindler
with Cheaters already running 20 hours a day on G4???
July 27, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST
Wolverine is that I saw Len Wein at his table at Emerald City Comic Con with absolutely no lines the whole weekend -- none of the kids who purportedly love that character gave a shit about his co-creator.
July 27, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
I don't really like any of those books, but I'm glad Ellis continues to get new and challenging work.
July 27, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST
TW Austin carries it as of a few months ago. Check with your provider to see if it's in the works.
July 27, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST
Most of the shows suck hard including AOTS.Even X-Play is getting stale especially when those anal retents give negative reviews to potentually great games like Darksiders.The reception is piss poor even when watching the HD Channel. I hope this gets released earlier in Japan so I can Torrent it instead of watching a Cookie cutter channel *cough*spiketv*cough* instead of focusing on videogames.<p>PS Munn is overrated and annoying.(Doable of course.)
July 27, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST
July 27, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST
by Droogie Alex
and Munn is a funny woman. Great with off the cuff quips.
July 27, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST
That twit gives the worst interviews and you can tell when comes to tech and games she has no clue what the F she's talking about.
July 28, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST
They show his moms driver license in the movie once or twice.. I thin one of the scenes is Blade holding it looking at it very briefly since this is the only pic of her that he has..and it says on thier that her last name is Brooks.