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Junji Ito Anime Gets Website and New Title

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One month ago, I posted a story about a new anime series that would be based off the work of horror manga legend Junji Ito (Gyo, Uzumaki). Today, new news has come out that reveals the series, which is now officially titled Junji Ito Collection, will be coming out in Winter of 2018. This information comes from the official teaser website, which can be seen here.

The anime is being produced by Studio Deen (Patlabor, Haunted Junction, Vampire Knight, Hell Girl) while Shinobu Tagashira (Diabolik Lovers) will be the director and character designer.

Tagashira writes, “My dream has turned into my goal, then a miracle happens. Now I am able to make anime adaptations of the manga series that I have fell in love since my teenage years by my own hands. I have already imagined how I should animate them in various ways. I am a truly happy person that I can see it really happening. I want to express my gratitude everyone who has supported me. I’m looking forward to working with the anime staff members. And I would like to ask continued support from the fans of the manga series who are looking forward to the anime. I will do my best to take the passion and spirits that Ito-sensei put into the manga into the anime as well and to create a good horror story.

Ito himself states, “This time, a dream-like situation that my horror manga is adapted into a TV anime has happened. When I was a child, I dreamed of anime adaptations of the manga works by Kazuo Umezu, Shinichi Koga and Hideshi Hino, then I even made a flip book by myself based on some highlights from a work of Hino-sensei. I think director Tagashira had the same kind of feeling that I had in my childhood when she launched this anime project. I have already seen her concept visual and her love for the manga was surely conveyed. I am already burning to see the completed anime. Please looking forward to it! Finally, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to director Shinobu Tagashira who launched this wonderful project, and to all of the members of the production committee who have worked so hard!

A concept visual from the site, which was drawn by Tagashira, can be seen below. Many thanks to CrunchyRoll for the information and translations!

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today, we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek, In The Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in deluxe heavy weight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head on to their online store.

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Beyond Skyline Clip Is Blinded by the Light

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Vertical Entertainment just dropped a new clip from the upcoming sequel Beyond Skyline (review), and we have it for you right here.

Visual effects artist and original Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell directs the surprisingly well-received installment starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy & Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Beyond Skyline will not be getting a wide theatrical release. Instead, Vertical Entertainment will release the sequel on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD on January 16th.

Synopsis:
When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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