Live-Action Bubblegum Crisis Hires via Reality TV Show
posted on by Egan Loo
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Star newspaper of Malaysia reports that the winner of the HP Space reality television series will be hired to work on the staff for the live-action film adaptation of the Bubblegum Crisis anime series. Aspiring creative professionals in the Asia Pacific region can submit an audition video until September 27 to be among the 36 applicants of the show, which is named after its Hewlett-Packard sponsor. After the applicants are winnowed to 12 finalists, the final round in Singapore will select the winner of the US$50,000 grand prize and the job.
The contest describes the project as a "US$30 million, live action feature film production, which will be filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney." Australia's Arclight Films, Canada's Wizzfilms, the Infotainment China Media Company, and the United Kingdom's Latec International agreed in May to produce the proposed live-action film adaptation. The defunct ARTMIC studio created the original 1987-1991 video anime series about four women who protect a cybernetic future Tokyo with powered armor. Japan's Anime International Company (AIC) had previously signed a basic agreement with Singapore's Cubix International PTE Ltd. (Zodiac: The Race Begins) for the adaptation in October of last year. Benjamin Toh of Singapore's Axxis International is acting as executive producer. The film is planned for worldwide release by early 2012.
The original anime sold over 600,000 copies on laserdisc and video tape. It already spawned the AD Police Files prequel video anime series and the Bubblegum Crash sequel video anime series. The Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040 television anime series remade the original story in 1998 and spawned its own AD Police television series spinoff and the Parasite Dolls video series.
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