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  • Jul 22 2019 Deadline

    Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con

    By Anthony D’Alessandro / July 19, 2019

    Today at Comic-Con, the Joe and Anthony Russo announced projects that their AGBO Studios are in development on: an adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series Battle of the Planets and an Amazon series based on the graphic novel Grimjack Comics. 

    Battle of the Planets was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida and Tatsunoko Studios and was arguably the first mainstream glimpse for U.S. audiences into Japanese anime during the late 1970s. In addition, it was one of the few sci-fi cartoons during that era. The series follows five young orphans who are trained from a young age to form an elite, intergalactic team known as G-Force, swearing to protect Earth and its allies from otherworldly invading forces.

    Grimjack Comics is being developed at Amazon by AGBO, Halfire and being written by Kevin Murphy, the creator of Defiance, Heathers the Musical and Reefer Madness. The Grimjack Comics graphic novel was written by John Ostranderand Tim Truman, and is the story of a mercenary and his crew who are forced to dig into their own pasts when Grimjack’s estranged teenage daughter comes to him looking for help. This will take them through the insane streets of Cynosure, a mysterious city where all parallel universes intersect. There, this unlikely team fights to save not just themselves, but all the planes of existence.

    Joe Russo said that they’re producing Grimjack and that they might direct Battle of the Planets. “If we were to make it, it would be a live-action film,” said Joe who as a kid would run home to watch it after school. No writer is on Battle of the Planets yet.

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  • Jul 22 2019 Hollywood Reporter

    ‘Avengers’ Directors Tackling ‘Grimjack’ and ‘Battle of the Planets’

    By Aaron Couch, Borys Kit / July 19, 2019

    The Russo Bros. made the revelations at Comic-Con as they also shared secrets from ‘Endgame.’

    Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo Bros. looked to the future even as they took a victory lap for their latest Marvel Studios project. At Comic-Con on Friday, they announced that they will produce an adaptation of the indie comic Grimjack, and that they are also adapting the classic cartoon series Battle of the Planets.

    They will not direct Grimjack, but are keeping the door open for potentially directing a live-action Battle of the Planets movie, they said Friday. They will develop the projects through their company AGBO.

    Both project touched the brothers in their youths. “I would race home from school just to watch this at 4 p.m.,” said Anthony Russo.

    Planets was the American version of anime Gatchaman that aired in North America in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The show told the adventures of a team of young adults known as G-Force — Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny — who fought the forces of Spectra and the evil Zoltar.

    Grimjack was a comic published by First Comics and created by John Ostrander and Tim Truman. It told the adventures of a sword-for-hire who operated a city where magic and technology co-exist.

    Earlier in the panel focusing on the Russos, members of The Avengers cast sent in video questions videos for the directors to answer, as though they were fans.

    Captain America actor Chris Evans touched on the end of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Steve Rogers go back in time to share a dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Evans asked what the first thing Steve did after that dance. 

    “Perhaps he and Peggy tried to make a baby?” suggested Anthony Russo, while Joe Russo noted that perhaps he had more adventures.

    “Depending on the alternate realities, he could rescue Bucky out of Hydra. He could route Hydra out of SHIELD,” said Joe Russo. “He could go find himself in the ice where he could figure out a rotation where the two Steves could take turns so he could spend more time at home with Peggy?”

    Next up, the Russo Bros. have Tom Holland’s Cherry, which begins shooting in October and tackles the opioid crisis. The brothers confirmed the film will be rated-R.

    They are also producing Chadwick Boseman’s 21 Bridges, which debuted a new trailer during the panel, hosted by Collider editor in chief Steven Weintraub. 

    Endgame is the No. 2 movie of all time globally, with its $2.78 billion tally trailing James Cameron’s Avatar by just $5 million. The brothers spoke of their affection for Cameron’s films and called it an honor to be close to the record.

    The Avengers panel is in some ways a goodbye to Marvel’s past. It comes a day before Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with him expected to set dates for projects such as Black Widow, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

    Just an hour earlier, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had a panel of their own, where they revealed moments they wrestled with — but ultimately cut — from their scripts. Among them: Endgame could have featured the 2014 version of Thanos coming to Earth and killing the Avengers before traveling to 2023. He would have carried Captain America’s severed head to the future, presenting it to Steve Rogers. 

    There were also more touching moments, with Markus noting that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his father Howard Stark (John Slattery) reuniting was particularly touching to write for personal reasons.

    “Over the course of these, my own father died and after that I had a child. The one thing I’d like to ask him is how the hell do you deal with this?’ ” Markus told Jeff Goldsmith, the publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

    There was also an idea that Steve Rogers would be the one to confront the Red Skull in Endgame.

    “He has to collaborate with Red Skull and he’d become this sort of Gollum,” said Markus.

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  • Jul 22 2019 Variety Insight

    Russo Brothers Announce ‘Grimjack,’ Live-Action ‘Battle of the Planets’ Adaptations

    By Matt Donnelly / July 19, 2019

    Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to their youth to populate the development slate at their production company AGBO.

    A relatively obscure comic book called “Grimjack” will count the Russos as producers for an adaptation, they announced at San Diego Comic-Con. They’re also cooking up a live-action adaptation of the animated show “Battle of the Planets.”

    Joe Russo said he and his brother would rush home from school every day to watch “Battle of the Planets,” while Anthony added that “Grimjack” was a “deep cut“ that the pair loved as kids.The projects join their previously announced titles “Cherry,” to star Tom Holland, and a reboot of “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Michael B. Jordan.

    While the slate titles reflect the deep ties to superhero and fantasy genres the men enjoy, they’re expanding into more grounded action and drama. A trailer for the Chadwick Boseman thriller “21 Bridges” was shown, where Black Panther himself plays an NYPD officer on the verge of uncovering a massive conspiracy.

    It’s “Cherry,” however, that might be their biggest departure. Set in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Russo said the film will be rated R and call on the current Spider-Man to play his darkest role yet. Based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, Holland will play a young Army vet who returns home worse for the wear. After developing an opioid addiction, he starts robbing banks.

    Holland appeared in a video message for the panel, which was basically a victory lap for the record-shattering performance of “Avengers: Endgame,” and called the role “complicated,” saying it was unlike any he’d done before.

    The Russos also clarified a larger vision for their company which has distribution partners at studios like STX and streamers like Netflix. The men credit “Traffic” director Steven Soderbergh with opening the door to Hollywood for them 20 years ago, “and that’s our goal here. To introduce and hold the door open for other people in Hollywood.”

    “21 Bridges” is first up from the pair, scheduled to hit theaters in September.

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  • Jul 10 2019 TV Guide

    Katee Sackhoff Is Going Back to Space in Netflix’s Another Life Trailer

    By Amanda Bell / July 9, 2019

    Netflix is lifting off for some more space race action with Another Life.

    The first trailer for the streaming service’s latest extraterrestrial adventure series shows the aftermath of an alien artifact arriving on Earth, as Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) leads a perilous journey to discover its planet of origin and her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make contact back at home.

    The series is created by Aaron Martin (The Best Years, Slasher) and also stars Selma Blair as Harper Glass, an intrepid influencer who wants to break the story; Tyler Hoechlin as Ian Yerxa, the commander who is usurped by Niko; and Samuel Anderson as William, the holograph of the ship’s sentient artificial intelligence interface.

    The series’ logline reveals that it will explore the preciousness and rarity of life in the universe and how far people will go to protect the ones they love. Judging by this teaser, Niko and her crew will go very far to keep their homestead safe from these alien visitors.

    Another Life arrives on Netflix on Thursday, July 25 2019.

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  • Jul 10 2019 Den of Geek

    Another Life Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Other News

    By Kayti Burt and Michael Ahr / July 10, 2019

    Starbuck will fly again… sort of. Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame is ready to star as astronaut Niko Breckenridge in the Netflix drama Another Life.

    Another Life follows Sackhoff’s character as she leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As they investigate and the danger intensifies, it becomes increasingly possible that they may be on a one-way mission. Yikes! Sounds like a cross between Prometheus and Lost in Space, and we are here for it!

    Here’s everything else you need to know about the series:

    Another Life Trailer

    The first trailer for Another Life is super creepy, but we’re loving how in charge Sackhoff sounds in the voiceover.

    Another Life Release Date

    According to the trailer below, Netflix will release the ten episodes of Another Life‘s first season on July 25, 2019. The series was created by Aaron Martin (Being Erica, Slasher, Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Alias Grace‘sNoreen Halpern will serve as an executive for Halfire Entertainment. 

    Until then, here’s a poster for the series:

    Another Life airing on Netflix on July 25, 2019

    Another Life Cast

    Though perhaps best known for her work on Battlestar Galactica as Lieutenant Kara Thrace, Sackhoff has been starring on Longmire for the past six seasons. The crime drama on A&E for its first four seasons before moving to Netflix, following its temporary cancellation. Sackhoff has also recently appeared on The Flash as villainess Amunet Black, complete with a wonderfully over-the-top British accent.

    Rounding out the cast are Justin Chatwin (Doctor Who), Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl), Samuel Anderson (Loaded), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead), A. J. Rivera (Grandfathered), Alexander Eling (Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments) and Selma Blair (Hellboy).

    Another Life Story

    Here’s the official synopsis: “When a mysterious alien Artifact lands on Earth, Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) has to lead humanity’s first interstellar mission to its planet of origin, while her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on earth. Another Life explores the miracle of life, how precious life is in a universe mostly empty of it, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.”

    More news on Another Life as we hear it.

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  • Jul 10 2019 EW

    Katee Sackhoff returns to space in first trailer for Netflix’s Another Life with Selma Blair

    By Sydney Bucksbaum / July 09, 2019

    It’s been 10 years since Katee Sackhoff returned from space when Battlestar Galactica ended its run. And now she’s ready to return to space with Netflix’s Another Life.

    The buzzy new sci-fi drama stars Sackhoff as astronaut Niko Breckinridge, who is focused on searching for alien intelligence and leading a crew on a mission to explore the origins of an alien artifact after it lands on Earth. But as Niko and her young crew investigate, they face “unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.” Meanwhile, Niko’s husband (Shameless‘ Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on Earth.

    After a back-and-forth on Twitter with Sackhoff, Netflix released the first trailer for Another Life. The footages features everything you’d expect to see from a space thriller: an ominous voiceover, jumbled images and scenes of danger in claustrophobic hallways, and the gritty determination of a leader who has no idea what’s in store for her. Plus, Selma Blair looks glam as hell. What more could you want?

    Check out the first trailer here.

    Sackhoff is best known for playing Kara Thrace a.k.a. Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She’s also previously starred on Longmire and had a recurring role on The Flash.

    The new 10 episode series is created by Aaron Martin (Slasher, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and executive produced by Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace).

    Another Life debuts July 25 on Netflix.

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  • Jul 10 2019 Deadline

    ‘Another Life’ Teaser: Katee Sackhoff Returns To Space In Netflix Series

    By Denise Petski / July 9, 2019

    Netflix has released the first teaser and key art (see below) for Another Life, the sci-fi drama series from Alias Grace producer Halfire Entertainment.

    “I’m scared. And I am not just scared to go back into space. I am scared that this mission is gonna fail. What do we do then?” asks Katee Sackhoff’s Niko Breckinridge character at the opening of the trailer.

    From creator/showrunner Aaron Martin and producer Noreen Halpern, Another Life stars Battlestar Galactica alumna Sackhoff as astronaut Niko Breckinridge, who is on a mission in search of alien intelligence. With her young crew she faces unimaginable danger while exploring the genesis of an alien artifact, and then must battle to return home.

    The series also stars Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin. Samuel Anderson, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, A.J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Blu Hunt, Alex Ozerov, Jake Abel, JayR Tinaco, Jessica Camacho, Barbara Williams, Lina Renna and Selma Blair.

    The 10-episode first season of Another Life premieres Thursday, July 25, on Netflix.

    Watch the teaser , and here’s the poster:

    Another Life airing on July 25, 2019 on Netflix

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  • Jun 21 2019 AV Club

    Netflix is sending Katee Sackhoff back to space for Another Life on July 25

    Written by Sam Barsanti / June 20, 2019

    Having somehow not gotten her fill of sci-fi space drama on Battlestar Galactica, Katee Sackhoff is starring in another sci-fi space show called Another Life for Netflix that concerns an astronaut investigating the origin of some kind of alien artifact. We first heard about it last April, with the only information being that Sackhoff would star as space explorer Niko Breckinridge (a very “TV character” name), but now Netflix has announced a premiere date and the rest of the cast that will be joining Sackhoff on her dangerous journey.

    As reported by TVLine, Another Life will also feature Selma Blair as a “21st-century influencer who uses journalism, social media, and keen intelligence” to break a big story that probably involves aliens, Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin will play the former captain of the spaceship who got replaced by Sackhoff (his name is Ian Yerxa, which is certainly another name), and Shameless’ Justin Chatwin will play a member of the United States Interstellar Command and Niko Breckinridge’s husband. The 10-episode first season of Another Life will premiere on July 25.

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  • Jun 21 2019 Bleeding Cool

    “Another Life”: Katee Sackhoff’s Netflix Sci-Fi Drama Blasts Off This July

    Posted by Ray Flook June 19, 2019

    Netflix has finally given viewers a launch date for its Katee Sackhoff-starring sci-fi drama Another Life, along with some first-looks at the series’ “launch window” (we’ll stop with the astronaut jokes now). Stemming from showunner Aaron Martin (Killjoys) and executive producer Noreen Halpern (Haven) and set to premiere on Thursday, July 25, Sackhoff leads the series as astronaut Niko Breckinridge. Leading a young crew on a mission to search for alien intelligence, Breckinridge faces dangers unimagined as her team seeks the genesis of an alien artifact.

    Selma Blair‘s (Heathers) Harper Glass is a 21st-century influencer who uses journalism, social media, and keen intelligence in an attempt to break one of the biggest stories in human history

    Tyler Hoechlin‘s (Supergirl) Ian Yerxa is the one-time commander of the space exploration ship who lost his post to Breckenridge

    Justin Chatwin‘s (Shameless) Erik Wallace is part of the United States Interstellar Command – and Niko’s husband.

    Samuel Anderson‘s (Trollied) William is a holographic interface of a sentient A.I.

    Elizabeth Faith Ludlow‘s (The Walking Dead) Cas Isakovic is Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally.

    Jessica Camacho (The Flash) portrays the exploratory spacecraft’s brutally honest communications expert.

    Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black), Jake Abel (Supernatural), and Barbara Williams (Rookie Blue) also star.

    Here’s a look at some first-look images from the series:

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  • Jun 19 2019 TV Line

    Katee Sackhoff’s Another Life Sci-Fi Drama Gets Netflix Premiere Date

    By Matt Webb Mitovich / June 19 2019

    Netflix will go in search of Another Life when its Kate Sackhoff-led sci-fi drama premieres on Thursday, July 25.

    Hailing from from creator/showunner Aaron Martin (Killjoys) and executive producer Noreen Halpern (Haven), Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (played by Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. As she leads a young crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission. Another Life Season 1 Photos Launch Gallery

    Among the cast, Selma Blair will play Harper Glass, a 21st-century influencer who uses journalism, social media and keen intelligence in an attempt to break one of the biggest stories in human history; Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl) is Ian Yerxa, the onetime commander of the space exploration ship who lost his post to Breckenridge; and Justin Chatwin (Shameless) will play Erik Wallace, part of the United States Interstellar Command — and Niko’s husband.

    Samuel Anderson (Sky 1’s Trollied) and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead) respectively play William, a holographic interface of a sentient A.I., and Cas Isakovic, Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, while Jessica Camacho (The Flash) will play the exploratory spacecraft’s brutally honest communications expert. Other castings include Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black), Jake Abel (Supernatural) and Barbara Williams (Rookie Blue).

    You can catch glimpses of Another Life (and hear Sackhoff’s voice!) at the 1:20 mark in this Netflix “Coming Soon” teaser video: https://youtu.be/Uzrpo_0XSH4

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