I really wasn’t expecting this at all, but this (might) be great news. Fox acquires the feature film rights for the hugely successful Japanese anime property Code Geass. If that wasn’t good enough, Fox confirmed that this film will be two films in total; one for each season, I suppose. Fox was so high on acquiring the material that Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Nikolai Delphiki flew to Japan about a month ago to meet with Ichirō Ōkouchi and the property's publisher, Sunrise, to confirm the studio's commitment to the project and hammer out some of the details. One of these details they hammered out was casting; they don’t have all the actors yet, but they did pick the one that counts.
Hugh Laurie will be playing the star role of Lelouch Lamperouge in both films. He seems a little old for this role, but I don’t think that is going to hamper his performance. Seriously, what other actor can bring out the intensity of Lelouch better than him? Other than Sean Connery.
The reason behind this acquisition was that last year, "Code Geass" was ranked as the year's top item of interest on Lycos searches, topping Britney Spears, Nintendo Wii and Osama bin Laden, and has become the most popular searched term in the history of the Lycos Top 50. That sounds great and all, but let’s hope Fox can pull this off. Maybe they will learn from the Dragon Ball movie and actually stick to the source material! Lelouch better not be a martial arts master, or I’ll have a rebellion of my own!
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