This is the interview of Kevin, he talks about 'Gatchaman' & his new movie 'Dead of Night':
"When we last looked in on director Kevin Munroe, he was a week away from the release of his all-CGI version of the film Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not that he was resting on his laurels. He was in Hong Kong getting ready to work on what he thought would be his next film, a CGI version of the anime classic Gatchaman.
But a lot can happen in a year. In that time, Munroe left producer Imagi Animation and Gatchaman. Why?
“That’s the big question,” says Munroe from his home in L.A.. “It’s such a simple and complicated thing at the same time. Basically, I was a huge fan of the original series. We talked about it back then. I also don’t think you can look at the lack of success of Speed Racer and say that applies. There’s a power and universality of Gatchaman I think will work no matter what. There’s a way to reach a truly broad audience. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to make it a real sci-fi action thing. But as the year went on, there came creative differences. So we parted ways.
“Am I bummed about it? Yeah. It’s one of those jobs where we tried everything and it just couldn’t work. I can’t say I absolutely know what’s good and what’s not, but I certainly knew what I wanted to do with it. Especially after the Turtles experience, where we really wanted to push the envelope and came up against a lot of obstacles. I felt Gatchaman would have been the chance I was looking to push the envelope that was started with Beowulf and Ghost in the Shell.”
Not that Munroe has much time to be bitter. Hyde Park Entertainment (Street Fighter) and Platinum Studios (Men in Black) presented him with an offer he couldn’t refuse. They asked him to direct the film Dead of Night.
For those who don’t know the title, Dead of Night is based on an Italian giallo Dylan Dog. It has been one of the top selling titles in Europe since its debuted in 1986. Created by Tiziano Sclavi, it tells the tale of a former Scotland Yard detective turned paranormal investigator. Although the character is based on the actor Rupert Everett, Brandon Routh was cast to play the hard luck gumshoe.
“You know, I’m really jazzed about this project,” says Munroe. “In many ways it’s like many other projects I’ve done in the past, which is take something that’s purely fantasy and try to ground it in the real world and relate-able to an audience.
“What happened is the guys at Hyde Park and Platinum heard that I had left Gatchaman and sent me the script. After that last experience I was planning to take a vacation, but after I read the script I signed right on. It’s just really cool."....................................
Kevin, i miss you, hope you are doing well!