[News Bites] Steamy R-rating For ‘Jack & Diane’, Unused ‘Akira’ Storyboards, New ‘Pacific Rim’ Date

Jack & Diane

There’s a rash of some serious hit-whoring around the Web, so instead we’ll compact a bunch of news briefs into this nice and tight edition of News Bites.

Magnet Releasing’s sexy werewolf flick Jack & Diane (pictured above), premiering at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival, and starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour and Kylie Minogue, has been rated “R” for “strong sexual content including nudity and an assault, bloody violence, language and drinking – all involving teens.” That’s a spicy plot for a pic about two hot females who think they’re Lycans. Magnet is expecting to release this fall.

Clicking on over to io9 you’ll find a series of unused storyboards from Warner Bros. Pictures now-defunct Akira. These images, though, are a snapshot of it could’ve looked like when the project was attached to Blinky director Ruairi Robinson a few years back. These sketches are by concept artist Sylvain Despretz (Gladiator, Alien Resurrection). Jaume Collet-Serra was most recently attached with Garrett Hedlund set to star.

Fans of Guillermo del Toro will have to wait a bit longer for his giant monster flick Pacific Rim as Warners pushed the film deep into summer locking in a new July 12, 2013 date. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Ron Perlman all star in the pic set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, and the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.

Deadline is reporting that WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films have made a deal to co-distribute The Day (review), a provocative post-apocalyptic thriller that premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. WWE Studios bought U.S. distribution rights shortly after the film’s first screening. The film stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, “Lost”), Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) in a post-apocalyptic vision where “An open war against humanity rages. Five survivors wander along rural back-roads, lost, starving and on the run. With dwindling food stocks and ammunition, an attempt at seeking shelter turns into a battleground where they must fight or die.” Watch the trailer inside.