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BODIED: Joseph Kahn’s Battle Rap Movie Is Now Available On YouTube Premium!

BODIED: Joseph Kahn’s Battle Rap Movie Is Now Available On YouTube Premium!

Director Joseph’s Kahn’s critically acclaimed battle rap movie, BODIED, is now available on YouTube Premium. BODIED is the satirical story of Adam Merkin, a progressive grad student who becomes an accidental battle rapper whose success breeds outrage.  The film stars Calum Worthy (American Vandal, Austin & Ally, and The Thinning), Jackie Long (Idlewild, ATL), Shoniqua Shandai (Sing It!, The Fosters), Walter Perez  (The Avengers, Fame), Rory Uphold (Hella). Also featured are well known battle rappers Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, Hollow Da Don and media personality Charlamagne Tha God.

BODIED is directed and produced by legendary music video director Joseph Kahn and produced by music icon Eminem, his manager and Def Jam Records CEO Paul Rosenberg, and producers Adi Shankar and Jil Hardin. The film is written by Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist), a former battle rapper turned screenwriter.

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Adi Shankar Joins ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’ As Producer

Adi Shankar Joins ‘Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan’ As Producer

Adi Shankar reimagined by Boss Logic.

Adi Shankar, the nerd-icon producer behind Netflix’s highly successful Castlevania (which has been renewed for a third season) is joining with PaperChase Films (The Kindergarten Teacher, Skin) and Marc Rosen (Sense 8, The After) to bring the story of SUPERMAN VS THE KU KLUX KLAN to life.

“Superheroes operate outside the scope of law and offer us hope that someone will rise up and protect us when government and other institutions cannot or will not. This story shows the power of the superhero mythology and it’s tangible impact on the physical world.” Said Shankar.

“Adi Shankar has long been inspired to fight for just causes; he has successfully taken on the status quo and broken barriers long seen as insurmountable. This story highlights the power of the people against the alarming resurgence of some the darkest chapters of our country’s past. It is as historical as it is timely, as the nation is once again facing challenges to the principles of truth, justice and ‘The American Way’.” Said Rosen.

SUPERMAN VS. THE KU KLUX KLAN is based on the book of the same name by Rick Bowers. In a time of post-WWII Klan resurgence, the need for a hero had never been so great; the KKK was rapidly gaining influence, and law-enforcement turned a blind eye to their shocking acts of violence.

This true-to-life story follows Stetson Kennedy, a man who courageously went undercover to infiltrate the KKK in 1946. In a remarkable alliance, Mr. Kennedy, the Anti-Defamation League and the Producers of the Superman Radio Show, joined forces to expose the cultish insanity of the KKK, severely damaging their influence.

This empowered a heroic coalition of everyday citizens, artists and civil rights groups to effectively thwart the KKK’s agendas and strike a powerful blow against racism and hate in a time when all other options had failed.

The film is currently in development. Casting announcements and more news will be forthcoming.

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Adi Shankar Reveals Plans To Bring ‘Devil May Cry’ To His Bootleg Multiverse!

Adi Shankar Reveals Plans To Bring ‘Devil May Cry’ To His Bootleg Multiverse!

After teasing us with the promise of a big announcement in November — the wait is over! Producer Adi Shankar has revealed plans to bring an animated series based on Capcom’s Devil May Cry is on the way!

The Castlevania series producer stated in an interview with IGN that the series “will join Castlevania in what we’re now calling the bootleg multiverse.”

Shankar’s critically-acclaimed Castlevania series was recently greenlit for a third season on Netflix.

To follow the continuing adventures of Adi Shankar, stay glued to his social media presence via FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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LEVELING UP: Adi Shankar On Redefining His Role In The Hollywood Ecosystem!

LEVELING UP: Adi Shankar On Redefining His Role In The Hollywood Ecosystem!

Adi Shankar reimagined by Boss Logic

When Adi Shankar exploded onto the scene over a decade ago, no one could have anticipated the impact his presence would have on Hollywood. As one of the most dynamic artists working in the entertainment industry, he has remained on the cutting edge every step of the way. Through the years, he’s brought us new additions to his ever-expanding “Bootleg Universe,” successfully reignited the fire inside a long-dead video game franchise with Netflix’s “Castlevania” series (which was just green-lit for a 3rd Season), began laying the groundwork for his highly-anticipated “Gods and Secrets” project, and is fresh off producing Joseph Kahn’s 2018 unflinching rap-battle flick,“Bodied.”

There is no doubt that Shankar is fearless when it comes making his dreams a reality. At the same time, it’s easy to mischaracterize him. He’s young, successful, wildly-talented, wears a sweet Power Glove, and has way more hits than misses. It’s easy to say, “He has it all figured out.” Right? Well, maybe not. Maybe Adi Shankar is a lot more like you and me than you might think. Maybe he is still figuring it all out just like the rest of us, and maybe the best is yet to come! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Adi to discuss his continuing evolution as an artist and storyteller, the obstacles that put him on his current trajectory, and finding his footing with a little help from his friends. 

It’s exciting to watch everything you did over the past decade as you continue to evolve as an artist. What was it that lit the fuse on you creatively?

I was also moving every two-and-a-half years since I was born. Every two-and-a-half years I would be in a new state, country or ecosystem. When I was 16 years old, I moved to America by myself. What was really tough was moving to America before 9/11 happened. I immediately felt like an outsider or an outcast. Just as I started to get acclimated and feeling normal, I had this existential crisis right after I turned 19. I had this health scare that was incredibly terrifying. The diagnosis ended up being completely false but experiencing that at such a young age unlocked something in me. That is when the voice in my head, that was more of a light buzzing, turned into a full-blown mission.

It’s interesting how often a bad experience can lead you to a great place.

It did, it did! I think that was what really spurred this creative output in me. I think when you are an outsider and new to an ecosystem, you start noticing things that are different about each new place, whether it be that people talk differently, value different things or tell different stories to one another to glorify different aspects of life. You see all of these different value systems play out. By that token, becoming a storyteller and homing the craft of storytelling becomes second nature and almost a survival mechanism in order to assimilate into these new cultures and ecosystems. That is what started me on my creative journey.

Back then, there were very few Indian people in Hollywood, period. It was a very difficult road. It was a road that evolved in more and more difficult ways. By that I mean, when I first moved to Hollywood and tried to break in here, the entire town was run by a small handful of gatekeepers. If you weren’t part of that family or ecosystem, there was no way to break in. Every so often you would hear stories of people who broke in, but they were very few and far between. It was most certainly not the way it is now where the proliferation of technology has allowed anyone with an imagination to be creative and have creative output, regardless of the distribution mechanism that is getting behind a creative outlet. Before you simply couldn’t be creative because the tools that allow one to be creative were heavily guarded, as were the distribution mechanism to allow anyone to see anything that you did that was creative. Once I had that epiphany, I knew I was going to break in and make my mark. It was going to happen no matter if I had to climb over the way, go around it or bash it down, I was getting through!

How has your approach to the projects evolved over the past decade?

In the beginning, like I said, it was definitely just to break in. Anything that helped me break in was something that I pursued. Once I broke in, then it became about making a splash. Again, making a splash meant playing a very specific game amongst a very specific group of players. It was about getting the gatekeepers attention. For a while, anything that did that, I pursued. Then there was this culture shift that happened because of the proliferation of the internet, smartphones, etcetera, etcetera, which made me realize that the gatekeepers who were creating this imaginary glass ceiling and imaginary ladder was exactly that; it was imaginary. This thing now only had power because we believed it had power. I realized that one day people would wake up to the fact that this glass ceiling and ladder were imaginary. That freed me up to this world of possibilities where I could be a content creator without the shackles of needing to cater to the establishment and get their nod of approval. That put me into a whole different trajectory. Boiling it all down, especially over the last year, I started to wonder, “What is the point of all this?” On some level, I was seeking immortality. I think I slowly started to wake up to the idea that this was a fool’s errand. Immortality may come but it will not come by making a project. Even the Beatles will one day be forgotten.

Do you feel more comfortable in your own skin these days?

Comfortable isn’t the right word. It wasn’t that I was ever uncomfortable in my own skin. It’s more like I’m now able to engage with the outside world in multiple contexts, when in the past I may not have yet developed the tools to do so. Being a part of this Hollywood ecosystem makes you mature very quickly. In my early 20s, I was thrust with adult responsibility of someone 10, 20 or 30 years older than me at a very young age. That also stunted other aspects of evolution on these social fronts. I found myself living in the world where all I really knew was Hollywood. Coupled with the fact that I viewed myself as an outsider, it became very weird. One day I realized, “OK, you’re this outsider who is rebelling against the machine but all you know is this machine because you’ve been here doing this for so long.”

Adi Shankar continues to push himself to his creative limits. – Photo by Dexter Brown

How do you see yourself fitting in Hollywood at this point?

I think that’s the beauty of everything that’s happening and why I’ve had these epiphanies. A lot of my friends are in their 50s and 60s. When they were younger, Hollywood would was literally a community. It was a very small, closely knit, guarded community. Now, guys like myself and from my generation might look at that as, “These were the gatekeepers.” Even though that might be the case, it was also a close-knit community where everyone knew everyone and vacation together and stuff. That doesn’t exist anymore. I don’t think Los Angeles is even the epicenter for the entertainment industry or at least it’s not going to be in the next three years. Entertainment has become very global, very fast. Hollywood doesn’t really exist in the way that it used to exist, so even the torchbearers and the people who were revered or had power in the old system are all struggling to see how they will adapt in this new ecosystem. One of the first times you guys interviewed me, I was ranting about what was about to happen. Back then that was a radical idea. It was like, “What is this guy talking about? He’s crazy! What does he mean that movie theaters are going to go away and not be super relevant? What does he mean that the Oscars are going to become less relevant?” Then this all came to fruition. I was fortunate enough to have the gift of foresight on some of this stuff and I acted accordingly. I woke up in a world where I was better suited to the new ecosystem that exists.

You have brought so many unique projects to the table. Do you feel pressure to outdo yourself?

I don’t need the feel to innovate for the sake of innovation. I’m not anti-status quo. I feel some of this early innovation was born because advancements in technology created certain loopholes around the established machine as I saw it. All of a sudden, I felt like I had cheat codes and could navigate around the walls that had been there for 100 years. I do feel a need to innovate but I wouldn’t say it’s a pressure to innovate. This need to innovate is less about me and what I want. A lot of this stuff before was me saying, “Wouldn’t it be cool if this existed? This should exist.” Now, it’s almost a more holistic approach, even though that sounds super corny when I say it out loud. [laughs] True innovation. I’m also realizing that innovation for the sake of innovation isn’t always good.

What goes into capturing your initial ideas and bringing them into a cohesive space?

I was watching this really, really old mainstream interview with Eminem. It was early in his career and he was talking about how he had boxes and boxes of notes lying everywhere. The journalist interviewing Marshall commented that it looked something from the home of a crazy person. When I saw that, I definitely related! [laughs] I thought, “Oh, I do that too!” The moment I heard that it looked like it belonged to a crazy person, I was like, “Oh.” However, I’ve come to realize that a lot of artists do similar things. It’s not limited to artists but inventors as well. A lot of tech people have that same thing.

You and Eminem are both producers on Joseph Kahn’s fantastic film, “Bodied.” What spoke to you about this project?

Joseph Kahn and I started working on “Bodied” right after “Power/Rangers.” He directed the “Power/Rangers” bootleg one-shot, which is probably the most notorious of the fan films I did. “Bodied” was kind of his big follow up. The reality of it was that it was an interesting time in both of our lives. After that short film came out, he was getting offered all kinds of big franchises from the studios. All of a sudden, the combination of that short combined with his rebranding or Taylor Swift instantly made him a mega-hot commodity to the studios. Ultimately, after doing ring-around-the-Rosie for a few months, he just wanted to tell a personal story. This is a very personal story to Joseph. It’s really about political correctness. The movie, as I see it, is a dissection of this culture of political correctness that we currently live in. It’s not making a value judgement on it one way or the other. It’s dissecting the nuances of it. It’s basically having a nuanced conversation about an issue that the world refuses to have a conversation about.

From our early conversations, you said you never really had a mentor as you began your journey. However, through the years, Joseph and you made a connection and formed a bond.

Wow, that’s a great point. You know, Joseph is the closest thing I have had to a mentor. In a lot of ways, he is. On a very spiritual level, we are both outsiders. We were outsiders whose scope was outside the view of the mainstream but as time went on those views became more and more mainstream until it was mainstream! Do you know what I mean? [laughs] What I think is interesting when I look at Joseph is that here is this guy who any teenager or person in there early 20s would like this guy and say, “He is cool.” They want to be him. That is how much the culture shifted. When he was growing up, everyone wanted to be like Biff Tannen from “Back To The Future,” the bully from “Revenge of The Nerds” or the bully from “The Karate Kid.” [laughs] Those archetypes have been deconstructed and all of the people got Me Too’d. The world has shifted, and Joseph was so much ahead of his time.

You have a lot of irons in the fire. “Castlevania” is headed into its second highly anticipated season. What have you learned from the experience of bringing this series to the masses?

When “Castlevania” was first announced and coming out, I tackled it with a lot of bravado. It was another something that just really worked. I wanted it to work, I expected it to work, I felt like it would work, and I believed deeply in my heart that it would work. Again, this was something so outside of any quadrant or pre-established lane. I literally went into Netflix and pitched an animated adaptation of a video game series that was completely dead. From all that preamble, I learned several things. First, I learned to trust my gut in a very big way. More so, I learned how to fine tune it. It is almost like I have this Spidey-sense built into me. I just didn’t have enough life experience or enough raw data to be able to really hone in on the nuance of the Spidey-sense and what it was telling me. So, the overall experience definitely taught me to trust my Spidey-sense because it’s plugged into something. Before this, I viewed my career as two separate trajectories. Which brings me to my second point. I felt I had done these normal movies with the establishment and I did these fans films just to do them because I thought they were cool. I disliked the process of making the normal movies and I loved the process of making the fan films because it felt fun and like you were making an art project. The epiphany I had as a byproduct of “Castlevania” was that my original thought was nonsense. I realized I needed to approach everything in the way I approached the fan films, even if it was not a fan film. I talk about “Castlevania” in the context of it being a project made by fans for fans. That just means that it was approached in a manner similar to bootleg universe projects.

Adi Shankar — His story has only just begun.

What can you tell us about your vision for the future when it comes to the Bootleg Universe?

That’s a great question. I’m in the process of honing my strengths and weaknesses. I think the secret to success in any field is knowing yourself, knowing where you excel and knowing your limitations. If anything, the last few years have given me a strong sense of the areas where I’m in the .00001%. The qualities that I have in this category that have led me to be so fortunate and lucky to have received the opportunities that I have gotten in my career. Now, I have learned what those areas are, and it is time for me to focus on them. As crazy as it sounds, you mentioned Joseph as a mentor and that is absolutely right, and Kanye West is someone who came into my life earlier this year. He has also provided me with some guidance as well. Having an understanding of what these areas are allows you to focus in on them. Otherwise, you end up being an insular person.

In November, I am going to be announcing a new project that I think is going to get people very excited; at least I know my fans are going to be very excited by it. So, be on the look for that in mid-November.

As a fan, I appreciate the time you put in on social media and connecting with the fanbase. I don’t think anyone really does it on the level you do and has as unique a connection.

Thank you! I appreciate you. This is my third interview with you guys and I feel like it’s becoming this little snapshot into my psyche at key moments.

That’s awesome to hear! I thank you for your time today, Adi! We can’t wait to see where the next leg of the journey takes you!

Thanks, Jason. Talk to you soon!

To follow the continuing adventures of Adi Shankar, stay glued to his social media presence via FacebookTwitter and YouTube. Castlevania Season 2 is now available on Netflix. Joseph Kahn’s ‘Bodied’ hits select theaters on November 2nd and arrives on YouTube Premium November 28th.

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Adi Shankar and Kenlon Clark Release Commentary Video For Groundbreaking ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero’ Short

Adi Shankar and Kenlon Clark Release Commentary Video For Groundbreaking ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero’ Short

Adi Shankar recently unveiled the latest entry into his “Bootleg Universe” — ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero.’ Now, he has teamed with the director, Kenlon Clark, for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the project. Check it out commentary video below!

‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero’ offers a truly unique spin on legendary TV icon Mister Rogers with ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero’ and provides a fictional backstory for Fred Rogers, in which he was a Vietnam War hero, before returning home to states to start his world-famous show, ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.’

‘Mister Rogers: A War Herois the followup to his wildly popular groundbreaking shorts ‘The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, ‘Venom: Truth in Journalism’ and ‘Power/Rangers.’ The amazing short offers a truly unique spin on legendary TV icon Mister Rogers with ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero’ and provides a fictional backstory for Fred Rogers, in which he was a Vietnam War hero, before returning home to states to start his world-famous show, ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.’

Written, directed and edited by Kenlon Clark the short stars Chris Cusano as Mister Rogers and also features the talents of Will Rubio and Ed Nduka.

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‘Mr. Rogers: A War Hero’ — Adi Shankar Unleashes A New Chapter In His Bootleg Universe!

‘Mr. Rogers: A War Hero’ — Adi Shankar Unleashes A New Chapter In His Bootleg Universe!

Director Adi Shankar has returned with an exciting (and rather surprising) entry into his “Bootleg Universe.” While his previous groundbreaking shorts ‘The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, ‘Venom: Truth in Journalism’ and ‘Power/Rangers’ have tackled more obvious comic book properties, this time around he puts a truly unique spin on legendary TV icon Mister Rogers with ‘Mister Rogers: A War Hero.’

The live-action short provides a fictional backstory for Fred Rogers, in which he was a Vietnam War hero, before returning home to states to start his world-famous show, ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.’ Written, directed and edited by Kenlon Clark the short stars Chris Cusano as Mister Rogers and also features the talents of Will Rubio and Ed Nduka.

“When I was young my heroes had magazords, adamantium claws, and vampire slaying whips. They were spectacular and unlocked my imagination. But after the events of the past few years my heroes have changed, and now anyone who selflessly enriches a child’s life is a hero to me. This entry is a love letter to a man who showed us what being a good neighbor looks like.” – Adi Shankar

‘Mr. Rogers: A War Hero’ dropped on March 20, 2018, which would’ve been Fred Rogers’ 90th birthday.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 244: No Justice League, No Peace

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 244: No Justice League, No Peace

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason take an in-depth look at the recently released trailers for ‘Justice League’ and ’Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ That’s right! It’s Zack Snyder fanboy versus a guy who’s just in it for the action! Additionally, Jason brings us up to speed on his recent interviews including what was revealed in his chat with creative dynamo and all-around good guy Adi Shankar. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes for our continuing adventures!

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GAME CHANGER: Adi Shankar On The American Dream And His Creative Evolution!

GAME CHANGER: Adi Shankar On The American Dream And His Creative Evolution!

Over the past few years, Adi Shankar established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. As one of the most multi-faceted creators in the game, he is dedicated to keeping his finger on the pulse of his eclectic fanbase, while continuing to push his creative limits with every project. With a slew of high-profile projects on the way in coming months, such as Netflix’s recently announced ‘Castlevania’ and his highly anticipated ‘God and Secrets’ series for HBO, 2017 is shaping up to be his most ambitious and creatively satisfying year to date. While his creations are known for their unbelievable buzz, high-intensity action and mind-blowing visuals, at the heart of it all, Adi Shankar is a storyteller and his story is shaping up to be one of the best ever told. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Adi to discuss the process of finding his creative voice, his evolution as an artist, challenging the status quo in Hollywood and the lessons he learned along the way.

You are a great example of a guy who works to make his dream a reality, which is very inspiring. Let’s go back to your early years. What went into finding your voice creatively as an artist?

Oh, man! That’s a great question. I wish people asked more questions like that one because now I actually have to think and it’s not some robotic answer! Obviously, it didn’t happen overnight and it was a slow, gradual progression. For me, it was a big generational thing because a lot of the guys that I worked with early on were a lot older than me. They were way, way older than me and they were inspired by the crime movies of the 1970s and stuff like that. I learned so much from these guys, the Phil Joanou’s of the world, Andrew Dominic, Tarsem Singh and even a guy like Thomas Jane. Through people like this, I learned what it meant to have a point of view. Coming from a conservative place, growing up in China and India, that behavior was frowned upon. It was also a combination of people like yourself responding to some of the stuff I was saying. I mean, my whole life I had been told I was insane, completely bat-shit crazy and that everything I was doing was irrational. Then, one day, I started believing in myself!

You connect with your fans and are in touch with what they are thinking.

Yeah, they have really helped me find my voice. Ultimately, Hollywood is run by suits. Half the people who present themselves as artists are just suits parading as artists. All they’re trying to do is peddle a corporate agenda. It was amazing that the internet allowed me to circumvent that. That is the kind of thing you used to get blackballed for back in the day — having a voice and an opinion.

Building on that, you remain driven. What fuels your creative fire?

That’s another great question. It’s evolving. When I first got into this, the diversity issues really bothered me. There’s a feeling of loneliness that you get when you turn on TV or the movies and you don’t see anyone who looks like you who is a good guy. You also don’t see anyone who looks like you that is particularly competent, so you feel like you are destined to be the sidekick. Then, all of a sudden, Aziz Ansari popped. Then Mindy Kaling popped and all of a sudden diversity became a thing and Dev Patel popped. It’s crazy, Dev and I talked about this six or seven years ago. I was like, “Man, it’s got to be our generation. We’re going to shatter this glass ceiling. This is bullshit! We weren’t meant to play Apu or Hadji, the sidekick from ‘Jonny Quest,’ or the best friend in the romantic comedy who tells Ryan Reynolds what to say at the end. Fuck that!” That’s what used to drive me. I guess it’s still part of what drives me; feeling like I have this point of view and I’m allowed to share it with the world.

As you said, you didn’t grow up in the United States but you made it your home. In spite of the adversity you faced, you started to leave your mark on the entertainment industry. What’s your take on the American Dream in this day and age?

What it means to me and what it means to most Americans today is very different. What it means to me is that I was able to come here and express myself in a way that I was told was never possible. For that I will always be grateful. I will always say America is one of (if not THE greatest) countries in the world for that. Anywhere else in the world, I’m in jail with what I do! [laughs] I think America is going through a paradigm shift right now and there’re a lot of social, economic and structural issues that are creating these massive disruptions on every level, both in the private and public sectors. I think there is a tough journey ahead for the American Dream.

You have plenty of irons in the fire. What has you most excited?

My show, “Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets,” comes out later this year. It’s been a long time coming and it’s definitely a passion project of mine. It’s a project that is very near and dear to me and something I have put my entire heart and soul into. I hope people dig it when it comes out!

Obviously, you aren’t going to tip your hand too much when it comes to the project but I have a question regarding “Gods and Secrets.” What are the biggest challenges you faced and the biggest lessons learned from this experience?

Oh man, I could talk for an hour about all the lessons I have learned. I think I was kind of a control freak before this series. I was a control freak in denial of being a control freak, right? I had these great collaborators on the show which helped me through the process of it, technically, emotionally and personally, to be quite frank. I mean, there has been a lot going on in my life, both personally and professionally. As you know, I don’t announce projects. I’m always working on stuff and when it’s ready, it comes out. That has been my M.O. and with that said, I have four pretty big things coming out this year and I was doing “Gods and Secrets” at the same time. A big lesson was learning to trust the people around me in a way that I hadn’t trusted anyone before. I had to let them in any way that I hadn’t let anyone in before. As a human, I think that is the biggest lesson learned in a lot of ways.

You made a big splash a few years back with the release of your Bootleg Universe trailer for “Power/Rangers.” One could easily argue that led to the “Power Rangers” film that just hit theaters. Have you seen the film and, if so, what are your thoughts?

Yes, I have seen it. I loved it! I thought it was great! Obviously, there was inspiration that was drawn from the thing that Joe [Kahn] and I did but that’s great! It’s amazing! I need that because I am a rabid “Power Rangers” fan. That was the way I saw the show as a 9-year-old! It’s crazy! I made this thing, put it out there and then, all of a sudden, the official franchise is now responding to it. The movie, in a lot of ways, is a reflection of that and it’s great! Literally the thing that influenced me was then influenced by something I had a hand in doing, so you can’t get any better than that! It’s a dream come true. The only thing that I will say to the Lionsgate folks is that obviously the film deserves a sequel. Obviously. They need to make the Green Ranger female. I think it’s time for a badass female Green Ranger. I think they should cast Lorde. She is mainly known as a singer but she is a fantastic actress as well!

As a fan of your creations, it’s exciting how you keep us on our toes. What are your biggest creative milestones?

There have been a few and I would say all of them have been the bootlegs. Those were the things I was passionate about and each of them kind of represent a different era in my life and my evolution as a dude who creates things. I think “Dirty Laundry” was a big one. I wanted to make it but I never knew there was an audience for it. I just thought it was cool. I didn’t even realize people knew who The Punisher was! I got an email address or a phone number for some dude at Machinima back in 2012. I called him and I said, “Hey, I did this thing for The Punisher. I don’t know what to do with it. Do you want it? You have a YouTube channel. Would you like to put it on there?” The guy I was talking to had no idea who Tom [Jane] was or who The Punisher was, so I literally thought, “OK, people really aren’t into this stuff. Cool.” I just kind of figured out how to make a YouTube page, which I didn’t know how to do back then. I realized it was so easy, so I posted it. The next thing I knew, it went viral! I thought, “Wait. What’s the disconnect here?”

The business changed a lot, even in the time you released “Dirty Laundry.” When we last spoke, I asked where you felt the entertainment industry was headed. I want to change it up this time as I think there is a more important question. Where are you headed in the next few years?

I hope I don’t sell out, man. I hope I don’t sell out. It was kind of tough. I remember when we were growing up, artists were artists and corporate suit types were corporate suit types. When an artist sold-out there was a huge outcry, “Oh man, he sold out!” Then, all of a sudden, everyone sold out and then selling out became the norm. I feel like what is happening is that the internet was a giant organism designed to fight back against that. Honestly, I hope the internet doesn’t become corporatized like everything else.

I can see where you’re coming from. Have you come close to selling out?

Absolutely! Absolutely! After the “Power/Rangers” short, I was getting literally everything that you dream about as a teenager trying to break in being thrown at me. Everything you can think of! So yeah, I came close to selling out and then I made “Gods and Secrets!” [laughs]

You are always looking for new outlets or new ways to tell the stories that intrigue you. Earlier this year it was announced you were bringing “Castlevania” to Netflix later this year. In that case you are bringing a game to the screen. What are your thoughts on doing the reverse and bringing one of your stories to the video game medium?

Absolutely! I’m even more into video games than I am into movies. I feel like movies exist differently for me than they do for other people. For me, they are just a method of communication and a way to communicate ideas. You are cutting together moments of a character’s life to convey a message or idea to people. It’s storytelling, right? Games do the same thing in a more immersive way. I’m not as into movies as I once was because they have become so formulaic and that is why I have shifted over to the TV side of things. By exploring the medium of TV, we are able to elongate the story and by doing so, the story starts feeling different and the beats evolve by lengthening or shortening. I’m actually talking to video game developers constantly. Some of the major ones have talked to me about possibly coming in and writing the new edition of a franchise. At the same time, some of the indie ones are asking, “Hey, would you want to work with us on a game,” where I would design the aesthetic color palette. I’m definitely going to take someone up on that in the next couple of years. One hundred percent! Next time we chat; you’re going to ask me about specific videogames!

I look forward to that conversation! Building on what we talked about today, I have one more question. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

Never give up. Never quit. I think if I could go back in time and talk to myself from five years ago, I wouldn’t say too much because I wouldn’t want to affect the space time continuum, but if I had to say something, it would be, “Believe in yourself.” Even if other people don’t or what you’re doing seems a little off-beat, eccentric or weird, you just have to believe and the rest will fall into place!

Thanks for your time today, Adi! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, my friend. I appreciate it and you guys are amazing! It’s cool because if I didn’t have you guys, it’s like I wouldn’t exist, so thank you! Thank you and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 161: Wicked Prayer

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 161: Wicked Prayer

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy continue the winning tradition of exploring the outskirts of pop culture. Jason offers up a look inside his recent interview with the likes of legendary rocker Michael Monroe and the ultra-funny Missi Pyle. Jeremy offers up his thoughts on the recently teased “Watchmen” series which is headed to HBO, while taking a look at it’s potential similarities to Adi Shankar’s “Gods and Secrets.” Most importantly, Jeremy comes to a startling realization about “The Crow” franchise, that is not to be missed! The pair cool their jets with thoughts of making the trek to Iceland to see John Carpenter play live in 2016. To finish off an already jam packed episode, they bring you their picks of the week! Download, listen and spread the word!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 153:  Cold Turkey

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 153: Cold Turkey

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason are ready to take on the issues of today. They start with a look inside the twisted mind of Jeremy Morrison as he makes the transition from veteran chainsmoker to just another young guy with an oral fixation. That’s right, JMO kicks the butts and hilarity ensues. Jason brings us up to speed on the happenings over at Icon Vs. Icon, more specifically, an interview with the lovely and talented Agnes Olech of ’True Detective.’ Talk quickly turns to Josh Trank’s somehow controversial ‘Fantasic Four’ movie and the fanboys and critics who have been bashing it long before it even finished filming. The duo examine the latest developments from producer/director Adi Shankar. Shankar is the man behind the Marvel Bootleg Universe and shorts like, Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers. Most importantly, they believe he is the chosen one who can swoop in and turn the superhero genre on it’s head with his upcoming feature, ‘Gods and Secrets.’ There are two solid Pick’s of the Week for this week’s episode. Jeremy leads the charge with a look at Comedy Central’s ‘Another Period,’ a series created by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome; starring Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Brett Gelman, Christina Hendricks and more. Jason takes us 20 years back in time with Shout! Factory’s release of the ‘Hackers: 20th Anniversary Edition.’ It’s a jam packed show that will make you want to smoke or hack the planet. Either way, the future is in your hands.Download the latest episode of Acid Pop Cult on iTunes!

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