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Hollywood-produced Sky High on the way

posted on 2003-09-03 15:53 EDT
Controversial manga to begin new stateside production

Tsutomu Takahashi's popular Skyhigh manga will be adapted into a Hollywood production in 2004, following in the footsteps of the a successful live-action TV series and soon-to-be-released movie in Japan.

The controversial plot of Skyhigh stems from the "Gate of Malice," a purgatory in which those who committed suicide, were murdered, or lived with a strong grudge may be sent after death. When one reaches the gate, s/he is offered three options:

1. Accept death. Rise to heaven and aspire for reincarnation.
2. Do not accept death. The soul, thus, wanders Earth for eternity.
3. Curse one living person to death.

Each week's Skyhigh features a different character with a unique path to death and a different motivation for the choice s/he makes. Those who select the third alternative send the story spiraling toward a chilling climax equal to any Japanese horror story. The persistent moral dilemma paired with terrifying plot turns have secured Skyhigh's popularity for years in Japan.

It is unclear whether the Hollywood production will be a feature film or weekly drama series, but details are expected to follow soon.

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