Charade, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights also get manga in Japan
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The Japanese company Mangabank is adapting
the classic Hollywood movies Casablanca
(1939), and Wuthering Heights
(1939) into manga to inaugurate a series of DVD/manga sets on November 17. Each movie has been adapted into a 128-page manga, which will sell with a Japanese-subtitled DVD for 1,380 yen (about US$12.01). Acclaimed manga creator Kenshi Hirokane (Human Crossing, Buchou Shima Kosaku)
is supervising the artists drawing the adaptations.
These films starred some of the most famous actors and actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age, including Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Laurence Olivier. They also featured some of the world's most acclaimed movie creators such as writer/director John Huston, director John Ford, and composers Henry Mancini and Alfred Newman.
The copyrights for these films have expired in Japan, which allows anyone in the country to release them under public domain or adapt them into other media. All but one of them are still copyrighted in the United States due to The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. (Charade
has been in the public domain in the United States and elsewhere for years due to a legal technicality.)
Source: AV Watch