News Anime of Jovovich's Ultraviolet Film Confirmed (Update 3)
posted on 2008-03-27 14:10 EDT
The Animax satellite television network confirmed in a Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 press conference on Thursday that its Ultraviolet: Code 044 anime is based on Kurt Wimmer's 2006 live-action Ultraviolet film starring Milla Jovovich. The anime was pre-announced in a press release for the event. Famed director Osamu Dezaki (Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!, Lupin III movies) will supervise the animators of Madhouse and Tezuka Productions. Dezaki's longtime collaborator Akio Sugino (Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!, Black Jack The Movie, Golgo 13: The Professional) will design the characters. Romi Paku (Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed, Nana's Nana Osaki) will voice the main character "044." 044 is a female warrior genetically engineered with high combat skills and ordered by the government to annihilate a vampire army. Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama will produce with Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan). The project will premiere on Animax on July 1 to mark the anime network's 10th anniversary.
Update: Hobby Japan magazine's Hobby Channel has posted two image from the anime preview.
Update 2:MediaWorks's Dengeki Online has posted higher-quality versions of those two images.
Update 3: Photograph added with Dezaki (left), Maruyama (center), and Paku (right).