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Universal Signs Deal for Proposed Bakugan Film

posted on 2008-12-16 05:27 EST
Spin Master, Stuber Productions also working on remake of game/anime franchise

The Hollywood Reporter newspaper has revealed that Universal Pictures and Stuber Productions signed a deal with the toy company Spin Master for a theatrical film version of the Bakugan Battle Brawlers game and anime franchise. The franchise centers around a combination of metal cards and marble-like magnetic toys that automatically transform into figures during gameplay. The Cartoon Network began running the anime version in the United States in February, after Japan and Canada had already debuted the anime in 2007.

The anime version tells the adventures of Daniel (Danma "Dan" Kūsō in Japanese) and his friends after they discover a seemingly innocent card game. The kids' card battles begin to summon Bakugan (Japanese for "exploding spheres") warriors from the war-torn alternate world of Vestroia to Earth. One warrior in particular, Dragonoid (Drago for short), becomes Dan's guardian Bakugan.

The producers include Ronnen Harary (Spin Master), Scott Stuber (Stuber Productions), Donna Langley and Jeff Kirschenbaum (Universal). Jon Mone will be the executive producer after having pitched the project at Stuber Productions with Mike Drake.

Image © Sega Toys/Spin Master/Bakugan Project


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