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The entertainment news source Oricon reported on Tuesday that a "major" American production company is currently in negotiations after expressing interest in remaking the live-action Nintama Rantarō (Ninja Kids!!!) film. Takashi Miike's film is itself an adaptation of Soubee Amako's popular ninja comedy manga and anime.
The original Rakudai Ninja Rantarō manga, the Nintama Rantarō anime, and the current live-action film all center around Rantarō, a ninja apprentice at an elite ninjutsu academy in historical Japan. As first-graders, Rantarō and his ninja-in-training friends are called "Nintama" — a contraction of the words "ninja" and "tamago" ("egg").
The live-action film screened at the New York Asia Film Festival, which ran during the July 1-14 fortnight. Oricon reports that the film's representatives quickly received inquiries about remaking the film after the film opened in Japan on July 23. The film also received offers from 70 countries for screenings.