Manga-inspired American Comic Warrior Nun Areala Gets Live-Action Adaptation
posted on by Kyle Hallmark
Perfect Circle Productions has announced that it is planning to adapt Ben Dunn's manga-inspired comic book series Warrior Nun Areala into a live-action project. A.J. Annila (Jade Warrior, Sauna) is directing the first film of the proposed live-action trilogy. Iiro Kuttner and Melissa Rundle are adapting the screenplay, and Dean English of Perfect Circle Productions and Robert Burke of Ten One Entertainment are producing.
The graphic novel follows the Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret organization of fighting nuns employed by the Catholic Church to protect the world from evil. Antarctic Press published the series from 1994 to 2003.
The first movie will focus on a young paraplegic woman whose body is restored when she finds a halo belonging to a fallen saint. The nuns believe that she is a prophecy and groom her to become their next leader, but the woman has a different agenda.
The film's official website has posted the following "atmosphere and mood" test reel explores ideas for the film's VFX, tone, possible shooting locations, and fighting style.
The staff has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter that seeks to raise CAD$65,000 (US$49,647) for the project by November 18.