News Tezuka's MW Adapted for Live-Action Film for 2009
posted on 2008-06-02 13:30 EDT by Egan Loo
Director Hitoshi Iwamoto is adapting the MW suspense work from manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Black Jack, Metropolis) into a live-action film for 2009. CinemaToday.jp has posted images of the two main actors Hiroshi Tamaki (live-action Nodame Cantabile's Shinichi Chiaki) as the protagonist Michio Yūki and Takayuki Yamada (Densha Otoko film's Train Man) as the priest Garai. In Tezuka's surprisingly dark story, Yūki survived a deadly nerve gas tragedy as a child, but this "MW" incident left his damaged brain without a conscience. Yūki grows up to become a handsome bank executive by day, and a mass murderer by night. On top of that, Yūki aims to acquire the MW nerve gas, which leaves his longtime confidante Garai struggling with the right decision.
Tetsuya Ōishi and Haruo Kimura of the live-action Death Note films have written the film script. Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine serialized the manga in Japan from 1976 to 1978. Vertical publishes MW in the United States, where the manga has been nominated this year for an Eisner Award in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan category.