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Report: Detroit Metal City Gets Hollywood Remake Offers

posted on by Egan Loo
Newspaper says TOHO is in talks for original film's release, remake

The Sports Hochi newspaper reports that the Japanese film distributor TOHO has received more than one offer from Hollywood film production companies to remake the manga-based Detroit Metal City film after it opened in Japan last month. Director Toshio Li adapted Kiminori Wakasugi's rock parody manga about a shy pop singer's rise to glory as the frontman of a death-metal band. The negotiations are reportedly still ongoing, but a decision is expected by the end of the year. There are also remake offers from Hong Kong.

In addition to the remake talks, the Detroit Metal City film already has distribution agreements for Hong Kong and South Korea. Distribution offers are said to have come from 25 other countries and regions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Taiwwan, Australia, and Brazil.

The six current volumes of the manga have 2 million copies in print, and over 1 million people have now seen the film in the first three weeks after its Japanese opening.

Image © 2008 Detroit Metal City Production Committee

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