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Takashi Miike to Film Buichi Terasawa's Takeru Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Director of Yatterman, Ichi the Killer works with creator of Cobra, Goku, Kabuto

Takashi Miike, the one-time cult director who has entered the Japanese mainstream with his live-action Yatterman and Crows Zero films, will helm a US$30-million live-action film adaptation of Buichi Terasawa's Takeru adventure manga. The manga follows Takeru Ichimonji, a ninja in a fictional land that borrows elements from both ancient and future Japan.

Yoshiya Nagasawa is writing the film, and Nagasawa's own Real Products company is producing the film with Thailand's Local Colour Film, as well as with Chinese and Korean partners. The Hollywood Reporter newspaper says that the script has "an A-grade Pan-Asian talent list," and Nagasawa adds that the film will employ green-screen techniques. The film is tentatively slated to start filming in October of next year after Thirteen Assassins, another film that Miike is directing. Other projects that Miike has directed included Audition, Ichi the Killer, MPD Psycho, and the Great Yokai War.

Terasawa adapted his Takeru story into a full-color digital manga, and the software distributor Eagle Peak released an English version of the digital manga on computer CD-ROM in 1996. Terasawa also created the Space Adventure Cobra, Goku - Midnight Eye, and Kabuto manga — all three were eventually animated. Last June, Terasawa said that he received an offer for a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of his Cobra action manga.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via ICv2

Image © Buichi Terasawa/A-Girl Rights

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