News Oshii's Assault Girls Gets Hollywood Remake Inquiry
posted on 2009-10-19 23:57 EDT
Director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Mobile Police Patlabor) has confirmed at a Monday press conference that an inquiry came from Hollywood this past summer about a remake of his Assault Girls film — before the film was even finished. The press conference marked the completion of the science fiction film, which will open in Japan on December 19. Oshii added during the conference that he wants the three stars of his film — Meisa Kuroki (Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan, Crows Zero)、Rinko Kikuchi (The Sky Crawlers, Babel), and Hinako Saeki (Shin-Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden, Rasen) — to star in the hypothetical Hollywood remake.
Oshii's first live-action film since 2001's Avalon is set on a post-apocalyptic desert battlefield where giant monsters named "Suna Kujira" (literally, sand whales) roam. Three beautiful female hunters — all of whom wield assault rifles and other powerful weapons — engage in battle with the monsters, including the biggest of them all, the Madara Suna Kujira (spotted sand whale).
Oshii had previously wrote and directed a live-action "Assault Girl: Kentucky no Hinako" short with Saeki for his Shin-Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden (The Women of Fast Food) film anthology. He then directed the live-action "Assault Girl 2" short with Kikuchi for another film anthology, Kiru ~ KILL. At The Sky Crawlers' DVD/Blu-ray Disc release event in March, Oshii said that he has plans for two live-action feature films starting this year, as well as one anime film in the 2011 timeframe.
Image © 2009 88mm, DEIZ/Geneon Universal Entertainment