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Watchmen's Alex Tse Wrote Script for Live-Action Ninja Scroll

posted on by Egan Loo
Also wrote animated Tales of the Black Freighter based on Moore, Gibbons' comic

The Hollywood Reporter newspaper notes in a Monday article that Alex Tse, a co-writer of the live-action Watchmen film, wrote a film script for Warner Brothers' proposed live-action adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime. Yoshiaki Kawajiri wrote and directed the original 1993 anime film about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company acquired the live-action adaptation rights to the anime for Warner Brothers in 2008.

Tse and David Hayter (X-Men, The Scorpion King) co-wrote the live-action film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen graphic novel. Tse and Watchmen director Zack Snyder also co-wrote the Tales of the Black Freighter animated video based on Watchmen's "comic-within-a-comic" story. Tse has since written a script for Warner Brothers' planned new film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man classic short story anthology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tse is scripting a proposed film version of John Twelve Hawks' Fourth Realm trilogy of science-fiction novels.

In Japan, Tatsuo Satō directed a Ninja Scroll television anime sequel for the Madhouse anime studio in 2003. Madhouse co-founder Masao Maruyama is still working on plans for a second Ninja Scroll anime film. However, as of 2008, project still needs a script that is acceptable to Maruyama himself and Kawajiri.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter via Icarus Publishing

Image © 1993 Yoshiaki Kawajiri/MADHOUSE/JVC/Toho Co., LTD./Movic Inc.

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