Vexille/Ping Pong's Sori to Direct Dragon Age Film
posted on by Egan Loo
The Japanese film production company TO Entertainment has announced on Friday that Fumihiko Sori, the director of the computer-animated Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan and the manga-based live-action Ping Pong, will helm the previously revealed anime film version of BioWare's Dragon Age role-playing games. T.O. Entertainment is working with the film studio Oxybot (Sori's Vexille and To projects) and the North American anime distributor Funimation.
The film will be the first title from Funimation's Original Entertainment team and its co-production initiative. The original fantasy action role-playing game franchise has sold 4 million copies worldwide. Funimation will release the feature-length film on DVD in North America at the end of 2011, and it will also handle DVD distribution in other countries except Japan. The film is slated for a theatrical release in Japan.
Sori was also a producer of the first computer-animated Appleseed film. Funimation licensed Vexille for North America even before the film opened in Japan, and it also licensed Ichi, Sori's live-action film that re-imagines the legendary blind swordman Zatoichi as female. After Vexille and Ichi, Sori directed To, the computer-animated adaptation of two science-fiction stories from Yukinobu Hoshino's 2001 Nights manga.