Live-Action Kite Film Acquired by The Weinstein Co.
posted on by Egan Loo
The Weinstein Co. acquired the worldwide rights to the live-action film adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu's anime Kite at this week's Festival de Cannes. Samuel L. Jackson is starring in the film with lead actress India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, New Director).
South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema) directed the film after the passing of director David R. Ellis. The film was in pre-production in Johannesburg when Ellis passed away.
According to Deadline, the Kite remake is "a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa's policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson)."