Fuyumi Ono's Ghost Hunt Supernatural Novels Get Live-Action Film
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Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (assistant director for Yatterman, director for live-action Arcana) will direct the film, which is slated to go into production next month for a planned summer 2014 release. Atsuyuki Shimoda (Sadako 3D, Another) and Shōtarō Oikawa (Arcana) are writing the film's screenplay, and Shinichiro Inoue (Another anime series, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) will serve as executive producer with Adrian Chaw as co-executive producer.
Maya Fukuzawa (Good Luck!!, Mr. Brain) will star as Mai Taniyama, Mizuki Yamamoto (Black Butler, Zekkyō Gakkyū, Daily Lives of High School Boys) will play Masako Hara, and Yosuke Kawamura (Liar Game: Reborn, Rookies) will play Hōshō Takigawa. Twins Japan and Kadokawa Shoten will announce more cast members at a later date.
In the original Ghost Hunt series, high school girl Mai Taniyama encounters Shibuya Psychic Research, a paranormal investigation agency led by a tall, dark, handsome — and, naturally, aloof — teenager (who Mai nicknames "Naru" after the English word "narcissist"). Before long, Mai joins the ranks of the agency, whose associates include a Chinese occultist, a world-famous psychic, a self-proclaimed Shinto shrine maiden, a former Buddhist monk, and a Catholic exorcist.
Inada ended the first Ghost Hunt manga series in 2010, and Del Rey published 11 of the 12 volumes from the first series in North America. Inada then launched the Akumu no Sumu Ie: Ghost Hunt (The House Where Nightmares Dwell: Ghost Hunt) manga in Kodansha's Aria magazine in July 2012, and Kodansha published the first compiled volume in June.
Source: Screen Daily