Soul Reviver Manga Has Live-Action Hollywood Film in the Works
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Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) and Manabu Akishige's (D-ASH, GO-ON!) Soul Reviver manga has a live-action Hollywood adaptation in the works. Edward Zwick (director, The Last Samurai, Glory, Courage Under Fire) and Marshall Herskovitz (producer, The Last Samurai, Traffic, I Am Sam) are in charge of the film at Herskovitz's The Bedford Falls Company.
Fujisawa said that he is looking forward to what kind of shape a Hollywood adaptation will take for his Japanese comic and its worldview. Zwick said of the adaptation that he has always been influenced by Japanese films, and he is pleased that through this project he will be able to expand his relationship with Japanese films and also shoulder part of the burden on this product of Japanese culture.
In the manga, the dead can be brought back to life, if their souls can be restored before disappearing into the void. Between death and the void is the world of the dead, and two individuals — the former detective Ryūsuke Jin and the dead high school girl Clara Sekimachi — salvage souls in this realm.
Fujisawa created the scenario and original character designs, while Manabu Akishige (D-ASH, GO-ON!) is drawing the manga.
The manga has been running in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine since the second issue in 2011. The fourth compiled book volume shipped in Japan last December.
Shogakukan promoted the third volume with a 3D CG short in April 2013, and Kaizō Hayashi (Maiku Hama films, creative director for 7 Blades game) directed a nine-minute live-action short based on the manga last December.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web