Live-Action Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi Suspense Film's Ad Teases November 21 Reveal

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20th Century Boys' Yukihiko Tsutsumi helms January film of Tow Ubukata mystery novel

Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a 15-second commercial for the live-action film of Tow Ubukata's Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi (Twelve Children Who Want to Die) novel on Tuesday. The commercial teases an announcement for the film on November 21. The staff has not yet announced the cast.

The film will open in Japan in January. Yukihiko Tsutsumi (live-action 20th Century Boys, Beck, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) is directing the film, and Yutaka Kuramochi is writing the script. Filming took place from late July to late August.

Takatoshi Kumakura launched a manga adaptation of the novel in Kodansha's Good! Afternoon magazine in June 2017, and ended it on Wednesday, November 7. Kodansha released the second compiled book volume in May.

Bungeishunju published the original novel in October 2016.

The story is a locked-room mystery where 12 kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is. The novel was nominated for the Naoki Prize for 2016.

Ubukata debuted as a short story writer in 1996, and he won the Kadokawa Sneaker Grand Prize with the work "Kuroi Kisetsu" (Black Season). He won the Eiji Yoshikawa Award for New Writers in 2009 for Tenchi Meisatsu, and the Fūtarō Yamada Award in 2012 for Mitsukuniden. He wrote the original novel that inspired the Mardock Scramble anime films, and has also served as the series composition writer for Ghost in the Shell Arise, Psycho-Pass 2, Heroic Age, Fafner EXODUS, and Le Chevalier D'Eon.

Sources: Warner Bros. Japan's YouTube channel

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