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Junji Ito's Tomie Manga Inspires Live-Action Series

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The Hills Have Eyes' Alexandre Aja directs series for Quibi streaming service

Streaming service Quibi announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Junji Ito's Tomie manga. The series will have episodes that are less than 10 minutes in length, and Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) is directing the series. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring) is penning the series. Both are also serving as executive producers, while Hiroki Shirota is the co-producer.

Quibi describes the series as "the story of what happens when a beautiful high school girl goes missing and pieces of her body are discovered scattered across a small town. But what starts out as a murder mystery turns into something even more horrific."

Quibi (short for "quick bites") describes itself as "coming from Hollywood and Silicon Valley," stating it will stream "quick bites of captivating entertainment, created for mobile by the best talent, designed to fit perfectly into any moment of your day." The platform is set to launch in North America on April 6, 2020. Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is partnering with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to launch the service.

Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the manga's story:

Tomie the complete classic horror series is now available in this single deluxe volume featuring art and story by Junji Ito.

Murdered again and again, one girl always comes back for more... Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie.

The manga has already inspired eight live-action film adaptations. ComicsOne published the two-volume series in English in 2005, and Viz Media published the manga in an omnibus volume in 2016.

Thanks to Erik Jansen for the news tip.

Sources: The Wrap (Matt Lopez), Vanity Fair (Nicole Sperling) via Bloody Disgusting

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