One of my all time favorite Japanese anime films is getting the big-screen, blockbuster treatment from Warners’. I love anime, but especially love the more adult-oriented stories, with purposeful violence. The kid’s stuff well…that’s for kids.
According to the report by The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Tse, who wrote the Watchmen adaptation, as well as the hard hitting San Francisco gang crime story Sucker Free City, has been contracted to write the film adaptation of the classic Japanese anime feature. Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way is producing the pic, along with Madhouse Pictures and Jungo Maruta. Madhouse created the animation for the original 1993 anime.
Ninja Scroll is set in feudal Japan and follows a ninja-for-hire who must fight eight demonic warriors in order to save Japan. There’s some incredible visuals for effects artists to play with, including a villain with stone skin and a woman whose snake tattoos come to life.
Alex Tse is also adapting Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man for Watchmen director Zack Snyder at Warner Brothers. He also wrote the upcoming Paramount film Frankie Machine, with Michael Mann attached to helm, and Robert De Niro starring as an ex mob hit man, who is lured back into his former profession by the scheming son of a Mafia Don.
Below is the trailer for the anime film Ninja Scroll.