IT producer bringing Japanese sci-fi epic Ma.K to Hollywood

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Sep 21, 2017

Ma.K is getting an American-style makeover.

After scaring up boffo box office with Stephen King's creepy clown tale, IT producer Roy Lee is now setting his sights on giant robots and bipedal robo suits as he's landed a deal to turn the epic Japanese sci-fi series into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Lee will partner with producer Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton) on the project for Warner Bros., the studio that released IT.

Ma.K, otherwise known as Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000, is a Mecha series created by Japanese artist Kow Yokoyama that originally ran as a comic called SF3D in monthly installments of Hobby Japan magazine.

Inspired by such films as Star Wars and Blade Runner as well as World War I and World War II model aircraft, armor and tanks, Ma.K is set in the late 2870s, after a fourth nuclear war has devastated earth. As the story goes, an interstellar authority called the Galactic Federation repopulates the planet again with survivors, but the new colonies end up rebelling against their overlords and the various factions go to war with each other utilizing mechanized fighting suits and massive robots.

The property proved to be a huge hit in Japan, spawning toy lines, video games, model kits, books, and a 1985 live-action SF3D 25-minute film.

But the Ma.K universe has yet to get the big screen treatment — until now.

For his part, Lee is on a hot streak. Not only did he break box office records with IT, but next up the producer has The LEGO: Ninjago Movie, due out this weekend, and James Franco's highly anticipated The Disaster Artist, hitting theaters in December. Also in the pipeline is IT: Chapter Two and a feature adaptation of King's The Stand.