A live-action big-screen adaptation of the highly popular Japanese manga Bleach is in the works.
According to Anime News Network, the movie is set to open in Japan in 2018 and will star Sōta Fukushi (Omukae desu) as the hero of the piece, Ichigo Kurosaki, with Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, Oblivion Island) at the helm.
Written and illustrated by Tite Kubo, the manga series ran from 2001 to 2016 and follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a headstrong teenager with the ability to see ghosts who gains the powers of a Soul Reaper from another Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki. Ichigo's newfound powers force him to defend humans from evil spirits called Hollows and ushering the souls of the newly departed to the afterlife, setting him on various journeys throughout numerous ghostly realms.
Bleach also spawned an anime series that ran for 366 episodes between 2004 and 2012. Viz Media got their hands on the TV and home video rights to it in 2006 and Bleach premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim with an English dub that very same year, ending its television run in 2014. Oh, and you can get the first volume of the TV series on Blu-ray right now.
The manga and anime series were so popular they made four animated films, a series of novels, musicals, several video games and more. Of course, there’s no news on whether or not the movie will be released in North America, but I’m crossing my fingers we'll get to see it here.
Are you excited for a live-action Bleach movie?