Hollywood is working on yet another live-action adaptation of an iconic Japanese manga series.
According to Variety, Producer Steven Paul and his production company, SP International Pictures, will be bringing Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict to the big screen. Paul -- who also produced Ghost Rider 1 & 2 -- is apparently a huge fan of the series, and they've acquired remake and sequel rights to the Lone Wolf and Cub property. First published in 1970 and written by Koike Kazuo and illustrated by Goseki Kojima, the stories saw six movie adaptations, four stage plays and even a TV series.
Lone Wolf and Cub isn’t the only manga property Paul is working on. Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek and Beat Takeshi Kitano, is currently filming. The movie has gotten a lot of flak recently for whitewashing characters and casting Johansson in an Asian role. And it's perhaps because of that backlash that Paul says Final Conflict will have a predominantly Japanese cast.
Here’s what Paul said via Variety: “I have been a huge fan of the property for many years and can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to embark on this journey.”
Final Conflict tells the tale of a noble samurai who is framed for an assassination attempt. The samurai then disobeys his Shogun’s orders to become an assassin for hire. Plans are underway for the movie to film in 2017.
Besides Lone Wolf and Cub and Ghost in the Shell, other Japanese manga currently in various stages of adaptation in the English language (so I’m not going to include the bazillion Japanese live-action adaptations in the works) include: Akira, Alita: Battle Angel, Death Note and Naruto -- to name just a few.
Are you looking forward to seeing Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict come to the big screen as an English, live-action film with a Japanese cast?