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The Variety entertainment news source reports that Warner Brothers and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company

have acquired the live-action adaptation rights for Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Ninja Scroll action anime film from the Madhouse anime studio. Kawajiri wrote this tale about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons, and he also directed the original anime with ultraviolent yet fluid animation. Alex Tse (Watchmen, The Illustrated Man) is slated to write the live-action version, but DiCaprio himself is not planning on acting in the film. Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland will produce with Madhouse itself.

Warner and Appian Way have already acquired the rights to produce two live-action films based on Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga. Killoran is also planning to produce the Akira project as well.

Manga Entertainment released the original 1993 Ninja Scroll anime film in North America, while Urban Vision helped produce and later released the 2003 television series adapation. The American publisher WildStorm created its comic book take on the story in 2006. Madhouse revealed at Anime Expo 2008 that it was still planning a sequel to the original anime film.

And thus, the anime to movie trend continues.


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they better not tone it down for a pg rating -_-;

the killing in that flick was hella sweet


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i think this was a great anime movie due to the fact it was animated,

just because we can make it live action doesnt mean we should,

you can drive a car blind folded, doesnt make it a good idea ;p

the level of violence just wont look realistic with actors


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The series was horrible and movie was amazing, thats the difference.

This is true:(


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Update! The guy that wrote the Watchmen script is signed up for writing the script for Ninja Scroll.


Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a live action adaptation of Ninja Scroll, the 1993 anime feature directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It’s being written by Alex Tse, who wrote the Watchmen script. No director is attached at this time.

The Ninja Scroll feature was released on home video in the U.S. by Manga Entertainment; the anime TV series by Urban Vision.

The property was in development at Threshold back in 2002 (see “Ninja Scroll Crosses the Threshold”).

This lays to rest the rumor from earlier this year that a live action adaptation was already in question (see “Is Ninja Assassin a Live Action Ninja Scroll?”). Ninja Assassin, a totally unrelated film, is in postproduction, with a J. Michael Straczynski (who also had a hand in this weekend’s The Changeling) script credit.


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