The past, present and future of Western anime/manga adaptions

Ghost in The Shell (2017)

Director: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation)

Based on the 1989 manga of the same name. The Walt Disney Pictures film is scheduled for a March 24, 2017 opening. Filming starts in early 2016.

Death Note (TBA)

Director: Adam Wingard (The Guest)
Starring: Nathaniel Marvin “Nat” Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars)

Based on the 2003 manga of the same name. Warner Bros. acquired the rights in 2008 and production is scheduled to start in early 2016. A Japanese movie, “Death Note 2016” is also currently in the works.


Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax)
Starring: TBA

Based on the 1988 anime movie of the same name. Warner Bros. acquired the rights in 2002 and since then, various efforts to start production have been made with actors, writers and directors changing with each attempt. Earlier this year, director Jaume Collet-Serra announced that he would take a break from the movie for a while. In September, it was announced that AKIRA will be a trilogy and that Christopher Nolan is participating.

Cowboy Bebop (TBA)

Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Rumored actor Keanu Reeves announced in 2014, that he would not be in the movie and that it would cost half a billion dollars to produce the film. Twentieth Century Fox, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sunrise will be co-producing the film.

Voltron (TBA)

Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Based on the 1984 anime classic “Voltron: Defender of the Universe”. Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment announced that they would co-produce the movie in 2011. There are no other details so far.

Bleach (TBA)

Director: Peter Segal (Naked Gun)
Starring: TBA

Based on the 2001 manga of the same name. It was announced that Peter Segal is the potential director.

Robotech (TBA)

Director: James Wan (Furious 7)
Starring: TBA

Sony has taken over the rights for “Robotech” from Warner Bros in 2015. The movie will most likely not enter production until 2018 as it was announced that director James Wan will also work on “Aquaman” which is due for 2018.

Vexille (TBA)

Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Universal Pictures acquired the rights for the Japanese 3D CG movie “Vexille” in 2013. Although there is no director yet, it was announced that Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will serve as the producers, while Lisa Zambri will serve as the executive producer.

Cobra: The Space Pirate (TBA)

Director: Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D)
Starring: TBA

Hollywood adaption of the 1978 manga “Cobra”. It is unclear whether the movie will actually be released, as director Alexandre Aja stated in 2014 that he needs a major movie star to back the $150 million project.

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