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


Director: Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai)
Starring: TBA

Last summer, Fields Corporation and ANEW announced that they would co-produce an English language live action movie based on Tohru Fuijisawa and Manabu Akishige’s “SOUL ReVIVER”.

6000: Rokusen (2019)

Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Based on the 2010 manga of the same name. Mike Medavoy (Black Swan) will serve as the producer.

NARUTO (2017)

Director: Michael Gracey
Starring: TBA

This summer, Lionsgate acquired the rights to produce a live-action “Naruto” movie after the manga of the same name ended last year. It was announced that VFX artist Michael Gracey will serve as the director.

Gaiking (TBA)

Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Toei Entertainment and ANEW announced that they would be co-producing a “Gaiking” feature film back in December 2012. Since then, there were few updates on the project.

Lone Wolf and Cub (TBA)

Director: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious)
Starring: TBA

Kamala Films announced that they acquired the rights for “Lone Wolf and Cub” back in 2012. As Justin Lin is currently working on “Star Trek Beyond”, production for the movie appears to be on hold.

Dororo (TBA)

Director: Ernesto Foronda (Better Luck Tomorrow)
Starring: TBA

Based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga of the same name. It is not clear whether the movie will be live action but it is generally assumed. A Japanese live-action movie starring Kou Shibasaki was released in 2007

Battle Angel (2017)

Director: James Cameron (AVATAR)
Starring: TBA

Based on the 1991 manga “Ganmu” also known as “Battle Angel Alita. “Titanic” director James Cameron is currently working on the sequels to his 3D epos “Avatar” so the movie has been postponed from its initial 2014 start to 2017. Although it will be a live action film, the main character will be CGI.

Star Blazers (2017)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
Starring: TBA

Based on the 1974 anime series “Uchuu Senkan Yamato” also known as “Space Battleship Yamato”. It is possible that Japanese actors will be in the cast. A Japanese live-action film was released in 2010. The film is scheduled to premiere in either 2017 or 2018.


Director: TBA
Starring: TBA

Based on the 2003 manga of the same name. Tezuka Productions and Illumination Entertainment are teaming up to produce this live-action / CG hybrid movie. The project was announced back in 2010 and there have been no further updates.

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