If otakus ever started seriously betting on which major manga/anime franchise will actually make good on all this big "Hollywood remake" talk... well... the pool would probably go on for years, and the cash pot would grow large enough to buy all the noodles in Tokyo.
AKIRA? DEATH NOTE? Can you believe that the latest title to potentially put your money behind in this hypothetical horse race is none other than BLEACH? Variety’s reported that the topselling title’s getting its time in the development machine, with regular Happy Madison director Peter Segal looking to produce (and possibly direct) a script by WRATH OF THE TITANS co-writer Dan Mazeau.
Interestingly enough, Warner Bros is the studio that's got this rodeo rolling. Why’s that interesting? Well, they were just recently trying to put together the AKIRA remake so, clearly, there's got to be at least one serious otaku lurking in their executive offices. (Also, they put GREEN LANTERN out last year and it's real easy to explain the Soul Society to the uninitiated as a "Green Lantern Corps of the after-life.")
Do the deathly adventures of Ichigo have any hope of faithful translation here? Will mainstream Americans ever be able to accept Hollows into their hearts? Discuss and debate as you see fit in the talkback below.