With Dragon Ball, Cowboy Bebop, Blood the last Vampire all getting movie make over’s it got me wondering what other Manga would we like to see get the movie adaption. Now we all know Akira is under the preverbal chopping block of movies to get made and judging from the treatment of Dragon Ball what horror’s lay in wait for us for these upcoming picture. I also wonder do I want to see one of my most beloved manga get turned and twisted into something Hollywood would consider a story they can sell! But for us to understand why they change stories we also have to accept that they want the movie to appeal to wider audiences A good example of this would be Wanted by Warren Ellis, the movie was almost nothing like the actually comic, but yet it brought a new breed of fans into the comic world, Same could be said for Spiderman, Iron Man and much more. But of course these are comic films, so that raises the question do Anime / Manga movies bring new readers to the industry and if so what kind of readers will it bring?
There have been rumors of a Hellsing movie floating around since 2000 but it has never left production hell. But with the in flux of comic movies currently hitting our screens with more to come, is this the guiding light for American Studios to start picking up an almost untouched ocean of opportunities in the Manga Arena. What future films do you see on the horizon, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece. Is Cgi at a level to deal with some of the scenes from current day Anime / Manga or will it be to early! Also going back to my point about how Dragon Ball was changed what can we expect to be changed to suit western audiances? Who will play in the role we want, Will Akira get a western over haul or will it stay true to the material ?
At the end of the day it comes down to money in the movie world, Dragon Ball made 4.7 million it’s opening weekend!!! May sound like good money to me and you and speed racer made 20 mil half of what they projected in profits!! Firstly I have to say this may be due to the film choice, im sure if it had been Bleach, Naruto and did not have the terrible hype that DB had then there would have been a lot more profit to be made. So are they making the right choice based on the films. Dragonball made it to the number 8 spot in Japan! Personally I thought this would have been higher but I think the Story killed it. Im not going to post the DVD sales for most of the Manga movies as they really are pitiful.
So what is Hollywood missing on the Manga front! What are we doing wrong as fans to help take that leap from page to picture! What films do you want to see in the future.