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2011: Year of the Hollywood Otaku Movie?

A quick run-down of seven film projects all due to hit American theaters in 2011 (for now).


Yesterday I mentioned my IMDb Pro account, but today I was glancing over some things and I realized that the same release year is slapped on any number of the Hollywood anime films I have listed. Now, be wary of the dates: they could easily be pushed back, bumped forward, and some of these movies may never actually come to fruition. Not to mention, all information on IMDb should be taken with a grain of salt anyway.

Still though, look at 'em all:

AKIRA – Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way, to be distributed by Warner Bros., this is actually supposed to be the first of two films that combine to retell the story of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira, though it's interesting to note that IMDb cites the movie, not the manga, as the source material. As always, though, that could be totally bogus. Akira is set to be directed by Ruairi Robinson, whose credits are minimal but respected; professional geek Gary Whitta is set to write the screenplay. Also involved is Martin Whist as prduction designer; h'es worked on such films as Cloverfield, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Event, and others.
CURRENT STATUS: Scripting

COWBOY BEBOP – Like Akira, this film is probably happening in large part due to a certain actor's involvement. In this case, though, he's set to star: Keanu Reeves will play Spike Spiegel. Peter Craig, who has more films in production at the moment than completed, will write the screenplay. No one has been set to direct, but Erwin Stoff, of I Am Legend, A Scanner Darkly, and Constantine will produce, along with Kenji Uchida and Shinichirou Watanabe, from Sunrise.
CURRENT STATUS: Scripting

DEATH NOTE
– Brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides are set to write the screenplay; Vlas also wrote the 2000 film Everything for a Reason and the upcoming War of Gods film. Exec producers are Doug Davison and Roy Lee (The Uninvited, The Grudge, The Ring). No cast or director announcements, but you all know who I'm hoping for.
CURRENT STATUS: Scripting

DRAGONBALL 2: REBORN - I already talked about this one yesterday, but we can safely assume that all the cast from Dragonball Evolution will be back, particularly James Marsters as Piccolo. Rumor has it the film will feature the Raditz arc, in which Piccolo and Goku team up against the evil Saiyan.
CURRENT STATUS: Scripting

GHOST IN THE SHELL – A 3DCG take, also probably based more on the anime film than Shirow Masamune's manga, though we don't know for sure. It's a DreamWorks pic, produced by Ari and Avi Arad (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, etc, many other superhero flicks). Jamie Moss, writer of 2008's Street Kings, will write the script.
CURRENT STATUS: Optioned

GIGANTOR – It's hard to call this technically a “Hollywood” film, since Imagi is based on Hong Kong, but their upcoming Astro Boy is definitely making enough of a splash that I wouldn't exclude them. They've got a 2011 film based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Gigantor manga (also known as Tetsujin-28) in the works, to be produced by Felix Ip and Francis Kao, who obviously both worked on Astro Boy as well as the 2007 film TMNT. No scriptwriter has been announced yet.
CURRENT STATUS: Pre-production

NINJA SCROLL – Another Leonardo DiCaprio/Appian Way project, Alex Tse-- writer of the Watchmen screenplay –is going to write Ninja Scroll's as well. Interestingly, the exec-producer on the project is Jungo Maruta, who was executive producer for Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Last Order: Final Fantasy VII. Oh, and both RideBack and Kemonozume. So I guess we won't have to worry about the film not appealing to its geek history!
CURRENT STATUS: Pre-Production

So that's seven films. Even if only half of them actually happen in 2011, that's still quite a bit of Hollywood for the anime world.

Which one(s) are you excited about?
Void_Wizardon June 11, 2009 at 11:40 a.m.
Slightly interested in Cowboy Bebop.
JJOR64on June 11, 2009 at 12:26 p.m.
The Cowboy Bebop movie could be awesome.  Please don't screw it up.
HeeroYuyon June 11, 2009 at 1:20 p.m.
Death Note seems interesting but I'm a little curious as to all the horror movie guys being assigned to it. Death Note certainly had horror elements, but I hope they don't try to make it into only a horror film.

Cowboy Bebop, yeah, yeah, we've discussed it a lot. I don't know what to think anymore and personally I don't have any reason to care yet until I see a trailer or something. Inevitably I'm going to see it one way or another....

Ghost in the Shell and Akira weren't real favorites of mine at any point in time, but assuming they're done ok I might get interested more at some point.
ethan staff on June 11, 2009 at 1:47 p.m.
That's alot of movies.  Interesting to see Anime and Manga translated into film by mainstream hollywood.  Lots of fails coming our way?
Devillyon June 11, 2009 at 1:52 p.m.
Tetsujin is my #01 choice i hope its a fun as the first Live-Action movie ^^
After that it would be Ghost in The Shell (please let them use the Stand Alone complex Op as soundtrack x3), Ninja Scroll, Bowboy Bebop, and Akira.

HELL NO I`M NOT GOING TO DBE 2!!!!! xP
Schwindelmagieron June 11, 2009 at 2:17 p.m.
@Devilly: Seconded! DBE as well as DBE 2 should be buried in the same place along with those E.T games for the Atari. Or maybe somewhere else.
N15PCAon June 11, 2009 at 7:28 p.m.
Ninja Scroll has been in the making for over 10 years now.  I hope it comes out soon.
Gueton June 11, 2009 at 9:59 p.m.
Cowboy Bebop could be decent. Sunrise actually participating in the creation gives me hope. They need to cast Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Jet, and Ein had better be a real dog and not some horrid CG creation. Yoko Kanno doing the soundtrack would be a nice touch as well. I'm kind of meh on all the others.
Sonata moderator on June 11, 2009 at 10:03 p.m.
Bebop and Ninja scroll on the top of my list!XD
Dudson Aug. 8, 2010 at 10:02 p.m.
heyy...............
RJay_64on Aug. 9, 2010 at 9:56 p.m.
Let's hope for a K-On! film

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