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Rumor Squad: Paranoia Agent Live-Action?

Is Paranoia Agent getting a Japanese live-action flick?


Nebs has picked up a rumor from movie blog Bloody Disgusting that  claims that the anime Paranoia Agent-- a Satoshi Kon-directed, Madhouse-animated TV series  well known by fans of the mindf!@# --may be in the process of getting a live-action movie.

The series is about a mysterious kid known as the L'il Slugger (Shounen Bat) who rides around wearing gold inline skates and attacks people with a golden baseball bat. The mysterious thing is that his attacks, while initially devastating, somehow wind up with the victims better off than they were before.

Word is that the film version would be directed by Ju-On (The Grudge) director Takashi Shimizu, so I guess we're talking about a Japanese film, not a Hollywood flick. Yeah, I dunno if the US mainstream would be as interested in a roller blade-bearing serial killer(/assailant).

Now: how likely is this to be true? Well, Japan loves its live-action flicks, and it also loves Satoshi Kon, so it's not hard to imagine that a work he directed might get tapped for something like this. However, there's absolutely no source listed on Bloody Disgusting other than the site itself, and the last time we got a rumor from this site, it was about how the live-action Akira was dead in the water-- which has yet to prove true or false. (Though they did break the original news about the Akira flick as well.)

So, I guess I'd rank right smack in the middle: on a scale of one to ten, 1 being "totally not happening" and 10 being "well, duh," I'd give it a 5: perfectly plausible, but there's no real evidence or proof I can analyze either.
 
What do you guys think? Would you be interested?
crusader8463on Dec. 22, 2009 at 5:22 p.m.
I would kill to see something like an HBO mini series made out of this.
Kou_Leifohon Dec. 22, 2009 at 5:28 p.m.
Could this be bait for the possible TANA segment?
JJOR64on Dec. 22, 2009 at 6:04 p.m.
I seen the show way back on adult swim.  Maybe I should check it out again.
Arjunaon Dec. 22, 2009 at 8:01 p.m.
I'd be all over it.  I've watched that series a good three or four times. 
 
They would have to have more focus, the series is very episodic in nature.  What I mean is, there are many episodes that don't necessarily add to the overall plot.  But I'm not sure where they would focus the plot.  I guess it would be a movie about Lil Slugger, the detectives, Miss Sagi(I think that was her name), and a select few other characters.

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The series follows various people in modern Japan who are related to a series of assaults by a bat wielding young boy on roller skates. The attacks are investigated by two detectives who drive the deeply surreal story forward.

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