The oft-salacious blog Sankaku Complex set aside their normal discussion of 2ch exhibitionists and the latest bonkers loli news (not a dig at the blog, I honestly love the place) to report today that, according to a Japanese studio insiders, not only is a live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie in the works, it's going to star Takeru Sato. The actor--barely 21-years-old and really making me feel my age--is best known for his roles as Yuya Okada in Rookies, the movie Goemon and the titular role in Kamen Rider Den-O, and has held a handful of other dramatic roles as well.
The news comes from Japanese blog Cyzo Woman (Japanese language page), which says that studios finds the CG technology advanced enough now to do justice to the source material. While I agree that the tech infrastructure is there for the film, I believe it was actually in place several years ago, making me wonder if this is really the reason studios have waited this long to propose a live-action film. You know what, I'm not going to get to cynical on this one and just be happy that this might be materializing now. While I don't think a movie at this late stage of the game would advance the broader story of Kenshin I do know that samurai period films are awesome and fans of the genre should all be rooting for this to be made.