Manga and anime, comics and animation from Japan, are becoming the new trends to have live-action treatment. Japan has had more success with their adaptation of titles like Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin, and Attack on Titan. Hollywood? Not so much (do not mention Dragonball: Evolution to me!)
The Warner Brothers branch of Japan has announced on Twitter that they will be making a live-action adaptation of Bleach, Tite Kubo‘s Shonen Jump Weekly title about a young man named Ichigo Kusaragi, who is given the powers of a Soul Reaper, a version of the Grim Reaper, and uses his powers for the greater of good against evil spirits.
Bleach was first published by Shonen Jump in 2001 with the final comic of the series being published this Monday. The manga also has an anime adaptation that ran from 2004-2012. Former Power Rangers star Johnny Yong Bosch was the voice of Ichigo in the English-dubbed version.
Shinsuke Sato will be helming the live-action film with Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider Fourze) signing on to play Ichigo. The film will begin production sometime in 2017 for a 2018 release date from Warner Brothers Japan.