When it comes to anime and manga adaptations, will Hollywood ever learn?
While fans have been appalled by the likes of adaptations such as Dragonball: Evolution, Speed Racer, and most recently, Ghost in the Shell and Death Note, being adapted into Hollywood films, it has been revealed that another was set to get the Hollywood look…that is, until its creator opted against it!
Bleach, created by Tite Kubo (right), focuses on a high school student named Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents destiny, after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper. With his newfound powers, he defends humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife, putting him on a journey to various ghostly realms of existence.
Warner Brothers have pitched an idea to Kubo about making a live action adaptation for American audiences. It had gotten to the point where the potential director and lead actor, both of who will not be named, flew out to Japan to speak with Kubo and how much Warner was willing to shell out for the film to be made.
However, Kubo learned that the screenplay was not up to par and that there were major issues, including setting the film at an American high school. While Kubo admitted he liked the story, it just wasn’t what he was looking for. This would lead to Warner Brothers losing the rights.
However, don’t fret because Warner Brothers Japan will be unleashing their own live-action adaptation of Bleach, which will star Blade of the Immortal‘s Sôta Fukushi as Ichigo and will be directed by The Princess Blade‘s Shinsuke Sato in 2018. See the teaser for that film below:
H/T: Dark Horizons