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Warner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach Manga

Warner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach MangaWarner Develops Live-Action Film of Tite Kubo's Bleach Manga

Wrath of the Titans writer Dan Mazeau, Get Smart's Peter Segal, actor/producer Masi Oka attached

The Variety entertainment trade news source is reporting on Wednesday that American film studio Warner Brothers licensed the live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's supernatural action manga and anime Bleach. Warner is now developing the project and has assigned Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans remake) to write a script. Peter Segal (Get Smart remake, The Longest Yard, Anger Management) is attached as a producer with a possibility of being the director as well.

The other producers include Segal's Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing, actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Get Smart), and Jason Hoffs (The Terminal) at Viz Productions (a subsidiary of Bleach's North American publisher Viz Media). Branon Coluccio will be an executive producer.

The manga follows a 15-year-old boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who becomes a Soul Reaper — a "Shinigami" or "God of Death" who protects humans from the "Hollow" spirits that prey on them. The manga has sold over 75 million copies in Japan.

Shueisha publishes the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, and Studio Pierrot has been adapting the manga on television and in movie theaters since 2004. The Adult Swim programming block of America's Cartoon Network and Canada's YTV channel ran the anime on television.

Segal told Variety, "I've always been a huge fan of Bleach and have great respect for its creator Kubo-sensei and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga."

Oka, who acted in Heroes and Segal's Get Smart film, is a well-known manga fan. He drew inspiration from Dragon Ball for his Heroes character Hiro Nakamura, and he describes himself as a Naoki Urasawa and Shonen Jump "geek." He brought the project to Callahan Filmworks.

The Hollywood Reporter newspaper's Heat Vision blog reported in 2010 that Warner Brothers was "in the process of securing the movie rights to" Bleach. Heat Vision had reported then that Segal was lining himself up to produce, but not direct.

Warner Brothers has already acquired the rights to adapt Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note supernatural suspense manga, which — like Bleach — is published by Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan and by Viz Media in North America. Along with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company, Warner Brothers is also developing adaptations of Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Mad House's Ninja Scroll action anime film and Katsuhiro Otomo and Kodansha's Akira science-fiction manga. Viz set up an office in Hollywood in 2008 to promote Viz's properties to Hollywood interests.


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alexalena 23rd-Feb-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Don't you dare fucking hollywood to touch this manga. Everything but this one.
sleepydreamgirl 23rd-Feb-2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Holy platypus.
thewarpedmelody 23rd-Feb-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
I'm interested they'll cast which actors to take on the main role
breathless31 23rd-Feb-2012 02:41 am (UTC)
lol I'll look forward to this
flutterbychild9 23rd-Feb-2012 02:44 am (UTC) I do not have a gif appropriate enough to illustrate all my feelings over this, I'll never know. D:

Seriously though, Hollywood. SMHSFM. Dragonball was a flop at best, and now you're trying to ruin Bleach? DD: I may not watch Bleach anymore {got too behind D:} but I still love it. >.>

edit: ohay, found one. :D
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{In case anyone's wondering, that's Brave 10, not Bleach. >.>}

Edited at 2012-02-23 02:50 am (UTC)
fuzzyspider 23rd-Feb-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Is Brave 10 any good? I saw that Hiroshi Kamiya is voicing one of the characters, was interested but never got to looking it up.
miiss_hachiiko 23rd-Feb-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
OH GOD NO! Just...NO.

Just because Bleach's in it's Final Arc, doesn't mean it should get a damn U.S. movie! D<

If Japan did it, well, I'll be a lot more proud of watching it more since most of their dramas are super close to the original, but U.S... FUCK NO.

This is what I would love to do to them if they dare try to destroy another anime/manga.

Edited at 2012-02-23 03:01 am (UTC)
bleed_peroxide 23rd-Feb-2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Wait, so Bleach is almost done?


I read it years and years ago - and loved the hell out of it - but it's like, you fall off the wagon for a year and you're FUCKED.
mrstaguchi100 23rd-Feb-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
GTFO of this holy work of art = ='

but i'll probably watch it anyway.
sakura10101 23rd-Feb-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
brucelynn 23rd-Feb-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
fuzzyspider 23rd-Feb-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
I'm scared to know what Uryuu will look like. I've had a crush on him since I was 13 or 14 LOL. He'll probably be fat with a big nose or something. damn.
hirogime 23rd-Feb-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
Me too! But with him being very useless lately I've started to losing interest in him. The glasses save everything though.
lol fat-with-big-nose!Uryuu is NOT Uryuu anymore!
hirogime 23rd-Feb-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Okay. Let's see where this is going.

And, I always forget that Ichigo is 15 years old.
thewarpedmelody 23rd-Feb-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm interested who they'll cast as Renji
alycey 23rd-Feb-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
They failed with AKIRA...
now they go to BLEACH.

I don't care too much for this one, though. ;)
brucelynn 23rd-Feb-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
They are probably trolling and filming Akira as we speak
keshigomiu 23rd-Feb-2012 03:05 am (UTC)

Keep away from the masterpiece!

Edited at 2012-02-23 03:07 am (UTC)
rilakkuuu 23rd-Feb-2012 03:07 am (UTC)

Literally crying right now. I love Bleach [not for the story though. All about the slice of life characters] and don't want Hollywood to rape it up the ass.
I... I don't want to see Mayurin as men in black suit wearing death god lawyer prom teacher I can't even... My... My animu husband ;A;
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