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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.


here we go again.

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mjspice 23rd-Feb-2012 01:53 am (UTC)

ohmiyaplz 23rd-Feb-2012 01:55 am (UTC)


t-that was horrid.

Edited at 2012-02-23 01:56 am (UTC)
gensou_alice 23rd-Feb-2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh god.
I still have nightmares ;___;
kat_desu 23rd-Feb-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Ugh. No. Not again... Unless they cast all of the actors from Bleach Rock Musical which I highly doubt they would.
fumine 23rd-Feb-2012 01:59 am (UTC)
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koichiko 23rd-Feb-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Oooooh great :(
Another movie we have to worry about!
Why can't Hollywood just stay the hell away from mangas??
I do NOT want to see this butchered the way Dragonball was!! D: D:
go_chan2011 23rd-Feb-2012 02:14 am (UTC)
AMEN!! DB was such a failure~
xploded_tb Shiro-chan does not approve23rd-Feb-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
flutterbychild9 Re: Shiro-chan does not approve23rd-Feb-2012 02:41 am (UTC)

koichiko 23rd-Feb-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I bet in a few weeks we'll see the following update:

"Justin Timberlake, Zaq Efron, Justin Biber and Nicki Minaj are in talks for the main roles!"
alexalena 23rd-Feb-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
And please, as a fellow Arashian... Kill me if they dare to announce something like that T___T
boobearbeth 23rd-Feb-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
x_stei 1st-Mar-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
AWESOME. Even if I was honestly excited at this news, this still is awesome~! <3. xD
volatilewind 23rd-Feb-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
fumine 23rd-Feb-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
"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.""

Yes, and this will totally keep you from Americanizing the crap out of it....
kat_desu 23rd-Feb-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
yep exactly... Bleach has Japanese Culture written all over it. Soul Society, Shinigamis, Zanpakuto... etc. I mean I don't know how Shikai and Bankai will translate to Foreign audiences who aren't readers of the manga...

Edited at 2012-02-23 02:12 am (UTC)
brucelynn 23rd-Feb-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
IDGAF I hate Bleach so...........
thewarpedmelody 23rd-Feb-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
well this Hollywood film is probably going to make you hate it more
maclou 23rd-Feb-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
No thanks D:
yami_no_hoshi 23rd-Feb-2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I can't see this being good...
go_chan2011 23rd-Feb-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
lol! at your gif OP
imanat 23rd-Feb-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
sakura10101 23rd-Feb-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
appropriate gif is appropriate.
asaphira_sachi 23rd-Feb-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
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