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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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mediawar 23rd-Feb-2012 03:30 am (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Stupid white people ruin EVERYTHING!

*looks in mirror*


But really, f*** Hollywood and their attempt to destroy Bleach. I actually LIKED that anime.
icysnowdrop 23rd-Feb-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Dude, whatever happened to the Cowboy Bebop and Death Note Hollywood remakes?
benihime99 23rd-Feb-2012 08:45 am (UTC)
Hopefully those projects went back to Oblivion
mizumi10 23rd-Feb-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
D:<< HELL NO! damn it hollywood, when will you learn?!
dollhouse__x 23rd-Feb-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
gloris 23rd-Feb-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Someone please kill this project even before it went into pre-production. Have they learned nothing from the atrocity that is Dragon Ball - Live Action???
bokunostation 23rd-Feb-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
seriously... didn't they see what they've done to other Japanese games like tekken? man... dragon ball Z and tekken movies suck... =___= and now Bleach? wow. you're asking wrath from a bunch of Bleach lovers..
atelierlune 23rd-Feb-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Stop. Stop it. Stop trying to cannibalize another media property to make your next summer action movie, stop lying about how you're not going to try to whitewash and Americanize yet another anime/manga series that relies too heavily on understanding the original culture to appreciate, stop deluding yourself into thinking that this is what fans want. STOP.

I gotta go lie down again.
decayingroots 23rd-Feb-2012 05:28 am (UTC)
This was years ago and I could have misremembered but I think Kubo Tite ever said something like, he never wants Bleach to turn into a live action. He wanted to create something that was impossible to portray in a live action movie.


edit: it's even on his wiki page
"Kubo has also stated that he wishes to make Bleach an experience that can only be found by reading manga, and dismissed ideas of creating any live-action film adaptations of the series"

Edited at 2012-02-23 05:29 am (UTC)
fuzzyspider 23rd-Feb-2012 06:46 am (UTC)
sucks. maybe he had no control over it? :/
aku_rin 23rd-Feb-2012 07:01 am (UTC)
myka551 NO23rd-Feb-2012 07:43 am (UTC)

Edited at 2012-02-23 07:43 am (UTC)
xelloss_poo Re: NO23rd-Feb-2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Love the first gif so much. XD
xelloss_poo 23rd-Feb-2012 08:15 am (UTC)
I think it all really depends how this goes down. I have no faith in them. None at all. But if they loosely base it off the manga and change the names of the characters, it might not be as traumatic. But you know they won't. You know it. They'll keep all the names the same, with a white cast and them being unable to even say the names correctly. I know how it will be, but I can pray that when the Americanize it (as we all know they will), they will keep Americanizing it and change the names while they're at it.
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citrine047 23rd-Feb-2012 08:42 am (UTC)
theres just no way that's gonna turn out right. sigh. and dont they dare lay their hands one piece/naruto next.just no
benihime99 ENOUGH23rd-Feb-2012 08:44 am (UTC)
Hoollywood stop
Just stop

Edited at 2012-02-23 08:46 am (UTC)
fallblau_129 23rd-Feb-2012 11:11 am (UTC)
"here we go again."

--was about to say the same thing...i guess they'll never learn...
inachan89 23rd-Feb-2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
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