‘Bleach’ to go live-action in movie adaptation

The idea of a Bleach movie in live action sounds ‘mind blowingly’ awesome, but could leave us crying and dying if not pulled off correctly. Reactions are likely to be mixed to say the least.

The film is set to be produced and possisbly directed by Peter Segal after Warner Bros finally won the rights to the manga, something they have been pursuing for nearly two years.

Segal is best known as the director of 50 First Dates and Get Smart so it’s good to know the humour that can be found throughout the manga won’t be lost in a dark and depressive re-imagery. He also admits to being “a huge fan of Bleach” and has “great respect for its creator.”

Tite Kubo‘s ongoing manga follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a young man who can see the spirits of the dead. Kurosaki is thrust into a strange world of ghosts and demons when he obtains the powers of a ‘Soul Reaper’.

As of yet there has been no confirmation as to whether the movie will be a direct tie-in to the original story of the manga, or if it will follow a different story arc for the movie alone.

It’s common knowledge that anime series’ can be slightly drawn out, and it would be more than a challenge if they intend to fit 300 plus episodes into a two hour time slot. But Wrath of the Titans writer Dan Mazeau is attached to pen in the script and I think it’s safe to say that he will be writing his own story arc. Lets hope he has read plenty of the manga.

It is clearly visible that some of the most recent blockbusters have stemmed from comics and games, particularly with the likes of the Marvel and DC films and subsequent re-releases. Perhaps this is the turning point as studios will look to new genres and franchises when it comes to producing western blockbusters. Especially as Warner has also been working on an adaptation of the classic manga Akira, though the the project is currently on hold as the script undergoes review.

This is likely to draw fans of the anime and manga alike, for Bleach already has a large fanbase. As long as the characters don’t look like they did in Bleach the musical then we should be seeing some great things on the big screen soon.





Source: Variety

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