It’s been a good year for anime adaptation announcements. Well, actually, it’s always a good year for those, but it’s pretty rare that we see much beyond the initial announcement or acquisition of rights. Still, the intention’s there, right? Well, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, seems as serious as can be following their much earlier acquisition of the rights to produce two films based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira.
Now, along with Warner Brothers, Appian Way has taken hold of the adaptation rights for Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 Madhouse joint, Ninja Scroll. Alex Tse (Watchmen) has been tapped to write the film, and Appian Way’s Jennifer Davison Killoran and Mike Ireland will be producing with Madhouse.
Ninja Scroll, whether you like it or not, is most definitely a blood and guts ninja classic. Personally speaking, it dominated my VHS player in the formative years of my fandom, so it should be interesting to see how DiCaprio’s outfit handles the property. What does everyone here think about the prospect of a live-action Ninja Scroll?