Another manga/anime is being turned into a live-action project. This time it’s Tite Kubo’s Bleach.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. is working on producing the film with Wrath of the Titan’s writter Dan Mazeau attached to pen the project. Peter Segal(Get Smart) will be producing the project, but he could also be directing later on.
The story of Bleach follows the character Ichigo, a teenager who sees souls. After his family is attacked by a Hollow, a lost soul that feed on other unresting souls, Ichigo get the ability to start hunting the Hollows and releasing the wandering souls on Earth. With his new abilities he swears to start protecting the innocent and giving peace to the tortured souls that he can save.
In Japan alone there are more than 75 million print copies in circulation, not to mention the hours of anime episodes, merchandise, long form movies, and video games.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Bleach and have great respect for its
creator Kubo and the truly original and amazing world he has created in
this manga,” said Segal.
Masi Oka brought the project to Segal’s Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing and got the ball rolling with Viz productions the current English-language publisher of the title. Ewing with produce with Oka and Segal along with Jason Hoff for Viz. Branon Coluccio will be exec producing.