Za prihodnja leta je napovedano precej veliko filmskih adaptacij, katerih ne bodo ustvarili Japonci, pač pa zahodna polobla oz. Hollywood.
Poglejmo malo v preteklost.
1996 Fist of the north star: Gary Daniels v glavni vlogi. IMDB: 3,9
2008 Speed Racer: Emile Hirsch v glavni vlogi; IMDB: 6,1; METASCORE: 37/100
2009 Dragonball Evolution: Justin Chatwin v glavni vlogi; IMDB: 2,8; METASCORE: 45/100
2013 Oldboy (Adaptacija južnokorejskega Oldboya) Josh Brolin glavni akter; IMDB: 5,7; METASCORE: 49/100
2014 Kite (Adaptacija animeja Yasuomija Umetsuja) Samuel l. Jackon, India Eisley, IMDB: 4,3; METASCORE: 19/100
Torej nekaj primerov, ki pa niso nikoli bili dobro sprejeti, ne od fanov niti of kritikov. Hollywood izdela odlične adaptacije japonskih video iger, npr: Silent Hill, Biohazard (Resident evil), Ringu (The Ring). Ko pa pride do animejev in mang, pa Hollywood omahne.
Torej dobrih izkušenj z adaptacijami iz zahodne poloble nimamo. Prevladuje splošno mnenje, da Hollywood ne zna ustvariti dobrih filmskih adaptacij. Poglejmo recimo samo Dragon Ball Evolution. Ogromno kritik je padlo na račun, “zahodnjaških” nastavitev samega filma in interpretacije, pa tudi na račun igralcev oz. karakterjev.
Dejansko se lahko vprašamo, kako bo izgledal Naruto “live-action” movie, glede na to, da so oboževalci sami posneli nekaj takega. Razlogov, zakaj Hollywood še ni posnel dobre adaptacije, pa lahko najdemo kar nekaj. Eden izmed glavnih je sigurno nepoznavanje kulture, vsakdo, ki vsaj malo pozna japonsko in korejsko animacijo/mango/manhwo, pa lahko najde veliko več razlogov.
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Pa si poglejmo še seznam napovedanih/prihajajočih anime/manga adaptacij (seznam ni kratek in v angleščini, ni popoln, ker vseh informacij še ni, ampak bo gotovo zadovoljil vse tiste, ki še ne poznate vseh naslovov)
GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)
Director: Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation)
Based on the 1989 manga of the same name. The Walt Disney Pictures film is scheduled for a March 24, 2017 opening. Filming starts in early 2016.
DEATH NOTE (TBA)
Director: Adam Wingard (The Guest)
Starring: Nathaniel Marvin “Nat” Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars)
Based on the 2003 manga of the same name. Warner Bros. acquired the rights in 2008 and production is scheduled to start in early 2016. A Japanese movie, “Death Note 2016” is also currently in the works.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax)
Based on the 1988 anime movie of the same name. Warner Bros. acquired the rights in 2002 and since then, various efforts to start production have been made with actors, writers and directors changing with each attempt. Earlier this year, director Jaume Collet-Serra announced that he would take a break from the movie for a while. In September, it was announced that AKIRA will be a trilogy and that Christopher Nolan is participating.
COWBOY BEBOP (TBA)
Rumored actor Keanu Reeves announced in 2014, that he would not be in the movie and that it would cost half a billion dollars to produce the film. Twentieth Century Fox, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Sunrise will be co-producing the film.
Based on the 1984 anime classic “Voltron: Defender of the Universe”. Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment announced that they would co-produce the movie in 2011. There are no other details so far.
Director: Peter Segal (Naked Gun)
Based on the 2001 manga of the same name. It was announced that Peter Segal is the potential director.
Director: James Wan (Furious 7)
Sony has taken over the rights for “Robotech” from Warner Bros in 2015. The movie will most likely not enter production until 2018 as it was announced that director James Wan will also work on “Aquaman” which is due for 2018.
Universal Pictures acquired the rights for the Japanese 3D CG movie “Vexille” in 2013. Although there is no director yet, it was announced that Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson will serve as the producers, while Lisa Zambri will serve as the executive producer.
COBRA: THE SPACE PIRATE (TBA)
Director: Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D)
Hollywood adaption of the 1978 manga “Cobra”. It is unclear whether the movie will actually be released, as director Alexandre Aja stated in 2014 that he needs a major movie star to back the $150 million project.
SOUL REVIVER (TBA)
Director: Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai)
Last summer, Fields Corporation and ANEW announced that they would co-produce an English language live action movie based on Tohru Fuijisawa and Manabu Akishige’s “SOUL ReVIVER”.
6000: ROKUSEN (2019)
Based on the 2010 manga of the same name. Mike Medavoy (Black Swan) will serve as the producer.
Director: Michael Gracey
This summer, Lionsgate acquired the rights to produce a live-action “Naruto” movie after the manga of the same name ended last year. It was announced that VFX artist Michael Gracey will serve as the director.
Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Toei Entertainment and ANEW announced that they would be co-producing a “Gaiking” feature film back in December 2012. Since then, there were few updates on the project.
LONE WOLF AND CUB (TBA)
Director: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious)
Kamala Films announced that they acquired the rights for “Lone Wolf and Cub” back in 2012. As Justin Lin is currently working on “Star Trek Beyond”, production for the movie appears to be on hold.
Director: Ernesto Foronda (Better Luck Tomorrow)
Based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga of the same name. It is not clear whether the movie will be live action but it is generally assumed. A Japanese live-action movie starring Kou Shibasaki was released in 2007
BATTLE ANGEL (2017)
Director: James Cameron (AVATAR)
Based on the 1991 manga “Ganmu” also known as “Battle Angel Alita. “Titanic” director James Cameron is currently working on the sequels to his 3D epos “Avatar” so the movie has been postponed from its initial 2014 start to 2017. Although it will be a live action film, the main character will be CGI.
STAR BLAZERS (2017)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
Based on the 1974 anime series “Uchuu Senkan Yamato” also known as “Space Battleship Yamato”. It is possible that Japanese actors will be in the cast. A Japanese live-action film was released in 2010. The film is scheduled to premiere in either 2017 or 2018.
Based on the 2003 manga of the same name. Tezuka Productions and Illumination Entertainment are teaming up to produce this live-action / CG hybrid movie. The project was announced back in 2010 and there have been no further updates.