Warner Bros. is planning to adapt Tite Kubo's manga series Bleach into a live-action feature film. I've never read the Manga, but I've enjoyed watching the anime series. That show is crazy entertaining, if you haven't seen it yet, you should check it out!
The studio has hired Wrath of the Titans screenwriter Dan Mazeau to write the film and Peter Segal is producing it. He might end up directing it as well. I've got to say that's a pretty odd choice, the guy has only made a bunch of mediocre comedy films, such as Get Smart, Tommy Boy, 50 First Dates, and Nutty Professor 2... ugh.
I also think it's strange Warner Bros. is the studio that wants to make this film. They are the same studio that can't seem to get the live-action Akira movie off the ground, and slashed they budget of that film to about half of what it should be. Warner Bros. is a great studio that has brought us a ton of amazing films, but for some reason they have issues with these anime manga properties.
For those of you not familiar with Bleach, the story "follows the adventures of Ichigo, a teenager with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow -- a malevolent lost soul -- Ichigo inadvertently absorbs the power to hunt Hollows. He then dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace."
It really is a great story, and like I said I've really enjoyed watching the series. I think it has potential to make a great movie franchise if it's done right! If it's not, it will fail. I don't think Segal has got what it takes to properly adapt the film, but here's what he had to say in a statement:
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.
Segal may be a fan of the manga, but just because he's a fan doesn't mean he's the right director for it. As of right now, he's not officially attached to direct the film so I guess there's no need to worry about it yet. That being said, who do you think would be the perfect director to take on this live-action adaptation?
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