Alex Tse will pen the live-action adaptation of the classic 1993 Japanese anime feature “Ninja Scroll” for Warner Bros. Pictures says the trades.
Along with “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell”, the original ‘Scroll’ is one of the most popular animes on the global scene.
Set in feudal Japan, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s hard-R rated film revolves around ninja for hire Jubei who is forced to fight an old enemy who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government with the help of eight demonic warriors who must be stopped.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing (though DiCaprio won’t star) along with Madhouse Pictures and Jungo Maruta.
Tse has adapted a lot of prime properties for upcoming film versions including Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” currently slated for release in March, Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man” which Zac Snyder will direct, and Don Winslow’s “The Winter of Frankie Machine” which Michael Mann is attached to direct.