One film set to hit next year is “Kite,” a live action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s infamous 1998 anime feature.
Rising young Australian actor Callan McAuliffe plays the best friend of the female lead (India Eisley), and recently sat down with Empire to discuss adapting an animated work famous for its extreme gory violence and strong sexuality:
“I suppose in an effort to make it a little more accessible, it has been toned down a tiny bit, but it is still exceedingly violent and there is a lot of the original material in there.
It’s definitely not something that young children should watch! It still maintains a lot of the elements that fans will be happy with.
There are things it’s impossible to get across with live action, such as the expressiveness of the characters, which would be overly theatrical in live action. So it has a more cinematic feel to it.
Ralph Ziman helms the character-driven actioneer about a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits in human trafficking.
When her police father is slain, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father’s ex-partner (Samuel L. Jackson) – unaware he is the man who had her father killed.
The Weinstein Company is expected to release “Kite” in 2014.