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Wachowskis' Ninja Assassin Apparently Not Ninja Scroll... 'cause WB's Got the Scroll Rights

Logo handmade by Bannister Column by Scott Green
Rumors have persisted that the Wachowski produced, James McTeigue directed Ninja Assassin was an adaptation of popular (in North America) anime feature Ninja Scroll. Guess not... Assassin may have another Ninja to contend with, because as Anime News Network points out, Variety has revealed that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to adapt "Ninja Scroll" into live action. The feature, which will be co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way and Madhouse,the studio behind the anime, will be written by Alex Tse (Watchmen). Appian Way will also be working with WB on the live action adaptation of sci-fi anime classic Akira.
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  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    good

    by future help

    for us.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    dude

    by StrokerX

    i was supposed to make Akira and Ninja Scroll...bah!

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    More Ninjas

    by frongbak

    Always room for more Ninjas, just caught Enter the Ninja on-demand a few nights ago and it rocked in an 80s kind of way. I could see the Wachs/McTiegue doing a nice job. Also with Akira and Ninja Scroll DiCaprio is really trying to corner the market on Anime re-makes.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Ninjas gotta eat!!

    by The real Jack Bauer

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Akira has a beer and cheets on his wife

    by BeeDub

    As long as we're resurrecting old chestnuts...

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Ninjas, it's like the 80s all over again.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I think everyone will be Ninja'ed out. Wasn't Cowboy Bebop being developed? Plus there's Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe.<p>Too many ninjas in the pipeline.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST

    YES! TETSUO!!!!!

    by DURANGO66

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    MICHAEL MANN SHOULD DIRECT AKIRA

    by DURANGO66

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    No Way This Goes Down

    by A-COD

    The Wachoswski's just directed a big budget live action anime project Speed Racer. It bombed and shamed everyone associated with it. No way do they get a budget to work on a similar project. the world just doesn't work that way.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Ninjas

    by Brian

    Listen.... There's never enough ninja stuff, as far as I'm concerned. We need a few great modern ninja stories. Having said that... Akira should NEVER be made into a movie. And you say Michael Mann? I approve of his digital cinematography and realism, but if I heard Jay Z or Adioslave over a Tokyo motorcycle chase... I'd just hang myself.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Sweet, they saved the ninjas from the green screen!

    by Mike_D

    No CGI enemies to contend with!

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    A-COD

    by Monkey Butler

    They've also made Warners a couple of billion dollars from the Matrix movies and V for Vendetta. One bomb - even if was a pretty huge one - won't end their careers. They'll be given the chance to fuck up one or two more sure-fire hits (creatively, not financially) first.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:26 p.m. CST

    BeeDub

    by Thrillho77

    Has a beer and cheets on his wife. Oh, I love AICN nostalgia...

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    can never have enough ninjas...

    by ls420

    more please

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Night of a million, zillion ninjas

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "Ninjas! Ingeniously disguised as a hedge!"

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Both projects sound like they're in good hands.

    by dr sauch

    I have faith in Dicaprio. Also, the thought of him in Akira just...works.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Did Speedracer bomb?

    by Amy Chasing

    If it did, pity. My partner & I thought it's possibly the best live action film made from a Saturday morning cartoon.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    With the risk of being obvious

    by CharyouTree

    Cameron or Ridley for Akira, or maybe Chris Cunningham

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    NINJA

    by David Lazarus Long

    VANISH!! *smoke pellet* Muwahahaha...

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Assassins....

    by BacardiRocky

    What ever happened to the Lone Wolf & Cub/Shogun Assassin remake that was supposed to happen. I remember hearing something about this flick years ago. WTF?

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Plus

    by Toonol

    Speed Racer was awesome, even though it bombed, so don't dis it.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    A remake of Ninja Scroll? I think not

    by Player 1

    How could this be a remake of 'Ninja Scroll'? Ninja Scroll was set in medieval Japan, with supernatural beings, and a 'like I give a fuck' antihero as the protagonist. Anything I've read about this movie has NOTHING to do with Ninja Scroll. Anyone who's seen Ninja Scroll could have told you that straight away.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    ...and another thing, Speed Racer rocked

    by Player 1

    I enjoyed Speed Racer, thought it was a lot of fun, although I could see why it tanked, hard to 'pigeon-hole' for the American market.

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I'm quite excited about this movie.

    by a goonie

    I was a big fan of McTeigue's directorial debut with V for Vendetta and I have lots of love for the Wachowskis. Sure, the Matrix sequels are pretty crappy, but Reloaded had some great moments and I fucking loved Speed Racer. Glad to see some other people on here sharing the Speed Racer love, too!

  • Oct. 26, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Seriously if Leo plays...

    by StrokerX

    Kaneda, and Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Tetsuo...it could seriously be the best movie ever made...if done right.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Use the original name

    by Urge to Kill

    The first time I saw Ninja Scroll was as a fansub with its original title, Wind Ninja Chronicle. I've never really been able to call it anything else.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST

    I remember when I first saw Ninja Scroll

    by most excellent ninja

    I was 12 at the time. Totally blew me away.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer was amazing.

    by most excellent ninja

    Such a well made family film. Just well made, on a narrative and technical level. Too long for kids but ambitious. And Bomb means nothing. Children of Men technically bombed.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Wait Speed Racer Bombed??

    by Varakor

    That was a fucking awesome film, the wachowskis did a great job adapting speed from cheesy anime to super glossy cheesy live action. Most fun I've had in theaters.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Akira live action featuring Rosie O'Donnell nude scene

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Thrillho77 is the sexiest tomboy beanpole on the planet.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Leo likes anime it would seem....

    by The Amazing G

    but could Hollywood really make a movie as brutal as the Ninja Scroll anime in this day and age? maybe, we'll see.........

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer is like...

    by Droid

    one of those big round lollypops you get as a kid. It looks really colourful, tasty and fun, and for about 10 minutes it is. Then you get over the initial excitement of having what you want and you realise that despite the variety of colours it will taste the same all the way to the end. You’ve always wanted this lollypop, so you stick with it, even though you are starting to feel a little sick. About half way through, you think you’ve made a horrible mistake, but you’ve got this far so you may as well finish it. When your lollypop is finished you’re too sick to say anything, you’re relieved the experience is over and you never want to have another lollypop again for the rest of your life.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    A-COD

    by most excellent ninja

    As far as I know, the only thing Speed Racer suffered was it's box office returns, which means shit. It's a damn good film with actual vision and far ahead of it's time. Didn't shame anyone involved. By your logic Children of Men also shamed everyone involved. CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    most excellent ninja...

    by vaudeville villain

    while i fully understand the analogy you're *trying* to make, please never again in your life compare speed racer to children of men. just... don't.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Children also cost about 1/6 of Speed Racer

    by JackRabbitSlim

    But yeah - the Wachowskis will certainly direct again - look at Shamalama - he is still directing. <p> As for Ninja - meh - we saw enough "two Oriental warriors running side by side with swords drawn" and "sword slices - leaves drop in slow motion - eyes widen - single drop of blood spills down blade" shots in Crouching Tiger ... then Purple Butterfly ... then Emperor and Assassin .. then Hero ... then Warriors of Heaven and Earth ... then ... point is people got burned out. Wait at least 5 years - come back with fresh look.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    JackRabbitSlim

    by Shigeru

    Good to know you have the visual style of a film that hasn't even been made yet down. It would be impossible for an adaptation of NS could be different or unique? BTW Wuxia =/= Ninjas

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I hope they show the chick getting eaten out!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Remember that? She was getting licked in her cooter by the big rock guy and her Poison pussy juice™ made him crack into a million pieces! I want her action figure! Now that's a Ninja assassin!

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Live Action Ninja Scroll?!! Awesome.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty, I could only wish for that

    by MurderMostFowl

    Such a shame the Tick TV show didn't make it. I still have my original comics ( not all of them, sadly are first print though ) Good times.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    "Full-Time Ninjas" is next, baby!

    by stlfilmwire

    Google it. Good stuff.

  • Oct. 27, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    most excellent ninja

    by A-COD

    "As far as I know, the only thing Speed Racer suffered was it's box office returns, which means shit." Oh really, tell it to the investors. No investors = no movie. Huge bomb + new project in same genre = New Investors. Who are the people here asking if Speed Racer bombed? Varakor it was the most fun you had in theatres,that's fine,but did you notice you had the whole row to yourself?

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    The Kouga Ninja Scrolls was already adapted

    by Dingbatty

    into a live-action film in 2005 in Japan as "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade."<p>Why the fuck would Warner Bros need to adapt it?