THR is reporting that Paramount has landed screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker for their adaptation of the manga Lone Wolf and Cub from writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. Andrew Kevin Walker has written nearly a dozen various screenplays, but his best one is likely David Fincher’s Se7en.
Lone Wolf and Cub is an epic revenge story that clocks in at around 9,000 pages in length and 28 volumes. The manga has been adapted into six Japanese films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama (all in the ’70s), and interestingly enough, a film was created from mostly the first and second film and released in the U.S. as Shogun Assassin.
Needless to say, this property has a rich history both in and out of Hollywood.
Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is attached to producer. We’ll have to wait and see if anything comes of this project. It’s one thing to nab a writer, and something else completely to actually get a movie made. Once the movie gets a director, we’ll be more confident in its eventually getting made.
More than anything, I’m interested to see how it’s adapted? What’s the audience for this film? Do they plan on keeping it in Japan, and if so, will it be in English?
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