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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Well, this is a bit unexpected. In hundreds and thousands of anime properties out there, there are plenty that could actually make fairly solid live-action Hollywood adaptations. From older shows like Cowboy Bebop to fairly new ones like My Hero Academia to higher-brow fare like 20th Century Boys or Pluto. The medium isn’t wanting for potential stuff to adapt for the Western masses, THOUGH according to Deadline, they are pulling from more of an unexpected property.

The outlet reports that filmmaker Ron Howard will produce — along with Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman, Masayuki Ozaki, and Erica Huggins — a film based on the anime Tiger and Bunny. The script will come from Ellen Shanman.

The series is described as follows:

“Veteran hero Kotetsu Kaburagi (AKA Wild Tiger) and hotheaded new hero Barnaby Brooks, Jr. (nicknamed Bunny by his friends) are forced to team up not only to protect Stern Bild City, but to earn as many points on Hero TV as possible. Joined by a diverse cast of heroes, all with different powers and answering to their own corporate sponsors, Tiger and Bunny must find a way to work together, uncover the secret of the ‘Ouroboros,’ and earn enough points to become this year’s ‘King of Heroes.'”

Lynn Harris, Global Road Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Production, said “We are thrilled to partner with Imagine, Bandai Namco and Weed Road on Tiger & Bunny. Mr. Ozaki and his team’s globally recognized story and beloved characters provide us with the potential to not only produce a feature film that will appeal to the masses, but also generate a fully developed franchise across the theatrical, television and digital entertainment spaces.”

Ozaki added, “After a long voyage, we have finally reached new ground. We are truly honored to be able to create the future with our collaborative partner whom we wholeheartedly trust. We are determined to live up to our supporters’ and fans’ expectations and bring this exciting project to life.”

“Ron, Brian and I are excited to be partnering with Global Road Entertainment and continuing our relationship with Lynn Harris and Rob Friedman to bring the live-action feature film based on the beloved series Tiger & Bunny to fans and audiences around the world,” added Erica Huggins, President of Imagine Entertainment.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.