Movie industry trade journal Variety reports that Japanese media company Dentsu and Hayakawa Publishing Corp. have worked out a deal with Transformers producer Don Murphy and Shoot 'Em Up helmer Michael Davis to adapt a number of Japanese sci-fi novels. The agreement starts with a pair that have been published in North America by Viz's Haikasoru label.
First in line is Issui Ogawa's novel Tokisuna no Ou (The Lord of the Sands of Time), which Hayakawa published in 2007.
Sixty-two years after human life on Earth was annihilated by rampaging alien invaders, the enigmatic Messenger O is sent back in time with a mission to unite humanity of past eras--during the Second World War, in ancient Japan, and at the dawn of humanity--to defeat the invasion before it begins. However, in a future shredded by love and genocide, love waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself?
"I see enormous potential in the unique and vast scale of this work and in the story that describes the love between a messenger from the future and the shaman queen of a bygone era," Murphy said.
Next is Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble, the anime movie adaptation of which has been released in North America by Sentai Filmworks/Section 23 and the manga of which is from Kodansha. Davis has agreed to direct and produce.
Why me? It was to be the last thought a young prostitute, Rune-Balot, would ever have...as a human anyway. Taken in by a devious gambler named Shell, she became a slave to his cruel desires and would have been killed by his hand if not for the self-aware Universal Tool (and little yellow mouse) known as Oeufcoque. Now a cyborg, Balot is not only nigh-invulnerable, but has the ability to disrupt electrical systems of all sorts. But even these powers may not be enough for Balot to deal with Shell, who offloads his memories to remain above the law, the immense assassin Dimsdale-Boiled, or the neon-noir streets of Mardock City itself.
Murphy is currently developing a Captain Planet movie. He most recently produced DreamWorks' Real Steel.
Dentsu aims to bring Japanese art forms such as manga, anime and other printed content to global auds through film and TV productions.
Haikasoru's All You Need is Kill is also making its way to theaters via Warner Brothers.