Following the death of Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis during the preparation for the live action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 action tragedy anime Kite, South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) has taken over the project, with pre-production is underway in Johannesburg, ahead of principal photography beginning this month.
Samuel L. Jackson is remaining on the project with India Eisley (The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, Maleficent) and Callan McAuliffe (Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Great Gatsby) joining the cast.
Jackson said, “The zest and enthusiasm David Ellis had for this project led to my commitment to do it. That same commitment to David leads me to fulfil my obligation to see his dedication fulfilled.”
Deadline scribes the plot of the live action version as "a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson)".