Anchor Bay, which is a subsidiary of Starz along with anime label Manga Entertainment, has picked up the US and Canadian rights to the live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s (Wizard Barristers, Galilei Donna) violent crime tragedy anime Kite.
Weinstein Co. announced the movie rights following last year's Cannes film festival. Anchor Bay’s deal covers theatrical, home entertainment, digital and VOD rights.
Samuel L. Jackson stars in the role of corrupt detective Karl Aker (the original anime name is Akai) for the movie that filmed in South Africa early last year. India Eisley (The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, Maleficent) and Callan McAuliffe (Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Great Gatsby) star as the movie's young assassins. Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) took the helm following the death of director David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane).