Takashi Miike, the prolific and shocking director whose reputation exploded internationally with the adaptation of manga Ichi the Killer, also attached to adaptations of manga Salaryman Kintaro, MPD Psycho, Crows Zero, Mogura no Uta, Kami-sama no Iu Toori,and recent Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's violent sci-fi TerraFormars, now has another big manga project on his slate: Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal.
The 2017 film will feature SMAP's Takuya Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle's Howl, Susumu Kodai in live-action Space Battleship Yamado) as the titular immortal swordsman Manji, returning to period film work after 2006's Love and Honor - the final movie in Yoji Yamada's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy.
The 1993-2012 30-volume (31 in English) series was released in North America by Dark Horse. A 2008 Bee Train production adapted the series nto a TV anime.
Dark Horse describes it
"To end his eternal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies!" Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse and end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents' killers . . . and his quest won't end until the blood of a thousand has spilled!