Director Hanabusa (Kakegurui): "There's no choice but to create the never-seen-before Eizouken."
A live-action film adaptation of Sumito Oowara's Eizouken niwa Te wo Dasuna!/Keep Your Hands off Eizouken! manga is now in the works for release in the early summer of 2020. The manga focusing on high school girls' anime production activities has been serialized in Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits since September 2016, and its TV anime adaptation directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Lu over the wall, DEVILMAN crybaby) is also set to premiere in Japan in January 2020.
Three members of Japanese female idol group Nogizaka46 are cast as the main characters in the live-action film: Asuka Saito (21) as Midori Asakusa, Mizuki Yamashita (20) as Tsubame Mizusaki, and Minami Umezawa (20) as Sayaka Kanamori.
Tsutomu Hanabusa, known for his live-action film adaptation works of popular Japanese manga, such as High School Debut (2011), Heroine Shikkaku (2015), Asahinagu (2017), 3D Kanojo: Real Girl (2018), and Kakegurui (2018-2019), is attached to direct.
Message from director Tsutomu Hanabusa:
"'Are you serious?' That's what I thought first when I received this offer. Keep Your Hands off 'Keep Your Hands off Eizouken!' I will have to carry the cross that touches the forbidden book. If I have to do it, there's no choice but to create the never-seen-before Eizouken that can be done only in live-action. I will do the best I can behind the back of Nogizaka-san. Please go easy on me, everyone."
Manga 1st and 4th tankobon volume covers:
(c)2020 "Eizouken" Live-Action Adaptation Strategy Meeting
(c)2016 Sumito Oowara/Shogakukan