Seminal anime Ninja Scroll to roll into live-action theaters

ninja-scrollContinuing its dominance over the “geek movie watching” audience, Variety reported that Warner Bros. acquired the rights to develop Ninja Scroll into a live-action feature. Alex Tse (Watchmen) will be the screenwriter, but there are no details as to whether or not they’ll be adapting the original OVA or the TV series that followed. The lucky production studio in charge is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way (11th Hour) who will be co-producing with original anime studio Madhouse (thank God).

For those of you who aren’t the anime brand of geek, Scroll is the story of a wandering ninja (who actually carries a katana, not a ninjato) who has to stop an old enemy from his past from overthrowing a feudal Japanese government. Along the way, he battles some really freaky characters (such as a humongous man whose skin is like stone from the OVA).

AICN speculates that this news will put an end to those idiotic rumors that James McTeigue’s upcoming Ninja Assassin was secretly a Ninja Scroll flick, but I think they are overly optimistic.

You’ll remember from an earlier report that the WB also (re-)acquired the rights to Akira and are making that into a two-parter. If both part one of Akira and the entire Ninja Scroll movie happen to make it into theaters in the same summer, I think the collective geekgasm would render all computers inoperable for a solid month.

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Posted on October 27, 2008 at 08:30 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by Jesus DeSaad
    on 2008-10-27 at 15:23

    FINALLY! I’ve been hearing rumours about this since before Resident Evil became a movie!
    About time!

    Now let’s hope the movie’s story is not derived from the series.

    (fingers crossed)

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-10-27 at 19:17

    I gotta say, it’s nice to see somebody on the internet NOT instantly start bitching about this project.

    I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of Ninja Scroll — the completely unnecessary rape scene really sours the film for me, but the action was top-notch — so when I read this news all I see is “blah blah blah blah big budget ninja action flick blah blah.” Sounds fine to me.

  3. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-10-27 at 19:25

    Whereas I’m a huge fan of Ninja Scroll and I don’t mind the rape scene at all. Mostly because as I understand it, women were preyed upon by brigands like that and the idea of her using her body’s natural weapon against him was kinda cool.

  4. Written by Tsiwt
    on 2008-10-28 at 10:35

    Excellent anime … I’m just not sure I need or want to see a live action version.

    And as Gordon might remember, I defended the idea of Underdog … so I’m not just griping to be an angry, elitist geek. :)

  5. Written by Bruce Darren Acosta
    on 2008-10-29 at 04:34


    Threshold Entertainment had the rights to the Ninja Scroll movie project.
    So now Warner Bros and Leonardo DiCaprio will produce the Ninja Scroll project and Alex tse will write the script,Hollywood is making movies based on Dragonball,Cowboy Bebop,Ghost In The Shell and Robotech
    so Ninja Scroll will be another hit for hollywood.
    Thank You.

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