Hollywood Live Action Versions of Naruto, Bleach and Death Note?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 18, 2008 in Animation |


If you’re an anime fanboy this may be good news: With this news we could be seeing Hollywood live action versions of Bleach, Naruto and Death Note:

VIZ Media enters movie business

“VIZ Media, a San Francisco-based publisher of Japanese manga and graphic novels, has formed a production company to exploit its huge content catalog. Based in Hollywood, VIZ Prods. will be run by Jason Hoffs, a former production exec at Amblin and DreamWorks, who most recently had his own producing deal at Sony.

Hoffs will serve as a liaison between Japanese creative licensors and Hollywood, and the company will develop to produce some of the titles inhouse. VIZ effort is another recent example of publishers, from the New York Times to vidgame companies such Capcom, becoming proactive in exploiting film projects hatched from their content.”

…It’s clear that Viz is looking at not only how well Marvel has been doing these days, but also at other blockbuster movies like Speed Racer. Hollywood knows how to make multi million dollar CGI superhero epics, so it would seem natural for them to tackle anime properties — which in turn would do well in the international market.

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