David Ellis Adapting the Japanese Anime Kite

Kite (1998) Movie PosterDavid R. Ellis, currently in theaters with “Shark Night 3D”, will be sinking his teeth into the burgeoning genre of Teenage Girl Hitman next with a live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese anime “Kite”. If you’ve never seen the 1998 original movie, it’s essentially Hit Girl (from “Kick Ass”) and Hanna (from, well, “Hanna”) mixed together … but about 12 years before those two Jane Come Latelys. Although the film lacks the sailor mouth of Hit Girl, it definitely more than makes up for it with other elements, including violence.

Variety calls the upcoming Hollywood adaptation “a character-driven actioner centered on a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When her father, a cop, is slain by a corrupt officer, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father’s ex-partner”.

Plus, they also went and spoiled the film’s ending for some reason, but I won’t repeat that here in case, you know, you would like to find that out for yourself in the movie.

Besides being brutally violent, the Japanese original is also filled with sex. Needless to say, the Hollywood version of “Kite” will most likely be skipping the anime’s more notorious elements for a straight action movie ala “Hanna”. Which, I suppose, is for the best. The movie proved popular enough that, 10 years later, it returned in a pseudo sequel called “Kite Liberator”.

The film is apparently on the fast track, with casting to begin soon, and production set to begin as early as next January.