Max Makowski to Write and Direct Hollywood Remake of Shinobi

This is surprising. I hadn’t heard anything about a Hollywood remake of the Japanese ninja movie “Shinobi” (read our review of it here), and indeed, I didn’t think Hollywood could possibly touch this thing. It’s set in Feudal Japan, and concerns rival Ninja clans battling for supremacy, for God’s sake. How could Hollywood possibly turn THAT into an American movie? Well they can, and the answer seems to be to move the action to the present, and set it in Hong Kong. Hmm…

Variety confirms the remake, and says that it will be written and directed by Max Makowski, who last helmed the Harvey Keital-Francis Ng hitman movie “One Last Dance” (a movie I have been meaning to see, but just never got around to for some reason).

Makowski will begin scripting the “Shinobi” remake immediately in hopes it can begin production early next year. While the original pitted two rival ninja clans against each when members from each fall in love, Makowski is modernizing the Romeo and Juliet premise and resetting it in Hong Kong. There, the victor of a 160-year-old feud between two multinational security forces is being decided, with a love affair complicating matters. Makowski will infuse the film with elements from Asian gangster and ninja genres.

Interesting…

Max Makowski to Write and Direct Hollywood Remake of Shinobi