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Well, that’ll depend almost entirely on how much you credit Justin Lin for the success of “Fast Five”, the film that has catapulted the Linster into the stratosphere of Hollywood, where he is now able to call his own shots and get any movie he wants. And while he’s smart enough not to abandon the “Fast and Furious” franchise (he’s currently working on the sixth, and probably seventh one as we speak), he’s already attached himself to some childhood favorites, like a Hollywood remake of the manga/Japanese movie “Lone Wolf and Cub” (previously released as “Shogun Assassin” in the States”).
Now word has Kamala Films officially securing the rights to the manga property for Lin to direct. Here’s a quick rundown of the novice out there:
The original was set feudal Edo period, and chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun’s elite executioner. In an attempt to take his position, the rival Yagyu clan falsely accuses Itto of a crime and murders his wife. Disgraced, Itto is forced to wander Japan with his three-year-old son Daigoro as an assassin for hire, earning the title “Lone Wolf and Cub.” Ultimately, Itto and Daigoro seek revenge on the Yagyu clan.
The producers have also attached writers David and Janet Peoples to tackle the adaptation for them. The Peoples count “Blade Runner”, “Ladyhawke”, “Unforgiven” and “Twelve Monkeys” among their credits, so yes, Kamala is not exactly fooling around here. Then again, David Peoples also wrote “Soldier”, a film that I personally liked, but I gotta admit, it was incredibly unambitious.
I assume the Hollywood version will be set in feudal Japan like the original manga/Japanese adaptation, but who knows with Hollywood. Lone Wolf and Cub in … New York, perhaps?
Via : Deadline