In an interview with Movies.com, Samuel L. Jackson revealed his involvement with a live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Kite anime.
“After [RoboCop], I’m going to do this live-action version of Kite, the Japanese anime, […] I’ll be doing a live-action version of that in Johannesburg.”
Little activity has happened on the film since it was announced that David R. Ellis (Waterworld, Asylum) would be taking over as the director in 2011. The film is being produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox from Distant Horizon, alongside Moisés Cosio and Alejandro Saevich of Detalle Films.
Variety described the film as 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.” The young woman is on a mission to find out who killed her father, a cop who was killed by someone on the inside.
Ellis said, “I am a big fan of Yasuomi Umetsu and hono[u]red to bring the amazing world of ‘Kite’ to the big screen,” so let’s hope that the director of Shark Night 3D and The Final Destination can do the anime justice. Filming is expected to start in January 2013.