The end of September brings a pile of movie news.
J.J. Abrams is adapting the hit anime Your Name into a live-action film with Paramount, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Eric Heisserer (Arrival) is scripting the adaptation, which will be produced by Abrams, Lindsey Weber, and Genki Kawamura, who produced the original anime. The sci-fi love story is the highest grossing anime of all time and has spawned a well-received manga adaptation. Yen Press has the U.S. rights for the manga (see “Yen Acquires Three”).THR reports that Skybound is partnering on Universal Pictures on a film adaptation of Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto’s Kill the Minotaur, a retelling of the Minotaur mythos. Cantamessa and Pasetto are attached to write the script for the film, which will be produced by Skybound’s Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst. Skybound has a first-look film deal with Universal (see "Skybound Does Deal with Universal"). Deadline had the exclusive on the revived project, which is an adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s revered manga series. Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar and Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce the first of a planned two films. This is the latest attempt at a live-action version of Akira, which has passed through the hands of several directors (see “Starting Over On 'Akira' Movie”). The manga itself is set for a deluxe 35th anniversary box set, scheduled for release in October (see “'Akira: 35th Anniversary Box Set'”).
Josh Brolin took to Instagram to share a new shot of himself as Cable in Deadpool 2. A much grittier image than Ryan Reynold’s previous reveal (see “Promo Shots of Cable, Domino for 'Deadpool 2'”), the shot shows a beaten and bloody Cable facing off against his reflection. Deadpool 2 will be in theaters on June 1, 2018 (see “Best in Shows--Q2 2018”).
The live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul will be in select theaters in the U.S. October 16-22. Funimation has the English-language license for the film, which will show with subtitles, and the company lists the participating theaters on its website. The film is based on the popular manga by Sui Ishida (see “'New Mutants,' Dark Universe,' Wonder Woman 2,' 'Godzilla,' Tokyo Ghoul'”). VIZ Media has the English-language license for the manga (see “'Death Note,' 'Naruto,' 'Tokyo Ghoul,' Junji Ito Collection, More”).