Warner Bros. Working On Live Action Bleach Adaptation

| 23 Feb 2012 18:15
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Not content with adapting Akira to the big screen, Warner Bros. has announced that it's now turning Bleach into a live-action film.

Warner Bros. really seems to have been bitten by the anime bug lately. The film company's still working on its oft-maligned adaptation of Akira, and now it's revealed that it's acquired the rights to take popular manga-turned anime Bleach and turn it into a live-action film.

Bleach, if you're unfamiliar with it, is about a teenager named Ichigo who can see ghosts. After a Hollow (an evil "lost soul") attacks Ichigo's family, he gains the power to hunt the spirits and works to protect the living and "[help] tortured souls find peace."

According to Variety:

Warner Bros. has acquired live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's manga and anime property Bleach, which will be adapted by Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau.
Peter Segal (Get Smart) will produce with an eye toward possibly directing.

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Segal's Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing will also produce along with Masi Oka and Viz Prods., a subsidiary of Viz Media, the English-language publisher of Bleach, Jason Hoffs will produce for Viz, while Branon Coluccio will exec produce. WB exec Jon Berg will oversee the project for the studio.

Oka, who co-starred in Segal's Get Smart, brought the project to Callahan Filmworks.

Call me crazy, but taking an IP like Bleach and giving it to the guy who wrote Clash of the Titans and directed Get Smart doesn't really seem like the best match. When you combine this with how Warner Bros. has handled Akira's adaptation (going from two movies to one, repeatedly cutting the budget, shutting down production, and forcing rewrites), Bleach fans are probably right to be worried about this project.

Source: Variety via Topless Robot

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I long for this to come out simply because it can be added to my collection of horrible abomination of hollywood.

umm.. what? I would see it just for the laughs, A guy with orange hair killing giant CGI monsters with his oversized sword. I wonder what kind of story they would fit in a 2 hour movie, yeah, it will suck.

Oh for fuck sake...it's gonna be the Dragonball movie all over again.

Bit worried, but I love Bleach. So I'll still watch it. Will I enjoy it is a whole other matter. We'll see I suppose.

Sort of looking forwards to this I suppose.

I don't know how they could possibly make it worse. Unless the fight, lose, train, fight, show off new level, win, repeat formula is broken up with a prom and trips to the mall.

CkretAznMan:
...Yeah, this isn't going to work. Well, how about making the fans feel a little better by hiring Asian actors, Warner? They probably won't though.

They'll totally cast Mark Wahlberg as Ichigo.

OT: Yeah Warner Bros. would have to pay ME to see this inevitable POS.

Why?

It's bad. Very bad. Focus on DC and a Deadpool movie and let this franchise go the way this franchise should: a spiraling flaming wreck that was destroyed at the hands of it's own creators. Also, I'm not a hateful guy, I just don't like this very much.

So long as they cast it well I think this could work but no they suck.
I'm also for Christina Hendricks as Rangiku.

Worried? Nahhhh its nothing like that! It's more along the lines of thinking "Oh god why must this be inflicted upon us?"

Gottesstrafe:
Alright guys, time to play: Guess the Cast!

For the Akira remake it was rumored that for the roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo the actors Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson were cast respectively. For the Cowboy Bebop remake it was Keanu Reeves as Spike. For the Death Note remake it was speculated that Zac Efron (again) would play Light, Joe Jonas as L, Miley Cyrus as Misa, and the voice of James Woods as Ryuk.

Now it's time to guess who will be cast for Bleach!

I'll throw my votes behind Woody Harrelson as Urahara and Ray Park as Renji. Maybe even Ken Watanabe as Komamura (fursuit or CGI pending) and perhaps Jeff Bridges/Anthony Hopkins could be persuaded to shave his head and grow out a beard for the role of Head Captain Yamamoto?

Paragon Fury:

Christina Hendricks for Matsumoto! Christina Hendricks for Matsumoto!

Seconded.

I guess she could play Orihime too, but I think she'd have more fun as Rangiku.

This made me depressed...

You know, there are interviews where Tite Kubo was asked if he'd ever let movies of Bleach be made, and he said 'no, if I wanted to make movies, I would have pursued a career in screen-writing'.

So I have to wonder if Tite gave permission for this, or if Shonen Jump sold the rights without telling him.

Also, no matter what happens, this movie will disappoint. Let's say they're doing the Save Rukia arc. They won't do asian actors for the characters that should be asian, they won't go and find someone of Spanish descent who is incredibly tall for Chad (hell, I'll be surprised if they don't give the roll to Taylor Lautner), Ichigo won't have red hair, none of the four big breasted women will have big breasts (more if you count any of the shinigami on the hill, but I was just going with the ones that had more than one line, hell, they'll probably skip the whole shot into the Society by spirit firework), the swords will probably be all CGI and incredibly fake looking, they won't flesh out any of the background characters, because, let's face it, this movie will be about 90-120 minutes and be mostly fighting and the whole Aizen thing will probably be removed and Soul Society will simply be made to look evil because all of that is probably to convoluted (even though it is pretty straight forward) for an American audience to follow (Hollywood dumbs shit down, don't deny it).

If I was still into Bleach (as in not jaded by the 1000000x episodes that made me blase), I'd actually be kind of worried/depressed

I`m gonna go with the flow and say that this most likely will not work. It seems to difficult to get the right feel of the manga... But oh well, if this really is happening, then we`ll all see what shall happen to this.

Bleach is way to Japanese for a live action american film. Yu Yu Hakusho would be a much better, albeit dated, choice.

Then again with Bleach ending at the end of this arc something new and Bleach could be fun, as fun as maybe the bount arc.

Yea, that really worked out for Avatar: The Last Airbender

Alright guys, time to play: Guess the Cast!

For the Akira remake it was rumored that for the roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo the actors Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson were cast respectively. For the Cowboy Bebop remake it was Keanu Reeves as Spike. For the Death Note remake it was speculated that Zac Efron (again) would play Light, Joe Jonas as L, Miley Cyrus as Misa, and the voice of James Woods as Ryuk.

Now it's time to guess who will be cast for Bleach!

I'll throw my votes behind Woody Harrelson as Urahara and Ray Park as Renji. Maybe even Ken Watanabe as Komamura (fursuit or CGI pending) and perhaps Jeff Bridges/Anthony Hopkins could be persuaded to shave his head and grow out a beard for the role of Head Captain Yamamoto?

Paragon Fury:

Christina Hendricks for Matsumoto! Christina Hendricks for Matsumoto!

Seconded.

Sorry, but if I want to see live action Bleach, I'll stick with the Bleach Rock Opera, thank you very much.

http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Rock_Musical_Bleach

If they had announce this a few years ago I would be against it but these days I couldn't care less due to how downhill it went after they had recuse Rukia.
By all means I'm rooting for you lots against it but I will be doing nothing. Either way if it does get made, I won't be watching it.

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