warners acquires live-action rights to bleach

Posted by Madman @ March 23rd, 2010 | Filed Under: News & Announcements

Warner Bros. is “in the process” of acquiring live action rights to create a film based on Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga. Viz Media has published 30 volumes of Kubo’s ongoing Bleach manga here in the U.S. (Volume 31 is due out in June) and is also releasing the Bleach anime, which is produced by Studio Pierrot, here in the States. The Bleach manga has reached 43 volumes in Japan, while the ongoing anime series includes more that 260 episodes so far.

The Bleach manga has been a constant presence on ICv2′s “Top 10 Manga Properties” list for years and the Bleach anime is currently running in a prime spot on Saturday night on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Segal, who directed Get Smart and 50 First Dates, is in negotiations to produce the adaptation along with Viz Media through Segal’s Callahan Filmworks. Warner Bros. has also acquired the rights to create a live action filmg based on Katushiro Otomo’s Akira (see “Hughes Brothers Helming Akira”).

Bleach is the story of a teenage boy, Ichigo, who can see spirits and who meets a female shinigami (Soul Reaper) named Rukia. During a desperate struggle with an evil spirit known as a “hollow,” she transfers her power to Ichigo. Having lost her supernatural powers she is stranded in the human world, while Ichigo must undertake her duties escorting souls to the afterlife.

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Comments (11 Comments)


Arrnea said:

2:41pm 24/03/2010

*sigh* When will they learn.


Candid8 said:

8:00pm 24/03/2010

Only when it’s too late…


hinamorirangiku09 said:

12:29pm 26/03/2010

no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They can’t do this!

Kate Scott

Kate Scott said:

2:52pm 26/03/2010

50 First Dates guy doing Bleach!?!?! That is wrong on more levels than I can count!


astro98 said:

2:22pm 29/03/2010

I don’t have high hopes for this project.

Lachy Doyle

Lachy Doyle said:

2:22pm 31/03/2010

Why have hollywood not learned from what they did with dragonball evolution

roger roberts

roger roberts said:

12:28am 05/04/2010

Really Looking forwards to seeing this, I loved get smart and 50 first dates, so should be awsome!!


esmay90 said:

8:25pm 07/04/2010

This is almost as bad as Keanu Reeves being Spike.


Namine said:

11:30am 08/04/2010

!! not another one! I =(


Tyler said:

12:14pm 08/04/2010

Lets just hope they don’t screw up like they did with the live Dragon Ball movie,
that was the worst Manga/Anime Movie appation I have ever seen and I even paid to see it =(


J3N0V4 said:

2:21pm 14/06/2010

Kind of weird seeing as Kubo said he never wants a live action version

he might of changed his mind but his original opinion was “hell no” to put it bluntly

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