Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade Also to Become a Live-Action Movie
Nothing is sacred. The moment we heard that Akira was being adapted into a live-action movie, that meant that nearly every other last anime would eventually follow suit. Next up is Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, the 1998 anime from director Hiroyuki Okiura. This news comes from the Anime News Network (via AICN) where they report that Production I.G Vice President Maki Terashima-Furuta said that "somebody has the live-action rights, and somebody was planning to make a live-action Jin Roh, but at the moment, I have no comment." I think that means some big name is involved with this, but she isn't allowed to say who yet.
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade is an anime set within Mamoru Oshii's Kerberos saga, an alternate history of a totalitarian Japan about what would happen if Japan lost World War II to Japan's friends - the Germans. The fascinating story follows a member of the Jin-Roh Brigade, an elite secret para-military police force that's part of the Special Armed Garrison, who falls for the sister of a female terrorist who died in front of him on duty. There's obviously a lot more to it than that, but it's a very rich story that could make for great cinema if adapted well. Obviously it's all about who is hired to write the screenplay and direct the movie.
I have a personal connection with Jin Roh as it was one of the very first anime movies I ever saw when I was younger. I had seen some of the imagery of the armor they use in it (see the photo above) and asked a friend of mine who was an anime expert what it was from. He explained and subsequently let me borrow the DVD. I spent one afternoon watching it and then I was hooked - I watched Akira the next weekend, then Ghost in the Shell, and so on. I revisit Jin Roh every so often for that nostalgic factor and it's always just as great as I originally remember. Here's to hoping it becomes as iconic of a live-action movie as it was as an anime.