Tim Burton Reigniting His Adaptation of Mai The Psychic Girl?
Some filmmakers might be too busy for their own good. Case in point: Tim Burton. The director is already said to be attached to helm a stop-motion version of The Addams Family and a more imminent stop-motion adaptation of his own short film Frankenweenie, not to mention expressed interest in Disney's evil queen flick Maleficent, producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and is being courted as a "creative catalyst" for DreamWorks' Monsterpocalypse project. Now Latino Review says Burton has re-acquired and is quickly restarting a gestating adaptation of Mai, The Psychic Girl, which is quite the popular manga from Japan.
Apparently Burton started working on this adaptation sometime in the 80's; most recently the project was acquired by Sony Family Films, but they killed the project and gave the whole thing back to Burton. So the filmmaker is currently supervising the script and has "put this on his front burner" with an eye for directing the project. Though I'm sure a property about a 14-year-old Japanese girl who has powerful psychic abilities and is being pursued by the Wisdom Alliance, an organization which secretly strives to control the world, is probably in better hands with Burton than with Sony's family division, I'm still dead set on seeing Burton get back to directing something original. Anyway, the story sounds exciting enough, but we'll have to wait and see how soon, if at all, this gets off the ground in the next few years. Anyone a fan of this manga?