Warner Bros is Bringing the Manga 'Bleach' to the Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
March 22, 2010
With a live-action Akira on the studio's future slate, it's no surprise that Heat Vision reports Warner Bros has snagged the rights to another popular manga - Bleach, for a feature length film. Director Peter Segal (Get Smart, Tommy Boy) is negotiating to serve as a producer (apparently he wants to take on more darker, action-fueled material) in a story focusing on a 15-year-old boy who can see ghosts. He meets a female Soul Reaper (who escorts the "souls of the dead"), but a fight with an evil spirit causes the Reaper to transfer her powers to the boy, leaving her stranded in the human world and the boy with her old job as a fighter of evil.
The manga has been published in weekly installments in Japan since 2001 with collected stories spanning 29 volumes in a graphic novel format. The comic has already seen adaptations in the form of a TV series in Japan (the US version airs on Cartoon Network) in addition to feature films and, yes, even a musical, so this is quite the popular manga. While the story sounds intriguing, I've always suffered from an absolute dislike of Japanese animation style which includes any manga or anime properties. I've never been into them and this seems like another one that doesn't need to be on the big screen, but the fans may (or may not) agree. Given this is at Warner Brothers, though, great things could come of it in the end. What do you think?