Columbia Pictures Plans English-Language Remake of 'Big Man Japan'

June 6, 2011
Source: Variety

Big Man Japan

Over two years ago we featured the trailer for a peculiar comic adaptation out of Japan called Big Man Japan. The wacky foreign film follows a story that only Japan could deliver about a down-at-the-heels wrestler whose specialty is fighting giant aliens. Before he faces his monstrous opponents he gets electric jolts that cause him to balloon to huge proportions, though after his bouts he deflates to normal size again. Now Variety reports Columbia Pictures and The Green Hornet producer Neil Moritz at Original Film will team-up for a currently untitled English-language remake of Hitoshi Matsumoto's original film.

Phil Hay and Matt Mandredi, the writers behind last year's Clash of the Titans remake and Aeon Flux will write the script, but that honestly doesn't inspire much confidence. As of now no director or cast is attached, but Matsumoto (who also starred in the original film) will still be involved in some capacity. He says, "With an ordinary remake, you just turn over everything to someone else and do nothing yourself, but this time I'll take part in the remake in some form or other, so I'd like to make something interesting and fun and different from Big Man Japan. The concept sounds like it has the potential for fun, but the talent on the page seems to leave something to be desired. What do you think?

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  • Anonymous, why??
  • Oat
    Seems all around a terrible idea
    • Anonymous
      Agreed. Especially because there was no real point/resolution to the movie...and that ending? I mean how do you adapt THAT for American audiences?:P PASS!
      • JL
        That sort of Sunny Corleone knock down-drag out, use anything available sort of fight while wearing Power Ranger-like outfits was hilarious.  I wondered if they just ran out of budget for the special effects, or if that scene was meant to show that he doesn't actually fight monsters, but is the star of a TV action show for kids and is washed up.  But I'll have to agree, that ending did leave me a little disappointed.
  • jah p
    This is incredibly one stupid idea!!This movie was not good, it didn't make alot of sense, sort of felt bad for the main character...first Trollhunter and now this?when will hollywood create their own monsters?
    • Jericho
      when JJ Abrams makes Cloverfield 2 and admits the creature is from underwater and not space.....
  • Anonymous
    Doesn't sound like "fun" to me. Big Man Japan also sounds like a porno title.
  • snitch robinson
    Hitoshi Matsumoto is a comedic genius. If he's attached, I have faith in this movie.
  • Keith Alewine
    Seriously, people. Create something. Here's a free idea, Hollywood: a piece of poop with talking corn. I don't know what it means either. Run with it, Columbia!




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