Justin Lin Attached to Direct Acclaimed Manga 'Lone Wolf and Cub'
If you have even a cursory interest in Japanese manga, you've probably heard of Lone Wolf and Cub. Considered by many to be a landmark of the medium, Kazuo Koike's 1970's work has been adapted into films before and influenced everything from the work of Frank Miller to the film Shoot 'Em Up. The story follows a disgraced executioner-turned-assassin who travels the country with his three-year-old son and seeks revenge on those who betrayed him. Today, Deadline reports that Kamala Films has acquired rights and plans on bringing the series to new audiences with Fast Five helmer Justin Lin attached to direct.
The screenplay will be written by David & Janet Peoples, a husband-wife duo who had a hand in writing Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, and Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys. That's a pretty damn impressive list of credits, and with a property like this, the filmmakers are going to need all the help they can get. This is another one of those projects that could easily look derivative if handled incorrectly, even though it inspired so many stories after it that might be more recognizable in the worldwide pop culture scene. I'll also be interested to see Lin trade in cars for swords for a bit more traditional period piece while he works on something other than the Fast and Furious franchise. Production and release dates haven't been announced yet, but we'll keep you posted with casting as all of that develops.