Justin Lin Attached to Direct Acclaimed Manga 'Lone Wolf and Cub'

March 27, 2012
Source: Deadline

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.

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get a better director

happy camper on Mar 27, 2012


Go for the high production mini-series. No way can you stuff all the insanity of Ogami Itto into one movie, even a really long one.

Stefan Andrizzi on Mar 27, 2012


Classic films.

Chjapa on Mar 28, 2012


stop ruining my childhood

toan on Mar 28, 2012


There's 6+ films, 1 mashup called ......damn, forget what its called. Go watch them instead, the widescreen anamorphic versions on DvD's are quite nice. Not to mention ca 50(?) graphic novels worth the read.

David Banner on Mar 28, 2012


 Shogun Assassin.

karl on Mar 28, 2012


How long before this goes the way of Akira?

Guest on Mar 28, 2012


I also will turn in a ruthless assasin if I'd have a kid like that! 

JMGPG on Mar 28, 2012


At least we can be pretty sure Justin won't cast a white dude as the swordsman.  I'm curious if he'll do some kind of post-modern take though, or if he'll have them speak Japanese, which is less likely considering he's still working in Hollywood.

Boiler Bro Joe on Mar 29, 2012

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