Takashi Shimizu Confirmed for the Live-Action 'Kiki's Delivery Service'
Another day, another remake. This time they're re-adapting one of Hayao Miyazaki's original classics, the 1989 film Kiki's Delivery Service. There's been rumblings of a live-action version of Kiki for a while, but Twitch has recently confirmed that director Takashi Shimizu is signed on to helm the live-action project. It's originally based on the novel by Kadono Eiko, which is where they'll be drawing from for this new take. While many have denied the film's existence, Japanese sports news sites are confirming details because 16-year-old figure skater Koshiba Fuka has been cast in the lead role as Kiki. This sounds like it will be fun.
Kiki's Delivery Service is about a young witch named Kiki (to be played by young actress Koshiba Fuka), on her mandatory year of independent life, who starts a delivery service for a bakery in the town of Koriko. Twitch says that, despite the rumors, "the live action version is coming, Shimizu is directing," and will "go deeper into the story than did the Ghibli version." No word on who exactly is producing, but it sounds like Studio Ghibli has nothing to do with this. Takashi Shimizu is a highly regarded Japanese horror filmmaker responsible for the Ju-on: The Grudge series, The Shock Labyrinth, Tormented and upcoming 7500. This seems like a change of direction for Shimizu, but he's also a great choice for a live-action take on this story.
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
If something like this had a Hollywood-sized budget I'm sure it could be fantastic, but based on how these things usually turn out in Japan, I'm expecting an extra large serving of cheese.
Matt on Apr 25, 2013
Greg dinskisk on Apr 25, 2013
NO NO NO NO..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. come on. no just no. what the fuck?
Musal Mueen on Apr 27, 2013
love this movie, yay. Well see how it looks, I'm eager
Barbara Ruiz on Apr 28, 2013
Noooo. you can not do this! you guys always ruin cartoons by making a live action! do not do this with Hayao miyazaki's work! I love him and admire his work. So do not do this!
Amy on Apr 29, 2013
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