FUTURE ATTEMPTS

Still, past performance is no real indication for future performances. Several anime properties are in various states of development for their live-action Hollywood debut.

A fan-favourite anime property scheduled for a 2017 release is Naruto, although nothing is known about the movie other than Avi Arad is producing.

Another adaptation expected to start filming this year is Death Note. As of November 2015, Adam Wingard (You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014)) is slated to direct with a script by no less than five writers. Nat Wolff of Paper Towns has been cast as Light.

James Cameron continues to hold on to the film rights for Battle Angel Alita a.k.a Gunnm, and it has been in various stages of production throughout the (15 or more?) years. Initially, Cameron had intended to direct the movie himself, post-Avatar. and it has been in various stages of production throughout the (15 or more?) years. Instead, he’s now focussed on the Avatar sequels and has since relinquished the directing reins to Robert Rodriguez (as of October 2015). No other word on the production has emerged.

As for prominent cyberpunk classic Akira, Warner Bros obtained the rights for a live-action adaptation and have been working on the project on and off since 2002. As of November 2015, it was reported Marco Ramirez had been drafted to tackle the screenplay. Ramirez wrote several episodes of the Netflix Daredevil series and Da Vinci’s Demons and served as producer on both shows.