KARATE KID Director Harald Zwart to Adapt Anime Series BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS

     December 20, 2010

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Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) is attached to direct Bakugan, an adaptation of the anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers housed at Universal.  The property centers on a group of creatures called Bakugan and the battle brawlers who own them.  The Japanese series found its first success in the United States and Canada — three seasons have aired on the Cartoon Network, with a fourth on the way.  After spawning a popular strategic card game, the Toy Industry Association named Bakugan Battle Brawlers the “Property of the Year” in 2009.

According to TheWrap, Scott Stuber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Jon Mone (The Wolfman) will produce along with Ronnen Haray of Spin Master Ltd.  Up next for Zwart is a producing credit on Sony’s adaptation of RollerCoaster Tycoon, and one has to imagine he’ll be considered for the director’s chair on the sequel to  The Karate Kid.

Hit the jump for more background information on Bakugan.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes the plot of the series:

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In the parallel world of Vestroia, a powerful Bakugan in search for power named Naga decides to absorb the energy of the two opposing cores that preserve the balance and peace in Vestroia. However he absorbed too much power and energy found within the Silent Core, the source of negative energy. The Infinity Core, the source of positive energy had been absorbed by Wavern.

In the first season, the story centers on six friends who find metallic cards which have fallen from the sky or to be more precise, Vestroia itself. They name themselves the Bakugan Battle Brawlers and consist of seven children: Dan, Shun, Runo, Marucho, Julie, Alice, and later Joe. Together they learn more about the origin of the Bakugan, Vestroia, the game involving them, and the battle against people who are under Naga’s control.

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