I’m tired of these mothafuckin’ reboots of these mothafuckin’ animes! Well, not really. But when Samuel L. Jackson and David R. Ellis (the director of Snakes on a Plane) are reportedly reuniting on a project, it’s a known fact that you have to work that line in somewhere. Jackson is now set to star in Ellis’ live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime, Kite. The project centers on a young girl whose parents are murdered in a gruesome double homicide and is taken in by two corrupt detectives who train her as an assassin. Hit the jump for more.
In a recent interview with Movies.com, Jackson revealed his next project:
“After [RoboCop], I’m going to do this live-action version of Kite, the Japanese anime. I’ll be doing a live-action version of that in Johannesburg.”
Ellis has been involved with the project for at least a year now. There’s an interesting distinction between the original Japanese release (which was two thirty-minute episodes) and the American release, which was edited down into a feature that runs at about forty-five minutes. The edited version may have a tighter story, but the uncut feature apparently has explicit sex/rape scenes. Not entirely sure which direction Ellis and Jackson are looking to go with this film, but Jackson is no stranger to controversial subject matter, having just starred in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake.
While you can check out the trailer for Kite below, you won’t get much in the way of story, but man will you get a lot of blood, gun shots and delayed-explosion bullets! What else can you ask for, really?