Back in 2010, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to adapt the manga Bleach into a feature film with Peter Segal (Get Smart) onboard to produce. We haven’t really heard much about the project since then, but now that they’re re-thinking their adaptation of Akira, the studio is moving forward with Bleach. Variety reports that Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau has been set to write the screenplay and Segal is producing with an eye toward possibly directing.
The story centers on a teenager with the ability to see ghosts whose family is attacked by a malevolent lost soul called a Hollow. Once attacked, the teenager gains the ability to hunt Hollows and then “dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.” Production on Akira was halted to address script concerns so it’ll be interesting to see how the studio develops this separate manga property.
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to turn the manga (Japanese comic) Bleach into a movie. Peter Segal (Get Smart) is in negotiations to produce, though not direct. For those who know absolutely nothing about the manga, I’ll let Heat Vision handle the description:
The story centers on a 15-year-old boy who has the ability to see ghosts and meets a female Soul Reaper, a member of an order that escorts the souls of the dead. A fight with an evil spirit causes the Reaper to transfer all her power to the boy, leaving her stranded in the human world and the boy taking over her job as a fighter of evil.
Does he take over her job as a fighter of evil because she’s so bad at it she had to giver her powers to a 15-year-old boy? The books, published in weekly installments in Japan since 2001, have already been adapted into an anime that airs in Japan with the English version on Cartoon Network and Canada’s YTV. Warner Bros. is also currently in development of the manga Akira.