The sudden passing of director David R. Ellis came as quite a shock, but it looks as though his final unfinished project will still come to fruition. Ralph Ziman has come on to take over as the director on Ellis’ remake of the 1998 Japanese anime Kite, which was gearing up to begin production before Ellis passed away. The story 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. Samuel L. Jackson is still set to star, and it was announced this weekend that India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four) have now joined the cast.
Eisley will be playing the young girl at the center of the story, Sawa, and McAuliffe is set to play Oburi, a childhood friend of Sawa’s who sets out to save her life but also may harbor some dark secrets. Filming is set to begin in South Africa later this month.
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.
David R. Ellis, who has made a career out of making ridiculous movies (Snakes on a Plane and Shark Night 3D), has been set to direct the live-action remake of the Japanese anime Kite, per Variety. The original film, released in 1998, centers on a young girl who sets out to track down the killer of her father, who was a cop. The characters occupy a post-financial collapse failed state where corrupt security traffics young women for profit. I can’t really envision Ellis taking on such straight gritty material, but then again he may be putting his own spin on things. Anant Singh and Brian Cox are producing through their Distant Horizon banner. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original film.