Takashi Miike adapted the manga/anime Nintama Rantarō for release in Japan this summer. By the time it reached the New York Asian Film Festival, the family-friendly comedy was excitably retitled Ninja Kids!!!. The title stands out among the many scripts that flow through the studio system, and so the property is well on its way to an American remake. THR hears negotiations are underway with “a major production company.” Warner Bros. was involved with the Japanese distribution, so the smart money says Ninja Kids!!! ends up there.
The story centers on a first grader sent to ninja school by his lower class parents, “who hope that one day he’ll grow up to be a respectable middle class ninja.” Watch the trailer for Miike’s adaptation after the jump. True to the title, it includes ninjas, kids, and at least three exclamation points worth of style.