Hollywood Grabs Ninja Scroll & Full Metal Panic


Two major anime titles, Ninja Scroll and Full Metal Panic, are set for live action adaptations and are nearing pre-production.

Ninja Scroll is to be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (and Warner Brothers) headed company Appian Ways, whilst Mandalay Pictures has acquired the rights to Full Metal Panic.

Reports suggest DiCaprio is considering casting famous male group SMAP as the leads in the live action Ninja Scroll. He is said to be intent to “cast with Japanese people” in the adaptation, which he acquired the rights to last year.

Appian Ways also holds the rights for another legendary anime movie, Akira, though no details on this were given.

DiCaprio, said to be a great fan of both movies, has stated that filming won’t start until everyone involved is satisfied with the script.


SMAP’s agency was not forthcoming in a recent statement to Nikkan Sports: “We have nothing to say yet, but if it does come true, we would certainly like to talk about it further.”

Additionally, news that Mandalay Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to a live action adaptation of the Full Metal Panic! series also surfaced.

In what could be the the news that makes or breaks the movie, actor Zac Efron is apparently set to play Japanese born (but Afghan raised) lead Sousuke Sagara.

It is not clear whether the character will be changed to fit the casting of a non-Japanese actor, but this seems far from improbable


Possibly the success of Dragonball Evolution has whetted the appetites of Hollywood studios for more fresh IP; being able to take huge liberties with the original works whilst packing the cast with Hollywood stars likely also helps…

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    Comment by Eloy
    14:08 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please tell me this won't happen.

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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    13:23 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as they're able to keep the goodness of anime characters and the story, IF they can.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh, this is just so fucking wrong on so many levels. Are they tring to piss me off? How dare they try to ruin FMP like this! And Zac Effron...ohh, that little bitch...I hated that kid enough as it was. FMP is one of my all time faves, and this is just unforgiveable!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ninja scroll is just awesome,
    i am excited, just hope they make it rated r like the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is some hope. There was reported sightings of Zac in Akihabara and I think he reads Death Note.

    There is a chance it might not be so bad. It all depends on Zac's though.

    1) Zac's level of knowledge goes beyond Naruto and other stuff like that
    2) Zac has enough influence over the production

    then there's a chance...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's probably not true but rather based on all the jokes of Zac Effron look like Light.

    Comment by NUBFIGHT4
    17:30 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by rexyke
    17:52 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by quigonkenny
    15:31 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone please tell me why, in the midst of all this "Hollywood grabbing anime", with Fox killing Dragon Ball like they tried to kill the X-Men, Keanu grabbing Bebop (in what, scary enough, seems to have the highest upside), DiCraprio grabbing Ninja Scroll (and don't forget Akira), Zac Efron starring in FMP! (they will have to change all the names, since there's no way it's going to be set in a Japanese high school), and Cameron still taking his time getting around to Battle Angel Alita, that the single most logical, single most made-in-heaven, single most oh-my-God-that-would-own-all Hollywood + anime match remains unexplored?

    Tarantino + Black Lagoon

    Tell me that wouldn't kick every kind of ass... And as big of a Hong Kong action otaku as Tarantino is, you wouldn't have to worry about the cast being "whitewashed"... Well, except for Eda... Mmmm... Ali Larter in a nun's habit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:09 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Berserkhobo
    15:28 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should send them an email advising them that, because they have different thoughts about "live action".

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    Comment by Mizu
    14:42 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another DB:E. *getting that torrent ready*

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    11:16 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh great~ Now we have a military schoolboy dancing with cheerleaders and basketball players in the school basketball court instead of kicking terrorists' arses..

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    Comment by Jashin
    11:28 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Him again... Not that HS Musical guy...

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    Comment by Exia
    11:11 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will personally bitch slap Efron if he turns Fmp into a musical.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am so with you, but that isn't far enough. They are going to ruin FMP! Gag that bastard, beat him, put him in cement shoes and drown the S.O.B

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:53 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so will i!
    alright let's make a line. take your turns ppl...

    Comment by Firetrbe
    13:40 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    [mow serving: China]

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Furumeta has good potential.

    Perhaps the moviemakers can consider sourcing Japanese acting talent for the roles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japanese acting talent"


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:56 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you do realize that April fools was last week right?

    Comment by dancu
    11:48 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so it is gonna be packaged as crappy teen movie just like DragonBall. He was always different but didnt know that he was different. Sagara Sousuke has survived wars but can he survive *record scratch* High School.

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    Comment by Hiddenshade
    12:15 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am of those that think that the 2D should continue being 2D and never should cross to the other side where the dimension that is added is known as "FAIL"

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    Comment by Dee
    12:49 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sean Connery is too Old guys. How about Adam Sandler as Sagara Sousuke?

    He was middle-eastern & hilarious in Zohan! He's the best American for the job!

    Take ur pick

    DiCaprio has a higher chance of impressing us. Fingers crossed.

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:51 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm the ninja scroll sounds like it'll work out good.
    on the other hand, fmp looks to be a disappointment if those rumours are said to be true.

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    18:56 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny to see all the haters even before any more details come out. Let's at least get a few more details before we pull out the cyanide tablets, eh?

    But I definitely saw some posts with some thought behind them, especially when it comes to the humor value in FMP being Sosuke, the raised-by-wolves military fanboy, bringing heavy armaments to school. In Japan (where guns are prohibited), that's so ridiculous, it can be funny. In the US? Columbine + Va Tech means it won't be funny, period, even if they set the school in Japan.

    So I don't know how they can complete Sosuke's character without that humor. Maybe they can substitute some other off-beat stuff in an American high school setting? Hopefully, they'll find a good tsundere archetype for Kaname. That was so much of her charm, IMHO.

    Ninja Scroll can totally work. I've always liked Leo as an actor (esp in Romeo and Juliet), and I think he can do a pretty good job with a ninja/samurai flick set in a historical Japan.


    Comment by Chen
    19:00 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There should be a law against hollywood sullying anime. Screw you hollywood, screw thou!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 11/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron. What the fuck.
    Western rape of anime at its finest when HSM fans go see a FMP for Zac Efron.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    22:04 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMP I can dig because of the mecha.

    Comment by inui
    16:18 15/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sousuke become like that?????

    let see what disaster next

    Comment by petit-cheese
    20:31 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Anything with Kimura Takuya is always worth watching... but Hollywood adaptation with Kimura Takuya? Cannot compute.

    In another news, FUCK NO to the FMP adaptation. Haven't they done enough with Dragonball? :(

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    Comment by Ophitus
    02:01 10/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish they'd stop raping anime like this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zak Efron!!!!
    NOT FMP, dont fucking let him go near it

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 09/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now where is that F***ron assassination I've been hoping for?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 07/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron fuck no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 24/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ummm, I'm gonna have to go with FAIL! I think its gonna just end up like dragonball...EPIC FAIL!

    Comment by KamenRiderTheEnd
    17:09 15/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what the? a Hollywood FMP w/ that gay HSM Zac Efron as Sousuke?? they are totally gonna ruin this it would be much better if they put Mr.T disguised as Bonta-kun instead

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 02/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god no not zack lol i hate the guys guts enough as it is but to trample onto an anime i like is going a step too far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 13/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Zac Efron must DIE.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who said Dragonball Evolution was a success, yea it was a success to people who doesn't watch dragonball before, but for those who does, it's TOTAL FAILURE.

    I would have to disagree for an artist from Hollywood to star in FMP, at least an Asian looking american is fine,but no not whites, it just doesn't match -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood should keep their hands out of the anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still in a state of shock that they are mentioning "DBE" and "success" in the same sentence. That makes NO sense WHATSOEVER. I bootlegged the movie and the screwed it up in the first 10 minutes. I refuse to admit it was even slightly good. If this is the path for good series, I don't know what I'm going to do.

    Comment by black_sun
    19:22 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are going to ruin full metal panic!! ninja scroll is somehow acceptable since they put in japanese cast. western cast is just unacceptable especially for asian like sousuke sagara

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:14 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tom Cruise as Sagara Sousuke? I bet Scientology will be involved...

    Man, this is almost as bad as the Code Geass live-action film starring Shia LaBeouf as Lelouch and a green-haired Megan Fox as C2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goddamit Hollywood! Leave our anime alone!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood must stop making movies from anime.
    Just take a look at the Dragon-Ball z they tried to make. FAIL

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is fucking bullshit!!! fucking holywood!!!!

    Comment by ubr
    04:27 09/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMP live action by Hollywood will work 'IF' they're using an all new character (from another branch of Mithril maybe, NA Mithril?).

    Comment by Firetrbe
    10:43 08/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jindai High School Musical?

    Instead of Wildcats, Bouta-kuns...

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