Director Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment are teaming up with Bandai Namco to adapt the hit hero anime, Tiger & Bunny, into a Hollywood live-action movie. Now, Bandai Namco Pictures has announced that the project is indeed moving forward, as they announce new partners for the movie. These new partners are Global Road Entertainment and Weed Road Pictures.
The Bandai Namco Pictures Press release also stated that Global Road Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Production Lynn Harris, who worked on the Superman movie, Man of Steel, will be joining the project. They also revealed that Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman, who worked on the third Ring movie as the screenplay writer, will also be helping out.
The movie is part of a collaboration between Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and All Nippon Entertainment Works and Bandai Namco Pictures. Ellen Shanman (Everything Nice, Liv) will be writing the movie’s screenplay, while Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and President Erica Huggins, together with Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki will be producing the movie.
Like many superhero movies, Tiger and Bunny is set on a city based on New York city, and that city is called Stern Bild. Ron Howard, who has produced movies such as The Da Vinci Code, has said that “We had never seen a great buddy story bring together so many uniquely compelling elements. Barnaby and Tiger are immensely dynamic characters, with a psychologically complex relationship with one another.”
But securing the rights to TaiBunny wasn’t easy as ANEW’s Annmarie Bailey explains, . “It was a Herculean team effort, but after actively pursuing the live-action rights, we are honored that the director Keiichi Sato, producer Masayuki Ozaki and the original creators have put their trust in us to share these much-loved characters to a whole new audience.” Namdai namco’s Masayuki Ozaki, who was also part of the panel, also adds “During the deal talks, our chief focus was to ensure continuing involvement by the original creators to maintain quality, and flexibility which would allow the original work to continue.”
So what do you guys think of the live-action TaiBunny movie by Hollywood?
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