Adapting animes and mangas have not been as “easy” as the recent comic book craze, but studios and film makers are giving it their all to adapt these stories to the big screen. Some backlash from the adaptions have come from the news of Ghost in the Shell possibly whitewashing the property by not casting a Japanese actress in the lead role and instead going with box office money maker Scarlett Johansson. We will have to wait and see how that goes, but for right now, Robert Rodriguez is bringing to life another beloved property that comes in the form of manga and anime.
The film not only has its release date, but it’s lead actress as well. Rosa Salazar will lead the film about a cyborg who has lost her memories only to be taken care of by a scientist which helps her revive skills of a unique martial art that allows her to become a bounty hunter. The action premise is set a post-apocalyptic world which shouldn’t be too hard to make come to life for the From Dusk Til Dawn and Sin City director.
Avatar director James Cameron was tied to the story and adaptation for years, but I think we all know where he’s been since then. Rodriguez is famous for trying to revive the “B-Movie” along with his buddy Quentin Tarantino, but has had some less critically received films in the last few years, but this could be a great big project for the director who did a fantastic shot for shot adaptation of Sin City. Rodriguez is going to adapt the script written by Cameron and Cameron has given full support of the project.
If you’re worried that this film could be “whitewashed” don’t worry, this is a property that isn’t even directly based in Japan, but in fact places specific to America such as the states of Colorado, Missouri, as well as Dallas. The film is set to release July 20th, 2018. Fox Studios will be distributing the film.