Studio to give anime a live-action makeover

Warner Bros. has acquired rights to turn the Japanese action thriller anime “Ninja Scroll” into a live action feature. Alex Tse has been set to write the script.

Pic will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland producing. Appian is mounting the film as a co-production with Mad House.

“Scroll,” set in feudal Japan, revolves around ninja for hire is forced to fight an old enemy who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government. DiCaprio is not planning to act in the film.

Tse’s recent credits include the Zack Snyder-directed “Watchmen,” and the adaptation of Ray Bradbury novel “The Illustrated Man,” which Snyder is planning to direct for Warner Bros. He also adapted “Frankie Machine,” based on the Don Winslow novel “The Winter of Frankie Machine.” Michael Mann is attached to direct and Robert De Niro to star for Paramount. 

Tse is repped by CAA.

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