David R. Ellis to direct live-action remake of anime pic

“Shark Night 3D” director David R. Ellis is flying to “Kite,” coming aboard to direct the live action remake of the Japanese anime movie “Kite” with Anant Singh and Brian Cox producing via their Distant Horizon banner.

Partnering with Distant Horizon are producers Moisés Cosio and Alejandro Saevich of Detalle Films in Mexico.

Yasuomi Umetsu’s original film was released in 1998. The live action “Kite” is being developed as a character-driven actioner centered on a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When her father, a cop, is slain by someone dirty inside the force, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father’s ex-partner — never realizing he is, in fact, the man who had her father killed.

“I am a big fan of Yasuomi Umetsu and honored to bring the amazing world of ‘Kite’ to the big screen,” Ellis said.

Producers are currently casting and aiming to go into production in January.

Ellis received his first directing credit on “Homeward Bound 2″ while he was directing the second unit on “Waterworld.” He’s also directed “Cellular,” “Final Destination 2,” “Snakes on a Plane,” “Asylum” and “The Final Destination.”

Ellis is represented by Principato-Young Management and attorney Tom Hunter. Alan Grodin negotiated on behalf of Distant Horizon.

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