Japanese Deep Sea Manga ‘6000’ Being Adapted as Movie

Japanese Manga '6000: Rokusen' in Works
Courtesy of Gentosha Comics

All Nippon Entertainment Works and “Black Swan” producer Mike Medavoy are partnering to adapt the deep sea thriller “6000” as a feature film.

The English-language film will be based on Nokuto Koike’s Japanese horror Manga series “6000: Rokusen” from Gentosha Comics, which is partnering on the project.

Edward McGurn and Ben Anderson are producing along with Medavoy. Tara Billik is overseeing the project for ANEW.

The film is set 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface at a research facility where a mysterious disaster killed the crew and shuttered the station. When a new team is sent down to get the operation running again three years later, tension builds as they struggle against the claustrophobic environment, their own deteriorating minds and danger lurking in the depths.

“We were immediately drawn to the tension of ‘6000,’ and are looking forward to bringing this psychological thriller to the international movie audience,” Medavoy said.

Medavoy’s credits include “The Thin Red Line,” “Zodiac,” “Shutter Island” and the upcoming Chilean mining drama “The 33,” to hit theaters on Nov. 13.

“I grew up watching Hollywood Films, which inspired me to become a comic author,” Koike said. “So for me, ‘6000’ is a homage to the American movie culture, and also a horror story for anyone, like me, who struggles through hopeless situations.”

ANEW has been developing a slate of films based on original Japanese intellectual properties, including two with Chris and Paul Weitz’s Depth of Field, “Ghost Train” and “Birthright”; as well as “Soul Reviver,” in association with Fields Corp. and filmmaking partners Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls Prods.; and a live-action remake of Toei Animation’s robot anime “Gaiking,” with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment.

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  1. Paully says:

    The race is on.. Who be be successful in translating a Japanimation/Manga title to a Hollywood Movie. As is well known in the Nerd world Japanese Comics are superior to American comics is sooooo many ways. I’m guessing that Japanese dominance in comics is due to a lack of Congressional interference that occurred in the USA in the 1950’s..
    We all know what happened to the Dragon Ball Z debacle..

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