Warner Bros., Toho to Produce Miike Takashi Movie ‘Jojo’

Warner Bros. and Toho to Produce
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Anime

TOKYO – Warner Bros. and Japanese major Toho are teaming up to co-produce “Jojo no Kimyo na Boken” (translation: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,) a new live-action feature by maverick film maker Takashi Miike.

Based on a long-running comic by Hirohiko Araki that has sold nearly 90 million copies in 117 paperback editions, the film will feature the Joestar family, a clan whose members possess various powers and skills they use to defeat supernatural foes. The film will focus on Part 4 of the comic series titled “Diamond Is Unbreakable” in its English version. Kento Yamazaki will star as the hero, Josuke Higashikata.

Release is set for the summer of 2017, with details about how the partners will distribute the film yet to be announced.

First launched in “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine in 1987, the “Jojo” franchise has since generated various comic versions, as well as anime, video games and so-called ‘light novels.’

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  1. Bas says:

    Well this is thanks to Warner Bros. ‘ DC Films Universe franchise 3 films in with already $2.4 billion in box-office revenue. Great one for them.

  2. John says:

    I’m waiting for someone to make a live action movie of “Sakigake!! Otokojuku” (魁!!男塾), that’s the most bad ass action comic ever. I’m surprised no one in Hollywood had even read this comic series. There is no fantasy, super power, sorcery or robotech in this comic, but just pure hard hitting martial art action. The series involves a group of misfits teenagers that got together to combat tournament style death round grudge match. What made this comic unique were the creative combat fights and the standout skills of each fighter, plus how the different conflicting personalities all gelled together at the most critical moments.

    One of most memorable scenes in the tournament was this character “J”, a boxing expert, who was sent to this island alone to face 21 fighters. When the enemies asked “who wants to go first?”, J said, “why don’t you all come at me together?” Then within seconds J took down all 21 fighters with lightning strikes, and it was the vivid comic book illustration of how J landed the fatal punches on each fighter with graphic depiction of speed and power that made this scene so sensational. Afters J took down all his opponents, he clinches his fist and says, “My name is J, don’t you ever forget!”. That was such a great punchline.

    Yes, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was great, but “Sakigake!! Otokojuku” is still the greatest Japanese comic when it comes to kumite action, it is plain awesome, there’s no other word to describe it.

    • Gino says:

      John, there’s already a live-action version of ‘Sakigake!! Otokojuku’. It was released on DVD in the US by Tokyo Shock under the ridiculous title ‘Samurai School’. You should be able to find a copy for fairly cheap. To be honest, the film itself is just so-so. Nowhere near as enjoyable as the TV series or the comics.

      • John says:

        Thank you Gino, I meant U.S. version of live action, sorry for the confusion. I hope this comic series can be made with Hollywood big budget to really bring alive the essence of the graphic illustration. Much like how Warner Bros. did it with the 2014 “Godzilla” movie. I think “Sakigake!! Otokojuku” deserves a big budget attempt, the Japanese live action version looked like a cheap TV series, with video quality, no production design, the action was lame. Plus in the Japanese version most of the matches were cropped in medium shots, it didn’t have the budget to film in wide shots to bring out the grand backdrop of those different grudge match “sets”. For example, Momotaro’s final match in the first round against the 4 beastly killers took place on an aerial “spider web” atop Mt. Fuji, that scene alone would cost about $2 – $3 million using green screen and VFX.

        It’s ashamed when Hollywood is making all these remakes and Marvel, DC universe; there are so many Japanese comics with much more creativity and original content overlooked by the industry professionals because they simply were never exposed to these great untapped resources. I’m really glad you responded, at least someone out there knows this series and is reading comments from Variety.

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