Cohen to fly with ‘Kite’

Pic involves orphan who becomes killer

“XXX” director Rob Cohen and Distant Horizon will make the Japanese anime “Kite” take flight as a live-action feature.

Distant Horizon, the financing, production and distribution company headed by Anant Singh, optioned the Yasuomi Umetsu-created original from rights owner Studio Kikan in Tokyo.

After her parents are murdered, a young woman is taken in by a crooked detective who uses homeless kids to do his dirty work. She learns to kill and exacts street justice against the detective’s chosen targets. Then she turns her talents against him in an attempt to break free. Singh and Cohen will produce the film and move quickly to hire a writer.

Distant Horizon has several projects in the hatching stage, including the Nelson Mandela autobio “Long Walk to Freedom,” in which Morgan Freeman will star. Company is also remaking the Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese horror film “Pulse” at Dimension, with Wes Craven slated to direct.

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