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‘Shield of Straw’ English-Language Remake in the Works With Chris Weitz

All Nippon Entertainment Works and Nippon Television are teaming with Chris Weitz for an English-language remake of Japanese thriller “Shield of Straw.”

Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitajima and Depth of Field’s Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen will produce. The husband-wife team of Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is adapting the screenplay.

The original 2013 film, directed by Takashi Miike, centered on a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim. The film, starring Takao Osawa and Nanako Matsushima, unspooled in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

“What struck us most about the original film was how at the core of this action thriller, there was an intense morality tale,” Weitz said. “It’s one that analyzed the gray area between the law and justice, as well as what rights a presumed murderer should truly have. There are no easy answers. We want audiences to leave the theatre discussing what they would have done in a similar situation.”

ANEW and Depth of Field are also developing the horror film “Ghost Train” and a remake of the Japanese thriller “Birthright.”

Producing credits for Chris Weitz and his brother Paul through Depth of Field include “About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass,” “A Better Life,” “Admission” and “Grandma.” Chris Weitz directed “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and “A Better Life.”

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