It’s been confirmed that Warner Bros. Pictures has snagged the rights to a live action version of the mega hit manga and anime series Bleach! The news so far confirm that Peter Segal (Get Smart, The Longest Yard,) is producing and possibly directing, and screenwriter Dan Mazeau, who recently wrote the Clash of the Titans, is set to pen the live-action Bleach screenplay.
For readers who don’t know, Bleach is a massively successful Manga & anime franchise that has gained popularity around the world. The Bleach anime and manga series, created by Tite Kubo, follows the adventures of Ichigo, a teenager with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow ― a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper tasked to hunting Hollows, and inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, Ichigo must dedicate his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace. Jason Hoffs, of VIZ Productions, stated “Bleach has built a huge international following in its manga and anime formats, and we’re excited that Warner Bros. shares our belief that Bleach can also become a fantastic live-action film…Bleach is an exciting opportunity to mix Japanese and Hollywood storytelling to create something new for the big screen, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further expose its unique characters and story to film audiences everywhere.”
The manga has been licensed to more than a dozen countries and has over 75 million copies in print in Japan alone. In North America, the manga has consistently appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list for Manga and the Neilsen BookScan Top 50 Graphic Novels list, selling more than 2.1 million copies across 36 volumes. The Bleach anime series has scored high ratings on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and sold 1.8 million DVDs and consistently ranked among Hulu’s most watched shows.