Live Action Tiger & Bunny Reboot Film on Its Way
News out of Cannes for fans of the anime Tiger & Bunny: Global Road, in partnership with Bandai Namco, Imagine Entertainment, and Weed Road Enterprises, is rebooting the series for the big screen.
Tiger & Bunny is set in the futuristic, re-imagined version of New York City called Stern Bild City. In Stern Bild City, super-powered individuals are sponsored by corporations, and their heroic exploits are broadcast on “Hero TV”. The titular characters – Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Tiger) and Barnaby Brooks, Jr. (Bunny) – are superhero rivals who must team up when the city is threatened by a homicidal vigilante. The manga was originally published in 2011; it then went on to become an anime (currently available on Netflix in most markets) and also spawned two animated feature films, The Beginning and The Rising.
Announced today, Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Erica Huggins; and Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman will produce the film. Ellen Shanman will pen the screenplay. Global Road is said to be pitching the film to distributors this week at Cannes.
“After a long voyage, we have finally reached new ground,” said Ozaki. “We are truly honored to be able to create the future with our collaborative partner whom we wholeheartedly trust. We are determined to live up to our supporters’ and fans’ expectations and bring this exciting project to life.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Imagine, Bandai Namco and Weed Road on Tiger & Bunny,” said Lynn Harris, Global Roads’ new president of worldwide production. “Mr. Ozaki and his team’s globally recognized story and beloved characters provide us with the potential to not only produce a feature film that will appeal to the masses, but also generate a fully developed franchise across the theatrical, television and digital entertainment spaces.”
Tiger & Bunny follows titles like Ghost in the Shell, Naruto, and Your Name as the latest to get a live-action reboot. Reactions, as usual, are mixed, with some people interested about the prospect and some people not quite as enthused.
Hiroshi Tanahashi as Kotetsu Kaburagi
Zac Efron as Barnaby Brooks Jr.
For the live action Tiger & Bunny kudasai pic.twitter.com/Zq4ZIvUUIy
— Keito Potato | 敬人ポテト (@archaicbro) May 8, 2018
Lrt hollywood tiger&bunny is happening i’m both so excited and so afraid at the same time
I hope they don’t screw this up, T&B is one of my fav animes aaaa
— cheer 🐰 doing commissions! (@cheerubi_) May 8, 2018
BITCH tiger & bunny is like one of the Few anime that hollywood could pull off……god please don’t disappoint us
— cc @ BIIINARYYYY (@greenhillyang) May 8, 2018
Tiger & Bunny live action movie? Hmmm…no
— kewl beens (@princelycadaver) May 8, 2018
oh no no no is Tiger & Bunny Hollywood movie actually gonna be a thing?! 😨
— ヨナ ʕ ᵔᴥᵔ ʔ (@_YONAhhh) May 8, 2018
us: I wish there was new tiger & bunny content ;v;
them: here, have a hollywood live action!!
us, already knowing what’s going to happen: no, not like this https://t.co/NvjN2mGHPO
— andrea. @ RYOMA CAME HOME 🦀 (@mvkkun) May 8, 2018
What do you guys think of the news of a Tiger & Bunny live-action film? Are you excited for more content? Are you nervous about how they’ll adapt it? Or both, perhaps?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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