The streaming service that brought you the aggressively mediocre Cowboy Bebop Adjustment and the straight dumpster fire from a death notice The film is determined to find a live-action anime adaptation that will survive the landing, with Netflix’s next foray into this niche being an adaptation of city hunter.
This won’t be the first live-action take of the 1985 manga, which Jackie Chan starred in in a Hong Kong adaptation in 1993, but it will be the first time a Japanese cast and crew, which makes up the series, is tackled. Ryohei Suzuki will star as Ryo Saeba and will be directed by Yuichi Sato. Netflix shared the first poster starring Suzuki on Twitter.
city hunter follows private detective Ryo Saeba as he cleans up criminals from the streets of Tokyo. Saeba’s business partner Hideyuki Makimura is murdered, so he teams up with Makimura’s sister Kaori to try to track down the killers.
There’s a semblance of hope in this latest adaptation from Netflix, considering it’s not being developed by a western team, which seems to have a higher chance of screwing it up when it comes to adapting Japanese graphic novels. That being said, the live action Fullmetal Alchemist was produced by a Japanese team and even that wasn’t great.
city hunter should be a slightly easier and safer vision to bring to the big screen, since a buddy cop story set in the real world is easier source material than the fantasy world of the aforementioned anime.
In any case, it can’t get any worse death notice Movie we’d all rather forget. Not that that’s stopping Netflix from revisiting Light Yagami’s story, mind you, with a live-action TV series in the works.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/anime/brace-yourselves-netflix-is-adapting-another-anime-for-live-action/ Netflix is making a live-action film City Hunter.