Report: Bleach Is Getting A Live-Action Film

[Image via Excite]
[Image via Excite]
Kotaku EastEast is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Just as the manga is ending, there is apparently a live-action Bleach film in the works.

The news was revealed via leak from next week’s upcoming Weekly Shonen Jump (via 2ch). What appear to be authentic magazine scans are floating around online; however, the upcoming Weekly Shonen Jump won’t be available until early next week to confirm.

According to the leak, the movie will star Sota Fukushi as the protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki. “When I first heard they were doing a live-action Bleach, I was also surprised,” Fukushi is quoted as saying.

Advertisement

Bleach creator Tite Kubo is quoted as saying he, as the original creator, will assist with the production as much as he can so that the movie is not only enjoyable for new fans but satisfy long-time ones, too.

“My only concern is perhaps the hair color,” Kubo wrote. “If that color is in the live-action movie, it’d be strange, so I wonder what they’re going to do!”

Shinsuke Sato, who directed the live-action Gantz and I Am a Hero films, will be helming the picture, which is slated for a 2018 release.

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

Share This Story

Get our `newsletter`

DISCUSSION

stairmasternem
Stairmasternem

Yeah this doesn’t sound like the greatest series to make live action. Naruto would be a better choice, but only slightly. At least Naruto’s plots didn’t take multiple seasons to conclude.

I swear Bleach got to a point where it took 2 or so years just to finish one battle.