BLEACH Live-Action Movie Gets A Producer And Writer, Project Finally Moving Forward!

BLEACH Live-Action Movie Gets A Producer And  Writer, Project Finally Moving Forward!

Wrath of the Titans might actually be a good movie, as Warner Bros. has entrusted screenwriter Dan Mazeau with the monumental task of bringing one of Japan's biggest anime's to the American big screen.

Bleach Anime

Warner Bros. has held the live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's massively successful manga and anime, Bleach for quite sometime. However, despite rumors of development, the project never seemed to gain any traction. Today, Variety reports that Wrath of the Tiatns writer Dan Mazeau has been tasked by the studio to adapt the property, while Peter Segal will serve as produce and may also direct the film.

In comparison to the American comic market, Bleach currently has 75 million print copies in just Japan,a tiny island country with a population of about 127.5 million. If I do the math correctly, that's one copy for roughly 60% of the population. I can also assure you that the anime and manga are also a huge success here in America and in other countries.

Variety goes on to report that Segal's Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing will also produce along with Masi Oka and VIZ Prods., a subsidiary of VIZ Media, the English-language publisher of "Bleach." Jason Hoffs will produce for VIZ, while Branon Coluccio will exec produce. WB exec Jon Berg will oversee the project for the studio.

"I've always been a huge fan of 'Bleach' and have great respect for its creator Kubo Sensei and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga," said Segal, whose "Get Smart" pic grossed more than $230 million worldwide for WB in 2008.

If you're unfamiliar with Bleach, below you'll find some Youtube videos and Manga images that show just how great the anime and manga series has been over the last few years.

Bleach Manga

Bleach Manga

Bleach Manga

Bleach (ブリーチ Burīchi?, romanized as BLEACH in Japan) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (死神 Shinigami?, literally, "Death God") —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife.
Bleach has been serialized in the Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 2001, and has been collected into 51 tankōbon volumes as of August 2011. Since its publication, Bleach has spawned a media franchise that includes an ongoing animated television series that is produced by Studio Pierrot in Japan, two original video animations, four animated feature films, seven rock musicals, and numerous video games, as well as many types of Bleach-related merchandise.

Viz Media obtained foreign television and home video distribution rights to the Bleach anime on March 15, 2006. Cartoon Network began airing Bleach in the United States as part of its Adult Swim block on September 9, 2006. Viz Media has licensed the manga for English-language publication in the United States and Canada, and has released 34 bound volumes as of March 2011 as well as published chapters of Bleach in its Shonen Jump magazine since November 2007. Viz Media released the first Bleach film, Bleach: Memories of Nobody, on DVD in North America on October 14, 2008. The second film, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, was released on September 15, 2009.

Volumes of the manga have sold more than 72 million copies in Japan, and is one of the most sold mangas in the United States. The anime adaptation has been similarly received; it was rated as the fourth most popular anime television series in Japan in 2006 and held a position amongst the top ten anime in the United States from 2006 to 2008. The series received the Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen demographic in 2005, and is among the best-selling manga issues in both Japan and the United States.

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marvel72 - 2/22/2012, 2:09 PM
first akira & now bleach,why does all anime have to be made by americans.

japanese cast & crew with hollywood size budget = perfection.
P862010 - 2/22/2012, 2:11 PM
marvel72 asians dont do it any better

most of their live action efforts are extremely cheesy and low budget with tons of script problems

luffycapri - 2/22/2012, 2:26 PM
about time
marvel72 - 2/22/2012, 2:26 PM
@ P862010

i thought they did a good job adapting deathnote & battle royale.

P862010 - 2/22/2012, 2:31 PM
those are the most grounded animes tho anything with any sort of sci fi/fantasy gets butchered

i heard Space Battleship Yamato was pretty awful
StrangerX - 2/22/2012, 2:32 PM
Some anime needs to stay just anime.
Luigi - 2/22/2012, 2:41 PM
Luigi - 2/22/2012, 2:42 PM
Something tells the me that Channing Tatum or Shia LeBouf will end up playing 15 year old Japanese Ichigo.
DZ123 - 2/22/2012, 2:51 PM
So are they gonna be all white in this one, too, Warner?
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 2:52 PM
Sigh........I just pray that Segal and Mazeau actually have some backbone when writing this and don't compromise for studio agenda sake but since Ive already expressed how I felt about anime movie casting, I wont now.

But to the studio, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT try to adapt the first 25 in a convoluted effort to show the Save Rukia arc. Use the core plot points of the first fifteen to seventeen episodes, remove the filler aspects of that arc and end the movie with Renji and Byakuya taking Rukia back to soul society.
FightAs0ne - 2/22/2012, 2:54 PM
For the first time I agree with grif anime never makes a good transition to the big screen...
GUNSMITH - 2/22/2012, 2:57 PM


SolidSnake007 - 2/22/2012, 3:01 PM
gonna fail as badly as Dragonball and streetfighter. I hope they don't make this. Please just let this be the first good anime live action movie....
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 3:05 PM
Well, the Ruroni Kenshin adaptation is looking good so I wont count it out.....I will say this though the last few adaptations failed because not only did they have little respect for the source but they were also hacks involved, so hopefully that's not the case here.
gr33nhawk - 2/22/2012, 3:07 PM
Bandrews1 - 2/22/2012, 3:11 PM
Bleach is one of my favorite animes of all time, and its literally one of those things that shouldn't be in Hollywood's hands. But if it just have to made, I hope it is at least set in Japan with a complete Japanese cast, but I honestly doubt.
Hellsing - 2/22/2012, 3:29 PM
Oh god not that optimistic about this at all I mean DB got [frick]ed over so hopefully this one works out oh and atleast keep Ichigo asian please. Honestly I dont see how there going to adapt it I think manga's are more serialized than comics but anyways I'm keeping my fingers crossed
sianirudh94 - 2/22/2012, 3:29 PM
I think I'd prefer Bleach to be a TV series than a movie. Its better and easier to adapt, since you can't really take out much from the arc or else it becomes like a 2 hour long trailer. Just a thought...
I doubt this'll be that great..
AutobotCommander84 - 2/22/2012, 3:31 PM
@P862010 Well, at least there is someone who makes any sense around here.
Hellsing - 2/22/2012, 3:34 PM
Something like fullmetal alchemist would do much easier for them to adapt most likely as a tv series because they don't really have to change anything but then again after what they did to Priest theres no way you can trust hollywood
Ripper - 2/22/2012, 3:35 PM
Rest ashore there will be a stupid young ,all white case. FIAL!!
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 3:36 PM
If they can't at the very least take the basic plot points of the first fifteen episodes of Season 1 and make a good movie with it then they are dumbasses lol.

Here's 3 tips for these morons

- Introduce Uryu,Orihime, and Chad cohesively without showing everything from there episodes per se.

- Forget the whole mod soul subplot with Kon

- And use nothing from the filler episodes

See...I'm trying to atleast help them lol.
OtakuPapi - 2/22/2012, 3:53 PM
This is the best news ive heard in awhile. If they keep it horror/action with a R rating opposed to dumbing down for the pg-13 crowd this movie will be epic especially if dont correctly.Bleach is scored in a way that follows the scenes and characters.If you ever pay attention. As long as they dont dragonball z evolution it, and keep to the core of what bleach is and that is kick ass action it will be awesome.But keep it creepy and dark if they try to keep it all bright and brillant its going to suck... set the mood like the crow movie and we are good
SotNatt - 2/22/2012, 3:58 PM
Holy shi-- this is happening? Okay, well, it didn't work for Dragon Ball...let's see how bad this endeavor will fail.
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 4:01 PM
@OtakuPapi...I dont think it necessarily needs to be horror with an R-rating but dark with some comic relief just like the source seeing as how the series is a shonen which means it's aimed at teen

Anyway, I also agree that they need to stay true to the core story and characterizations of Bleach for it to work though.
BlackGetsuga3 - 2/22/2012, 4:07 PM
If they just have to do this movie then why not let Johnny Yung Bosch play ichigo, he's the voice of ichigo in the English version, he's Asian and he's a badass martial artist too, I mean the guy was a power ranger ffs lol
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 4:08 PM
@Bmcdonald: Either him or Harry Shum would be good choices but that's just scratching the surface lol
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/22/2012, 4:13 PM
"I've always been a huge fan of 'Bleach' and have great respect for its creator Kubo Sensei and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga,"

Thats why im going to base the movie into America, change every characters name and cast young white models for the leading roles.
irondragon - 2/22/2012, 4:30 PM
@chechen ok we get that there are some people who are not partial to the avengers. thats great its ur opinion. but when people like you come on an article that has nothing to do with the avengers or tdkr other than it has the same studio as the latter then thats when it gets annoying.both movies are gonna do great. makes me annoyed to see this everywhere on this site. smfh.
MechTech9 - 2/22/2012, 4:50 PM
Omg. Bleach is amazing. I read the Manga and watch the Anime. I only hope that they do this movie justice. Unfortunately, the track record for Anime films aren't so good.

In my opinion, I find that Alex Pettyfer could play Ichigo pretty well. He has the build and the look, to an extent (if done right).

My choice for Isshin, Ichigo's father would be maybe Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I was thinking of some other, but he came to mind.

For Ishida, I was thinking Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I might reconsider that one. I think he could pull of the role, though.

I'm thinking of other actors that could play these rolls, although some fresh faces would be great. And some Asian actors would be nice, too.
Jer3miah - 2/22/2012, 4:59 PM
KalEl1996 - 2/22/2012, 5:03 PM
Bleach is awesome! I hope they make the movie great and not crappy.
maxer - 2/22/2012, 5:26 PM
after the last fail with Dragonball, i have no more faith in Hollywood anime/manga adaptation.
sweetre15 - 2/22/2012, 5:28 PM
I think they're moving forward with these things because they are still looking for a franchise that can fill the respective voids of Nolan's Batman, The Harry Potter series, and The Lord of The Rings series in the future.

So now besides Superman, they are looking to Akira, Bleach, Death Note, and Mortal Kombat.

Now that that's been covered they really need to make sure that they play their cards right by retaining the core essence of the franchise and make a good film at the same time which really isn't that hard imo...provided they do the proper research on the source material.
animeex - 2/22/2012, 5:45 PM
One of my absolute favorites that I am still watching. This could be a great movie if done right... Let's hope. I also saw a show one time that said Matrix had parts taken from Ghost in the Shell. They even compared looks and scenes to show where they got shots.
thewonderer - 2/22/2012, 6:22 PM

One Piece for the win

Bleach was pretty good through Soul Society. Now its complete crap and you should be ashamed of yourself if you're still reading Kubos bs and trolling
DZ123 - 2/22/2012, 6:26 PM
For all the anime haterz, if Bleach is good enough for Gene Simmons' kid to plagiarize, it's at least good enough for comic book readers.
InFamouslyCool - 2/22/2012, 6:47 PM
This makes me happy. bleach is the best!
MrYurMomm - 2/22/2012, 6:57 PM
@Graphic City

You should really include this clip in your article :)

OnePunchBaldy - 2/22/2012, 7:21 PM
Bleach was written as if it was a series of movies anyway. I think this could work. Americanized? No.
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