The Weinstein Co. Secures International Rights To KITE Starring Samuel L. Jackson And India Eisley
The Weinstein Co. has secured international sales rights to Ralph Ziman's remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese OVA, Kite and will be bringing footage to Cannes Film Festival for prospective distributors.
For those of you that had Kite release before your time, it's an incredibly violent, gory, graphic, sexual (hentai) anime that debuted back in 1998 which followed teenage school girl Sawa and her attempts to unravel the mystery of her parent's murder. Fate brings her together with two detectives who train her to become a ruthless killing machine under the pretense of finding the killer of her mother and father. But that's only the beginning of the story and things take a very atypical (and far worse) turn once Sawa's tragic backstory is established. The live-action film stars nineteen-year-old India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) as Sawa, sixty-four-year-old Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Karl Aker (Akai) and eighteen-year-old Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby) as Oburi. If you've seen the original anime, you know why the ages are important here.
Filming just wrapped on the project which was very nearly shelved when David R. Ellis (Snakes On A Plane) passed away back in February but Ralph Ziman ( Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema ) quickly stepped in to keep the project moving.
Per Deadline, the remake is described as---
A character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa, a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner.
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