Ninja Scroll goes live-action

The acclaimed 1993 Japanese animated film Ninja Scroll, original title 獣兵衛忍風帖 is getting an American live-action remake courtesy of Warner Bros.

“Scroll,” set in feudal Japan, revolves around ninja for hire is forced to fight an old enemy who will stop at nothing to overthrow the government.

Alex Tse (Sucker Free City) is adapting the script by original writer/director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (The Animatrix segment Program). Leonardo DiCaprio (Body Of Lies) will produce but not star in the film.

Fun Fact: A Japanese sequel is also in production.

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More medieval fantasy for Kevin Lima

Director Kevin Lima (Enchanted), who is currently in pre-production of The Spook’s Apprentice, a medieval fantasy for Warner Bros, already has his next project lined up. Also for Warner, it will be a new interpretation of the medieval folk tale Tom Thumb. Interestingly written by Robert Rodat (The Patriot), the untitled film departs considerably from the classic tale.

An arrogant knight who’s shrunk to 6 inches while assigned to protect a princess and then discovers what it means to be a real hero.

No word on when production will start or as to who may star, but Warner believes this will be one of their big money earners whatever the year is when it’s released. Tom Thumb will apparently be a CGI creation while the rest of the film will be live-action…it sort of works with animals but will it be realistic enough for a human being, whether he’s tiny or not?

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Russell Crowe will have double the fun in Nottingham

We already knew that Rusell Crowe (American Gangster) will play the Sheriff of Nottingham aka Sir Robert Tornham in Nottingham, the new take on the Robin Hood tale courtesy of acclaimed director Ridley Scott (American Gangster), but it turns out he’ll play the prince of thieves as well! Why? Simply because in the script, the Sheriff and Robin Hood are actually one and the same.

Duo Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris (Kung Fu Panda) and Brian Helgeland (Man On Fire) wrote the screenplay of the film, which will also star the currently despised Sienna Miller (Stardust) as Maid Marian. No word on when the highly anticipated film will start filming, but it is set for release in November 2009.

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Season Of The Cage

For some reason, the prolific Nicolas Cage (Bangkok Dangerous) is reteaming with his Gone In 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena (Swordfish) for the supernatural medieval thriller Season Of The Witch.

Cage plays a 14th century knight transporting a girl suspected of being the witch behind the Black Plague. His compatriots help him bring the girl to an abbey of monks trained in exorcising demons.

Okaaay…Contrarily to a lot of people I think Nic Cage is a great actor, but this sounds seriously laughably bad. A cult classic in the making for sure, Season Of The Witch will start lensing this November in Austria and Hungary.

The only question is, will the trailer play to Donovan’s classic eponymous song?

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