For a large stretch of time, any YA-skewing property about supernatural-tinged romance was billed as “the next Twilight,” and it certainly seems as if that torch has passed to The Hunger Games, as a new batch of similarly YA-skewing properties with a “kids killing kids” theme are all earning the “it’s the next Hunger Games” designation.
Next up, Variety reports that beloved Japanese action director Takashi Miike has signed on to direct a new film that shares some big similarities with the Suzanne Collins-penned franchise-starting book series. Miike, best known for films like 13 Assassins and Ichi the Killer, will next helm As God Says (Kamisama no lu Tori), a film that is “based on a popular comic about teenagers forced to play a deadly game by unknown forces.” Miike certainly seems like a solid pick for a violent film about killing – it’s sort of his thing.
Muneyuki Kanshiro wrote the comic, with drawings by Akeji Fujimura. It was first serialized in Kodansha Comic Magazine in 2011, and has gone on to sell 1.5 million copies in paperback.
Sota Fukushi (Amachan) is already set to “star as an ordinary teen whose world is suddenly turned upside down one day, as he and his classmates find themselves caught up in a game whose penalty is death.” Fun! (Yes, now is a good time to remember the awesome power of Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale, another Japanese adaptation of a kids-killing-kids book that is often seen as the true predecessor to The Hunger Games.)
As God Says will start filming in June, and a fall 2014 release date is already being planned in Japan.
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