You would think that any movie featuring a giant stick-carrying, tattooed bald guy in a diaper with Buckwheat hair fighting crazy looking monsters would be a recipe that we’d find irresistible here at Dread Central, but alas, aside from the battles, Big Man Japan had us bored to tears.
That may be changing soon, though, as Tokyo Graph reports that an American remake of the Matsumoto Hitoshi film Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) is in the works. Columbia Pictures has picked up the remake rights and attached producer Neil H. Moritz (“Prison Break”) and screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Clash of the Titans) to the project.
The cast and release window are still unknown. Matsumoto will have an advisory role in the story changes.
Originally released in 2007, “‘Dai-Nipponjin’ is an odd documentary-like comedy starring Matsumoto as a seemingly ordinary man who transforms into a gigantic hero. Despite constantly saving Japan from monsters in publicly televised battles, he gets no love from his family nor gratitude from the public.”
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