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Vampire Hunter D Returning in Both Anime and Live-Action Form





Vampire Hunter D Returning in Both Anime and Live-Action FormThe latest issue of Rue Morgue brings the potentially intriguing news that Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi is planning to bring back the post-nuclear earth horseback-riding, sword-swinging, vampire-hunting dhampir in the form of both a new anime series and a live-action motion picture. In regards to the live-action feature, Kikuchi is working on it with the producer of the Biohazard video game, what gaijins like you and I call Resident Evil.

Vampire Hunter D began life as a manga series in 1983, became an anime movie released in 1985, and returned in a new anime motion picture in 2000. The rights for a live-action movie had previously been optioned by Spawn producer Mark Dippe. Presumably they have reverted back. One must assume this live-action movie in the works would be a Japanese production.

Thank goodness a Hollywood-produced live-action Vampire Hunter D never came about. I have a hard time imagining Hollywood producers allowing the character to retain his talking demon hand, and if they did, you just know it would have had the voice of Chris Tucker yelling stuff like "Talk to the hand!"

Expect more details to begin trickling out regarding the new Vampire Hunter D anime and movie in the near future.

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creightonchaney's picture

As an aside, if they did a live action film, rather than start with the 1st book (1985 movie) or 3rd (bloodlust, aka Demon Deathchase), the 2nd book might be a better place to start, especially budget wise. For those interested (they are now sold at Barnes and Nobles and Borders and such) the 2nd book is called Raiser of Gales, and has a strong Hammer film feel to it, and Hideyuki Kikuchi has said in countless interviews that Hammer films had inspired him a lot, especially The Horror of Dracula.


Submitted by creightonchaney on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 7:33pm.
creightonchaney's picture

Actually the Vampire Hunter D series began as a series of light novels, which Hideyuki Kikuchi wrote along with Wicked City, Dark Wars: a tale of Meiji Dracula, and others. Currently I believe he is over the 18 mark for the series too. Vampire Hunter D could work as a live action, if done similar to say Ashura or even Azumi (Ryuhei Kitamura's film). But it would also need a large budget, even if done in Japan. I am always up for an animated series, but seeing has how a lot of dark and sometimes nasty things can and do happen in the novels, I don't know how close they would adapt them. But I would love to see the original novel (the animated film from 1985) be reinterpreted closer to the book. It was close, but they skimmed some of the finer points, and also, a few of the characters are decidedly different, like Rei and his hunting companions, as well as even the Count himself is somewhat changed in the movie. D and Dan are really the only ones left unchanged. But I digress, More of anything by Hideyuki Kikuchi is awesome I say.


Submitted by creightonchaney on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 7:22pm.
Rob's picture

Not too thrilled about this. I always thought Vampire Hunter D was one of those animes that should just be left alone as an anime. They'd probably have better luck pulling off a live action Hellsing movie. Not that I think that's a good idea either.


Submitted by Rob on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 1:52pm.

yeah, i dont trust vampire hunter D live action in the hands of the japanese either. they can fuck up their own greats just as good, if not better than we americans can.
they should stick to it as manga and anime.


Submitted by binturong on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 1:42pm.
FireRam's picture

Thank goodness a Hollywood-produced live-action Vampire Hunter D never came about. I have a hard to imagining Hollywood producers allowing the character to retain his talking demon hand and if they did you just know it would have had the voice of Chris Tucker yelling stuff like "Talk to the hand!"

Hahahahahahhhhaha, I just got a visual. Laughable!!!!What makes it even funnier is the chance of that actually happening.


Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 12:59pm.
Terminal's picture

After the live action adaptation of Blood: The Last Vampire, I'm not too pleased about the concept of a live action movie.


Submitted by Terminal on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 6:16am.
Cash Bailey's picture

But didn't VAN HELSING take a giant shit on any hopes of a VAMPIRE HUNTER D movie getting made.

Mind you, it's been a few years and they've gone and made SOLOMON KANE movie; the other thing Stephen Sommers ineptly ripped off for his grand folly.


Submitted by Cash Bailey on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 6:16am.

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