The Japanese are seriously obsessed with the supernatural. They’re also obsessed with used panties, but that’s another story altogether. In any event, another live action adaptation of a popular manga is on its way.
According to Screen Daily, Twins Japan and Kadokawa Shoten have announced that a live action version of Ghost Hunt based on the popular novel and manga series is set to go into production next month.
Following the ghost hunting exploits of a group of psychics and spiritualists throughout Japan, the story has previously been remade into a radio and anime series as well. Director Yoshitaka Yamaguchi was formerly assistant director to Miike Takashi on films such as Yatterman and God’s Puzzle. Yamaguchi’s directing credits include the film Arcana and TV series “Neko Zamurai.”
The Ghost Hunt film screenplay is written by Atsuyuki Shimoda and Shotaro Oikawa, based on the original novel by Kuyumi Oni and the manga by Shiho Inada.
Shimoda, whose credits include Sadako 3D (oh no) and Doppelganger, is also producing. Shinichiro Inoue is attached as executive producer, and Adrian Chaw is co-executive producer
The producers have confirmed Akiko Maya Egami (aka Maya Fukuzawa) to feature as the Mai Taniyama character, Mizuki Yamamoto as Masako Hara, and Yosuke Kawamura as Houshou Takigawa. They have a few more “surprise” casting announcements to come. The film is due to be completed in spring 2014 and is due for a summer release in Japan.
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