Viz Media’s bringing more anime and manga to the realms of live-action!
Earlier today, Viz Media announced that they’re partnering with United Talent Agency (UTA, henceforth) to produce live-action adaptations of Viz’s properties. Though no specific projects were named, the announcement noted Bleach, Death Note, Naruto, One-Punch Man, One Piece, and Tokyo Ghoul as prominent properties.
Viz Media Chief Marketing Officer Brad Woods commented on the news, stating:
The UTA partnership represents an important new direction for VIZ Media and our colleagues in Japan […] Bringing the rich stories of manga and anime to life in new ways is an exciting opportunity with tremendous potential. UTA is an innovator that shares our vision, and their proven track record and strong relationships throughout the domestic and international entertainment sectors will be important factors as we move forward.
UTA Book Department Co-Head Howie Sears also offered a few words on the partnership. He noted that UTA was
excited to start this partnership to push the boundaries of storytelling, innovation and character through VIZ Media’s prolific portfolio.
UTA was founded in 1991 in Burbank, California. Through the company’s history, they’ve represented numerous major acts, including Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and Harrison Ford.
Viz Media launched Hollywood-based subsidiary Viz Productions in 2008, with the aim of producing and licensing live-action adaptations of the company’s properties.
Source: Anime Herald