Earlier this week, Ain’t It Cool News revealed that All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) is co-producing a pair of Hollywood films based on popular anime properties.
The company will partner with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment to produce a live-action adaptation of Tiger & Bunny. In addition, ANEW is working with Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment to produce an American film based on Toei Animation’s Gaiking.
As of press time, no details on either film are known.
All Nippon Entertainment Works is a Los Angeles & Tokyo based production company that deals solely with the Japanese intellectual property landscape. The company was founded with capital from the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a collaborative effort between Japan’s government and several corporations with the aim of boosting Japanese industry. ANEW CEO Sanford Climan describes the company as:
With ANEW, the [Japanese] government made the decision to better promote the storytelling of Japan to a global English language audience. There has been a long, but sporadic, history of properties being optioned or adapted, but not that many, and what they want to do is change the dynamic in a number of ways. They wanted to create a company that is essentially Japanese- that was ANEW. They wanted to find Americans who have a love of Japanese culture- that was us. And they wanted to create a true cultural bridge from Japan to the U.S. where instead of properties just being adapted, there would be an appreciation of the creators in Japan- whether they are networks, publishers, movie companies, manga, anime, games, book publishers- and basically that we would partner with that creative community.
Source: Ain’t It Cool News (Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the tip!)