You know, this movie darn well better have copious amounts of posing!
Earlier today, TOHO and Warner Brothers held a press conference to announced that they will collaborate on a live-action Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure film. The effort marks the the first time that the TOHO and Warner are joining forces.
The Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure movie will adapt the Diamond Is Unbreakable arc from the original manga. The official press release for the venture lists the working title as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Sho).
Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Ace Attorney) was tapped to direct the project, which is slated to hit Japanese theaters in summer 2017. The confirmed cast includes:
- Josuke Higashikata: Kento Yamazaki
- Koichi Hirose: Ryunosuke Kamiki
- Yukako Yamagishi: Nana Komatsu
- Keicho Nijimura: Masaki Okada
- Okuyasu Nijimura: Mackenyu
- Anjuro Katagiri: Takayuki Yamada
- Jotaro Kujo: Yusuke Iseya
- Tomoko Higashikata: Alisa Mizuki
- Ryohei Higashikata: Jun Kunimura
The project will be shot almost entirely on location in the Spanish city of Sitges. Though the manga’s city of Morioh is based on the city of Sendai, Miike noted that he launched the project by scouting for locations on a global scale. In his search, Miike came across Sitges, and decided that it fits the fictional city.
According TBS producer Takashi Hirano, the team is looking into potential sequels. He noted that the arc is long, and won’t fit into the planned two hour run time. Hirano also revealed that team to adapt the Diamond is Unbreakable arc because it features a Japanese lead in a distinctly Japanese setting.
The producer added that the original Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga is popualr across the globe, and that the other arcs feature non-Japanese protagonists. He feels that the manga’s cosmopolitan nature offers a chance to place Japanese cinema on a global stage. Hirano’s not sure how long this would take, but he feels that he and Miika share the same vision.
MaidigiTV is currently streaming footage from the press conference, which you can check out below:
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is composed of volumes 29 – 46 of Hirohiko Araki’s manga. The arc ran on Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 1992 through 1995.
David Production is working on an anime adaptation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, with Naokatsu Tsuda helming the project. Terumi Nishii (Penguindrum, Servant × Service) is in charge of character designs, while Yasuko Kobayashi is in charge of series composition.
Viz Media currently holds the domestic rights to the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure anime and manga.