Here’s an interesting scoop that, if it turns out to be true, may have a lot more people taking in interest in the Wachowski Brothers’ next project, tentatively titled Ninja Assassin. As we reported last week, the only details that are known about the project so far are that Korean pop star Rain has been cast in the lead role, and that V For Vendetta director James McTeigue will likely be taking the reins for the Wachowskis once again. However, Stephen over at Kung Fu Rodeo just got a heads up on an Open Casting Call for the film that indicates this may be more than a new ninja-themed movie of their own devising.
Oddly enough, the names of the characters in the cast list seem to coincide with the names of the characters from Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 anime film Ninja Scroll! Is Ninja Assassin actually a live action remake of Ninja Scroll? It seems like a distinct possibility, given that the Wachowskis have often referred to this movie as one of their inspirations for The Matrix, and we can assume this would probably be a dream project of theirs. With the Wachowskis finishing up Speed Racer, and a live action Dragonball movie coming out this summer as well, I bet studios are sensing a new trend in the air. I just don’t know why they would keep this particular detail under wraps and refer to the movie under a different name. Time will tell I suppose. I’ve never seen Ninja Scroll personally… anyone out there have any opinions about a live action remake?