Last July I posted that a live-action film version of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga was just green-lit. With no other word aside from the rumoured casting of Takeru Sato as Himura Kenshin I eventually just decided that no such project was actually in development and the articles I read were more or less bogus.
That turns out not to be true! ANN has just reported that a live-action film version of the series has been green-lit with Takeru Sato in the lead and due to begin filming this July for a 2012 theatrical release.
Warner Brothers Pictures Japan is producing the upcoming film with role of director falling to Keishi Otomo, who previously directed Sato on the NHK historical television series Ryomaden last year. The Sankei Sports newspaper which originally reported on the production also added that the staff is planning to release the film internationally and are aiming to eventually make the franchise into a series of films following the success of this initial adaptation. Takeru Sato himself has stated that he is a huge fan of the manga and has already begun intensive training in sword-fighting earlier this month in order to prepare for filming.
In celebration for the 15th anniversary of the broadcast of the original television series, Aniplex is releasing the two OVA series as well as the animated theatrical film on Blu-ray beginning in August both in Japan and the United States. Publisher Shueisha also announced in April that a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project has also been green-lit.
More information later as it becomes available!