Warner Bros. has acquired live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's manga and anime property "Bleach," which will be adapted by "Wrath of the Titans" scribe Dan Mazeau. Peter Segal ("Get Smart") will produce with an eye toward possibly directing.
With more than 75 million print copies in circulation in Japan alone, "Bleach" follows the adventures of Ichigo, a teenager who can see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow -- a malevolent lost soul -- Ichigo inadvertently absorbs the power to hunt Hollows. He then dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.
"I've always been a huge fan of 'Bleach' and have great respect for its creator Kubo and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga," said Segal, whose "Get Smart" grossed more than $230 million worldwide for Warners in 2008.
I’m no BLEACH fanboy (seen a few eps but never really got hooked) but even I can see this is a bad idea. A really BAD idea. And I’m not just coming from the “Every live-action anime adaptation with the exception of SPEED RACER sucks” point of view.
That’d be too easy. I mean, seriously, all anyone has to say when using that argument is “DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION”. That’s the end of the discussion. There’s no where else to go from there.
The DRAGONBALL live-action pic is the reason the upcoming live-action versions of AKIRA (Warner still has hopes of one day filming this), COWBOY BEBOP (Keanu Reeves is still hoping to headline), DEATH NOTE (IRON MAN 3 director Shane Black is was involved last I heard), BATTLE ANGEL (James Cameron originally had it planned as his follow-up to AVATAR) and GHOST IN THE SHELL (Columbia’s been trying to make this one work since the mid-90s) should probably book a trip to “Development Hell” and stay there. Nobody wants a repeat of DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION. Nobody.
But, as I said, that would be the easy POV. Where I’m coming from is a little more personal and, to be quite honest, immediately visible in the Variety piece. Did you notice how it kept mentioning Segal was the director of GET SMART? The pull-quote above has two SMART mentions and the actual article has three more. That’s a grand total of five mentions of a movie that most people probably saw, possibly enjoyed and then immediately forgot. I know I’ve seen it but I’d be hard pressed to name one detail about it save for Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway starred in it.
But doesn’t that strike you as weird? The fact that all the Variety piece and Warner wants you to remember is GET SMART? That’s odd, right? Segal has to have directed other films. I wonder what they were?
Oh wait …I know exactly that they were and you do too. And it’s Segal’s filmography that reveals he the absolute WRONG guy to bring (not that it needs to be brought) BLEACH to the big screen.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the list of films Segal has directed: NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, TOMMY BOY, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, ANGER MANAGEMENT, 50 FIRST DATES, THE LONGEST YARD and GET SMART. Oh and it should be noted that Segal also helmed not one but three (!) Tom Arnold vanity specials and a few episodes of Arnold’s sitcom THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW.
Resume white hot nerd rage in three, two, one…