by Kim A. on July 3, 2016 · 0 comments in Buddhist Blog

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According to Variety, SP International are planning a live action, English language remake of LONE WOLF AND CUB: FINAL CONFLICT, a retelling of the 1993 film Kozure Okami: Sono Chisaki Te Ni. The film plans to shoot in 2017 with a predominantly Japanese cast.

The plot concerns a samurai, the Shogun’s official decapitator, who is made the scapegoat in an assassin conspiracy, and after refusing the mandate from his Shogun, becomes an assassin for hire, living on the road of vengeance with his infant son. Because of the deadly swordsman travelling with the child, the series is often referred to as “The Babycart films”.

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First published in Japan in 1970, the Lone Wolf and Cub manga, created by writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima, has been a popular live-action property since its earliest days, boasting the legendary six Toho films featuring Tomisabura Wakayama-San as the stoic samurai executioner Ogami Itto (famously known in the West via 1980’s SHOGUN ASSASSIN, an English-dubbed film made up of edits from the first two films), four stage plays, a television series, and several TV movies. Casual fans may not realize that the story’s ending was never a part of the early ’70s films. The producers (which originally included Wakayama’s brother Shintaro Katsu, star of the Zatoichi films) had intended on continuing the series for a long time, but due to poor box office returns production of further entries were canceled, leaving the tale unfinished. The TV movie LONE WOLF AND CUB: FINAL CONFLICT (which starred a completely different cast from the six films), as the title suggests, did depict the plot’s denouement.

SP International producer Steve Paul -whose taken heat for casting Scarlett Johannsen as the lead in the upcoming live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL– released a statement professing his fondness for Lone Wolf and Cub. “I have been a huge fan of the property for many years and can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to embark on this journey.” In regards to the casting, a rather cryptic “will be shot with an essentially Japanese cast” statement was given. Hard to say what that means, but don’t be surprised if somehow the lead turns out to be a Caucasian in this version.

Source: Variety

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