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With no end in sight for the Hollywood remake/reboot/update/adaptation machine, it has just been announced that Kamala Films has purchased the rights to the popular 70s manga 'Lone Wolf and Cub' by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. Ok, so Kamala is not exactly a major Hollywood studio, but this is still happening. David and Janet Peoples ('Twelve Monkeys') will write the script and word has it that Justin Lin ('Fast Five') will direct. The original story centers on an assassin in feudal Japan whose wife is murdered by a rival clan. He is therefore forced to travel across Japan with his young son Daigoro, earning money as a samurai hitman and seeking revenge on that rival clan. There were several 'Lone Wolf and Cub' movies produced in the early 70s with Tomisaburo Wakayama in the lead role.
I haven't seen the individual 'Lone Wolf and Cub' movies from the 70s, but I enjoyed the 1980 film 'Shogun Assassin,' which is a patchwork of two of the films in the series. However, as much as I do enjoy it, I'm not opposed to the idea of a remake. If Takashi Miike's '13 Assassins' proved anything, it was that samurai cinema is far from dead. Also, this writing team is legendary. In addition to penning the screenplay for Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys' together, David also wrote Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' and co-wrote Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' (of course working from the novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' by Phillip K Dick). I can't wait to see the story that these two scribes craft. In fact the only thing that makes me uneasy about this project is the fact that Lin is directing. I haven't liked anything the guy has done since 'Better Luck Tomorrow.' Well, that and his few episodes of 'Community.' I would rather the new 'Lone Wolf and Cub' movie be focused on the hero's journey and its other epic themes rather than be a mindless action romp. But what do you guys think?
Are you interested in a 'Lone Wolf and Cub' movie? Could it still work with Justin Lin directing? Who would you like to see star?