Samuel L. Jackson Joins Live-Action Version of ‘Kite’ Anime

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sam Samuel L. Jackson Joins Live Action Version of Kite Anime

Samuel L. Jackson may be once again reuniting with Quentin Tarantino for this month’s Django Unchained, but it’s not the only film fans of the prolific actor can look forward to.

We’ve known for a long while that Jackson would appear in the upcoming remakes of Oldboy and Robocop (the latter of which he begins filming in January), and much has been said of his desire to return to the Star Wars saga with the announcement of Disney’s new trilogy, though nothing official has come about.

Now, in addition to these films – along with his work as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – we’ve received word that Jackson will appear in a live-action version of 1998 Japanese anime Kite under director David R. Ellis. The filmmaker previously collaborated with Jackson on the 2006 cult film, Snakes on a Plane.

Kite (for those unfamiliar) follows a little girl determined to hunt down her father’s killer and teams with her father’s ex-partner to do so. There’s no word yet on exactly which part Jackson will take in the film or how large a role he’ll actually have.

 Samuel L. Jackson Joins Live Action Version of Kite Anime

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Jackson has established an appreciation for anime. In fact, the actor provided the voice of the lead character in Afro Samurai, in addition to serving as a producer on the 2009 anime film that followed. In the years since that series began, rumors have continued to swirl about a live-action version of the story (with Jackson presumably onboard to star). However, the project has yet to come together.

With Kite, Jackson gets the chance to continue playing in the world of anime and re-team with Ellis at the same time. Ellis’s filmography consists mostly of campy films like the aforementioned Snakes and Shark Night 3D  – as well as two entries in the Final Destination horror series. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes Kite a bit more seriously, or if his involvement will lend a certain level of tongue-in-cheek self-awareness to the project.

For you anime fans out there, is Ellis a good fit to bring the story of Kite to life? Which character should Jackson play? Let us know in the comments.

We’ll keep you updated on this story as details become available.


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  1. Sheesh this story has very adult themes I would find it hard to believe that the story would be handled in a tongue in cheek manner. By the same token it has very generic story beats that I could see someone adapting into a westernized movie, much like ‘Le femme Nikita’ was adapted. Personally if they’re going to take it on they should give it its due when it comes to the question of the culture it came from and how that shapes the story. Whether that puts it into a pseudo world that doesn’t exist or never existed is another question…

  2. so…is it a porno? because if you take out the porn it starts looking a lot like a leon the profession remake.

  3. I would prefer it keep a hard edge. In tone I think it would play more like ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and to push it in the direction of ‘The Profession’ would gut it as far as staying true to its source. That’s not to say that’s impossible just not different enough that it would stand out from several other films like ‘Le femme Nikita.’ Is the original story porn? That’s for each community to judge, at least that’s the pat answer…

  4. KITE wasn’t particularly interesting sans its stunning animation at times but I would hope that the director keeps things rather serious throughout. One thing the film had going for it was how grim it was get rid of that and like other commentators said it would kind of be a waste.

    • This anime can not be found in the regular anime section at any movie store. It’s one of the many sub-genres of anime. When britain had rule over Japan they banned all forms of live pornography so the country started the underground (at that time) alternative to real humans having sex, they started drawing them having sex. It by-passed britains regulation (though the country would still censor the “private areas”). Hence the art of Hentai came along. Kite is a hentai anime and is a new breed of uncensored hentai. Besides the blood, gore and brutal action the rest is crude sex, betrayal, rape and a sad ending. The only “plot” is to set up the sex scenes. The only reason one watches this hentai a second time is quite obvious. SLJ actually lost some respect of mine even wanting to bring attention to this anime. Hollywood needs to really leave Japan’s culture alone, they clearly don’t even realize how poorly they misunderstand it.