Comic book LONE WOLF AND CUB: FINAL CONFLICT is taking another trip to the big screen, this time as an English language movie from Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures. The property was first released in 1970 written by Kazuo and illustrated by Goseki Kojima and was adapted into six feature films, four stage plays, and a TV series.
The project sees a noble samurai plotted against and framed in an assassination conspiracy the samurai disobeys his Shogun’s orders and becomes an assassin for hire.
International’s Steven Paul acquired the remake and sequel rights from Koike Kazuo Gekiga Sonjuku, Inc., who previously produced Kozure Okami: Sono Chisaki Te Ni in the early 90s.
This is far from Paul’s first time bringing an Japanese property to the US. He is currently producing the Ghost In The Shell which has received major criticisms for casting Scarlett Johansson in a role created as an Asian character. Paul has stated that Wolf And Cub will have an essentially Japanese cast and that they have struck production deals in both China and Thailand.
Paul previously produced both Ghost Rider films based on the Marvel comics and Namco Bandai’s Tekken 1 and 2.
The property was previously acquired by Kamala Films with director Justin Lin attached to direct, and before that it was set up at Paramount Pictures with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct and produce.
This news was first reported by Variety.