Heat Vision, the geek dedicated corner of the Hollywood Reporter media news site, have a writer tapped for the US live-action adaptation of Sunrise’s hero-for-hire anime Tiger & Bunny. They report that Ellen Shanman has been brought on board for the movie, having previously produced screenplays of her own novel Everything Nice for Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions. She’s also the author of the novel Right Before Your Eyes, and has written scripts for the films Liv, adapted from Karen Yampolsky’s novel Falling Out of Fashion, and The Brokenhearted, adapted from Amelia Kahaney’s young adult superhero novel.

The film’s being developed by Imagine Entertainment, Sunrise subsidiary Bandai Namco Pictures, and All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), who previously released a profile of their company and initiative to boost international success for Japanese industries. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produce, alongside ANEW CEO Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailey, and Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki.

“As we move forward in developing the wonderful Tiger & Bunny film, we are delighted to add a true rising star in Ellen Shanman to bring the story and characters to life,” Howard said in a statement on Thursday (August 11th). “Ellen’s strong, visionary, creative voice is a perfect match to adapt this wildly popular story for new audiences.”


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Elisabeth O'Neill

We really enjoyed the anime, and I’m hoping the film will come along and shake up the superhero movies. Besides a couple of exceptions, the genre’s getting pretty stagnant, especially where Marvel and DC are concerned.

The Otaku Judge

The series didn’t click with me, despite having some cool ideas. Perhaps it will work better in live action. Marvel has shown that live action superheroes can be a hit these days.