Japanese advertising agency Dentsu and Hayakawa Publishing Corp. have entered into a live-action feature rights deal for Japanese sci-fi novels that have attracted the interest of Transformers producer Don Murphy and Shoot ‘Em Up helmer Michael Davis.
Variety reports that Angry Films principal Murphy plans to develop an adaptation of sci-fi author Issui Ogawa’s novel Tokisuna no Ou (The Lord of the Sands of Time), which Hayakawa published in 2007, reports Variety.
“Time-travel war novel takes place in the 26th century after human life on Earth has been annihilated by alien invaders. Story follows a messenger who is sent back to the past to battle the aliens.” It sounds like Terminator from the human perspective.
In addition, Davis has agreed to direct and produce Mardock Scramble, based on the popular novel by author Tow Ubukata. An animated adaptation was a box office hit in Japan, and the sequel will be released this fall. “Story follows a young prostitute who acquires the ability to interfere with electronics and teams with a shape-shifting mouse to exact revenge on the crime boss who nearly killed her.”
Dentsu aims to bring Japanese art forms such as manga, anime and other printed content to global auds through film and TV productions.