Phoenix Wright headed for big screen?
Director Takashi Miike reveals his next film is a comedic courtroom drama based on a Nintendo DS game.
Source: A tease from Japanese director Takashi Miike about his next project, as reported by the Huffington Post.
What We Heard: The Huffington Post article was primarily concerned with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, the director's remake of the 1962 classic Harakiri. The article notes Miike's reputation for violence in his films, but the director suggests he's not incapable of working without gore.
As evidence, Miike mentions that his next project will have very little blood, adding, "It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS."
The number of comedic courtroom drama games released on the DS is slim, and the number of relevant ones worthy of big-screen adaptation essentially boils down to just Capcom's Ace Attorney series.
While a film adaptation of a family-friendly franchise like Phoenix Wright might seem a mismatch for the man behind twisted efforts like the horror film Audition or Ichi the Killer, Miike's body of work is diverse, as well as prolific. Beyond his shock-driven efforts, Miike also counts more family-friendly adventures like The Great Yokai War, Zebraman, and Ninja Kids among the 84 projects he's directed in the past 20 years.
Miike also has experience working with game adaptations. In 2006, Miike directed a prequel serial for Sega's original Yakuza.
The Official Word: A Capcom representative had not returned GameSpot's request for comment.
[UPDATE]: Shortly after this article went live, a Capcom representative responded to the inquiry, saying, "No announcements have been made."
Bogus or Not Bogus? Likely not bogus. And with Miike's track record, there's a good chance this will be one of those rare game-based movie projects that actually gets released.
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