Earlier this month, we received updates on the status of two classic Japanese manga series — "Akira" and "Ghost In The Shell" — being adapted into live-action films. And now it appears that Hideyuki Kikuchi's "Vampire Hunter D" may be the next Japanese property to invade the silver screen.
According to a report in the Japanese horror magazine Rue Morgue (by way of Anime Vice), Kikuchi is working on a live action "Vampire Hunter D" film in addition to a new anime feature.
The story also states that a producer from the "Biohazard" (aka "Resident Evil") video game series — whom Anime Vice speculates is Hideyuki Kikuchi — is involved with the live-action film.
Originally published in 1983 as series of novels by Kikuchi and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, "Vampire Hunter D" focuses on lonely warrior named "D" in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by vampires and other supernatural creatures. As a half-vampire/half-human, "D" is one of the most effective vampire hunters.
"Vampire Hunter D" is perhaps best known in the U.S. for the seminal anime adaptation which was released in 1985. Another animated film — "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" — came out in 2000. Additionally, the long-running novel series has also been adapted into several manga volumes.
Are you excited to hear about a potential "Vampire Hunter D" film? Who would you like to see portray "D" on the big screen? Would you rather see the film produced in Japan or America? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section below or on Twitter!