With the final chapter of Bleach already out, there comes a very special announcement along with it. The recently concluded and massively popular manga series will be getting a live-action film adaptation. There is no release date as yet, but it is believed to come out in Japan sometime in 2018.
Shinsuke Sato is already slated to direct the Bleach movie. Sato is no stranger to adapting manga to live-action film. His credits include the two live-action Gantz movies and the upcoming Death Note: Light Up the New World.
Actor, Sōta Fukushi is set to star in the movie playing the lead role of Ichigo Kurosaki. Fukushi has said:
“When I first heard they were doing a live-action Bleach, I was also surprised.”
Original creator, Tite Kubo has said he will assist with the production as much as he can so that the movie is not only enjoyable for new fans but will satisfy long-time ones, too. Kubo said:
“My only concern is perhaps the hair color. If that color is in the live-action movie, it’d be strange, so I wonder what they’re going to do!”
The project’s full details are not yet known, so it’s unclear if the adaptation will be a remake of the events in the original manga or a spin-off from the original story. It is also still currently unknown if the final arc will be getting an anime adaptation.
Since the manga has already ended and given it is also Bleach‘s 15th anniversary, this is a great opportunity for fans to look back on the manga series by reading chapters or watching anime episodes to celebrate it.
In case you missed the trailer for director Shinsuke Sato’s Death Note: Light Up the New World, check out our reaction to it here.