EuropaCorp is partnering with global entertainment studio All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japanese partner Nippon Television (Nippon TV) and Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth of Field, to develop, finance and produce the English-language remake of the Japanese thriller, Shield of Straw, it was announced by EuropaCorp President Lisa Ellzey and ANEW’s CEO Sandy Climan and Senior Vice President of Development and Production, Annmarie Bailey.
The producer of the original work, Nippon TV’s Naoaki Kitazima will produce the film with Depth of Field’s Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano and Dan Balgoyen alongside Climan and EuropaCorp.
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen) are writing the script.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing the remake of the Japanese thriller ‘Shield of Straw’ to American audiences and the world-wide market,” said EuropaCorp President Lisa Ellzey. “This film is right on brand for EuropaCorp, and we look forward to working with the filmmakers on this project.”
Shield of Straw reinforces ANEW’s mandate to build a cultural bridge between the leading creative companies in Japan and prominent Hollywood filmmakers, while in the process bringing fresh and compelling Japanese IP to audiences internationally.
The original Japanese-titled film, Wara No Tate, tells the compelling story of a team of five police officers charged with protecting an accused killer who has been marked for death by the billionaire grandfather of his latest victim. Directed by Takashi Miike, the film was a finalist in the competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and was a huge theatrical success that year in Japan. A translated version of the original novel, “Shield of Straw” was released by Vertical Publishing on January 16, 2016.
“I’m thrilled to learn that the Hollywood film production based on my debut novel “Wara no Tate” is proceeding smoothly,” said the author of the original novel, Kazuhiro Kiuchi. “With EuropaCorp’s involvement in the project, it’s exciting to consider the prospects of the film being set in the U.S. where we’ll see the characters speeding via train through cities across the country. As a fan of the original film, I look forward to seeing this new version.”
Current ANEW projects include: Tiger & Bunny being adapted by writer Ellen Shanman and produced with Imagine Entertainment; 6000, produced in association with producer Mike Medavoy; Soul Reviver, produced in association with Fields Corp. and filmmaker partners Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls Prods.; and a live action remake of TOEI Animation’s robot anime Gaiking, with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Inc.