Teenagers forced to kill each other as part of an elaborate game? No, this isn’t a Japanese remake of the highly successful Hunger Games franchise (although some would say Hunger Games is a rip off of the 2000 hit Battle Royale). Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is adapting a popular comic series called “As God Says” to the big screen to be produced by Toho.
The manga was written by Muneyuki Kanshiro, drawn by Akeji Fujimura and published by Kodansha Comic Magazine from March 2011 to November 2012. It has since then sold around 1.5 million copies in its paperback edition. Principal photography on the film is set to start in June next year, with a target release date in the fall of 2014. The basic storyline of the comic is about a group of teenagers that are drawn into a deadly game by some unknown forces and they are forced to fight each other to the death. TV actor Sota Fukushi, who starred in the massive NHK hit drama “Amachan”, plays the main character, an average Japanese teen who gets caught up in the mysterious game.
Miike has a knack for making highly controversial but hugely popular films like the romantic horror classic “Audition”, the adaptation of the manga “Ichi the Killer” and his 2012 film that also had a high teenage body count,”Lessons of the Evil.” He is also set to make his English-language directorial debut next year in a yakuza film featuring Hollywood star Tom Hardy entitled “The Outsider”. When asked to describe “As God Says”, he stated, “They live, some heads roll, they run, blood sprays, they cry, they laugh and then they die – in other words, a fun movie.”
[ via Variety ]