Japanese Anime Film Adaptation 'Tiger & Bunny' Lands Writer (Exclusive)

Ellen Shanman will write the script for the live-action project based on a popular Japanese manga.
Courtesy of Bandai Namco

The English-language live-action adaptation of hit Japanese anime series Tiger & Bunny has hired Ellen Shanman to write the script.

The project, from Imagine Entertainment, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) and Bandai Namco Pictures, is a buddy hero story taking place in a near-futuristic city called “Stern Bild,” where professional superheroes known as "NEXT" fight crime and save lives. 

When the veteran Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, aka “Wild Tiger,” is forced to collaborate with the fearless but cocky rookie partner Barnaby Brooks Jr., aka “Bunny,” the two polar opposite characters must learn to work as a team to fight evil, protect the city and save each other.

The live-action adaptation is being produced by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, ANEW’s CEO Sandy Climan and Annmarie Bailey and Masayuki Ozaki on behalf of Bandai Namco Pictures, a subsidiary of Sunrise. Ozaki produced the original Japanese Tiger & Bunny brand under the Sunrise banner, one of Japan’s leading anime studios. Imagine president Erica Huggins will oversee the new film on the company's behalf.

The Tiger & Bunny property is a big hit in Japan. With characters and heroes designed by manga legend Masakazu Katsura, Tiger & Bunny first aired in Japan in 2011 as a late-night TV series. Two animated films have been successful as well: Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning in 2012 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising in 2014.  The property has grown to include live-action stage shows, exhibitions, concerts and merchandising.

“As we move forward in developing the wonderful Tiger & Bunny film, we are delighted to add a true rising star in Ellen Shanman to bring the story and characters to life,” Howard said Thursday in a statement. “Ellen’s strong, visionary, creative voice is a perfect match to adapt this wildly popular story for new audiences."

Shanman is the author of the novels Right Before Your Eyes and Everything Nice, which she adapted for Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah Productions. Shanman also adapted the novel Falling Out of Fashion (now called Liv) for 2S Films and Alcon Entertainment. Most recently, she adapted YA superhero novel The Brokenhearted for New Line Cinema and Alloy.

Shanman is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and the Law Hut.

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