'Big Man Japan' to Get Hollywood Remake

The hit Japanese film will be produced by 'Prison Break's' Neil H. Mortiz.

TOKYO – Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Dai Nippon Jin (Big Man Japan) is to get a Hollywood remake via Columbia Pictures, with Neil H. Moritz (Prison Break) attached as producer, with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi taking screenwriting duties.

Matsumoto, a veteran TV comedian as half of outfit Downtown, made his directing debut with the movie in 2007, which he also wrote and starred in as the character of the title.

Dai Nippon Jin took 1.2 billion yen ($15 million) at the Japanese box office and got a lengthy theatrical release in 26 cities in the US.

His follow-up, 2009’s Symbol, was also well received, and will be screened along with Dai Nippon Jin and the international premiere of is latest work, Saya Zamurai (Scabbard Samurai), at this year’s Locarno Film Festival in August.

Locarno's artistic director, Olivier Père, described Matsumoto as, “one of the main revelations in contemporary cinema over the past few years.”  

Saya Zamurai will be released on June 11 in Japan by Shochiku.