ATF: German Crime Series 'The Last Cop' to Get Movie Adaptation in Japan

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The film, about a macho cop who wakes from a coma to a very different world, is currently in preproduction and eyeing a May 2017 release.

The Last Cop, a German high-concept crime series, is getting a Japanese film adaptation. 

Japan's Nippon TV, which scored a hit with their local-language version of the show, announced on Wednesday they are in preproduction on a movie spinoff, tentatively titled: The Last Cop: The Movie.

Nippon TV and Red Arrow International, the German group that controls the rights to the popular scripted format, made the announcement at the Asia TV Forum & Market in Singapore. The film version is eyeing a May 2017 in Japan. 

Toshiaki Karasawa (20th Century Boys, Toshiie and Matsu) and Masataka Kubota (Mars, Death Note), stars of the Japanese TV show, will also feature in the film. Nippon TV and Hulu produce Japan's version of The Last Cop. The show premiered here in June 2015 and quickly became the biggest driver for new subscribers to Hulu's SVOD platfrom, Red Arrow said in a statement.

The Last Cop follows the story of a macho detective who is seriously injured during a mission and ends up in coma. He wakes up over two decades later to a modern world that has completely changed. As he struggles to come to terms with his new life, he embarks on an unstoppable mission to find out who put him in a coma and bring them to justice.

The crime procedural is based on the German series Der Letzte Bulle, which was SAT.1's most successful crime series ever. Other remake adaptations include French version Falco, now in its fourth season on TF1 in France; a production for Channel 5 Russia; and new productions in the Czech Republic and Estonia.