'Negotiator' to move to big screen

Yonekura to reprise detective role from TV Asahi hit

TOKYO -- Ryoko Yonekura will reprise her role as detective Reiko Usanagi in “The Negotiator” -- a big-screen spin-off from TV Asahi’s hit drama of last year.

Matsuda Hidetomu, who helmed the small-screen series and one-off special, will again take the director’s reins for the theatrical version.

Centered on a hijacking of a passenger plane, the production looks set to be another big-budget TV network-backed drama adaptation – which have been increasingly dominating the domestic boxoffice in recent years.

Due to start shooting in early August, the film is due for a February 2010 release through Toei.