'Ninja Scroll' gets feature treatment

Alex Tse to adapt Japanese classic for Warners

Alex Tse has been tapped to write "Ninja Scroll," Warners' adaptation of the classic Japanese anime feature. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing along with Madhouse Pictures and Jungo Maruta.

Ranking alongside "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell" as one of the most popular animes outside of Japan, "Ninja" is set in feudal Japan and follows a ninja who must fight eight demonic warriors in order to save Japan. The hard-R movie, released in 1993 in Japan, featured a villain with stone skin, a hunchback with a wasp nest as his hump and a woman whose snake tattoos come to life.

Tse is no stranger to adult fantasy; he's the co-writer of Warners' "Watchmen," Zach Snyder's upcoming R-rated take on the dark, mature-themed Alan Moore comic miniseries with its serious treatment of superheroes.

The scribe, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, also is adapting Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man" for Snyder at Warners and "The Winter of Frankie Machine," which is set up at Paramount with Michael Mann attached to direct.

Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland are producing for Appian, which has a first-look deal with Warners.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for the studio.