Japanese Comic Book 'Lone Wolf and Cub' Headed to the Big Screen

A noble samurai is framed in an assassination conspiracy in a big screen adaptation of the iconic Japanese comic book 'Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict.'

The iconic Japanese comic book Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict is headed to the big screen for a live-action adaptation by Steven Paul's company, SP International Pictures. The English language production will actually be a remake of the 1993 movie, Kozure Okami: Sono Chisaki Te Ni.

The plot of this popular Manga story revolves around a noble samurai who is being plotted against and framed in an assassination conspiracy. Daring to disobey his Shogun's orders, the samurai becomes an assassin for hire.

The Lone Wolf and Cub property originated in 1970 as a comic book written by Koike Kazuo, with illustrations by Goseki Kojima. The stories were adapted into a wide range of projects, including six feature films (all starring Tomisaburo Wakayama), four stage plays and a TV series.

"I have been a huge fan of the property for many years and can't tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to embark on this journey," Paul said in a statement.

A high profile producer, Paul is responsible for Marvel Comics' Ghost Rider 1 & 2 and Namco Bandai's Tekken 1 & 2. He  is currently working on the much anticipated Ghost in a Shell. He taken a lot of flack for "inappropriate casting," especially his decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as a character who was originally an Asian woman. Final Conflict should not provoke as much controversy since, according to Paul, it will feature an "essentially Japanese cast."

Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict is expected to begin filming some time next year.

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