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Big Man Japan movie, big in America?

10/06/2011. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Columbia Pictures is going to remake the scifi comedy movie Big Man Japan, which will be made into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, SFcrowsnest has been told by Hannah Minghella at Columbia. Big Man Japan was a local hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult in the United States in 2009.

Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he’s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he’s a joke – and not nearly as good at the job as his father and grandfather were before he took over the family business.

‘Big Man Japan is an ideal movie for adaptation from the Japanese to US market,’ Junichi Hamada told SFcrowsnest. ‘There are universal elements of comedy, not to mention its horror/scifi components, and nobody does monster movies tearing up cities like the Japanese!’



Moritz is the founder of Original Film. His most recent releases include Fast Five and Battle: Los Angeles. He is currently in production on 21 Jump Street and Total Recall, and he is in pre-production on Warner Bros.' Jack the Giant Killer. His past titles include The Green Hornet, The Fast and Furious series, I Am Legend, XXX, S.W.A.T., Made of Honor, Gridiron Gang, Bounty Hunter, Evan Almighty, Sweet Home Alabama, Click, Vantage Point, Out of Time, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Skulls, Volcano, Urban Legend, and Juice.

Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi most recently wrote the screenplay for the reboot of Clash of the Titans; they previously wrote the screenplay for the 2005 sci-fi thriller Aeon Flux. Upcoming movies for Hay and Manfredi include the comic book adaptations R.I.P.D. and The Boys, both for producer Neal H. Moritz.

The option for all non Japanese language rights to the film were secured through Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd, producers of the original film that was directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto. Writers Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi are to script the new adaptation.

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