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A List: Animes Being Made Into Live-Action Hollywood Films

It’s well known that manga and anime series are made into live-action films over in their native (and sometimes not) countries. But what about in Hollywood?

Dragonball (2008)

“A young boy named Goku seeks out upon his grandfather’s dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls (of which he has one) in order to prevent Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world.”

Untitled Evangelion Project (2009) (unofficial live-action NGE news site)

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I can’t help but to add that Robin Williams is dying to be a part of this cast because of his undying love for NGE. I lurves it! (Actually, I don’t really like the idea of them making NGE into a movie since the anime was perfect. ilu Anno.)

Speed Racer (2008) (official site)

“Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer - whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X - to win the race that had taken his brother’s life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.” -Warner Bros.


Battle Angel (2009) (unofficial news site)

“Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.” -Anthony Harmon

Someone stole my DVD of this movie back in junior high. :(

Akira (2009)

“Part one of a two-part live action adaptation of the 1988 anime film, “Akira”, in which the leader of a biker leader tries to save his kidnapped friend from a powerful supernatural experiment.”


This is pretty ridiculous, seeing as the animation of the original movie is a main factor of it being a masterpiece. But I’m still excited. Let’s just hope they don’t pronounce Kanade’s name like they did in the English dub.

Blood: The Last Vampire (2008)

“A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise.”

Didn’t really like this anime except for the animation and purdy art. And it’s a shock to see how much they’ve already got planned for the live-action!

Ghost in the Shell

No official confirmation on this yet as Kodansha and Production IG are discussing it. (Information from

Voltron (2010)

While there’s no information on IMDB yet, this movie has been confirmed. The producer is said to be Mark Gordon.

Avatar (2009)

“A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population.”

Shyamalan is writing and producing!! Vurrrry interesting indeed, but I didn’t know Avatar was considered an anime, though I am well aware of the art style.

Monster (2009)

“Years after he saved a young boy’s life, a doctor learns his former patient has become a master killer. As he tracks the murderer, the doctor begins to uncover a related conspiracy.”