Kamala Films has acquired the rights to Lone Wolf and Cub, the influential samurai manga by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, Deadline reports. Fast Five‘s Justin Lin, who’s been developing the adaptation since last summer, is attached to direct from a script by Twelve Monkeys screenwriters David and Janet Peoples.
Published from 1970 to 1976, Lone Wolf and Cub follows Ogami Ittō, the Shogun’s executioner who’s falsely accused by the Yagyū clan of murdering his wife and household. Disgraced, Ittō wanders Japan with his 3-year-old son Daigorō, offering his services as an assassin for hire while seeking revenge against the Yagyū clan. The 28-volume manga has inspired seven films and two television series in Japan.
Kamala’s Marissa McMahon will produce with 1212 Entertainment’s Elizabeth Grave and Joshua Long. Roberto Grande will executive produce.
David Peoples, who received an Oscar nomination for his Unforgiven screenplay, also co-wrote Blade Runner.