Hirohito Araki’s popular manga “JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken,” better known in the West as “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” is set to get the live-action movie treatment in a film adaptation directed by the prolific film director Takashi Miike and co-produced by Time Warner and the Japanese film giant Toho.
The sprawling manga series, which follows the eponymously bizarre adventures of various members of the Joester family as they fight various violent supernatural forces, made its debut in “Weekly Shonen Jump” magazine in 1987 and has spawned numerous spin-offs, including anime, video games and art books.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Miike’s film will star the Japanese heartthrob Kento Yamasaki, whose previous roles include the detective L in the 2015 Japanese “Death Note” tv series. In “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” Yamasaki is slated to play Josuke Higashikata, a character from the series’ fourth story arc, “Diamond is Unbreakable.” Miike also confirmed that his production will be shooting in Spain.
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For those looking to explore the original manga ahead of the film’s release, English translations of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” are available in both print and digital versions from VIZ Media.
“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is currently scheduled to hit movie screens in Summer 2017.
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