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*Samuel L. Jackson is set to topline a live action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 Japanese anime film “Kite,” with South African director Ralph Ziman taking over helming duties from the late David R. Ellis.

The original “Kite” was controversial for its graphic depictions of sex and violence involving an orphaned girl who’s taken under the wing of a pair of corrupt detectives investigating her parents’ murder.  [Scroll down to watch trailer.]

The new version, according to Deadline.com, is described as a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (India Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson).

Jackson said, “The zest and enthusiasm David Ellis had for this project led to my commitment to do it. That same commitment to David leads me to fulfil my obligation to see his dedication fulfilled.”

Pre-production is underway in Johannesburg with principal photography to begin this month.

Below, the trailer for the original 1998 anime film “Kite.”