*The Weinstein Company has acquired worldwide rights, excluding the U.S., South Africa and India, to the live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese anime movie “Kite,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which has just completed shooting in South Africa, stars Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley and Australia’s Callan McAuliffe and was directed by Ralph Ziman.
Kite is described a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa, portrayed by Eisley, a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits from the trafficking of young women.
When her father is killed, Sawa vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father’s ex-police partner, played by Jackson.
“Kite” will be sold to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week.