*Samuel L. Jackson stars in a live action adaptation of “Kite,” Yasuomi Umetsu’s cult Japanese anime about a schoolgirl assassin hunting down the human traffickers she believes are responsible for her parents’ death.
Anchor Bay has taken U.S. and Canadian rights to the film, according to Deadline.com.
India Eisley (“Underworld: Awakening”) plays the young and lethal Sawa opposite Samuel L. Jackson as Inspector Karl Aker, a renegade cop and the ex-partner of Sawa’s father, who firmly believes to succeed he has to take the law into his own hands.
Callan McAuliffe co-stars as Oburi. South African director Ralph Ziman took over the helm from the late David R. Ellis last year and scripted the picture himself.
The original anime was known for its extreme violence, nudity, and sexuality, including controversial scenes of rape that got Umetsu’s “Kite” banned in some countries. The live-action “Kite” is produced by Anant Singh and Distant Horizon’s Brian Cox.
Below, a Kite trailer with an intro by Jackson that hit the web in January: