The popular Japanese anime TV series turned film franchise Tiger and Bunny is coming to America. Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and others have hired screenwriter Ellen Shanman to adapt the work into live-action form.
Created in 2011*, Tiger and Bunny is kind of like a Lethal Weapon with superheroes, set in a world where superheroes protect citizens and a hotshot new hero, Barnaby “Bunny” Brooks Jr., gets paired up with a crusty veteran who goes by “Wild Tiger.”
“As we move forward in developing the wonderful ‘Tiger & Bunny’ film, we are delighted to add a true rising star in Ellen Shanman to bring the story and characters to life,” Ron Howard said in a press release. “Ellen’s strong, visionary, creative voice is a perfect match to adapt this wildly popular story for new audiences.”
Imagine is teaming with All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), and Bandai Namco Pictures on the film, which they first announced at New York Comic-Con 2015. Hiring Shanman is the first major step since then.
* We originally listed character designer Masakasu Katsura as the creator of the series; this has been corrected.