Bubblegum Crisis is an anime series about women who are lingerie entrepreneurs by day, a rock band by night, and mega-armor-wearing hunters of evil Boomers by late night. Now it's going to be a movie.
And a very special movie it is. It will take the cult series from animation to live action, Japanese to English, and combine the financial resources of six nations: Japan, the UK, Australia, Singapore, Canada and China. The $30 million adventure will be shot in Australia, with a release date in 2012.
According to Hollywood Reporter:
The contract will make use of the Singapore-Australia, Australia-Canada, Canada-Singapore, China-Australia and China-Canada co-production treaties, potentially enabling the film to tap into soft money from the national governments and also qualify for mainland China release . . . Director and cast have yet to be decided. The spokesman said that "Crisis" will feature two male leads and a quartet of female action babes — two Caucasian and two Asian.
OK, fine, I guess I can accept these changes, though I think if they're going to change the ethnic composition of the group they should go all Star Trek and try to have representatives from several different cultures. I just hope that the girls' band is still going to be called Priss and the Replicants. Because that was just too awesome.
For the uninitiated, the original Bubblegum Crisis (not to be confused with prequel AD Police, or the late 1990s reboot of the series) takes place Megatokyo, a future version of Tokyo where a quake has destroyed the city. Synthetic creatures called Boomers, created for slave labor, have taken to breaking free and going rogue. Only the AD Police, including our heroines, can stop them! It's sort of like Charlie's Angels with cyborgs and seriously cool smart armor.