It was back in 2015 that a remake of Takashi Miike’s 2013 crime thriller, Shield Of Straw, was reported for development with Chris Weitz (About A Boy, The Golden Compass) set to produce through his Depth Of Field. Nippon Television and Anew are now joining in the efforts with word that production is now being housed at Solstice Studios, the same company currently in tow with action thriller, Split Second, after the company launched last October.
Shield Of Straw is based on author Kazuhiro Kiuchi’s 2004 Kodansha crime novel of the same name. It starred Takao Osawa and Nanako Matsushima Nanako led the cast with actor Tatsuya Fujiwara central to the film’s premise about a team of Fukuoka detectives who come under fire from swarms of vigilantes when a vengeful billionaire puts a meaty contract out on a Tokyo-bound convoy transporting a murder suspect.
Miike’s film was a contender for the Palme d’Or for the 66th Cannes Film Festival where it was received with what was reported to be a “chorus of boos”. As Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline writes, Andrew Miano, Dan Balgoyen and Naoki Kitazima are producing the new incarnation titled Manhunt at Solstice. Chris Weitz will exec produce now with Paul Weitz, Sanford Climan, and Naomi Hattan, and the film’s screenwriters, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (the Olympus Has Fallen series).
Manhunt is an action-thriller that begins with the brutal murder of the granddaughter of a wealthy man. Her grieving grandfather issues a challenge heard around the world: “Kill the murderer, and I’ll pay you $1 billion. If you die in the process, the money goes to your family.” All that stands between the accused murderer and death is a tough U.S. Marshall a tough man who takes his moral code seriously and who is tasked with delivering the accused from New York to Los Angeles, with just about everyone from nurses to shop clerks to sophisticated criminal organizations trying kill them both and cash in.
Solstice will launch production in late summer or early Fall.