Global Road is coming aboard with Bandai Namco Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Weed Road Pictures to produce and distribute the film with series producer Ozaki Masayuku, Imagine’s Howard along with Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and Weed Road’s own Akiva Goldsman. Bandai Namco launched the franchise in 2011 as both manga and late-night anime prior to two animated films the following year, Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning in 2012, and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising in 2014. Both became box-office hit and are listed in top-twenty charts of highest-grossing Japanese films originating from TV anime since 2012, earning the franchise continued praise from fans at expos and comic-cons to date.
Author and screenwriter Ellen Shanman has been busy working her fingers with projects Paramount, Imagine and Black Label Media among a raft of other companies. Her workload now extends to efforts currently in the hands of Studio 8 for an adaptation of Ken Liu’s 2017 publication, The Hidden Girl, which the firm landed in 2016.
The female-centric sci-fi thriller tells of an ancient Chinese myth about a team of women assassins who can navigate between dimensions. As Anita Busch’s exclusive on Tuesday details, The Hidden Girl is one of over 100 short stories, many of which have decorated Liu with multiple awards, including 2012 publications “The Paper Menagerie” and “Mono no Aware”, and the multi-award winnint Spring 2015 print, “The Grace of Kings”.
There’s no director or cast attached while The Hidden Girl remains as one of many projects the Studio isn’t sitting still on, including Hypnotic, Planet Kill, crowdfunded comic Black, the Brad Inglesby-penned MMA Thai prison thriller Champion, Chad Stahelski’s Sandman Slim and Graham Moore’s Naked Is The Best Disguise which goes before cameras this year. Rishi Rajani, Jessica Switch and Chris Goldberg will oversee for Studio 8.
Shanman’s other works apart from authoring for Random House/Bantam Dell, include adapting Ally Carter’s bestselling spy-girl book series Gallagher Girls for Paramount, and Satou Keichii’s Tiger & Bunny for Imagine and Anew, as well as non-fiction, New York Times bestseller, Nothing Daunted for Black Label Media, and YA superhero novel The Brokenhearted for New Line and Alloy.