According to Deadline Hollywood, US multimedia producer Entertainment One has acquired the live action TV drama rights for Tezuka Osamu's manga "Black Jack". Eiga.com reported that they are planning to air the series next year.
The anime/manga aren't really anything special by today's standards.
The stories are short and sometimes quite idiotic. The art isn't very good either(ignoring the disney style). Black Jack is kind of cool in a Harlock way though.
The legal age of consent in Japan is 13, so shota is totally legal in Japan. In some western countries shota might be considered child porn.
In the deadline article:
"Taka Ichise and Doug Davison, who worked together on Western adaptations of the Japanese movies The Ring and The Grudge, will executive produce the series for eOne. "
Ehehehe..... eeeehhh.... thinki I'll pass.
And as far as I know, they weren't responsible for the making of TWD, just it's distribution.
Some of the people here that think that this show will suck fail to realize that medical themed(some mixed in other themes) shows regardless of genre or origin have been more hit than miss in the US. Plus that this is the first anime/manga franchise adapted to a live-action series in the US as most have been anime dubs with a few live action movies thrown in. Here are some med shows that aired in the states:
Medic(the first medical procedure series 1954-1956)
General Hospital(1963-Present) it justed aired its 12,619th episode on 8/3/12.
Marcus Welby, M.D.(1969-1976)
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors(1969-1973)
Dr. Simon Locke(1971-1974)
Trapper John, M.D.(1979-1986)
Doogie Howser, M.D.(1989-1993)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman(1993-2001 including the TV movies)
The Human Factor(1992)
Diagnosis: Murder(1993-2001 including the TV movies)
City Of Angels(2000)
General Hospital: Night Shift(2007-2008)
Off the Map(2011)
Body Of Proof(2011-present)
Hart Of Dixie(2011-present)
A Gifted Man(2011-2012)
In the end even if the show doesn't suck it still has to do well ratings wise.