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David R. Ellis to Direct Live Action 'Kite' Remake

by Naruleach
Sep 3, 2011 5:15 PM | 54 Comments
According to Variety, David R. Ellis ('Snakes on a Plane', 'The Final Destination') will direct the live action remake of the 1998 OVA Kite.

Anant Singh and Brian Cox of Distant Horizon will produce, along with Moisés Cosio and Alejandro Saevich of Detalle Films in Mexico.

Variety said:
The live action 'Kite' is being developed as a character-driven actioner centered on a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When her father, a cop, is slain by someone dirty inside the force, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father's ex-partner.

"I am a big fan of Yasuomi Umetsu and honored to bring the amazing world of 'Kite' to the big screen," Ellis said.

The producers are now casting and production is aimed to start this January.

Source: Variety

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i still have some optimism for the film. 1) its not based on liberator 2) it has the Hnic samuel l jackson joining the cast. it cannot be worst then "Snakes on a plane" so i still might watch it. i would never consider kite in the same f'd up category as other disturbing lolicon Hentai it

Dec 19, 2012 2:49 AM by solec

so it's been a year

this isn't even happening anymore, is it?


I'm not that worried.

Still, they should leave Kite alone. Liberator was crap crap crap crap CRAP.

I mean, that No Doubt video that was based on Kite was pretty bad (because it had Gwen Stefani in it, duh)

Also, I have the cut version . . . . .I think they only edited out the sex.

Oct 19, 2012 1:00 PM by kmfcm

Which reminds me, I think I'll die of laughter if I catch a trailer of it on TV or in theaters.

Sep 11, 2011 11:06 PM by Akamitsu

I am looking forward to the movie. Although I might wait until a uncensored directors cut comes out first before watching. I like my violent movies to not have the violence cut out.

Sep 11, 2011 10:46 PM by ezikialrage

GodlyKyon said:
Defiance said:
I actually encourage it. It should deter them from doing things like Zac Efron as Sousuke in FMP!
GodlyKyon said:
Wait! This movie I have heard have lots of underage sex
GodlyKyon said:

It's not hated because it is a hentai

It's hated because it is a LOLICON hentai
I don't know if you've actually seen the unedited version, but I have and I can tell you that you are blowing it a little out of proportion. The only real scene with Saya having sex at a young age is dramatized to show how she was forced into a bad life at a young age. Even then, the younger Saya has a pretty adult looking body with breasts and hips. To generalize it as a "lolicon hentai" would be like calling the movie Taxi Driver child porn, granted Kite is much more graphic.


now you see, my reaction precisely reflected on why people stay away from it. as soon as "Lolicon" is mentioned, in either United States or Japan or China, they will be looked DOWN upon. so at least 90%+ of the non-lolicon people will try to avoid it. or at least not advertixze it.

basically, it's hentai, it's LOLICON hentai, it's get labeled that way, it's get avoided......
......perhaps you didn't read what I said in what you just quoted.

Sep 9, 2011 4:23 PM by Defiance

Defiance said:
I actually encourage it. It should deter them from doing things like Zac Efron as Sousuke in FMP!
GodlyKyon said:
Wait! This movie I have heard have lots of underage sex
GodlyKyon said:

It's not hated because it is a hentai

It's hated because it is a LOLICON hentai
I don't know if you've actually seen the unedited version, but I have and I can tell you that you are blowing it a little out of proportion. The only real scene with Saya having sex at a young age is dramatized to show how she was forced into a bad life at a young age. Even then, the younger Saya has a pretty adult looking body with breasts and hips. To generalize it as a "lolicon hentai" would be like calling the movie Taxi Driver child porn, granted Kite is much more graphic.


now you see, my reaction precisely reflected on why people stay away from it. as soon as "Lolicon" is mentioned, in either United States or Japan or China, they will be looked DOWN upon. so at least 90%+ of the non-lolicon people will try to avoid it. or at least not advertixze it.

basically, it's hentai, it's LOLICON hentai, it's get labeled that way, it's get avoided......

Sep 9, 2011 3:47 PM by GodlyKyon

3D is shit. For adeptions.

Sep 8, 2011 4:26 PM by GodlyKyon

I haven't seen Kite and I don't think I would want to but if they're making a live action adaptation then I rather it be so bad it's awesome then just god awful. Snakes on a Plane was intended to be a bad movie, thats why I like it so much.

Sep 8, 2011 12:34 PM by Jetman2021

but it's not just a hentai anime.
rather that, it's violence action anime with hentai scene strangely included.

by the way, i remember that one target in anime was hollywood movie star.
so holloywood star gonna be killed in hollywood movie.

Sep 4, 2011 10:27 PM by kusushi

LMAO. Oh wow, I recognized Kite when I saw the title but forgot it was a hentai. Then then I saw this clearly American name and "live-action remake" in the same paragraph I couldn't control my laughter.

Sep 4, 2011 10:11 PM by Akamitsu

I wonder how they are gonna depict the gratuitous pedophilia sex scenes

Sep 4, 2011 9:43 PM by Jigero

I wonder how the director includes violence and sexual stuff.
obviously he should cut many sexual thing.
maybe he can include some extra scene in DVD or Blue-ray like this lol.
Cloverfield Deleted Scene - Hentai - YouTube

Sep 4, 2011 9:17 PM by kusushi

Snake on a Plane, Patriot Games, Lethal Weapon etc.. his known from those movies, but picking Kite and me looking at how much it had as a rating in MAL. I doubt it will be any good (im just speculating).

"I am a big fan of Yasuomi Umetsu and honored to bring the amazing world of 'Kite' to the big screen," Ellis said. <-- he said but from all of Yasuomi Umetsu's work he pick Kite maybe he thinks the "sex" part will also help the show invite more people to watch (mainly men) (just speculating :) )

But i guess its better he picked a not so popular Kite.. since i don't want to see anymore good anime series being ruined.

Sep 4, 2011 5:02 PM by T-K-x_

The guy behind Final Destination? Haha, that's too bad.

Sep 4, 2011 1:27 PM by Mon_Diamond

Let me get this straight its a live-action of a hentai from the 80's... God times have changed

Sep 4, 2011 12:41 PM by pillsburyXV

Well I was not going to care, but seeing as this will be american, now I actually care.

Sep 4, 2011 11:28 AM by Wilio

anicribs said:
For some reason i not so fond of Kite hentai plot line.It feels like this anime really count on sex scene to keep up with the pace.What i expected from the live action adaptation of Kite is keep tight all of the scenario and it will flows well without any appropriate sex scene since the live action version was not gonna based on the anime.And one more thing the director needs to pull some better closure end to the movie since the anime itself didn;'t have a proper ending which i wasn;t satisfied.


No. Kite doesn't rely on sex scenes. If you put every sex scene together its probably less than 5 minutes. Same with Mezzo Forte. You can even remove those scenes completely and still understand the plot.

Anyway I think this is going to be like Street Fighter Legend of Chun-li where everything is wrong and the title is the only thing that you can connect to the anime...

Sep 4, 2011 11:19 AM by ravagestorm

I'll pass on it.

Sep 4, 2011 9:42 AM by soulless4now

I'd rather see "Kiss and Cry" being made already. Yasuomi Umetsu's character design is, quite literally, fucking awesome.

Sep 4, 2011 4:10 AM by SurferDude

what has Hollywood destroyed? Dragon Ball... why? the DB universe has to much story for one movie and they see a movie that is only 45 minutes long and it can have some added story to it... that is why we will never see any Gundam movies too. so i say take a shot and lets see what he can do with kite.

Sep 4, 2011 3:01 AM by HungLikeaZombie

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