Japanese manga Wicked City is to be retooled as a live-action English-language film by Germany’s Stallion Film, with Spawn helmer Mark Dippe to direct and co-produce, reports Variety.
The sci-fi actioner concerns beasts from a parallel dimension and a secret resistance organization trying to prevent the apocalypse.
The original books by Hideyuki Kikuchi, bestsellers in the early 1980s, were adapted as anime “Yoju toshi” by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Stallion has acquired rights, and Dippe and Johnny Hartmann are writing the screenplay.
With a $50 million-$60 million budget, Wicked City will film early next year.