Global Road Entertainment to Produce and Distribute the TIGER & BUNNY Live Action Movie
BASED ON WILDLY POPULAR JAPANESE ANIME TELEVISION SERIES
Source: Global Road Entertainment, Principal Communications Group press release
Special Thanks to Hans-Dieter Kopal
Global Road Entertainment is partnering with Bandai Namco Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, and Weed Road Pictures to produce and distribute the film project TIGER & BUNNY based on the hit Japanese anime television series. The futuristic live action feature film is being written by Ellen Shanman, and produced by Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins, and Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman. The announcement was made today by Lynn Harris, Global Road Entertainment’s President of Worldwide Production.
Harris stated, “We are thrilled to partner with Imagine, Bandai Namco and Weed Road on TIGER & BUNNY. Mr. Ozaki and his team’s globally recognized story and beloved characters provide us with the potential to not only produce a feature film that will appeal to the masses, but also generate a fully developed franchise across the theatrical, television and digital entertainment spaces.”
Bandai Namco Pictures’ Masayuki Ozaki added, “After a long voyage, we have finally reached new ground. We are truly honored to be able to create the future with our collaborative partner whom we wholeheartedly trust. We are determined to live up to our supporters’ and fans’ expectations and bring this exciting project to life.”
“Ron, Brian and I are excited to be partnering with Global Road Entertainment and continuing our relationship with Lynn Harris and Rob Friedman to bring the live action feature film based on the beloved series TIGER & BUNNY to fans and audiences around the world,” said Erica Huggins, President of Imagine Entertainment.
Goldsman further added, “I couldn’t be more excited to partner with old friends and new to help introduce TIGER & BUNNY to the rest of the world.”
In TIGER & BUNNY, the story takes place in a near-futuristic city called “Stern Bild,” where professional superheroes fight crime and save lives on the popular show, “Hero TV.” The old school veteran of the show is Tiger, whose popularity is based on his character, charisma and track record. Tiger is challenged for “King of the Heroes” by the younger, more dashing Bunny, who becomes an immediate rival. But when a super-powered terrorist begins reeking international havoc, the two must join forces to face their biggest challenge yet.
Created and produced by Bandai Namco Pictures (formerly, the Sunrise studio), the Japanese TIGER & BUNNY franchise was launched in 2011 as both a manga and anime series that played on late night television. The series finale ended with a live-viewing event at movie theaters nationwide where fans joined together to see its 25th and final episode. Two animated feature films quickly followed — TIGER & BUNNY: THE BEGINNING (劇場版 タイガー＆バニー -The Beginning-, Gekijoo-ban Taigaa Ando Banii -The Beginning) in 2012, and TIGER & BUNNY: THE RISING (劇場版 タイガー＆バニー -The Rising-, Gekijoo-ban Taigaa Ando Banii -The Rising-) in 2014. Both films were a box office success and are listed in the top 20 highest-grossing Japanese films originating from TV anime since 2012. Beloved by fans, the franchise continues to excite and engage its strong and loyal following and has grown to include live-action stage shows, exhibitions, concerts and merchandising through Bandai Namco.
ABOUT GLOBAL ROAD ENTERTAINMENT
Global Road is a preeminent worldwide content studio that develops, finances, produces, acquires, and distributes entertainment content across theatrical, television, digital, and emerging platforms. The company also represents the distribution rights on behalf of third-party films intended for a global audience. Owned by Tang Media Partners, Global Road Entertainment is uniquely positioned to harness its deep resources and experience as a producer, financier, and sales entity to offer the industry and consumer a robust slate of traditional and next generation content.
ABOUT BANDAI NAMCO PICTURES
Head offices in Nerima-ku, Tokyo, headed by Yasuo Miyakawa (President and CEO). The company was established in April 2015 as a company spun-off from Sunrise, known for producing the worldwide hit animation series including the original ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ as well as ‘Cowboy Bebop’, and operates under the banner name “BN Pictures”. Known for producing original animation series with strong merchandising potential such as ‘Aikatsu!’ series, ‘Battle Spirits’ series and the ‘TIGER & BUNNY’ series. Additionally, BANDAI NAMCO Pictures also produces animations based on hit comic titles such as the ‘Gintama’ series, and ‘Sergeant Keroro’ series. bn-pictures.co.jp
ABOUT WEED ROAD PICTURES
Weed Road Pictures is a production company founded by producer, director and Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman. Weed Road has produced both critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles including Deep Blue Sea, Constantine, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I Am Legend, Hancock, Fair Game and Lone Survivor. Additionally, Weed Road Television produced the critically acclaimed series Underground. It will next debut its live-action series Titans for a new DC digital platform in 2018. Upcoming productions will also include a recently-announced Ology film series for Paramount, based on the popular book franchise, and an Extreme Universe film series for Netflix, based on the comic book characters by Rob Liefeld.
ABOUT IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT
Imagine Entertainment was founded in 1986 by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create independently produced feature films, television programs and other original programming. Imagine Entertainment has been honored with more that 60 prestigious awards including 43 Academy Award nominations and 187 Emmy® award nominations. Past productions include the Academy Award Best Picture winner A Beautiful Mind, as well as Grammy Award Best Film winner The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years. Additional films include Get on Up, Rush, J. Edgar, Frost/Nixon, American Gangster, The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, Liar, Liar, Backdraft, and Parenthood to name a few. Upcoming films include The Spy Who Dumped Me staring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, and the documentary Pavarotti. Television productions include Fox’s Empire, Shots Fired and the 24 franchise; NatGeo’s Genius anthology series, MARS and Breakthrough; NBC’s Parenthood and Friday Night Lights; Fox’s and Netflix’s Arrested Development, as well as HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, for which Howard and Grazer won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series. Upcoming television productions include the fifth season of Arrested Development on for Netflix. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer began their collaboration in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and continue to run Imagine Entertainment as chairmen.