The quest for the “next big thing” takes an amusing turn today with a press release from Sony that they’ve optioned the rights for a remake and sequels to the 2007 Japanese movie Big Man Japan, which did have a limited multi-city showing here in the US back in 2009. The feature is the type that definitely plays to a lot of common Japanese sensibilities that can be taken to task when it comes to culture and entertainment and could make for an interesting movie in its American form. The original feature was the brainchild of Hitoshi Matsumoto who wrote, directed and starred in it as the main character. Check the press release below and the trailer for the original beyond.
ULVER CITY, Calif., June 3, 2011 – Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to Big Man Japan, which will be developed and produced into a new feature film by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Big Man Japan was a breakthrough hit in Japan in 2007 and a cult hit in the United States in 2009. Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi will write the new adaptation.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he’s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he’s a joke – and not nearly as good at the job as his father and grandfather were before he took over the family business.
The option for all non Japanese language rights to the film were secured through Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd, producers of the original film that was directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto.
Toby Jaffe will oversee development for Original.