Takashi Miike To Direct Blade Of The Immortal

takashi-miikeJapanese website Comic Natalie (via Anime News Network) reports Takashi Miike will helm a live action adaptation of Blade of the Immortal. It is scheduled for release in 2017.

Based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura, the film will follow Manji, a ronin cursed with immortality. He also acts as bodyguard to a young woman who "swears vengeance against a group of sword fighters who murdered her parents."

Miike is known in the US for films like Audition and Ichi the Killer.

Blade of the Immortal is published in the US by Dark Horse Comics. ANN reports the company plans to reprint the series in an omnibus format.