Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are partnering with Fields Corporation and All Nippon Entertainment Works on a live-action English-language adaptation of Japanese manga Soul ReViver. The supernatural action series was originally created in 2012 by Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige and has featured in Hero’s, a monthly Japanese comic magazine. The story centers on Jin and Clara, two soul revivers who have the ability to move between the worlds of the living and the dead and to bring certain people back whose mission on Earth was not complete at the time of their demise. There are currently four editions of the manga.
Herskovitz and Zwick will write the screenplay, and Zwick will direct. Their Bedford Falls will produce with Japan-based entertainment companies Fields and All Nippon. The partners are eyeing a 2016 release. Zwick recently directed chess drama Pawn Sacrifice which is running in Toronto. He and Herskovitz are also producing Ron Howard’s upcoming Heart Of The Sea. The longtime partners have a history with Japanese culture, having made The Last Samurai in 2003.
Zwick said today, “Japanese cinema has always been a touchstone for me. I’m excited to extend that relationship to this new and vital part of Japanese culture.”