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'Violence' Scribe Pens 'Monster'

Live Action Film Based on Manga

Published: 07/11/2005 12:00am

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Josh Olson, who adapted John Wagner's A History of Violence graphic novel for director David Cronenberg, has been hired by New Line Cinema to adapt Monster, the best-selling manga series by Naoki Urasawa.  New Line, which also produced A History of Violence, recently acquired the rights to Urasawa's 18-volume manga series (see 'New Line Nabs 'Monster'').  Although it didn't win any major awards, Cronenberg's film version of A History of Violence received good notices at the Cannes Film Festival (see 'A History of Violence Boffo at Cannes') and should open here this fall.

 

The Monster manga is a psychological thriller about a doctor who makes a tough decision to save the life of a young boy (instead of a socially important older man) only to find out years later that the boy he saved has become a serial killer.  While Hollywood studios have made live action films based on manga titles before, typically it has been as a remake of a Japanese film and usually in the horror genre -- so the adaptation of Monster represents something of a breakthrough.
 
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