Distant Horizon and Rob Cohen partner on live action
remake Of anime hit “Kite”
Distant Horizon, the international film financing, production
and distribution company headed by Anant Singh, and director Rob
Cohen, the helmer behind international mega-hits “XXX”
and “The Fast and the Furious,” announced today their
plans to remake a live action version of the Japanese anime cult
classic “Kite.” Cohen and Singh will produce along with
Distant Horizon’s Brian Cox. Cohen will also direct.
Original anime feature, a cult classic, by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned
for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality,
concerns a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents,
is taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective employing
homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained to kill, she exacts
street justice against the detective’s chosen targets, until
she is able to break free of the abusive and manipulative control
he has over her.
Cohen and Distant Horizon are currently meeting with writers in
order to adapt Umetsu’s story to the live action arena.
“This is a uniquely powerful property, and Rob has been
a long-time fan, and we found that out a few days after we acquired
the remake rights, so we went directly to him,” said Singh.
“We felt his approach to action, and his ability to give a
kind of hip re-working to various genres, made him the perfect choice.
Rob has been inventive, giving new spins to the international spy
thriller and the street racing film, and made them enormous worldwide
box office hits. We need this kind of approach to “Kite,”
an Asian bullet-ballet action movie.”
In the new live action version directed by Rob Cohen, the highly
stylized anime look, and the beautiful but deadly action sequences
will remain, as will the tense and gut-wrenching approach to character
conflict, but the live action “Kite” will forego the
graphic adult situations in the Umetsu version.
However, with her tense sexuality and her ticking time-bomb of
a personality, Cohen and Distant Horizon feel that the new, flesh-and-blood
Sawa has the potential to be the biggest action heroine since La
“Umetsu’s film has amazing visual intensity,”
said Cohen. “It would be a fine challenge to define a place
where anime and movies meet.”
Rights to the live action remake were licensed by Distant Horizon
from Studio Kikan in Tokyo.
Combining nearly three decades of motion picture experience, first
as an executive, then as a highly prolific producer, and finally
as one of American film’s most versatile and successful directors,
Rob Cohen maintains a unique place in the entertainment industry.
Cohen’s most recent hit, the Columbia Pictures/Revolution
Studios’ action-thriller “XXX,” starring Vin Diesel,
Samuel L. Jackson, and Asia Argento, grossed more than $275 million
worldwide and broke records on its DVD and video sales and rentals.
His other blockbuster, “The Fast and the Furious,” was
released by Universal Pictures in the summer of 2001, and grossed
in excess of $145 million at the domestic box office. The film was
also an enormous seller in its DVD and video releases.
Cohen is also director of the 2000 Universal release “The
Skulls, and the HBO film “The Rat Pack,” which garnered
11 Emmy Award nominations (winning three), won Don Cheadle a Golden
Globe Award, and earned Cohen a nomination from the Directors Guild
of America for Outstanding Direction of a Television Film. His “Dragon:
The Bruce Lee Story,” which he both wrote and directed, was
heralded by critics and audiences alike, and made stars of both
Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly. “Dragonheart,” Cohen’s
epic-scale, mythological, visual effects movie, won the Saturn Award
for Best Fantasy Film of 1996 and was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Visual Effects.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, with a degree in
anthropology, Cohen began his film industry career as a reader for
International Famous Agency, but quickly moved into production.
As Director of Television Movies at Fox, Cohen developed projects
“Mrs. Sundance” and “Stowaway to the Moon,”
and as Executive VP of Motion Pictures at Motown, he produced some
of the seminal black films of the 70s, including “Mahogany,”
“The Wiz,” and “Thank God It’s Friday.”
Other producing credits under his own banner have included “Ironweed,”
“The Witches of Eastwick,” and “The Running Man.”
Distant Horizon is the international production and distribution
company founded by Anant Singh and has a significant presence in
London, Los Angeles, the Far East and South Africa where Singh is
Distant Horizon scored a coup with its acquisition of the coveted
film rights to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long
Walk To Freedom” which will star Morgan Freeman and go into
production later this year.
The company has also been on the cutting edge of Asian entertainment
since the early 90s. Its film “Black Mask” was the first
Jet Li feature to be released theatrically in the U.S., and the
company was also responsible for bringing several Jackie Chan titles
to the States, including “Police Story 1 & 2” and
“Twin Dragons.” Its latest Hong Kong feature, “Zu
Warriors,” starring Zhang Zi Yi, will be distributed by Miramax
later this year. Other recent Asian acquisitions include Ryuhei
Kitamura’s “Versus” from Japan and Kim Tae-Gyun’s
“Volcano High” from Korea.
Most recently, the company announced a number of acquisitions
for remake. Singh and Cox are attached as producers for the Dimension
Films production of “Pulse,” a remake of the Kiyoshi
Kurosawa Japanese horror film that Wes Craven will direct. Distant
Horizon is also currently developing a remake of “Don’t
Look Up,” an early title from director Hideo Nakata’s
(“Ring”) horror oeuvre. Two Asian comedies, “La
Brassiere” and “Break Out,” are also in development
Distant Horizon broke all box office records in South Africa last
year with the release of its African comedy, “Mr. Bones.”
The U.K. romance, “I Capture the Castle,” a co-production
with David Parfitt (“Shakespeare in Love”), opens theatrically
in the States on May 7th through Samuel Goldwyn Company, and in
the U.K. through Momentum on May 9th.
For Additional Information Please Contact:
Tyler Steele, Distant Horizon, 323 848 4140, firstname.lastname@example.org