Monday, May 15, 2017

Manga Entertainment Option 'Wayward' Comic Series For TV

Jim Zub and Steven Cummings' best-selling Image Comics series Wayward takes place in modern-day Tokyo, where supernaturally powered teens battle the Yokai- the mythical creatures of Japanese folklore. Sounds like a perfect fit for an anime series, right? That could very well be on the cards, as Manga Entertainment UK have optioned the series, with hopes to develop the series "in television as a Japanese animated or live action series".

What exactly does this mean? Essentially, there isn't a deal to make the series just yet, but Manga will be looking for partners to collaborate with on the project. They have plenty of experience working with Japanese studios and media companies, so can bring their expertise to make sure this can happen. They've also got a past history of co-productions, having previously been involved in the Ghost In The Shell original movie, and the Stand Alone Complex TV series. More recently, Manga and their sister-company Animatsu have mentioned plans to get into more co-productions in future, and this sounds ideal for that.


Manga UK's COO Jerome  Mazandarani says "We are very excited to be working with Jim and Steven to bring the characters and world of Wayward to life for the screen. Jim and Steven have managed to create a truly unique high stakes action-drama that feels fresh and authentic in its mixture of Japanese and Celtic mythology. We are very confident this story will connect with audiences across Asia and the rest of the world."

Zub and Cummings will be creative consultants on the project and will develop the original story treatment and contribute character and creature designs.

Zub said "As soon as Jerome and I started talking about a collaboration, I had a good feeling Manga Entertainment would be the right place to develop Wayward. The crew at Manga intimately understand the anime market and have helped popularize some of the biggest brands in that space. As Japanese art and animation continues to go global, co-producing Wayward at a Japanese studio with Manga taking the lead is a natural choice."

Hopefully, this will lead to some very exciting things. We'll be following this project closely.



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