Hollywood 'Turning Japanese' With Anime Movies

Give Hollywood credit for really jumping on a cultural phenomenon the moment it arrives.
This time, the perpetually slow-moving movie biz power brokers are looking to adapt a crazy little Japanese thing called anime for the silver screen.

Before Speed Racer can even slam down the pedal "like he's never coming back," producers have several anime titles in the pipeline that had been available for development for some time, USA Today reports. In addition to the well-publicized 3-D Ghost in the Shell coming from Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan will find a way to insert a twist ending into The Last Airbender, an anime-inspired Nickelodeon series. And, Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to produce two films based on the benchmark anime masterpiece, Akira.

Of course, if Speed Racer eats the wall this weekend in its box-office battle with Iron Man, interest in these projects could cool.


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