Eita to lead “Wild 7” movie adaptation

It was announced on Friday that Mochizuki Mikiya’s action manga “Wild 7” is being turned into a live-action film, starring actor Eita (28). The adaptation is being directed by Hasumi Eiichiro (“Umizaru”) and produced by Abe Shuji (“Umizaru,” “Always: Sanchome no Yuhi”).

“Wild 7″ was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen King from 1969 to 1979. The story revolved around a group of seven motorcyle-riding outlaws who are authorized by the police as a special unit to fight criminals and terrorists. The comic was adapted as a live-action drama series in 1972-1973. Mochizuki later wrote multiple sequels to the series, and it received both an OVA project in 1994-1995 and an animated series in 2002.

In the new version, Eita plays the leader Hiba Dairoku, who is the youngest of the group.

Warner Bros. is distributing the film, which is expected to shoot from late March to May. The release date has not been decided.

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