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Vampire Hunter D Goes Live?

Movement slowly going forward

By Chris Beveridge     February 24, 2010

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According to the January/February issue of Marrs' Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue via, Hideyuki Kikuchi is working towards a live action adaptation of his very popular and long running work, Vampire Hunter D. Last years's success of the Blood+ movie has sparked interest in other asian and Japanese oriented vampire and horror movies (once again, after a deluge of general horror adaptations earlier in the decade) but Kikuchi is ensuring a hand in everything by teaming up with one of the producers behind the Resident Evil game series to create it. Kikuchi's works have been in play at different times over the years, most recently with both Vampire Hunter D and Wicked City being optioned by Mark Dippe and Davis Films.

Wicked City has seen an animated movie before and has finally started to see the release of the novels here in the US late last fall.

With Vampire Hunter D, the novel series (with multiple books making up individual novels) began in 1983 with twenty one volumes having come out. The books and manga adaptations have been slowly coming out in the US through Digital Manga (with the novels getting distributed by Dark Horse). The novels were made into a movie early on with the 1985 adaptation simply title Vampire Hunter D which was picked up by Streamline Pictures and rode that initial wave of what anime was about to Western eyes, namely strange supernatural violence. With this and Wicked City coming at the same time, it wasn't a difficult thing to promote, especially in comparison to the death of quality Disney films at the time. In 2000, due to the strength of the franchise in the US, a new feature was created with Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, which earned a lot of interest because it was filmed intentionally in English first and then recorded in Japanese. 

AnimeOnDVD @ Mania has reviewed numerous versions of this franchise over the years, which you can find here:

Anime Reviews

Vampire Hunter D Chris Beveridge 10-17-2000
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Chris Beveridge 02-12-2002
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Mark McPherson 02-12-2002

Manga and Novel Reviews:

Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #01 Justin Rich 05-04-2005
Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #03 Chris Beveridge 12-14-2005
Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #05 - The Stuff Of Dreams John Zakrzewski 08-16-2006
Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #06 - Pilgramage Of The Sacred And The Profane John Zakrzewski 12-13-2006
Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #07 - Mysterious Journey to the North Sea Part One John Zakrzewski 05-30-2007
Vampire Hunter D (Novels) Vol. #08 - Mysterious Journey to the North Sea Part Two John Zakrzewski 08-30-2007
Vampire Hunter D (Novels) Vol. #10 - Dark Nocturne John Zakrzewski 03-31-2008
Vampire Hunter D (novels) Vol. #11 John Zakrzewski 10-21-2008

Vampire Hunter D Vol. #01 Andrew Kent  
Vampire Hunter D Vol. #02 John Zakrzewski 06-24-2008
Vampire Hunter D Vol. #03 John Zakrzewski 05-29-2009
Vampire Hunter D Vol. #04 John Zakrzewski 12-30-2009


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Calibur454 2/24/2010 3:34:12 PM

lets just hope the movie is done right- an not try to screw it up this is a franchise that could actually work live action

starpunk 2/25/2010 9:37:35 AM

I am certainly excited but after seeing blood, i agree with calibur.. I'm also cowboy bebop will be done right as well

lusiphur 2/25/2010 10:11:18 AM

This was the first anime I ever saw way back in '88 (that I new was anime.  Robotech and Starblazers don't count).  I saw D, Urusei Yatsura and Char's Counterattack all within the span of a few hours.  I was hooked from then on.

With Kikuchi heavily involved, this should turn out worlds better than the Fist of the North Star live action from the mid '90s. 

I have high hopes for this.

Starpunk - Cowboy Bebop would be very cool also.



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