According to the January/February issue of Marrs' Canadian horror magazine Rue Morgue via ComicBookMovie.com, 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:
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
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