Pathe Productions, the British movie studio subsidiary
of the leading French media and entertainment company
Pathé, has announced the release date for the live-action adaptation of Mamoru Oshii
and Hiroyuki Kitakubo
's Blood: The Last Vampire
anime. (In the linked
page, select the Coming Soon button in the top menu.) The live-action film, which was first announced
over two years ago, is now scheduled to open in British theaters on June 12. Pathé also lists
a June 17 date for France. Chris Nahon (Jet Li's Kiss of the Dragon) is directing the production, based on a screenplay credited to the Production I.G
anime's Kenji Kamiyama
and Hong Kong's Ronny Yu. South Korea's Jeon Ji-hyun (under the credited name of Gianna Jun) plays the main character Saya, while Japanese actress Koyuki plays
her opponent Onigen.
No American release plans for themovie
have been officially announced yet. The Korean news website Star News reported
last August that Universal Pictures
acquired the domestic distribution rights, but the reported 2009 American release date is unconfirmed.