By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 6, 2011 at 6:17AM
Columbia Pictures and Original Film producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast Five) plan to develop a remake to potential franchise Big Man Japan, a 2007 hit in Japan that was released stateside in 2009. Columbia optioned both remake and sequel rights of the Hitoshi Matsumoto bumbling monster comedy from Yoshimoto Kogyo Co, Ltd, and their affiliate Yoshimoto Creative Agency, Ltd. Screenwriters Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) are doing the adaptation.
Looks like a job for Dawyne "The Rock" Johnson, if you ask me, whose career is on the upswing after kicking ass in Moritz's Fast Five. Let's hope that Jack Black's dwindling prospects in non-animated fare will put him out of the running.
Columbia's synopsis and original trailer are below.
Set in a world where monsters wreak havoc, there’s one man who can protect the citizenry: Big Man Japan, who runs the Department of Monster Prevention. Using electricity, he can grow to be 10 stories tall and fight off the most menacing of monsters. The problem is that he’s not very good at his job and often causes as much damage as he prevents. The people believe he’s a joke – and not nearly as good at the job as his father and grandfather were before he took over the family business.
Producer Moritz is on a roll. Fast Five has grossed $520 million worldwide, the most successful film in the The Fast and the Furious franchise. Battle: Los Angeles has grossed more than $200 million worldwide so far. Up next is Universal Pictures' comedy The Change Up; in production are remakes of 21 Jump Street and Total Recall; in pre-production is Warner Bros.' Jack the Giant Killer.