Award winning “I Kill Giants” manga gets Hollywood live-action film

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Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura’s International Manga Award-winning graphic novel I Kill Giants will get a live-action film adaptation with Oscar award-winning short film director Anders Walter (Helium). Treehouse Pictures and Chris Columbus (Pixels, Harry Potter films) will produce the film and Kelly will write the adaptation for the screen.

Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura’s graphic novel was first published by Image Comics in the United States in 2008. It won the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Manga Award in 2012 and Japanese publisher Shogakukan printed the comic in Japanese after previewing it in the January 2013 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Ikki magazine.

The story centers on a socially awkward girl named Barbara who believes that giants exist. One day, Barbara gets into a fight with the bully Tyler and accidentally hits her good friend Sophia. While Barbara worries about losing her friend, she prepares herself to ward of the coming giant attack. Kelly has worked on the Big Hero 6 characters for Disney, the American cartoons Ben 10 and Generator Rex as well as numerous comic books, while Niimura’s manga have been translated into six languages.

Casting for the live-action film is currently underway and production is slated to begin later this year.

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