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Anime Live Action Remake Of
Kite Set To Soar In South Africa

Ralph Ziman - Photo:Courtesy kcrw
Anant Singh has announced that production of the live action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu's hit Japanese anime movie, Kite, will be shot on location in Johannesburg, with Samuel L. Jackson and India Eisley taking the leads, and Australian Callan McAuliffe also stars.

Johannesburg-born director Ralph Ziman best known for Jerusalema, and the critically acclaimed thriller, Hearts and Minds and The Zoo Keeper, takes over helming Kite following the unfortunate passing of David Ellis, Kite's previously named director. Pre-production has already begun in Johannesburg and the film commences principal photography this month.

Singh and LA-based Distant Horizon's Brian Cox are the producers together with co-producers Moises Cosio and Alberto Muffelmann of Detalle Films. Casting is currently underway in South Africa and the producers are seeking local South African actors to fill a majority of the numerous roles in Kite.

Sam Jackson said, "The zest and enthusiasm David Ellis had for this project led to my commitment to do it. That same commitment to David leads me to fulfill my obligation to see his dedication fulfilled."

Anant Singh commented, "Sam has been a friend for over 25 years we served on the board of Artists for a Free South Africa together. I am delighted to finally be working with him, especially in South Africa. India is extremely talented and perfect for the role and we are also pleased to be shooting Kite in Johannesburg which offers locations that are ideal for the film."

Kite is a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa, portrayed by India Eisley, a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When her father, a cop, is killed, Sawa vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father's ex-partner, Karl Aker played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Samuel L. Jackson secured the NAACP Image Award Best Supporting Actor 2013 for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. His outstanding performance is among the most riveting moments in the highly acclaimed film. Jackson's list of films include Jungle Fever, Pulp Fiction, The Long Kiss Goodnight, A Time to Kill, and Star Wars Episodes II and III. Jackson is represented by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

India Eisley came to prominence for her recurring role on Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her credits include Underworld: Awakening and the upcoming Maleficent. Eisley is represented by ICM and Justice & Ponder. Callan McAuliffe, who stars in The Great Gatsby and Underground: The Julian Assange Story, was voted the youngest winner of the GQ Men of the Year Award for his work in the performing arts in 2012.

The film was cast by Barbara Stordahl and AngelaTerry of Stordahl/Terry.

About Yasuomi Umetsu
Yasuomi Umetsu is a Japanese writer, director, character designer and animator most famous for his directorial debut and cult classic A Kite. After honing his craft at Toei Animation and Madhouse, Umetsu wrote and directed this groundbreaking film in 1998. With its controversial combination of hard action and vivid 2D animation, the anime became one of the most talked-about films in the new international market. Umetsu went on to direct the TV series Mezzo, a humorous teen killer saga, and the long-awaited sequel Kite Liberator, which combined teen assassins with space monsters.

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