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Boichi’s Origin Manga Being Turned into Movie

Kodansha signed with Majestic Limited to turn the manga Origin by Boichi into a movie. Majestic Limited is a new production company created by The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone, Barbarian and Freelance producer Danny Chan, and Midnight Special producer Darius Shahmir.

Shahmir said in a statement, “We are extremely proud to be working with Kodansha and Boichi on ‘Origin.’ This project will redefine the boundaries of manga and entertainment, while delivering an unforgettable experience to fans worldwide. We believe this collaboration will leave an indelible mark on the industry and allow new ancillary avenues to open up along the way.”

Kodansha also put out a statement from the head of their rights and media business unit, Takami Yohei. Yohei remarked, “Kodansha has always been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of creativity and storytelling by delivering our stories through various media. We are excited to bring a new form of ‘Origin,’ an amazing sci-fi story created by Boichi-sensei, to the global audiences, and to collaborate with Majestic.”

Origin’s first volume was released in America by Kodansha USA on November 21. The publisher gave this description for the plot:

Inhuman beings hide among us.

Tokyo, 2048. The northern hemisphere is now connected by the Eurasian Railroad, which deposits all manner of crime and vice here at its eastern terminus. Night after night, the megalopolis is gripped by fear as bodies turn up mutilated in ways unthinkable for a human assailant. Remorseless killers stalk the shadows—but one man stalks them! He is ORIGIN. And he is not what he seems.

The 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival awarded Origin the grand prize for manga. Its creator, Boichi, has created a number of manga over the years, and is the illustrator for Dr. STONE, which is written by Riichiro Inagaki.

Source: Variety


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