With 'Akira' on Hold, What Manga Is the Next Live Action Film?

With Akira currently on indefinite hold, Warner Bros. is moving forward with plans to adapt another Japanese manga into a live action film. This time, it's Bleach.

The manga follows the adventures of teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (the Japanese equivalent of the Grim Reaper) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on duties to defend humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls into the after life.
 
Warner Bros. has tasked writer Dan Mazeau with script writing duties. Mazeau received both a story and screenplay credit for the upcoming Wrath of the Titans and has been working on a third Titans movie for WB. Mazeau is also previously worked on in-development properties Johnny Quest and The Flash.
 
A slightly more curious development is the addition of Peter Segal who has been brought on to produce. Segal's filmography is filled with blockbuster comedies ranging from Tommy Boy and a string of Adam Sandler movies including Anger Management and 50 First Dates to the most spy action comedy Get Smart.
 
Bleach has been around since 2001 with 53 volumes in print. Since its launch, Bleach has spawned a media empire, including an on-going animated TV series, four animated feature films, seven rock musicals, numerous video games and a vast array of Bleach-related merchandise.
 
Viz Media, which obtained the foreign television and home video rights to the franchise, is teaming with Warner Bros. on the feature film. Bleach has been the talk of a live action adaptation for several years now, but despite all the buzz, no one was willing to step up to the plate.
 
Warner Bros. is seeking to build up a new set of franchises with Harry Potter done and The Dark Knight Batman series coming to a close this summer. Outside of Peter Jackson's two-part Hobbit movies, Zach Snyder's Superman movie and a 300 prequel, the studio is light on franchise material.
 
What are your thoughts on a live action Bleach movie? Who should direct? Who should star and are you concerned that Warner Bros. might white-wash this cast as well?
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