The manga series Lone Wolf and Cub has been optioned for a live-action English language feature film, according to Variety. Producer Steven Paul (Ghost Rider, Ghost in the Shell) has acquired "remake and sequel rights" from Koike Kazuo Gekiga Sonjuku, Inc. for Kazuo Koiki and Goeski Kojima's seminal manga, with plans to begin filming in 2017 under the title Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict. Paramount Pictures will distribute the film worldwide.
“I have been a huge fan of the property for many years and can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to embark on this journey,” said Paul.
Although the plan is to film in English, Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict will have an "essentially Japanese cast" Paul tells Variety. Another manga adaptation Paul is producing, Ghost In The Shell, has been criticized for white-washing by hiring the Caucasian Scarlett Johannson to play the lead character, originally a Japanese woman named Motoko Kusanagi.
Lone Wolf and Cub has previously been adapted as a movie series, television show, and even stage plays in the past. In 2012, Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin was named as director of an earlier planned English-language adaptation, but that project languished.
No release date was given for Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict.