Artist International clients Marty Scott and Toni Kotite are set to write the television series based on the popular Japanese Manga, BLACK JACK. The writers brought the pitch to the leading independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne), which has acquired worldwide rights to the series.
The LA/Toronto-based indie studio, whose series include ABC’s ROOKIE BLUE and AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS, plans a live action series of the classic 1970/80s comic by Osamu Tezuka. Taka Ichise and Doug Davison, who worked together on Western adaptations of the Japanese movies THE RING and THE GRUDGE, will executive produce the series for eOne. Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell of Artist International, who packaged the project, will also executive produce.
Feature writers Marty Scott & Toni Kotite sold their spec pilot CANNON FIRE to FBC/20th last year and wrote the feature FATHERHOOD for Sony and Overbrook.
Since its first appearance in Japan in 1973, the BLACK JACK series has followed the adventures of its doctor/detective title character against terrorists and a global conspiracies. The BLACK JACK manga comics have sold over 50 million copies in Japan and are a cult hit in the U.S. and around the world. Tezuka is also known for his other characters ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION, making him one of the world’s leading creators of manga.