Justin Lin’s Lone Wolf Sinks Claws Into New Writers

Justin Lin’s planned take on an acclaimed samurai manga, Lone Wolf And Cub, now has its claws sunk firmly into backing from Kamala Films and Twelve Monkeys writers David and Janet Peoples.

The project is still in its infancy, it’s true, but Lin is reportedly thrilled to have the Peoples on board: “I’ve long admired the Peoples and their enduring body of work,” Lin says in a press release picked up by Deadline.

“They’re a wonderful match for Lone Wolf And Cub and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with them on this powerful, epic tale.”

The book was created by Kazuo Kouke and was set in Japan’s feudal Edo period and follows Omagi Itto, the Shogun’s elite executioner.

Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyū clan, he is forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigorō, they seek revenge on the Yagyū clan and are known as “Lone Wolf and Cub”.

First published in 1970, the story has since been adapted into six films, four plays and a television series starring so Lin is hardly on fresh ground here. And with Fast Six and Fast Seven still outstanding, we may be waiting a while before the seventh big-screen incarnation of this Japanese classic surfaces.