As their live-action adaptation of the anime series Speed Racer flounders in theaters, Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski have begun filming a new movie titled Ninja Assassin for Warner Bros. Once again teaming with director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the brothers are producing the action flick, along with Joel Silver and Grant Hill. The script was penned by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski.
Ninja Assassin stars Korean pop star Rain (Speed Racer) as Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was trained to kill by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. Haunted by the Clan’s merciless execution of his friend, Raizo breaks free and vanishes, only to emerge later to exact his revenge. The cast also includes Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World s End), Ben Miles (V for Vendetta), legendary martial arts performer Sho Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja) and Rick Yune (Die Another Day).
The Wachowskis are known for giving audiences inventive action sequences and liberally using digital visual effects to tell a story, and this film should be no exception. As with Speed Racer, principal photography is taking place at Babelsberg Studios and on location in various parts of Berlin. It’s not yet known if the shoot will rely as heavily on green screen work as Speed Racer did. Ninja Assassin is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Legendary Pictures and Dark Castle Ent.