News have surfaced that Warner Bros. have started development on a live action adaptation of Bleach.
producer they've attached to the project is Peter Segal
, who is an obvious fit for Bleach, having previously directed such "masterpieces" as Get Smart and The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
Details are sparse, as this project is still in the planning stages, but suffice to say, they will have to work hard if the fans of the manga are to be pleased.
As far as the storyline goes, they will probably go with something like "Introduce Ichigo, Introduce Rukia, switch power, they both get in trouble from the Soul Society, but in the end, Ichigo saves the day by killing a big Hollow, The End." I can't see how they could cram the establishment of all the captains, not to mention any espada, in one movie. However, we might still see them if this is a hit, and they make this into a franchise.
What I'm more worried about, is if they can pull off the style Bleach has, at least in the early volumes. Bleach has always had a unique art direction, and I'm not sure if it can translate to the screen very well.
Another big concern is of course the casting. Who do you cast as the Bleach characters? Do you go for the young, white stars, ensuring more money at the box office on account of big names, or do you cast Asians, which probably means more accuracy in character and culture, but, according to the studios, doesn't attract as many movie goers. (This so called "white-washing" has happened before, with the upcoming The Last Airbender adaptation
, and the atrocious Dragonball Evolution)
And if you do cast white people in these roles, do you then keep the character names? Or do you change them? What's worse, a character named "Ichigo" played by a white guy, or "John the Shinigami (or, more likely, 'Reaper')"? Hey, maybe they'll name him Strawberry...
Of course, it is entirely possible that this will never come to fruition. The same studio has long been working on a "Akira" adaptation, but it seems to be dead in the water. Maybe they can get Nick Simmons
to write it, he seems to have a nack for adapting Bleach...
source: Heat Vision
 I realize I may come off as overly negative towards this, but I was mostly just trying to imagine and flesh out the choices/problems of this production. ^^;