EDIT: The original version of this article mistakenly called The Outsider Miike’s English language debut. Miike’s first film in English was 2007’s Sukiyaki Western Django.
Once prone to routinely cranking out five-plus movies a year, Japanese director Takashi Miike has recently slowed down to a relatively modest two or three films annually. He’s already completed two productions for next year, the yakuza comedy Mole’s Song and an adaptation of the classic Japanese ghost story Shin-Yotsuya Kaidan. Now he’s officially secured financing for a rare English language outing titled The Outsider.
The yakuza drama ranked fourth on the 2011 installment of the Black List, the annual poll of industry figures about the best as-yet-unfilmed screenplays circulating Hollywood. In June, Tom Hardy was attached to the drama about an American soldier who joins the yakuza after the end of World War II. Miike is now officially onboard to make what production company Worldview Entertainment promises will be “an action-packed, hard-hitting thriller with huge commercial potential.”
The Outsider promises to be a straightforward complement to Mole’s Song’s wackier undercover cop yakuza comedy, which is set for February release in Japan. That trailer: