Universal Boards Midnight Eagle


Universal Pictures has boarded Japanese actioner Midnight Eagle and will release the film in North America this year, reports Variety.

A deal was made between Japanese studio Shochiku and Universal Pictures Japan. The agreement sees Universal Japan become a co-producer of the Izuru Narushima-helmed movie.

In a first for Universal, the studio is named as manager of a consortium of firms producing a Japanese movie and will see its logo appear in Midnight Eagle‘s opening credits.

The film be released in Japanese theaters by Shochiku in November.

The $10 million action pic sees a standoff between Japan and secret agents from an unknown foreign country, after a U.S. Stealth fighter crashes into a Japanese mountainside.

The screenplay is by Yasuo Hasegawa and Kenzaburo Iida based on the novel by Tetsuo Takashima.

The movie, which boasted massive co-operation from country’s Defense Agency and Ground and Air Self-Defense forces, stars Takao Osawa, Yuko Takeuchi, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eisaku Yoshida, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Nao Omori, Ken Ishiguro and Tatsuya Fuji.