Junji Ito Creates The Lighthouse Manga to Coincide With Japanese Release

Legendary manga artist Junji Ito’s work is known the world over, and his latest foray into the world of manga will be adapting Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse. 

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As revealed by Comic Natalie, Ito has created a short manga adaptation of the film to be distributed in Japanese theaters when The Lighthouse releases there next month, on July 21. The manga will serve as a brief summary of the film’s plot, and judging by the small glimpses released, Ito has done an incredible job capturing the look and feel of the film’s eeriness. 

Set in the 1800s, The Lighthouse tells the story of two lighthouse keepers who slowly descend into madness while trapped with each other in isolation. The film itself drew a ton of comparisons to Ito’s past work, particularly Uzumaki, due in part to its overpowering dread and slow descent into chaos. Ito himself was said to be a huge fan of the film, likely factoring into his decision to adapt the film in manga form.

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Co-written by Robert Eggers and Max Eggers, The Lighthouse was shot on 35mm black-and-white stock using equipment from the 1920s and ’40s. Set in 1890 Nova Scotia, the film follows the story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) who teams with a younger man named Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New England island.

RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira (Call Me By Your Name) and Lourenço Sant’ Anna developed the project with Eggers and are also serving as producers, alongside Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy, and Youree Henley.