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BAKUGAN adaptation in the works

Symon Cordova

by: Symon Cordova
December 22nd, 2010

Bakugan

That's right, you heard it - Pokemon, whoops, I mean Bakugan is making its way to the silver screen with the help of director Harald Zwart (who also helmed the recent Jaden Smith-starring THE KARATE KID). Now, why would I get Pokemon and Bakugan confused? Well, the premise of Bakugan is a type of game the centers around "Battle Brawlers" who possess creatures known as the Bakugan, and coincidentally during battle the Bakugan (in ball form) are rolled out and pop open, revealing a set creature and determining the win. Very similar to Pokemon.

Oddly enough, the original series did not do well in its country of origin, Japan, yet has done well enough that I see it all the time at the check-out of the local Wal-Mart, and the original game was voted “Toy of the Year” in 2008 and 2009.

Universal is backing the film and feel confident on its success, not only for the obvious reasons of success among children who are fans of Bakugan, but also due to that fact that Zwart's success with THE KARATE KID was very lucrative. Zwart has also been a part of other "kid friendly" flicks such as AGENT CODY BANKS and THE PINK PANTHER 2. He is also attached to executive produce a movie adaptation of the game Roller-coaster Tycoon.

We hope for Zwart's sake that this film is more successful than other anime-to-screen failures, such as DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION, and who knows, maybe it will be the next sleeper hit of the summer much like THE KARATE KID.

Source Screen Rant

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