If you were haunting US comic shops in the mid to late ’80s, you probably remember Manga gaining new exposure through the translation and publication of a few key titles. One was Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, and another key step in Manga’s stroll towards the mainstream was Mai, the Psychic Girl. The story of a teen schoolgirl with strong psychic powers, Mai attracted the attention of Hollywood, and a film was put into development with Tim Burton slated to direct. But things changed, and the film went by the wayside.
Now, there is a report that Burton has regained the rights to the project, which is now in the forefront of his slate. Read More »