Hot on the heels of the successful Dororo adaptation and its already planned sequel, a film adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's dark opus of murder, priest sex and domestic terrorism has begun filming.
According to the Japanese film site, Cinema Today, the film will star Hiroshi Tamaki as the dark protagonist Yuuki, the sociopathic son of privelege who seduces everyone and schemes on taking revenge on the Japanese-US military industrial complex. Takayuki Yamada stars a Yutaro Garai, the conflicted priest who also survived the MW chemical leak as a child and alternatingly bangs and tries to murder Yuuki. Sounds awesome, although isn't Takayuki Yamada a little femme for the priest's role? I remember him with shorter hair and buffer...
(Why haven't you read this yet? Don't give me that it's an 800 page hardcover that costs 25 bucks nonsense! What kind of manga nerd are you?)
Filming of scenes in Thailand started on April 20 (probably the early MW gas leak scenes in an unspecified South Asian island), and MW is scheduled for release in Japanese theaters in 2009.
[Thanks to Nate for the tip!]