Anime for Reels: Black Lagoon

Welcome to a brand new(and hopefully recurring) segment here at Redundant Colors! In this segment, I will cast my choices for hypothetical Hollywood film adaptations of various anime. An idea I shamelessly stole from the Blockbuster Buster on TGWTG. However, to put my own spin on it, I will also be choosing my preferred director, and providing a short breakdown of how I would handle the adapted screenplay. My goal here is just to be a fun little brain exercise, but also to try and prove that there’s nothing inherently difficult about adapting anime to film. Despite what every non-Speed Racer attempt at it would lead you to believe.

Since this is all still very much in the Beta phase, I decided to start myself off with something a little easy. Black Lagoon is already heavily influenced by Hollywood action movies of the 80s and 90s, so making the transition back to film seems like it should be a no-brainer. But, for the sake of this exercise, I will be working under the assumption that this will be a brand new contemporary film for a modern audience. Hollywood attempting to update 80s-era actioners has already proven to have disastrous consequences, but I’m pretty sure I can do better. Let’s get started with…

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