Is Takashi Miike Adapting the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Games?

     May 23, 2011


In spite of the fact that Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition) has two films he is currently promoting (13 Assassins and the Cannes premiere Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), the filmmaker is already filming his next project. In a recent interview at Cannes, Miike (whose has seen some of his previous work criticized for its violent content) revealed to the Huffington Post’s Karin Badt that his next film will have “little blood”, saying:

“It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS.”

Although Miike never explicitly confirms it, some on the interwebs are attempting to connect the dots between the filmmaker and the Nintendo DS franchise Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Originally released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance in 2001, the original title was remade and released for the Nintendo DS in 2005 and later spawned a pair of direct sequels. For more on the possible connection, hit the jump.

phoenix-wright-nintendo-ds-cover-imageIn order to make the best possible connection between Miike and Capcom’s Phoenix Wright, let’s consider the three clues left by the filmmaker (yes, I’ve been playing too much L.A. Noire). From the aforementioned interview we learned that the film is a “light comedy” that is set in a courtroom and based on a Nintendo DS game. To be sure, all three of these clues describe the Phoenix Wright franchise. Moreover, while they don’t assure us that Miike is working on a Phoenix Wright adaptation, they do narrow the field considerably. In fact, the only other DS game I could find that is set in a courtroom is Namco’s Yūzai x Muzai (for what it’s worth, a game that has experienced substantially less mainstream success than Phoenix Wright).

Ultimately, the “Takashi Miike is making an adaptation of Phoenix Wright” talk may prove to be a classic case of Internet chatter gone awry. For now, though, all we have to go on are the facts passed on by Miike himself – facts that definitely seem to point to a Phoenix Wright adaptation. For my own part, regardless of the film’s source material, you can count me as interested in seeing how Miike tackles a courtroom drama piece that is light on gore.

Finally, in case you’re unfamiliar with the game, you can check out a gameplay trailer below:

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