The master of horror manga, Junji Ito, is joining forces with Fangoria Studios to bring Bloodsucking Darkness from Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection to the big screen with a live-action adaptation. The release of thirteen collected stories, in which Bloodsucking Darkness is included, occurred back in April of 2019. If you’re ok with being the story being spoiled, there’s a longer explanation of the content being adapted and it can be found here.
Bloodsucking Darkness will have Jeff Howard on as executive producer. Notable past titles from Howard include The Haunting Of Hill House, Midnight Mass and Oculus. The live-action film isn’t the only titles Fangoria Studios is looking to adapt from Junji Ito’s Smashed, its one out of three stories from the collection being brought to life. Like many aspects of Ito’s personality, his reaction to the adaptation was just as heartwarming as the horror manga author is in life.
Ito has had other works brought to screens but typically they’ve involved being told as anthology series and in animation not live-action. His upcoming title, Soichi: Junji Ito Story Collection, will be arriving on July 25, 2023 and can be pre-ordered on VIZ Media’s website. Ito also has a title, Tombs, recently made available on March 28 which can now be purchased. The announcement of the live-action Bloodsucking Darkness is very recent so not much else is known about it, but I’ll be sure to be on the lookout. Feel free to subscribe to emails to be alerted when my next article arrives! Let me know your favorite Junji Ito story in the comments below.