Variety reports that Japanese anime series “tiger & Bunny” is set for a live action English-language movie adaptation.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, All Nippon Entertainment Works and Namco Pictures are all teaming to produce. Based on the 2011 manga and anime series, the story is set in Stern Bild City a fictionalised near future version of New York City with two crime fighting augmented heroes, one a veteran one a rookie initially forced to work together by their employers.

“We had never seen a great buddy story bring together so many uniquely compelling elements.  Barnaby and Tiger are immensely dynamic characters, with a psychologically complex relationship with one another,”

said Howard in a statement. Negotiations had gone for a number of years:

“It was a Herculean team effort, but after actively pursuing the live-action rights, we are honored that the director Keiichi Sato, producer Masayuki Ozaki and the original creators have put their trust in us to share these much-loved characters to a whole new audience”

All Nippon Entertainment Works senior Vice President development and production said of the of the efforts to get the project off the ground.  It seems the sticking point in negotiations was to ensure the original creatives retains some sort of involvement.

“During the deal talks, our chief focus was to ensure continuing involvement by the original creators to maintain quality, and flexibility which would allow the original work to continue,”

said Masayuki Ozaki producer of the series.