Takashi Miike Directing ‘Phoenix Wright: The Movie?!’

The legendary Japanese director turns his craft towards an adaptation of the hit Nintendo series.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

A few months ago Crave Online took a look at great directors who should make a videogame movie. Takashi Miike, the prolific Japanese director of Audition, Ichi the Killer, The Happiness of the Katakuris and 13 Assassins, didn't make our list. But now that he has just revealed that his next film is an adaptation of the successful videogame series Phoenix Wright, we're completely on board. "Objection?!" No… we think not. This could be the best videogame movie ever (not that there's much competition).

Japanator found Miike's surprise revelation via Huffington Post, in which the acclaimed director stated the following: "It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS." Ordinarily that would be a little vague, but these folks did their homework. Pictures from the set have been appearing on the Phoenix Wright fan site Court-Records for a while now, although as of posting the site is currently down. According to Japanator, the sets imply that the story will be taken from the case Turnabout Goodbyes, the final case from the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney videogame.

In the series, upstart attorney Phoenix Wright joins the law offices of Fey & Co., and embroils himself in a variety of cases over the course of each game. Turnabout Goodbyes finds Wright defending his arch-nemesis, rival attorney Miles Edgeworth, in a murder trial.

Crave Online will be back with more Phoenix Wright movie news… if there aren't any objections.