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“NINJA VERSE,” from “ZVP” creators, wants you…to help it become reality

Monday, May 23, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The creators of a popular faux trailer are seeking to make another pilot film and the feature expansion a reality.

NINJA VERSE is a sci-fi action movie that a Japanese moviemaking team is developing in the wake of the success of ZVP (pictured), a trailer for a nonexistent flick pitting the blind swordsman Zatoichi against the Predator (see it below). The 2017 minimovie has won over 9.6 million views since it debuted on YouTube; there was widespread interest in a feature version, but securing the rights to both Zatoichi and the Predator proved impossible. So writer/director/producer Junya Okabe (former vice president and creative director at Tsuburaya Production) and his team are prepping a similar eight-minute pilot film containing new characters, with an eye toward expanding it to full length. The synopsis: “In the early Edo era, a giant extraterrestrial object crashed into the mountains. Three ninjas are ordered to conduct surveillance by the shogunate and encounter the wreckage of a gigantic UFO and strange extraterrestrial creatures. Contact with super technology from outer space leads the three ninjas into a life ruled by bizarre phenomena completely betraying common sense.”

A Kickstarter page has been set up to raise financing for the project, offering numerous perks plus a bunch of photos and production art for ZVP.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.