While a movie adaptation of No More Heroes may be a pipe dream for fans, its creator Suda51 has a few ideas about who he’d like to see involved if one ever gets made.
In an interview with Shacknews, Suda51 said that he could see Ryan Gosling playing Travis Touchdown, and that he would probably pick James Gunn to direct. If he were choosing a Japanese director, Suda51 added, he would choose Takashi Miike, best known in the West for his controversial horror film Audition.
Suda51 previously collaborated with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn on 2012’s Lollipop Chainsaw, and Gunn later said that he was inspired by the game when making The Suicide Quad.
The original No More Heroes follows protagonist Travis Touchdown, a down-on-his-luck otaku who becomes an assassin after spending the last of his money on a beam katana at an online auction. The game continues as Travis fights his way through the ranks of the United Assassins Association, aiming for the coveted number one position. The cult classic game got a sequel in 2010, and a third game was released last year.
There’s no indication that Suda51 has any future plans for the franchise at this point, even in movie form, but it’s not impossible that Gunn could get to direct a No More Heroes movie one day. However, one of Suda51’s other hits, Lollipop Chainsaw, will be making a comeback soon. While it’s unclear if it will be a remake or a sequel, Dragami Games announced last week that “Lollipop Chainsaw is back” and would be handled by the studio.
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