Netflix has signed a multi-year contract with TOHO Studios to lease some of its movie production stage facilities in Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo. starting on April 1. Netflix will use the facilities for the production of the live-action series based on Yoshihiro Togashi’s Yū Yū Hakusho manga. Animation Business is reporting that Netflix will use two of TOHO Studios’ 10 sound stages, Stage 7 and Stage 10 for the Yū Yū Hakusho live-action series.
The Yu Yu Hakusho series is being produced by Akira Morii at Robot Communications. The production studio behind the live-action Parasyte and Assassination Classroom movies. Netflix’s contents acquisition director Kazutaka Sakamoto, will serve as the series executive producer. Additionally, the lease starting April 1 could mean that the Yū Yū Hakusho Netflix live-action series will start production by next month.
Togashi developed the series based on his interests in the occult, horror films and Buddhist mythology. The manga series ran from December 3, 1990 to July 25, 1994. The anime adaptation of the manga aired on Japan’s Fuji TV network from October 1992 to December 1994 consisting of 112 episodes.It was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot.
Yu Yu Hakusho tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child’s life. After a number of tests presented to him by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the afterlife Underworld, Yusuke is revived and appointed the title of “Underworld Detective”, with which he must investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world.
Netflix plans to create more than 25 original manga titles in 2021, including live-action and anime series.