In a move that has taken everyone by absolute surprise, Jerry Bruckheimer and Paramount have announced plans to produce a live-action film based on the popular Japanese toy line Beyblades.

Source: Beyblade G-Revolution Episode 52 “Beybattle for the Ages” (2003), Madhouse

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Announced via Deadline on February 24th, the silver screen debut of TakaraTomy’s battle-top franchise will be scripted by Neil Widener and Gavin James, both of whom hold announced roles as the writers for both Now You See Me 3 and San Andreas 2 as their only Hollywood credits.

Unfortunately, little is known regarding plot details, as the trade news outlet notes that the production is currently being kept under wraps.

Source: Beyblade G-Revolution Episode 52 “Beybattle for the Ages” (2003), Madhouse

First released in 1999, the Beyblades franchise revolves around the ‘battles’ fought between players – conducted by spinning each other’s Beyblade at one another with as much force and speed as possible – using their own customized versions of the eponymous tops.

Source: Beyblade G-Revolution Episode 52 “Beybattle for the Ages” (2003), Madhouse

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Alongside the launch of the toy line, Takara Tomy also produced an accompanying promotional Beyblade manga series, Explosive Shoot Beyblade, which ran in Shogakukan’s CoroCoro Comic magazine between 1999 and 2004.

Written and illustrated by Takao Aoki, the series follows young Beyblade battler Takao Kinomiya – and eventually his Bladebreakers teammates Kai, Ray, Max, and Kenny – as he strives to become the Beyblade World Champion.

Source: Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Vol. 13 (2004), Shogakukan. Cover art by Takao Aoki.

This manga series would go on to serve as the basis for three seasons of the franchise’s widely known anime adaptation – Beyblade, Beyblade V-Force, and Beyblade G-Revolution.

In light of its popularity, Beyblades would also receive two respective spin-off anime based on the toy line’s Metal and Burst expansions.

Source: Beyblade Metal Fusion OP (2008), SynergySP

A sequel manga series, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: Rising, began publication in July 2016.

Again helmed by Aoki, Rising sees Takao return to Japan after a long period of absence, catching up with his friends and seeking to further prove himself against his old rivals.

Source: Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: Rising (2016), Shogakukan

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