Kanjani8‘s 8-year anniversary movie “EIGHT RANGER“is rumored to have a sequel. Due to its box office success (900,000 million Yen as of 4th week in just 155 theaters), the sequel is currently in the works. Yukihiko Tsutsumi will still be directing the sequel qhile known director/scriptwriter/actor Kudo Kankuro, who is best known with his works for TOKIO‘s Tomoya Nagase, will be in charge of the script.
Kankuro worked with Nagase for Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Tiger & Dragon, and Unubore Deka!
Furthermore, fellow Johnny’s talents NEWS and KAT-TUN will also do a guest appearance in the sequel. The sequel’s story will revolve around the appearance of fake Eight Rangers who will threaten the existence of the real Eight Rangers by shattering their good reputations. Furthermore, it will be revealed that Eight Ranger’s Capt. Silver’s (Hiroshi Tachi) own brother (to be played by Tetsuya Watari) is the leader of the fake Eight Rangers. (It is not revealed who will play the fake ER, but I’m assuming it will still be Kanjani8.)
Budget for the overall production is said to be around 1 Billion Yen, thrice the original production cost of EIGHT RANGER movie.
Lastly, the sequel aims to be included in Cannes Film Festival Exhibition on May 2013.
*This is a tabloid news.*