BLUE SPRING Director Toyoda Toshiaki Helming CROWS EXPLODE
And while he's gotten away from the raw energy of these pictures in recent projects - well publicized legal issues derailed his film career for a time and his work since has been smaller and more abstract - but he's back on his home territory with word that Toyoda is directing a third adaptation of Takahashi Hiroshi's popular Crows manga.
Set in a high school where students perpetually battle for supremacy - thematically very close to Toyoda's Blue Spring - the first two Crows movies (Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2) were both directed by Miike Takashi and proved to be big hits at the box office. Set after the star of those films (played by Oguri Shun) has graduated, this latest effort (Crows Explode) will feature an almost entirely new cast anchored by Higashide Masahiro and Saotome Taichi.
Production began April 2 for a 2014 release.