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Takashi Miike to direct Ace Attorney film?

Notorious gorehound teases new project.

Notoriously gore-obsessed Japanese movie director Takashi Miike has hinted that his next project is a film adaptation of Capcom's light-hearted Ace Attorney franchise.

While promoting his latest movie, blood-soaked samurai epic 13 Assassins, at the Cannes Film Festival this week, Miike briefly outlined his next project to The Huffington Post.

"It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS."

We're open to other suggestions, but that sounds an awful lot like Ace Attorney to us.

If true, this wouldn't be the first time Miike's dabbled in the world of video games. Bizarrely, he voiced Pascal the Otter in the 2006 Japan-only Animal Crossing movie.

Unfamiliar with Miike's other work? Brutal 1999 horror Audition and wince-inducing assassin romp Ichi The Killer from 2001 are good places to start. Be warned though, you'll need a strong stomach.

The Ace Attorney franchise last graced these shores with the excellent Ace Attorney Investigations on DS in 2010. A sequel to that game recently launched in Japan and a crossover with Level-5's Professor Layton franchise is also in the works for 3DS, though European releases are yet to be confirmed for either.

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