Lone Wolf & The Cub: Paramount Pictures and the Mutual Film Company have tapped Darren Aronofsky (writer of Below, director of Requiem for a Dream)to develop and direct a live-action adaptation of Lone Wolf and Cub, the Kazuo Koike-created graphic novel collection, says Variety.

The story revolves around a disgraced 17th century samurai who travels around Japan as an assassin for hire as he tries to clear his family's name. His companion is his 3-year-old son, whose mother has been killed.

Koike's samurai tale is expected to be contemporized by Aronofsky and his Protozoa partner Eric Watson, who'll produce.

Originated in Japan, the series has been published in the U.S. by Dark Horse Comics. The 28-volume series has sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Stay tuned...