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Beginning in the late 1980s, new wave rock band Sparks attempted to make the Japanese manga Mai, the Psychic Girl into a musical, with interest from Burton and Carolco Pictures, who purchased the film rights in August 1991.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. The option on the film rights eventually expired, and Burton dropped out.
  2. Burton would start production in 1992, but he chose to work on The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ed Wood for Touchstone Pictures.


  • Francis Ford Coppola later developed the property in the late 1990s.
  • In June 2000, Sony Pictures Entertainment started on a different project with Kirk Wong attached to direct.
  • By February 2001, a script had been written by Lisa Addario and Joey Syracuse for Sony's Columbia Pictures. The release of The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, a radio musical by Sparks, in August 2009, was informed by the six years the band spent trying to get their Mai, the Psychic Girl produced. The album generated new interest, and gained a "second wind", vocalist Russell Mael explained. "The music is all ready and we are hoping that this still might see the light of day."
  • On May 18, 2010, Burton expressed renewed interest in adapting the property.