I'm a huge fan of the anime series Attack on Titan, and I just learned that there is a live-action adaptation of the film currently in production in Japan. The plan is to release the film in 2015!
I couldn't be more excited about this. I always thought Attack on Titan would make for a badass movie, and we're actually going to get it. It's being directed by special effects supervisor and storyboard artist Shinji Higuchi, who is best-known for his work on the 1990 series Gamera and the anime Evangelion. The film was written by Yusuke Watanabe, who worked on the live-action film, Gantz, as well as Tomohiro Machiyama. The creator and author of the original Manga, Hajime Isayama, is also a supervisor on the project to make sure things get done right.
The lead role of Eren Yager will be played by singer and actor Haruma Miura, who was in the film adaptation of the Manga Gokusen. Other films he's been in include Tokyo Park and Boku no Ita Jikan. I haven't seen any of these movies, but he definitely looks the part.
One of the shooting locations for the project is the abandoned ghost town island commonly known as Gukanjima, which gained fame for being used as a villain lair in the James Bond film Skyfall. The island was originally the site of a coal mine and company town, and was suddenly closed in the 1970s, families relocated to mainland Japan so fast that the island’s dwellings became a ghost town almost instantaneously. It's the perfect setting for this flick!
The movie will incorporate some new ideas into the story, so you can expect to see some differences from the anime. This is a full on Japanese production, and I'm sure it's going to be incredible. I'm sure one of the main Hollywood studios will see what they're doing and want to make an adaptation for American audiences as well. This is a rare occasion, where I actually wouldn't mind seeing that happen.
For those of you not familiar with the franchise, here's a synopsis:
The story of Attack on Titan takes place in a world where the remnants of humanity live inside a series of connected cities, isolated by enormous walls. These walls exists to keep the Titans out, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour humans seemingly without reason. These Titans have reduced the world's population to staggeringly low numbers. The 3 main protagonists of Isayama's manga are Eren Jaeger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their friend Armin Arlert. Their lives are changed forever when a "Colossal Titan" breaches the wall protecting their town, leading to thee death of Eren's mother. Vowing revenge and to reclaim the world from the Titans, Eren, Mikasa and Armin join the Survey Corps, an elite group of soldiers who fight Titans outside the walls.
I can't wait until we start seeing some actual from this movie. It's sure to be an epic production and a visually stunning film.