On May 24th, 2016, the live action film adaptation of the masterpiece manga “Fullmetal Alchemist”, written by Hiro Arakawa, was announced. The original manga has developed into various series such as anime, game and character merchandise and all of these has caught on widely.
In such circumstances, only a live action film adaptation has not been made yet. It is easy to imagine that the spectacular world of the original manga is difficult to be adapted in a live action. Therefore, this production announcement surprised all the fans of the original manga, anime and movie.
It was Fumihiko Sori, a film director, who declared to adapt the manga into a live action film while it was thought to be quite difficult to put into practice. He is the key person for the movie “Fullmetal Alchemist”.
The director Sori is known for having worked for the CG images of “Titanic” directed by James Cameron in 1990’s. He debuted as a director in 2002 with the film “Ping Pong” after having taken a supervising role of visual effects (VFX) in some films. This film was derived from the original manga written by Taiyo Matsumoto, and was highly acclaimed. Especially, the CG scenes applied in the real drama made him famous.
He produced “Appleseed” and directed “Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon Sakoku” and “Dragon Age- Crusade of Blood Mage” as well as some CG anime, and all of these have caught much attention. Therefore, he is already quite familiar among anime fans. In 2011, he directed a live action film adaptation of “Tomorrow’s Joe” which is also a derivative of the original manga. He again successfully utilized real CG images in this work.
“Fullmetal Alchemist” will be a new challenge for Sori. He talks about this work as a project that he himself chose to produce for the first time after “Ping Pong”. The conception was elaborated over 10 years, and 3 years have passed since the plan became actualized. Therefore, he shows strong enthusiasm saying “I will devote all my energy. More than that.”
It was the progress of the imaging technique that made it possible to adapt the original work in a film according to Sori. We all can look forward to actions and CG unique to “Fullmetal Alchemist”. On the other hand, there said to be two highlighting points: CG images unique to fantasy, and CG images that you don’t even think it is CG. Director Sori’s talented technique will be fully shown in this work for the first time after “Ping Pong”.
Sori says “The attraction of ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ is a wonderful story, that tells everything. Both children and adults can enjoy the work”.
Knowing all that, he is determined to depict the spiritualism and heavy part of the work in producing the images. It is not meant to be negative but trying to achieve some kind of refreshingness that the original manga gives the readers after having read it. By doing so, he is eager to produce an excellent work.
The shooting starts in June in Italy, and will move to Japan and ends in late August. A massive amount of money will be spent on the action and CG. Ideal actors and actresses are set for the characters including Ryosuke Yamada who will be the main character, Edward Elric.
The premier is in winter, 2017. Get yourself ready for this amazing entertainment!
Official Website http:// hagarenmovie.jp
Winder of 2017, Premier in cinemas
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Original Manga: “Fullmetal Alchemist(Hagane no Renkinjyutsushi)” written by Hiromu Arakawa (“Gangan Comics” imprint of Square Enix)
Executive Producer: Kazuya Hamana
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Source : http://animeanime.jp/article/2016/05/24/28659.html