Warner Bros Japan recently announced that they will adapt Hiro Arakawa’s masterpiece manga Fullmetal Alchemist into a live-action movie.
The franchise has already spread in every possible medium, from anime and novels to games and character figures, but there were never rumours about a live-action film. That changed when Fumihiko Sori, known for his CG images for James Cameron’s Titanic, took it upon himself to bring this feat to fruition.
His directorial debut was in 2002 with Ping Pong, the adaptation of the original manga by Taiyo Matsumoto. He then went to produce Appleseed, Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon Sakoku, and Dragon Age- Crusade of Blood Mage.
Fullmetal Alchemist will be a very unique challenge for Sori. He has been preparing for this project for over three years, and it’s because of the recent technological advances in imaging techniques that it made it possible for him to pursue this task. The CG in the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie will be so incredible that people won’t even notice that the images are computer-generated. Sori believes that the most incredible aspect of the title is its story. That is the most important part and the one he will focus on.
The shooting starts on June, 2016 in Italy, and will move to Japan in late August. A massive amount of money will be spent on the action and CG. Ryosuke Yamada will play the main character, Edward Elric.
The movie will premiere in winter, 2017.
Official Website http:// hagarenmovie.jp
To Premiere in Winter 2017
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
(C)2017 荒川弘/SQUARE ENIX (C)2017映画「鋼の錬金術師」製作委員会