It appears that there is a slight anime/magna boom happening in films today. First came news of a Ghost in the Shell movie starring Scarlet Johansson, and now comes news that famous Japanese Magna Terra Formars is getting a live-action adaptation as well.
The news comes from Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine, where a preview revealed that the Magna is up for the film treatment. Also from this preview came word that Takashi MIIKE is set to direct. Takashi might be known to most of you as the director of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney movie.
For those unfamiliar with this popular Japanese series, here’s a small synopsis for you.
“Terra Formars (テラフォーマーズ) is a 2011 Japanese sci-fi manga written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. The story follows that in an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century humanity first sought to terra form the planet by sending modified algae to change the planets atmosphere. Cockroaches were cleverly used as the method to transport the algae across the planet. Five hundred years later, the first humans descended upon Mars to see if the terra forming experiment was successful. What greeted them were giant, mutated cockroaches who possessed immense strength. The landing party was completely wiped out but not before sending a warning back to Earth. Decades later, (and with a mysterious illness sweeping Earth that may have connections to the terra forming experiment) another expedition is launched but this time, the passengers have had their DNA grafted with other bugs and animals which has bestowed them with increased strength and durability. Now, this new expedition must get to the bottom of the mysterious illness and the true catalyst behind this astounding evolution.”