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Live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie in the works

March 30th, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments



It’s remake time again, folks!

Proving that it’s not just Hollywood that’s run out of ideas, the alchemist Elric brothers are preparing to transmute themselves from manga to live action. A Fullmetal Alchemist movie is in the works, with release slated for 2017.

Director Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong, Ashita no Joe) will helm the project, and Ryosuke Yamada (Assassination Classroom) has been cast as Edward Elric. His brother Alphonse’s armour will naturally be rendered in CGI, with computers also used to show the magical effects of alchemy in action. Filming will take place in Italy from June through to August this year.

For those not up on their Japanimation, Fullmetal Alchemist was originally a comic that ran from 2001 to 2010. The manga has already been adapted into two TV series, titled Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and two feature-length animated spinoffs followed. And inevitably, there’s also loads of video games, action figures, young adult novels etc. based on the property.

Admittedly, we’re kinda ambivalent about this one. While it’s yet another live action adaptation of a well-established comic, especially one that’s already seen a lengthy small-screen adaptation, at least it’s not someone like Michael Bay in charge of it. Here’s hoping that Sori stays true to  Hiromu Arakawa’s source material.


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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...