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.