Anyone who’s been to a convention lately knows that “Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)” is one of the more popular anime and manga series out at the moment. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing the uniforms marked with the wings of freedom, and people walking around with large boxes attached to their legs for their maneuver gear props. (I say that as a fellow Attack on Titan cosplayer, it’s certainly not a bad thing.)
As such, there have been rumors of a live action movie for ages now, but recently there has been confirmation of such. If all goes according to plan, we can look forward to an Attack on Titan movie in 2015.
The script will be written by Tomohiro Machiyama and Yusuke Watanabe, the latter of whom has experience with scriptwriting for other anime adaptations, such as “Gantz: Perfect Answer.” Shinji Higuchi is set to direct, bringing his experience from Gainax and special effects expertise from the Godzilla and Gamera franchises to a movie about rather different giant monsters.
The actors have not yet been cast, but filming is set to begin next summer.
For those unfamiliar, Attack on Titan is a manga series by Isayama Hajime, set in a world where the human population has been reduced to a civilization living behind three giant walls. Those walls are all that separates mankind from the titans – giant man-eating humanoid creatures that exist only to devour. But when the first wall is destroyed, extinction grows closer, and the key to survival may lie with protagonist Eren Jaeger. That was a very brief summary, but the series is filled with great characters, some nice twists, and the foreboding knowledge that anyone can and will die, and not always with any kind of fanfare or farewell.
While the manga’s art left much to be desired, the anime adaptation by Wit Studio and Production I.G fixed it up with beautiful visuals and stunning animation, as well as an epic theme song that must be heard to be believed. That said, as it is a very popular series, it of course draws a fair share of detractors and overzealous fans, but that’s a subject for another time.
While live action adaptations of anime series tend to fail horribly in the United States (, I’m looking at you, “Dragonball: Evolution”), they have a much higher success rate in Japan, with gems such as the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie (and its recently announced sequel), the Death Note films, and even the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney movie. As such, I believe we can remain optimistic, and look forward to seeing what the live action Attack on Titan will look like.