Those with access to an anime platform can still stream the heck out of the hit anime series, Attack On Titan. I still have yet to catch the new season and I’ll likely work on that during the holidays, while it’s still worth noting that roughly a year since news of a live-action film development at Warner Bros. gave some of us whiplash, it appears all has been inked and rendered official.
Award-winning scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda trilogy, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) will pen the script based on the work of Erin Hunter – the author collective pseudonym comprised of U.K. writers Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland, with Victoria Holmes serving as editor. The goal is to build the IP into a fully-fledged franchise that Heyman iterates with priority to first and foremost spawn a film worthy of the franchise potential being sought after.
Isayama Hajime’s popular 2009 manga, Attack On Titan, continues to be a hallmark of fandom for many an otaku following its success as a 2013 animated series with a second season on deck for this April. The live-action films were an entertaining feat as well – depending on who you ask, that is, even as some elements and assets were ultimately altered and changed to befit the production led by VFX wiz, Higuchi Shinji.
That said, one might have wondered if this would turn out to be yet another Hollywood property, and lo and behold, it’s Deadline with the exclusive word that Warner Bros. is looking toward the rights with an eye on Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them helmer David Heyman to direct. If all goes well, it will he Heyman in the director’s chair, thus adapting the tale of a brother and sister forged in the heat of battle in an epic saga years in the making as remnants of what’s left of mankind in a city walled off from the outside world following the emergence of towering, man-eating monsters known as titans.
Heyman’s film, for which he is also up to direct its sequel, released back in November and, to date, has pulled in a global gross of over $800 million dollars, which is a pretty stocky number to his credit. Good on Warner Bros. if this deal makes it through the rounds and all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, while the report also mentions this as the latest move toward adapting a Japanese IP following buzz over Akira…
…Personally, I’m not too keen on holding my breath for the latter. Besides, I’m an asthmatic. Screw that.
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