Soon we’ll have a Ghost in the Shell movie and it’s not Hollywood’s first attempt to bring Anime to the big screen. Remember Dragon Ball and the Last Airbender? Over the next few years we’ll be getting U.S. adaptations for Naruto, Death Note, and Attack On Titan. The latter of the fore-mentioned films actually has its own Japanese-based live action film, and now it looks like a Fullmetal Alchemist movie is on the way too. We don’t know too much about the film other than it’s directed by Fumihiko Sori and it’ll be coming out in the winter, but we can expect more info on the film soon. In the meantime, here’s our first image of the film.
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From our first image the CGI looks strikingly similar to the animated version of the character. This gives us high hopes that the attention to detail will translate to the adaption of the series. Fullmetal Alchemist was a manga that debuted in 2001 and was written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa and spun into an anime in 2003. The manga and anime has a dedicated fanbase and a fantastical story that will sure to make the film a hit.
The story takes place in a steampunky world where alchemy is an advanced form of science. While attempting to bring their mother back to life with a dangerous experiment, brothers Alphonse and Edward are subjected to a terrible accident. Edward is disfigured and Alphonse is killed. Luckily, Edward is able to place the latter’s spirit inside a lumbering, robotic body. The two then begin a quest to seek out the fabled Philosopher’s Stone in an effort to save their bodies. Hopefully, we’ll be getting a full trailer soon, so stay tuned.
Fullmetal Alchemist is set for a December 2017 release in Japan, but has no U.S. release date yet.