Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is just another franchise on the long list of anime that are getting live-action adaptations. The popular series will be getting a full series of live-action movies, the first one is set to release in Japan in August. Hirohiko Araki, the creator of the Jojo's Bizzare Adventure was recently interviewed on Japanese television about the upcoming live-action movie, and he also revealed some interesting facts and background information from Jojo.
Araki was interviewed by Japanese actor Shosuke Tanihara about all things Jojo, and one big topic that came up was favorite characters. Tanihara fanboyed a little bit, telling Araki that his favorite character had been Iggy the dog, and mourned the character’s death. The creator then told the actor that he regretted killing Iggy and actually wanted the character to survive. However, he then when on to say that the story decided that the death was necessary, and he had no control over it. This gave a fans a look behind the scenes of Araki's writing process, as he then went on to say:
“If you force it[the story] something breaks. First off, it would feel like I’d have sold my soul for the story. Also—I didn’t really want to say this, but—I didn’t like having characters that died coming back to life… It’s fine if they faked it, but I don’t like seeing a character literally die and then get resurrected. I don’t like manga that bring characters back by having some divine force give them their life back or things like that.”
The creator was then asked what his own favorite character in the series was. His answer was somewhat surprising, as he proclaimed his favorite character was the protagonist of the fourth part, Diamond Is Unbreakable, Josuke Higashikata. He then gave some reasoning as to why he chose the character, “Until then, I’d always made my protagonists cool heroes, but [with Josuke], it was the first time I’d depicted the protagonist as a friend.”
The upcoming first live-action movie, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter 1 is currently scheduled to release in Japan on August 4. When asked about the live-action movie, the creator said, “I’m both worried and excited.” He was worried at first about if the movie would be able to "portray the atmosphere" in real life, but was impressed by how close the actors looked to the original characters. There is no current news on if the film will have Western release.