Yesterday, anime fans were stunned to learn that Warner Bros. had reportedly been looking into securing rights for a live-action Attack on Titan film. The hugely popular franchise is one that's taken over the world and helped bring anime out of a gradual slump. With millions of fans, Attack on Titan would be an ambitious adaptation to take on for any studio, so fans were interested to learn that an American studio was looking to try their hand at it.
However, fans may not want to get excited too fast. In a recent article over on Yahoo! Japan, a spokesperson for Kodansha Comics has commented on yesterday's report and said it is erroneous.
After the initial report was published by Deadline, a publicity executive was asked by Yahoo! Japan if they could comment on the situation. When the employee could not speak about specifics, they did say that there are various movie adaptations negotiations underway for Attack on Titan and that the Deadline report was incorrect.
Of course, fans cannot be sure of which parts of the report were incorrect. The original publication said that Warner Bros. was looking to secure live-action rights to the franchise and that David Heyman would be overseeing the massive project. The producer, who is known for his work on the Harry Potter series, may be the dubious link - but fans won't know that until further news about the project is released.
Should Warner Bros. or any other American studio secure rights to Attack on Titan, it would not be the first to adapt the anime. Two live-action films were released in Japan that brought the anime to life, but they were met with mixed reception. However, Hollywood does not have a stellar track record with anime adaptations. If you utter the words Dragon Ball Evolution to any anime soul, they will pretend they've never heard the name.
If you are not familiar with Attack on Titan, then you should know the popular anime is renowned for its intense action and gritty storylines. The anime follows a boy named Eren Yeager in an alternate world overrun by massive creatures known as Titans. These mindless beasts have all but wiped out humanity, and mankind is left to cower in fear behind massive walls. When their sanctum is infiltrated by a slew of Titans, Eren and his friends Armin and Mikasa join the military to help eradicate the blood-thirty monsters. But, as they grow older, they learn that the beasts are not what they appear as long-held government conspiracies make themselves known.
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Attack on Titan Season 2 will debut in April 2017.