Film distribution company Toho, who gained fame outside of Japan for it’s production of “kaiju” or “giant monster” films like Godzilla, has announced that after beginning filming in summer 2014, the Attack on Titan live-action film will be released in the following summer of 2015. Attack on Titan is a manga serialized by Kodansha in their Bessatsu Shonen Magazine in 2009, that began it’s rise as a pop-culture phenomenon with the production of an anime adaptation in 2013.
Talk of a live-action movie began in 2011 with the academy-award winning Tetsuya Nakashima as the director, but he left production in 2012 due to creative differences with the rest of the team. He was replaced two years later by Shinji Higuchi, a director with an extensive background in monster movie-making (Godzilla franchise, Gamera I-III) and also one of the founding members of the studio that would become Gainax who worked on animes like Neon Genesis: Evangelion and even the currently airing Kill la Kill. Lending their talents to writing the script of this film are Tomochiro Machiyama, a friend of the series’ creator Hajime Isayama and Yusuke Watanabe, who gained fame for writing the scripts of Gantz and 20th Century Boys – two different live-action anime adaptions.
Also, check out this Subaru Forester commercial that ties in with the live-action movie. The make-up and special effects for this thing were unreal. Just a little preview of what’s to come.
There has been little word of the plot, (Y’know, besides what fans already know.) and casting has already begun. It would be a good idea to get your tickets early because with the way this series is sweeping the globe, there might not be anything left for a while. Don’t forget to comment, subscribe and support the official releases by buying tickets to the movie next summer. Thanks for reading.