Well, it seems there might have been a titanic misunderstanding. With the second season of the Attack on Titan anime finally set in stone for April, there have been rumblings of a Hollywood live-action movie. Deadline Hollywood reported that Warner Bros. were in negotiations for the rights to produce a film based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s David Heyman on board to produce a proposed two-film project. But reportedly, a representative of the manga’s publishers Kodansha has since told Yahoo! Japan that “Deadline’s story is incorrect”.
The representative went on to explain that there are negotiations underway for many such film adaptations, and while they couldn’t comment on specifics, Attack on Titan is not one of them. It was initially reported that, rather than working directly from the manga, Warner’s films would remake the dubiously received Japanese live-action adaptations of 2015. However, this still means that the studio would have to acquire the rights to the IP via Kodansha.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. hoped to get started on the project after their live-action Akira, but as this film has been delayed since being green-lit in 2011, there’s no telling when it will reach our screens. The last update on Akira was that Justin Lin of Fast and Furious and Star Trek Beyond was being considered as director, with no word of any progression since.
Whether or not this project is actually going ahead, how do you think Warner Bros. would handle Attack on Titan? Who should direct? After all, with the right team, the idea could have huge potential. Still, maybe it’s for the best that it doesn’t happen. We just can’t shake the feeling that working from Japan’s live-action movies would be the worst place to start.