For the most part, Hollywood has struggled with anime adaptation for US audiences. For every Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die, Repeat, you can get a Dragon Ball Z. Many films have heavily drawn influences from anime. Take The Matrix, for example, has taken anime influences and delivered a great original product. However, with Scarlett Johansson appearing in this year’s live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, it looks like US audiences are gearing up for anime’s to be taken seriously and done well. Next on the plate, Attack on Titan.
Set in a futuristic society where humanity lives in enormous walled off cities and live in fear of the Titans, giant humanoid creatures who devour them without reason. The manga was adapted into a wildly successful anime that US audience were able to see thanks to Netflix and Crunchyroll and many have been clamoring for a big screen adaptation of it ever since the first season ended. There was a big screen adaptation of Attack on Titan in 2015 for international audiences. The two-part film was released in the US and grossed $46 million. It was just announced that a US remake has been commissioned for the property. The producer behind Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, David Heyman will be producing the upcoming adaptation.
The US film will be an adaptation of the Japanese adaptation of the Japanese classic manga and anime. So far, no director and actors have been announced as of yet. I always thought watching the anime, that the Wachowskis would be perfect for effectively capturing the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment for the big screen. We’ll just have to wait and see how the US adaptation works out.