Based on the popular and bestselling manga series originally written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa between 2001 and 2010, the latest trailer for Fullmetal Alchemist is all set to bring a big screen, live-action adaptation of the property’s peculiar blend of fantasy and science-fiction genre elements to life. Based on the seven tankōbon volumes – and the seminal anime run directed by Seiji Mizushima between 2003 and 2004 – the series revolves around the thrilling adventures of the Elric Brothers, set against a European Industrial Revolution landscape.
In a world ruled by advanced fields of scientific research and prowess, alchemy gives rise to fantastic creations of supernatural abilities in Fullmetal Alchemist – most notably including the iconic series companion Alphonse. Following the release of an initial teaser trailer for the new movie from director Fumihiko Sori, the latest trailer gives fans a closer look at the Elric Brothers as live-action heroes.
In the footage featured above, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures teases potential viewers with another tantalizing fifty seconds worth of material from Fullmetal Alchemist to sate their appetite. Offering a brief glimpse into the past of the Elric Brothers, the new movie should please die-hard fans of the original manga series – and perhaps attract the attention of a few viewers otherwise unfamiliar with the franchise and property.
Like the live-action versions of Attack On Titan and Ghost in the Shell before it, the live-action film version of Fullmetal Alchemist will have to walk quite the tight-rope in order to win the admiration of its built-in fanbase, without alienating viewers for whom the movie will be their first introduction to the property. Director Fumihiko Sori has previous experience adapting manga stories into moves; his directorial debut was Ping Pong, a movie about table tennis that was based on the manga series of the same name.
After seeing several bouts of enduring controversy surround the release of Ghost in the Shell as directed by Rupert Sanders- which may recur yet again following the unveiling of the as of yet unreleased Adam Wingard directed Death Note movie on Netflix – it’s hard to gauge what kind of impact a Japanese language, live action version of Fullmetal Alchemist will receive in turn. It’s been a rough road in terms of adapting classic anime and manga to the big screen, so here’s hoping that Sori and company manage to crack the code.
Fullmetal Alchemist will see theatrical release in Japan in December 2017, with a U.S. release date yet to be announced.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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