Warner Bros. is looking to acquire the feature film rights to ‘Attack on Titan’, the hit anime and manga series by Hajime Isayama. The studio is currently in negotiations to secure the rights with plans to adapt the series into a live-action feature under ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ producer David Heyman.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, ‘Attack on Titan’ looks at the dimming plight of humanitywhen surviving humans are forced to cower behind series of high walls to escape massive creatures known as Titans. When their sanctum is infiltrated by a hoard of Titans, series protagonist Eren Yaegar and his friends Armin and Mikasa join the military to help eradicate the monsters but soon uncover that the beasts are not what they seem, and their world is rooted in a slew of conspiracies.
The series has already been adapted into a series of novels, anime (whose second season is due this year), video games, and live-action films in Japan. Should it go ahead, the Warner Bros. adaptation would mark the first Western live-action iteration of the property, adding to the studio’s ever growing list of anime adaptations that so far boasts ‘Bleach’ and ‘Akira’.
The action-packed, gritty world of ‘Attack on Titan’ seems a perfect fit for Heyman whose previous credits include the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, and ‘Gravity’ among others. There is also the potential for the series to be adapted into multiple films, especially given that the live-action version released in Japan was spread across two films. Either way, the news offers great hope to anime fans keen to see more live-action adaptations enter the Western market.
The ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 2 anime is set to premier in April 2017 in Japan.