To call Attack on Titan a media juggernaut is (if you’ll pardon the pun…) a colossal understatement. Ever since the concept was first introduced by manga author Hajime Isayama, the epic, violent, often tragic, but always exhilarating story of mankind’s apocalyptic battle against giant, man eating, nearly indestructible humanoids has captivated audiences around the world, and its popularity as an IP only continues to grow. The popular manga has spawned several manga spinoffs, the hit anime (the second season of which is set to air this spring), two live action feature films (which used a breathtaking combination of digital and tokusatsu (practical) effects, effectively presenting the story as a duo of kaiju films), several video games, a new American produced anthology collection, a Universal Studios Japan theme park attraction, and a mountain of merchandise. After nearly eight years of media domination, Attack on Titan is only growing in popularity, and there seems to be no end in sight.
It should come as no shock, then, that US film companies have started to take notice of this popularity. A potential US Attack on Titan adaptation has been rumored for several years, but never confirmed as a potential consideration. However, all this has changed with revelation that an American Attack on Titan film might be forthcoming after all…
Today, news has broken that Warner Brothers (who seem to be America’s giant monster HQ these days) has begun negotiations to acquire the US feature film rights for the franchise. Deadline is reporting that the studio is eyeing the IP for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman.
If the acquisition goes through, it would be yet another giant monster IP for Warner Brothers, with the company already in control of Godzilla, King Kong, the original Pacific Rim, and the upcoming films Rampage and Monsterpololypse.
This news follows the recent trend of American companies lining up to adapt Japanese IP’s for Hollywood, which include this year’s Ghost in the Shell and Power Rangers, among others.
Currently, as the deal is not yet official, no director or potential release date for the proposed American Attack on Titan film have ben announced. Various outlets are reporting that the film would be an adaptation of the story seen in 2015’s two Attack on Titan films, but combined into one movie. Even if this isn’t the case, the story will likely still follow the exploits of Eren Yeager and his comrades as they combat the horrifying Titans that threaten human kind with extinction.
Be sure to check back often for more news as it breaks.
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