Andy Muschietti provides an update on the upcoming Attack on Titan live-action movie.
Anime movies getting adapted into a Hollywood version is not exactly a ideal situation. Most of the time, the creator of the anime or the writer of the manga disagrees with the way things are done in Hollywood, and what comes out as an end product is never close to the classic anime people fell in love with, in the first place.
Take, for example, 'Ghost in the Shell,' which is a classic animated movie but then the Hollywood remake of 2017, which was neither well received by the critics, nor it was embraced by the fans. The production was already troubled due to the hiring of a white actress to play an Asian character, but the end product was not any better either.
Source: Science Fiction
Now, it seems the live-action 'Attack on Titan' debacle was not enough to sate the thirst of Hollywood to jump on an already famous franchise and maybe ruin it the second time. The thing is Attack on Titan is one of those anime series, which is just extremely difficult to remake into a live-action format.
The big monster the extreme violence and just the mechanics of filming such a movie is a massive undertaking which no is confident of the people involved are going to achieve. But still, there is hope for what may come in the future, and even though there is no single example of a great anime to live-action adaptation, there are fans who are hoping this is the time a Hollywood-Japanese adaptation bucks the trend.
Watch: The trailer for the first season of Attack on Titan
Kodansha and Warner Bros. are undertaking the massive task of bringing the Attack on Titan back on track when it comes to the live-action format, and they tasked the director Andy Muschietti to give the anime a Hollywood treatment.
Warner Bros. and Andy Muschietti share a fruitful relationship after the success of the IT duology, where both movies made more than $600 million at the box office. Andy is a talented director when it comes to bringing horror elements to the forefront, and Attack on Titan anime and manga carry elements of horror and gore, but the problem will be the thematic content of the source material, which was ruined in the first live-action adaptation.
Watch: The trailer for IT: Chapter 2, directed by Andy Muschietti
While there is little information when it comes to the production date and the cast of the movie, Andy did give his opinion on why he was attracted by the franchise in the first place. He said, “I’m fascinated by Attack on Titan. It’s a story that I first saw the anime and then the manga… I find it fascinating. There’s a lot of themes there that attract me a lot that I want to talk about. It’s also a fascinating horror adventure. There’s also all the elements of human drama. So I really want to do it.”
It seems the director is interested in the project and though there is more skepticism than hope when it comes to the people behind the camera doing the characters and the story justice, the fact Andy is running on peak interest gives a lot of hope for the future of the project moving forward.
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