Live-Action “Fullmetal Alchemist” Film Coming

Japanese entertainment publication Daily Cyzo (via Crunchy Roll) indicates that a live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s action-fantasy manga “Fullmetal Alchemist” is currently in development.

Fumihiko Sori (“Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker,” “Vexille”) will direct the film, while “Hey! Say! JUMP” member Ryosuke Yamada will star as Edward Elric. The production will make heavy use of CG to recreate the fantastic elements of the comic such as Alphonse Elric’s armor.

Hiromu Arakawa created the original manga which is set in a world styled after the European Industrial Revolution, a world where alchemy is an advanced scientific technique. The action follows two brothers searching for a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.

The Fullmetal Alchemist manga has sold approximately 64 million volumes worldwide. It has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films. Filming on the live-action film is scheduled to run from June to August in Italy ahead of a 2017 release.