Warner Bros. has targeted Hajime Isayama's wildly popular Japanese manga series Attack on Titan.
According to Deadline, the studio is currently in talks to secure the movie rights to the epic anime, TV and movie franchise (Attack on Titan also spawned a couple of action-packed video games), with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman attached to the project.
Not a bad combo, no? I'm sure we'll be in for quite the visual feast, but I digress ...
The film will be a U.S. remake of the two-part live-action Japanese film released in 2015. Although Part 1 became the "seventh highest-grossing locally-produced film" in Japan, Part 2 didn't fare as well as its predecessor. But that's not stopping Warner Bros. from getting their hands on this potential franchise goldmine — au contraire!
For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan takes place in a future where humankind has retreated behind walls upon the arrival of Titans, a freaky race of giant naked man-eating humanoids. After a hundred years of relative peace, a group of young heroes decide to see what's on the other side of the walls and soon find themselves having to fight for humanity's survival when a Titan larger than all the others (that'd be the one in the pic above) breaches the walls, allowing a swarm of Titans to flood the city and start chomping down on people.
Warner Bros. already has a couple of live-action adaptations of Japanese manga and animes in the works, including Death Note (which is set to premiere on Netflix sometime this year) and the long-in-the-works Akira.
What do you think of a U.S. remake of Attack on Titan? Is David Heyman the right man for the job?