Live-action Attack on Titan lands It director Andy Muschietti

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Sep 4, 2019, 12:51 PM EDT (Updated)

The long-awaited live-action feature film adaptation of Attack on Titan has found a director to captain the ship. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with the publishing company Kodansha for a certain It director to fill the role. 

Variety reports that Andy "so hot right now" Muschietti is the chosen director. Muschietti rose to prominence with It: Chapter One, and is still in production on that film's Chapter Two. He is also attached to the (long in development) live-action Robotech movie. 

Warner Bros.' Attack on Titan is based on the hugely popular manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, which since debuting in 2009 has some 76 million copies in print. It features a world where humans live in giant walled cities, which are necessary to protect them from enormous and hungry humanoid creatures called "titans." Harry Potter'David Heyman is on board to work his producing magic once again, alongside Masi Oka and Muschietti's sister, Barbara Muschietti. 

The property has had the live-action, big-screen treatment once before — Shinji Higuchi directed a Japanese version in 2015, which was released in two parts. Part 1 made $5.1 million in the U.S., the equivalent of $27 million in Japan, and was the seventh highest grosser there in 2015. Part 2 underperformed, however, giving both parts an overall take of $46 million. 

Here's hoping that Muschietti can bring some of that It-magic that everyone loved so much to this project — it is definitely a beloved property in the hearts and minds of many fans. Are you one of them? What do you think of WB's director choice?