The live-action Terra Formars movie signs a celebrated Japanese director

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Feb 9, 2015, 5:40 PM EST (Updated)

A look at the upcoming 11th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine cover (the mag is coming out Thursday) has revealed that a live-action film adaptation of Kenichi Tachibana and Yū Sasuga's sci-fi manga series Terra Formars has been greenlit.

So, that's good news. The other good news is that filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, Tokyo Tribe, As the Gods Will, Crows, Mogura no Uta) has been tapped to sit in the director's chair and helm the upcoming project. Sounds like it's a great day to be a manga fan.

Now, this won’t be the first adaptation for Terra Formars. An anime adaptation was simulcast during Crunchyroll's Fall 2014 anime season. It received some well-deserved praise from both the fans and critics (no small feat). Terra Formars (the manga) was released in 2011 and will see a 12th volume hitting the shelves on Feb. 19. It has 10 million copies in circulation, and Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America, but this will be the first live-action movie based on the manga.

Here’s a blurb of the story:

Terra Formars (テラフォーマーズ) is a 2011 Japanese sci-fi manga written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. The story follows that in an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century humanity first sought to terra form the planet by sending modified algae to change the planets atmosphere. Cockroaches were cleverly used as the method to transport the algae across the planet. Five hundred years later, the first humans descended upon Mars to see if the terra forming experiment was successful. What greeted them were giant, mutated cockroaches who possessed immense strength. The landing party was completely wiped out but not before sending a warning back to Earth. Decades later, (and with a mysterious illness sweeping Earth that may have connections to the terra forming experiment) another expedition is launched but this time, the passengers have had their DNA grafted with other bugs and animals which has bestowed them with increased strength and durability. Now, this new expedition must get to the bottom of the mysterious illness and the true catalyst behind this astounding evolution.

Are you looking forward to see a live-action Terra Formars movie on the big screen? And are you happy to know the flick is in Takashi Miike’s more-than-capable hands?

(Anime News Network via Comic Book Movie)