Mandalay Pictures has acquired theatrical rights to and will develop a big-screen version of Full Metal Panic, a Japanese manga series that blends action, comedy and high school romance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The property derives from writer Shoji Gatoh's series about a teenage anti-terrorist commando named Sousuke Sagara, who is given the mission to protect a high-school girl with mystical powers.
Panic, which is set in a world almost exclusively without adults, is known for mixing visceral action with wry comedy.
Zac Efron (17 Again) has surfaced in connection with Panic, with the actor holding a conversation on the project.
Born as a serialized novel from Gatoh and the illustrator Shiki Douji, Panic was developed in the early 2000s as a Japanese anime by the Asian firm Kyoto Animation and eventually also yielded a spinoff series.
An English-language version was produced and released in the United States on home video by ADV Films.