The live action production of the popular anime Fullmetal Alchemist is officially underway in Italy. Granted the twitter post is in Italian, it doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the first pictures that were posted via La Nazione (and Italian newspaper) on twitter.
— La Nazione (@qn_lanazione) June 7, 2016
According to Anime News Network the filming started in Italy early this month and will wrap up in Japan in the later end of August. The film then will be released in Japan in the winter of 2017. Fumihiko Sori, known for his contributions in Titanic as well as Pingu-Pongu and Dragon Age: Dawn of The Seeker, is directing the film and told Anime News Network:
“I want to create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is entirely Japanese, but the cultural background is Europe. However, it’s a style that doesn’t represent a specific race or country. There will never be a scene in which a character says something that would identify him/her as Japanese.”
There has been some terrible backlash over the Ghost In The Shell live action rendition with the controversial decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi, so Sori’s decision to keep as true to the manga as possible can be considered a smart one. The film currently stars Ryōsuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang.
Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in an Edwardian-era where alchemy is highly considered a science and the State Alchemists work for the government. The story highly concentrates on the Elric brothers, who had tired to perform human transmutation to resurrect their dead mother, which is a forbidden act. Thus, the transmutation backfires and critically injures Edward and destroys Alphonse’s body in the process as well. Edward surrenders his arm to rescue Alphonse’s soul and bind it into a suit of armor. The journey continues as they search for the philosopher’s stone to undo what they had done to themselves.
What do you Geeks think? Any FMA fans in the house? Sound off in the comments below!