On August of 2015, Philippine cinemas will be showing a grim film. A world where gigantic Titans terrorize humans and the latter are forced to struggle for survival amidst a cage of walls.
Anime News Network together with Anime Pilipinas confirmed with Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films that it will show the live-action Attack on Titan film, tentatively on August 12 in Philippine theaters. Pioneer Films will also show the second Attack on Titan film, titled Attack on Titan: End of the World, targeted for September 23.
Theaters in Manila unveiled posters for the film on April 16. However, the art on the poster is not the official poster art for the film, but concept art created by Kouji Tajima.
Attack on Titan is originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, which is being serialized by Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shounen Magazine since September 2009 and currently has 16 volumes.
The film cast includes seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. Director Shinji Higuchi confirmed last July 2014 that the project will span two films. Higuchi stated that, with the supervision of Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies.
Yuusuke Watanabe will be writing the film’s script. Watanabe previously was involved with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman.
Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe.
After the premiere of the hugely-popular anime series in April 2013, the series branched out into multiple platforms, which includes multiple manga adaptations, anime films, and even a commercial for the car company Subaru.
A second anime adaptation is now in the works, and is scheduled to be released in 2016.
Fan reaction has been quite positive and is looking forward to its release, coming from the heels of the recent and successful showing of other Anime-based films, namely the live action Rurouni Kenshin series, whose cast and crew visited the Philippines out of sheer disbelief that the film made it big in the country, an event widely covered by Philippine and foreign media.
(photo by Jennessy Rae Cordero, from Anime Pilipinas)