One of the best anime series to come out of the 2000s, Fullmetal Alchemist will soon be made into a live action movie. Director Fumihiko Sori has been put in charge of making the adaptation come to life and actor Ryosuke Yamada (who played title character Hajime Kindaichi in the Kindaichi Case Files TV shows) will play main character Edward.
Fullmetal Alchemist is the story of Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse who in an effort to bring their mother back to life commit the ultimate taboo in Alchemy. Doing so causes Edward to lose an arm and a leg and Alphonse to lose his entire body. Now with Alphonse’s soul bound to a suit of armor and Edward’s lost limbs replaced with mechanical ones called Automail, the two are on a quest to find the legendary Philosopher’s Stone, which they believe will help them return to normal.
Japan has had an increase in the number of live action adaptations based on animes in recent years. Movies based on manga and shows such as Assassination Classroom, Rurouni Kenshin, and Parasyte have all been released and met with a good level of fan appreciation for their look and faithfulness to the source material. The crew will have to make sure to put their best foot forward as Fullmetal Alchemist is a series with a huge fanbase.
Hopefully given the fact Funimation released the Fullmetal Alchemist series, they will also see fit to release the live action. Last year they released the live action movies of the Attack on Titan series which fans were glad to see come to America. Hopefully, they will take the initiative and release the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie as well.