On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.
Attack on Titan is probably one of the most impactful anime series to come out in the last decade (with its second season finally hitting this April), and American media companies have finally started to take notice. It won’t be too long before the inevitable American remake, and according to Deadline, Warner Bros. really wants to be the one to do it.
Warner Bros. is apparently trying to negotiate the rights to the series right now and wants to put David Heyman (Fantastic Beasts…) in charge of it. It’s early days (this may fall through entirely), but it seems highly likely we’ll be seeing a live action American Attack on Titan.
On the upside, out of all the anime series that could get a Western adaptation, this is the only one I can think of that wouldn’t get white washed — only because almost the entire cast (with one notable exception) is supposed to be of European descent. On the other hand, we all know exactly whathappened the last time someone tried to make a live action version of this series.
This is all probably a bad idea, but I’m occasionally wrong.
A few months ago I watched the first of two live action adaptation of Attack on Titan and it was TERRIBLE. I’m not sure my previous review even did it justice. Sure it wasn’t true to the source material with terrible costumes, laughable special effects and bad lighting, but I didn’t describe just how truly awful the dialog was. I can’t imagine an actor being able to make that script work.
So yeah, that movie was terrible, unbelievably terrible. The sequel is somehow worse.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, it’s all about second seasons. Supergirl‘s been renewed for one, Daredevil‘s has now premiered on Netflix, and Attack on Titan‘s has been delayed. Besides that, we discuss the announced fifth Indiana Jones film, Space City Comic Con lawsuit, and new developments in the Geek Girl Chicago/Ron Ladao incident.
And we’re all adults. We can see the episode number. Let’s move on.
Attack on Titan is one of the biggest new anime series to come out in the last ten years. One of the reasons for its popularity — besides the fast action and compelling characters — was the fact that it was devoid of filler. Everything was important, and the first season (which hit in 2013) managed to be pretty damned faithful to the original manga (or as faithful as you can hope for).
But that faithfulness is exactly why those of us who are sticking with the animated version only are in for a bit of disappointment. While the second season was originally going to be coming to us later this year, we now know that it won’t come until at least 2017.
Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama and the director of the anime series Tetsuro Aaraki have now both said that the manga series will always be at least four storylines ahead of the anime. This is, of course, to prevent any awkward filler episodes or the storylines dramatically diverging. Unfortunately, the manga is only two storylines ahead right now, which means that they can’t get started on the new season of the anime until there’s more distance.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we briefly discuss the live action Attack on Titan movie, the forthcoming Back to the Future Doc Brown short film, a new Doctor Who spinoff called Class, Prometheus 2 getting a new name, a possible Men in Black reboot sans Will Smith, we let Nick talk about Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans), and the video game voice actors may end up striking.
Live action anime movies have been on the up-and-up recently.Be it the Battlestar Galacticaesque Space Battleship Yamato, the shockingly period-accurate Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, or even the Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow which was based on Hiroshi Sakurazuka’s All You Need is Kill, it’s clear that live action anime have come a long way since Dragonball Evolution.
It should also come as no surprise that Attack on Titan, one of the most popular series of the last five years, would get its own live action film too. With a cast of great characters and a director like Gamera-trilogy veteren Shinji Higuchi, what could possibly go wrong?