FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Goes Live-Action In 2017!

This year, I've found myself a new hobby in catching up with as much anime that I've missed in the last fifteen years or so as I possibly can. I'm having fun with it as I've already seen five series and currently in the middle of a sixth, which now brings me to even more homework I'll be doing between now and 2017.

For this, I speak of the sci-fi action series, Fullmetal Alchemist which debuted a manga from author Arakawa Hiromu in 2001 before venturing into several animated shows and a feauture film in the decade that followed. Reports in the last 12 hours from Japanese media outlets (forwarded through Crunchyroll) are now buzzing over news of a new feature film in the works for 2017 with Ashita no Joe helmer Sori Fumihiko directing and Hey! Say! JUMP's own Yamada Ryosuke (Assassination Classroom) cast to portray protagonist, Edward Elric. 

For those as familiar as I am with the franchise, it goes a little something like this:
It begins.... 
Imagine a world in which Alchemy is not only possible, but used frequently. Alchemy, though, is a science, and with all sciences there are laws that must be followed. Welcome to the anime, Full Metal Alchemist. The story begins about two brothers, Alphonse and Edward Elric. Ever since they were young they had practiced the science of alchemy. You follow their journey of being alchemists and their quest to regain that which they have lost. 
Their father was a well recognized alchemist, which is probably where their knack for it comes from. However, when they were young their father left, and they remained in the care of their mother. One day their mother died, and in their innocence and ignorance, they attempted what was forbidden, human alchemy. 
What happened next, they were obviously not prepared for, and in the aftermath the brothers lost more than just their mother. In the freak accident Alphonse loses his body, and in a moment of panic Edward ties his brother's soul to a piece of armor. Edward himself loses an arm and a leg, a costly reminder of what has happened. 
The story begins and details the brother's journey to find a alchemy amplifier so that they may return to their normal bodies.
Filming is expected to commence in Italy from June through August with production utilizing CG to erect Alphonze's armor. 

Keep your eyes peeled! I'll be over here on Netflix playing catch-up in the meantime!


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