With a rocky production history, cast scandals and few updates leading up to its July premiere, Tokyo Ghoul fans have been a little concerned about the live action adaptation of the popular manga series.
But an official theatrical poster has just been released, and all signs suggest that the movie will be just as fantastically creepy as fans hope.
Tokyo Ghoul has reached a particularly killer success in the last few years. Created by Sui Ishida, it was originally published as a weekly serial in Weekly Young Jump from 2011 to 2014. Following this popular run, the series was quickly adapted into an anime with two seasons as of 2015.
The live action movie was then announced around the summer of 2016, though as mentioned we have been given bread crumbs of information about its development until recently.
This latest poster is a more stylized version of a poster released earlier in the film’s production last year. Like its predecessor, it features actor Masataka Kubota as main character Ken Kaneki in his classic metal-toothed leather mask.
However, this new poster also better reflects the intensity and body horror that made the series such a smash hit. For those unfamiliar with the series, the manga synopsis describes the horror of its plot well:
Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way – except their craving for human flesh. Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body – eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.
A brief teaser trailer has also been released for the movie, which you can watch immediately below (with subtitles).
The live action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul is set to premiere in Japan on July 29, 2017.
Whether the movie will hit international theaters has yet to be confirmed, but be sure to keep up with Geeks of Color as we take a bite out of this upcoming gory thriller.
Source: Comic Book Resources