Anime Expo started with a bit of a whimper this year, as few exciting announcements have come from attendees and event press thus far. However, it looks like the motto for attending industry professionals is “save the best for last,” as the crew for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action film just confirmed that a sequel is already underway.
The announcement came from Fullmetal Alchemist director Fumihiko Sori and actor Ryosuke Yamada, who plays main character Edward Elric. The pair were headlining a promotional panel for the first live action adaptation of the celebrated manga-turned-anime series by Hiromu Arakawa.
Following the crowd’s pleased reactions to exclusive footage of the first film, which attendees stated includes Father Cornello and the Loire arc, Sori and Yamada revealed that a sequel was deemed necessary during production. Therefore, both Fullmetal Alchemist and its sequel will serve as Part 1 and Part 2 films to capture all aspects of the manga’s lengthy 27 volumes.
This split should quell some initial fears about the live action film. While the response has been overwhelming positive, especially when the trailer was released two months ago, there were concerns that the film would be too condensed or overly simplified to fit into a standard two- to three-hour footage limit. With two films promised, fans can be assured that all the series’ most important storylines and plot points will be thoroughly explored.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Viz Media’s official synopsis of the live action film provides an excellently succinct description:
In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
As mentioned, the first official trailer for the live action film has also been released, which you can watch immediately below:
Fullmetal Alchemist is set to premiere in Japan on December 1, 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 follow the progress of this upcoming mystical epic.
Source: Comic Book