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John Boyega is fresh off another Japanese-inspired project with Pacific Rim Uprising, but it looks like he may have his eyes towards an anime and manga project — albeit in a different vein. The series in question is Attack on Titan, the anime of which took the world by storm a handful of years back.
Based on the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama, the series chronicled a European-inspired civilization that sits locked within the confines of giant, 100-foot-plus walls. The reason? Outside of those walls roam the near-immortal, man-eating giants. However, one day, one giant peers over the top of this wall and kicks open the wall, leading the civilization to retreat even further in, in hopes of concocting a plan to ensure their survival.
In the past, Boyega expressed his desire to see a Hollywood live-action adaptation of the series, and when MTV asked if he’d be willing to produce it, he answered in the affirmative, going on to state:
“I would produce that. I’d definitely cast a whole bunch of Japanese actors to play the part, but it would look epic. It would be pretty darn cool. I’d like to shoot it exactly the way they kind of mimic the artist’s style in the actual anime. I love them swinging into action and you have a panning shot just following them, cruising on by as they cut off the napes. That would be real cool!”
The series is no stranger to adaptations. It’s been adapted into over 37 episodes of TV (including the OVA), it’s been made into no less than three feature anime films, and it’s even been adapted to live-action on three occasions by Japan, to mixed effect.
However, to see the resources of Hollywood behind this would be pretty darn cool to see. Ironically enough, while Boyega seems to be all on board for casting Japanese actors in this role, given the series’ European-inspired look, I almost feel like this is the one property that could be afforded a mostly-white cast.
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