In the last two decades, Japan’s anime has influenced the western entertainment industry immensely with shows such as Astro Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Dragon Ball. However, the west has focused on one particular series that shares the same themes we see in our beloved monster-apocalypse movies and comics: Attack on Titan.
Originally first written as a standalone story, Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series has captured the attention and love of both casual and dedicated manga/anime fans internationally. With a devoted and ever growing fanbase in the states, it’s fitting that the graphic, enthralling apocalyptic monster series would find its footing to receive an official western film adaptation, and by none other than Andy Muschietti of 2018’s IT.
Initially reported by Variety, it has been disclosed that Muschietti and Warner Brothers will be creating the western film adaptation of Attack on Titan. Muschietti has assigned David Heyman (I am Legend, Gravity, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Masi Oka (Death Note), and Barbara Muschietti (Mama and IT) as producers. No additional casting information, expected release date, or start-of-filming date has been disclosed as of yet.
Attack on Titan warrants some fan-optimism in receiving a western adaptation, as insane a statement as that is to make considering what happened to Dragonball Evolution, Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note. Consider though, the premise for most of Attack on Titan‘s story is heavily similar to the post-apocalyptic tales that the west has spent years pumping out with countless shows, films, and comics revolving around worlds inhabited by dominating monsters and resourceful survivors; additionally, David Heyman’s experience from I am Legend is crucial experience worth noting.
To compare our post-apocalyptic (zombie) films to Attack on Titan (for those unfamiliar with the manga/anime): humanity has been reduced to a small population within a remote fortified city, due to the overwhelming forces of monsters that mercilessly hunt and consume them. Tensions run high as over time the monsters begin to find ways through their defenses, and the humans must fight back while dealing with their frail alliances and paranoias amongst their own kind.
The difference? Well, instead of decaying zombies and grimy survivors with makeshift weapons, Attack on Titan‘s monsters are giant, nude humanoids with horrifying facial expressions, combatted by acrobatic soldiers equipped with swords and steampunk aerial navigation belts (Omni Directional Mobility gear). As a series, it’s presented as action with notable queues and elements of the horror genre implemented between world building and politics.
The Attack on Titan has seen a cross over with Marvel comics, two live action movie releases, multiple manga spin offs, and even a game that our own Trey Hilburn reviewed. If you would like to dive deeper into the horrifying world of ravenous titans, grappling hooks, and aireal sword combat, then check out his review on the Attack on Titan video game!