Attack on Titan is the latest Japanese IP being prepped for a Hollywood redo. Following in the footsteps of Ghost in the Shell, Alita: Battle Angel and the long-rumored Akira reboot, Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is negotiations to land feature rights to Hajime Isayama’s manga series, which has spawned countless films, TV series and licensed video games since its inception back in 2009.
David Heyman of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fame is being eyed to produce, with Warner reportedly targeting 2015’s two-part Attack on Titan film as the source material. For the uninitiated, Isayama’s fantasy epic is rooted in a dystopian world ruled by giant humanoid behemoths known as Titans. Ranging from 3–15 meters in height, over the space of a century those titular creatures push humanity to the brink, forcing the few survivors to live out the remainder of their lives behind giant walls – imagine Pacific Rim, only with impossibly big Titans instead of Kaiju. Besieged by Armored Titans and Colossal Titans, an elite task force is subsequently formed to combat the invading monsters, hence the title Attack on Titan.
But it seems WB’s plans for a live-action adaptation are tentative at best. In light of today’s scoop, series manga publisher Kodansha (via Crunchyroll) claims that there is no truth to Deadline’s report of a Hollywood movie. Contract negotiations prevented Kodansha from divulging more, it seems, but the company did go on to label the report as “incorrect.”
One way or another, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Warner Bros.’ purported plans for a live-action Attack on Titan movie as this story develops but for now, you can share your early hopes – and reservations! – about the alleged feature down below.