Warner Bros has dropped it’s first trailer for the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist which stars an all-Japanese cast, and so far it looks pretty spot on.
Though we shouldn’t be fooled by a good trailer. Look at the Batman vs Superman trailers and the first trailer for The Last Airbender. They looked pretty good, didn’t they?
Warner Bros would seem to be the next big Western studio trying to adapt an anime and manga property in an attempt to score points with the Otaku crowd and, fingers crossed, the general blockbuster attending audience. This time, the twist is to avoid the apparent mistake that Dragon Ball Evolution, Kite and G-Saviour made and are using a Japanese cast and production team.
Sounds like a sensible move when you think about it. The whole problem is when an anime or manga gets the Western live action treatment… something always goes wrong and the result on screen doesn’t work somehow. They kind of got close when they made the two Guyver films, and Edge of Tomorrow worked. Then again, the West isn’t the only party that isn’t great at adapting manga or anime into live action. For examples, check out the live action Attack on Titan movies and the second Battle Royale movie. The special effects kind of sucked in the first live-action Attack on Titan movie and the acting was dreadful in Battle Royale 2.
Never mind that. For those of you who don’t know the story of Fullmetal Alchemist, in an alternate reality alchemy is used instead of conventional technology, and gifted young alchemist, Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse try to use Alchemy to bring back their mother.
When this all goes horribly wrong, Edward and Al must hunt down the fabled Philosophers Stone and make things right. Along the way, they discover the world is full of corruption and adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Since Warner Bros are behind this venture, we are sure to get a decent dub when the film is due out in 2017.