Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. Fans of the saga will be pleased to learn (potentially) that the live-action version is due out next year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fullmetal Alchemist, the film is set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques. The story itself follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher's stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life.
Fumihiko Sori (Ichi, Ping Pong) will direct the film and principal photography ran from June to August 2016 in Italy. The film will star Ryosuke Yamada (Assassination Classroom) as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda (The Mole Song 2) as Winry Rockbell and Dean Fujioka (Ninja the Monster) as Roy Mustang. Sori has got his work cut out if he's going to please fans of the original manga, it sold 64 million volumes worldwide. The English release of the manga's first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005 and in two web polls, the anime was voted Japan's most popular anime of all time. No pressure then. Fullmetal Alchemist is due out in Japan Winter 2017. We'll keep you updated with further developments.