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Live-Action ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ Movie in the Works in Japan


Nearly six years after the hit “Fullmetal Alchemist” manga and its anime adaptation came to an end, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric are about to start their search for a philosopher’s stone all over again — this time in live-action.

According to Crunchyroll, a film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s action-fantasy manga is in development by director Fumihiko Sori (“Ichi,” “Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker”). Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC member Ryosuke Yamada, who starred in “Assassination Classroom,” is set to play Edward.

Set in an alternate Edwardian-era world where alchemy is a science, and State Alchemists work for the government, “Fullmetal Alchemist” centers on the Elric brothers, who attempt to perform the forbidden human transmutation to resurrect their dead mother. After the transmutation backfires, severely injuring Edward and destroying Alphonse’s body, Edward sacrifices his arm to rescue his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor. Edward becomes a State Alchemist, and the two set off in search of a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies.

The film, which will shoot from June to August in Italy, will rely heavily on CGI to create elements such as Alphonse’s armor. “Fullmetal Alchemist” is targeted for release next year.


  • Diarra Harris

    I’d say this is a good thing but live action adaptions of Japanese manga and anime in Japan has been hit or miss over the last few years. Sill I’m interested.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    ugh! not another live-action anime, they’re ALL terrible!

  • Dawnell_do

    I wonder if the movie will try to fallow the mangaBrotherhood or the first anime series?

  • Jonathan Hatch

    Who is going to play Major Armstrong? You can’t have this movie with a man with magnificent muscle(and sparkles)!

  • Cyclone93

    I would argue that the live action Death Note movies were good, and I’ve heard great things about the Ruruoni Kenshin movies. But in general you’re correct.

  • TheMengoMango

    I can’t stand the acting for anime adaptions, it’s all just so cheesy and too over-dramatic

  • Gaming4RealLife

    I guess there will be more outcry over this anime movie adaptation too?

    I am interested to see how they try to condense it and which series they will chose to adapt.

  • Doctor Mata Lozano

    Billy Herrington-Aniki

  • NeonViolence666

    Hopefully its more rurouni kenshin than attack on titan.

    Full metal alchemist would work better as an american film due to it being an alternate version of germany. edward and alphonse are white to those who dont know and honestly a japanese version while their anime is good would just be kind of a joke.

    Hopefully Im wrong and its good. but this is one manga Id like to see done by hollywood,

  • NeonViolence666

    and the new live action death note coming from the director of the guest and you’re next is something to look out for.

  • NeonViolence666

    thats because there is only a handful, if that, of decent film makers in japan everything else is a soap opera even the anime haha