News Mandalay Pictures Licenses Full Metal Panic! Film Rights (Update 2)
posted on 2009-04-07 02:10 EDT by Egan Loo
The Mandalay Pictures production studio has licensed the film rights to Shoji Gatoh's Full Metal Panic! high school action comedy light novels. The story centers around a brusque young sergeant named Sousuke Sagara who must protect an assertive high school girl named Chidori Kaname by masquerading (somewhat unsuccessfully) as a high school student himself. Actor Zac Efron (High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again!!) is reportedly discussing the project.
Shikidouji illustrated the original novels, and Retsu Tateo adapted them into manga form. Three television anime series, several spinoff manga, and a video special have since released. ADV Manga released both the first manga series and the Full Metal Panic: Overload! manga spinoff in North America. ADV Films and Funimation have split the North American DVD releases of the different anime series between the two of them.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Update: Number of television series corrected. Thanks, FeistyDreams.
Update 2: Tokyopop published three of the original Full Metal Panic! novels in North America.
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