Live-Action Attack on Titan Film Poster Unveils Titan Taller Than Godzilla
posted on by Egan Loo
A new poster for the two live-action films based on the Attack on Titan manga debuted on Saturday. The poster unveils the live-action version of the story's iconic colossal Titan, and teases its massive size.
Hajime Isayama's original manga (pictured right) depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves. An archetypal colossal Titan in the manga and the television anime was about 60 meters (about 200 feet) tall. However, the live-action films' colossal Titan is 120 meters (about 400 feet or 30 stories) tall — towering over even the 108-meter (350-foot) height of the tallest movie Godzilla ever, the monster from Garth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla film this year.
The live-action Attack on Titan films do not employ just CG, but also tokusatsu (special-effects) techniques to create its realistic colossal Titan.
The taglines for the poster read:
The world is cruel.
Attack on Summer 2015.
Haruma Miura as Eren
Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa
Kanata Hongō as Armin
Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha
Takahiro Miura as Jean
Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima
Ayame Misaki as Hiana
Pierre Taki as Souda
Jun Kunimura as Kubal
Shu Watanabe as Fukushi
Satoru Matsuo as Sannagi
Rina Takeda as Lil
The cast includes seven characters that are new to the film versions of the story. Sankei Sports reports that Hasegawa's character Shikishima holds the key to the film's story as "humanity's strongest man."
The films' director Shinji Higuchi confirmed that the project will span two films and stated that, with the supervision of Isayama, the story will be based on the world and characters of the manga, while incorporating new characters and new formidable enemies. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) is designing the characters of the live-action film with anime/game designer Takayuki Takeya (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children mecha/costumes/creatures, Tekken: Blood Vengeance's Devil Kazuya/Devil Jin) and conceptual designer Kouji Tajima (Captain Harlock, Les Miserables, Total Recall remake, Dragon Age, Garo).
Katsuro Onoue (Onmyoji, Space Brothers, The Floating Castle, "Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" short) is directing the special effects, and Shōji Ehara (The Floating Castle) is the director of photography. Japan Academy Prize winner Takashi Sugimoto (Kita no Canaria) is in charge of lighitng, and Tsuyoshi Shimizu (Heisei-era Godzilla films, live-action Video Girl Ai, Waterboys, Umizaru series) is serving as art director. Isao Tsuge (Ichi the Killer, Cutie Honey, 13 Assassins, GeGeGe no Kitarō) is in charge of makeup, and Shinichi Miter (Mita) is designing the costumes. Yoshihiro Nishimura (Suicide Club, The Machine Girl) is producing the special effects models.
The first live-action film will open in August, and the second will open in September. As of the 15th volume, the manga has 42 million copies in print. The new poster (and accompanying flyer) will debut in theaters on December 20.
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